|OK people, you've had all season to get to
know the players. Tonight's game summary will
feature the fearless Pirates by their alter-egos.
For those of you not keeping up, here's a cheat
- Ryan ("Wheels")
- Anna ("Pepper")
- Brian ("Clutch")
- Joshua M.
- B.J. ("Hawkeye")
- Max ("Bingo")
- Joshua B.
("Slapshot") -- not here
It's been a month since the Pirates last
played the Cardinals. The Pirates had a big game
last time and were hoping to keep it going
tonight. The Pirates were the visiting team.
Wheels started off with a solid triple to
right field. Of course, he wanted to stretch it
into a homer, but Coach Rodney held him with
nobody out and Droofus coming up. Droofus got a
single off the pitcher to score Wheels. Then
Droofus stole second! Stretch grounded into an
out at first base. That brought up Pepper (oh,
how she hates the nickname!). She banged a single
to score Droofus. Crash grounded into a fielder's
choice (they got Pepper at second). Clutch struck
out to end the inning. The Pirates score 2!
In the bottom of the first, the Cardinals got
4 straight hits to score 2 runs. With runners at
first and second and nobody out, the next batter
grounded directly to Wheels at shortstop. Wheels
made a heady play, first tagging the runner from
second base (who had retreated back to the bag).
Then he stepped on second base for the unassisted
double play! Heck, if Wheels was real greedy, he
might have had a chance for the triple play!! The
next batter struck out. That evened the game 2-2
after an inning.
In the top of the second, Montana got a single
towards third base. He promptly stole second.
Hawkeye grounded to third, and beat the throw
(Montana held at second). Then Coach Rodney
called for the ol' double steal! It worked ....
cool! Sparky lifted a fly ball to the shortstop.
The shortstop caught it, and Coach Rodney had
Montana tagging from third... and he scored!
Bingo ripped a single to right field to score
Hawkeye and took second on the throw. Gumbo got a
a single towards third base, and Dusty followed
with his own infield hit. Wheels came up with the
bases loaded. He chopped a grounder to the right
side of the infield -- everyone's safe and one
run scores. That brings up Droofus with the bases
loaded. Droofus lashes a hard, I mean hard, line
drive to left center field. It scoots all the way
to the fence. He cleared the bases and cruised
into third base for a triple. Pirates get 5!
In the bottom of the second, the first batter
grounded to Gumbo at second base. He wheeled
and tossed to the outstretched Pepper for the
out. The next batter ripped one to Wheels at
shortstop. Wheels had to come up throwing. He
makes a nice throw, and Pepper squeezed it for
the second out. After 5 straight
Cardinal hits (gulp!), the last batter
lifted a soft pop fly down the first base line.
Droofus was at first and had the only play. He
reacted quickly, ran towards the ball, and gloved
it for the final out. Pirates lead 7-5 after two
In the third inning, Stretch started things
off with a single to the left side of the
infield. He stole second base to get into scoring
position for (who else?) Pepper. She responded
with another RBI single. And with a great
heads-up baserunning brain, Pepper coasted into
second base as the throw came to the infield.
Then in one of those plays that Coach Rodney
likes to call a "miracle", Pepper stole
third base! Clutch came up and grounded to second
base. Coach Rodney was aggressive and sent Pepper
to the plate. It was the right call, as Clutch
would have been dead meat at first base. The
throw came home.... a cloud of dust.... Out!
Montana ended the inning with a groundout to the
pitcher. Pirates get one run.
In the bottom of the third, the first two
batters got hits. The next batter cracked one
right at Sparky at third base. Sparky turned and
made the very close play on the advancing runner.
Out! Yes!! The next batter cracked one up the
middle. But Bingo was on the mound and
quickly "picked it" clean. He
spun and fired on to Pepper at first base
for the putout. The final batter
grounded to second base, where Crash hurried
to make the throw. It was very close
at first base, but we got the call. The
Pirate defense holds tough! No runs for the
Cardinals! Pirates go to the fourth inning
in a tight 8-5 game.
In the top of the fourth, the Pirates put on a
hitting clinic. This may get a little
wordy, so bear with me. Hawkeye started us
off with a single to deep in the hole at
shortstop. Sparky put down a
picture-perfect bunt. Bingo ripped a double
to right field to score Hawkeye. Gumbo got
a single towards third and Sparky scored!
Then Dusty got an infield hit to load the
bases. Back to the top of the order!
Wheels got a single to right center field to
score two. Then Droofus got a
hit. Stretch chopped a hit towards
first base. That brought up Pepper with
ducks on the pond. For the THIRD straight
time, she delivers in the clutch, this time
ripping a double and scoring 2! And just
like that, Crash came to the plate. He was
the final batter of the inning, as you're only
allowed 10 batters from the fourth inning
on. He stroked a hit to score Pepper.
The throw came towards the plate, so Crash took
second and then third! The ball was loose
so Crash kept on going. It was close at the
plate -- Crash goes in hard (surprise).... he's
tagged out! Oh my gosh, the Pirates almost
scored the unheard-of ten runs. They do
score 9! WOW!!! Hey, is Crash
ok? He got popped in the lip on the slide
and was bleeding pretty good. Oh, he'll be
ok. Can you believe it? The Pirates
scored NINE runs!!
In the bottom of the fourth, the first two
Cardinals fell on strikes. The last batter
lifted a fly ball in foul territory outside third
base. Pepper drifted into foul ground and
made the out. Three up! Three down!
Pirates break open the game with a HUGE fourth
inning and lead 17-5!!
In the fifth inning, Clutch started with a
couple bunt attempts. But he eventually
fell on strikes. Montana got a hit off the
pitcher and promptly stole second base.
Hawkeye got another single in the hole to
shortstop (that's three straight times!).
Sparky followed with a very hard double to left
field. That got some "Ooooohs"
from the stands! Bingo smashed a towering
line drive to right field. It was destined
for the right fielder's glove -- yep, he caught
it. Nice contact, Bingo! Gumbo hit
one straight into the air to second base.
That got caught too. Pirates score 1.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Pirates score
7. The defensive highlight was Clutch
gloving a fading line drive (it hit the ground
first), and racing to first base for the
out. But that's all she wrote.
Pirates win 18-12 on the strength of a huge
Lots of people stepped up today. Droofus
played solid defense and had some nice
hits. Sparky and Bingo really ripped the
ball to the outfield. Wheels got a great
unassisted double play! But Coach Rodney
tapped the RBI Queen as the player of the
game. Pepper (ok, she hates the
nickname).... Anna pounded the ball,
got RBIs every time she came to the plate,
made 3 putouts on defense, and even (gasp!)
stole third base!!! Coach Rodney taps
Anna as tonight's Pirate Pick!
A great all-around game, Anna!!