|The Pirates and the Cubs headed into
tonight's Friday game with identical 7-1 records.
The game's over, so I'm set to do the game
In the first inning, the Cubs started
with 6 straight hits. The Pirates were put back
on their heels, and the Cubs had the bags full
(bases loaded). We need some defense, and we need
it quick! The next batter lifted a fly ball to
third base. Joshua M. camped under it for the
first out. The next batter smashed a grounder to
Joshua M.. He alertly rifled a throw to Andrew at
the plate for the forceout. After another hit,
the next Cub batter hit a ground ball to Joshua
M. at third base. He made the unassisted out at
third base for the final out. Josh M. got all 3
outs! That's great!! Unfortunately, the Cubs do
In the bottom of the first, "Wheels"
(Ryan) hit a single to left center field. The
ball scooted under the outfielder, and Wheels
hoofed it all the way to third base. Then he
stole home on a passed ball! After a strikout,
Andrew cracked a sharp single to left field.
Blake followed with an easy groundball to the
pitcher, who threw him out at first base. Andrew
moved to second. Anna followed with a single to
right center field. Andrew scored ahead of the
throw and Anna scooted to second. Brian ended
with a ground ball to pitcher. The pitcher leapt
high, gloved it, and tossed out Brian. Pirates
score 2 to make it a 4-2 game.
Looks like it's gonna be a close game. We're
gonna need some defense! The first Cubs batter in
the second grounded to Blake at second base, who
fired on to Michael for the first out. The next
batter grounded to Brian on the mound. Brian
steadied himself and tossed on to Michael for the
second out. The top of the Cubs order came to the
plate and cracked 4 straight hits, scoring 3
runs. Finally, the batter put down a bunt down
the first base line. Andrew jumped out from
behind the plate and threw on to Michael at first
base for the putout.
Max led off the Pirates second inning with a
sharp single to left field. Matthew followed with
a single to second base. The rally fell short, as
B.J., Hayden, and Joshua M. fell on strikes.
Yikes!! After 2 innings, the Pirates trail 7-2.
Time for some defense! In the third inning,
the first two Cubs struck out. After three
straight infield hits, which scored 1 run, the
final batter struck out. In the bottom of the
Pirates third inning, Chris started with an
infield single. Josh B. dinked one in front of
the plate and was barely tossed out at first
base. Back to the top of the lineup! In a very
sad development, Ryan grounded to the pitcher and
was thrown out at first base. Then Blake cracked
a line drive, but right into the second baseman's
glove. Boo hoo! Pirates are shut down for the
second straight inning, and it's a 8-2 game.
In the fourth inning, after an opening
strikeout, the next batter got a hit. Then Blake
put out the speedy batter when he tossed on to
Michael at first base for the out. After a 2-run
homer (ouch), the strong cleanup hitter stepped
in. He lifted a fly ball to left center field,
where Anna camped under it for the final out. She
made it look easy! Two runs score.
In the bottom of the Pirates fourth inning, it
was time to warm up the cold-as-ice Pirate bats.
Andrew got a single. Then Blake got a nice ground
ball, but the third baseman fired on to second
base to force Andrew. Rats! Anna then lifted a
line drive to left center field, but right at the
left center fielder. I don't think he ever knew
what hit him -- but he did squeeze it for the
second out. Brian followed with a sweet little
bunt. Max and Matthew followed with singles to
load the bases. B.J. dribbled one in front of the
plate. Brian hustled home -- but it didn't
matter. The Cubs pitcher (who else? we've hit
*everything* at the pitcher this game!) grabbed
the ball and threw out B.J. at first base. We
only get 1 run.
In the top of the Cubs 5th inning, after two
strikeouts, the next Cub hit into an out. Details
are sketchy (ok, Coach Rodney lost his notes),
but he's sure that someone on the Pirates made an
outstanding play!! So, the Pirates have a slim
chance -- they just need to put 7 runs on the
board this inning (hey, that did that last game).
Would you believe that Hayden, Joshua M., and
Christopher each made contact, each hit the ball
directly to an infielder, and each was thrown out
at first? I can't believe it either, but that's
what happened. That puts the Pirates trailing
10-3 after 5 innings.
The teams played another inning, mostly for
fun, since the game was basically over. Defensive
highlights included Michael calmly catching a fly
ball in the outfield for the putout, and Max
making an unassisted outout at second base on a
grounder. In the bottom of the sixth, Josh B. led
off with a booming single past second base. Ryan
followed with a hit. Michael slapped a grounder
at third base, and the third baseman simply
forced out Josh B. at third. Once again, details
become sketchy. It doesn't matter. The game is
over. Pirates fall 15-4 to lose for the first
time in a few weeks.
The Pirate bats were pretty sleepy tonight.
And when we did make contact, we hit it right at
someone. Oh well, that's baseball. We'll be back
to our old grand-slamming ways soon.
The Pirates did play an outstanding defensive
game tonight. And what could be a better example
of the solid Pirate defense than Joshua M., who
was completely responsible for shutting down the
Cubs in the first inning. And it was his first
game at third base in, well, a long time. Joshua
M. led the Pirates defensively, and Coach Rodney
was happy to make him today's Pirate Pick.
Congratulations, Joshua M.!