|Back by popular D-mand, I return with another
D-tailed report on the game between the mighty
Pirates and the D-Backs. The Pirates were coming
off a 3-game losing skid (and maybe were a little
D-pressed), so they were set to came to the
ballpark ready to do some damage tonight. The
Pirates took the field as the home team.
D-Backs leadoff hitter got a single down the
third base line. The next batter lifted a pop fly
to the third baseman Josh M., who squeezed it for
the out. The next batter tripled and the cleanup
hitter got an infield hit. Then another hit...
Big time potential runs on the bags. And the
runner on second base took off on the next pitch.
Andrew saw the steal attempt, and rifled a strike
D-rectly to Josh M. at third base. OUT! Great
throw Andrew! And great tag Josh! The next batter
grounded to Michael at second base. He fumbled
it, but stuck with it and tossed the ball
underhanded to Anna at first. On a bang-bang
play, the ump calls "Out!". Whew! The
Pirates escape with only 2 runs scored against
In the bottom of the first, the Pirates got
down to business. Ryan led off with a dinky
grounder towards the first baseman. The first
baseman fumbled it a bit himself and the speedy
Ryan beat out the play. Then Ryan stole second.
And then Ryan stole third, and on the overthrow,
stole home! The man owns the basepaths! Blake
settled in and lashed a triple to right center
field. What a sweet line drive! Andrew followed
with a single to left center field. Brian got a
seeing-eye single to set the table for Anna. Anna
D-livers a double to right center field, scoring
2! B.J. followed with an infield hit to (where
else?) third base. Finally, Michael got a single
to right center field to bring home the fifth
run. Pirates lead 5-2 after one inning.
In the top of the second, the first two
D-Backs struck out. Then the third batter
grounded to Josh B. at second base.
"Gumbo" scooped it and tossed
(underhand) to Anna at first. Out! Three up and
three down! Alright!
In the bottom of the second, Matthew started
us off with a smack single to the shortstop. He
stole second base and then Chris got a single off
the second baseman. Josh B. then worked the count
to the last strike and finally lashed a single up
the middle. Josh M. lifted a pop single to right
center field....wait... ok, Go! It's dropping in!
That brought up Ryan. Coach Rodney has a real
complicated D-sign for Ryan. Hit the ball, and
run like the wind! So Ryan did just that, lifting
a triple to the outfield. Ryan is definitely not
comfortable standing at a base. On the next
pitch, the ball was loose and Ryan streaked home
with the fifth run. That's two innings of offense
for the Pirates and they haven't hit into one
out! They are really D-stroying the ball!
In the top of the third, the first D-Backs
batter grounded back to Matthew on the mound. He
tossed on to Michael at first. Michael had to
come off the bag, make the catch, and find the
bag again for the out... but he did! The next two
batters struck out.
In the bottom of the third inning, Blake
batted again (he was watching Ryan steal home at
the end of the last inning). This time he hit a
grounder right to the pitcher. Oh yeah, he was
thrown out... At this point in the season, the
pitcher is going to make those plays (unless we
hit it real hard). Andrew followed with a single
to left field. Brian got a dribbler on the left
side of the infield, but everyone was safe. Anna
followed with a groundout to the first baseman
(yep, first baseman make easy outs too). Then
B.J. grounded to the shortstop, who fired on to
first base to barely nip him for the out. Pirates
lead 10-2 after 3 full innings.
In the top of the fourth, the D-Backs mounted
a nice rally. The first 3 D-Backs got hits. The
tough cleanup hitter then hit a fly ball just
outside the bag at first. Andrew drifted over and
made the easy catch for the first out. After a
couple more hits and a strikeout, Ryan fielded a
come-backer and fired on to Andrew for the third
out. What excellent D-fense!! I D-cree that the
Pirates are back on track!!
In the bottom of the fourth, Michael led off
with a sweet double to center field. It's amazing
what a solid line drive and heads-up baserunning
will do! Matthew followed with a single to the
shortstop in the hole. Michael moved up to third
as no one was covering. Chris then stepped in. He
totally mashed a line drive to left field,
probably Chris's best hit of the year. But it
went straight into the glove of the left fielder!
Hey, no one's sad about that one. Chris
absolutely tore the cover off the ball and he ran
into a little bad luck (that happens). Michael
was heads-up and tagged up and scored. After a
strikeout, Josh M. followed with a perfect bunt
single. And then a steal to put 2 runners on in
scoring position! Wheels (that's Ryan) followed
with his second triple to right center field. And
he was bummed because he thought he could have
scored! Blake followed with a smash to center
field to score Ryan. Andrew then got a double to
score Blake. Finally, Brian lined out to the
shortstop. Oh well. But hey! The Pirates score 4
and go on top 14-5.
In the top of the fifth, three straight
D-Backs hits loaded the bases. The leadoff
D-Backs batter then hit a grounder to Michael at
pitcher. He rifled the throw to Andrew at the
plate to force out the runner from third. Great
thinking! After another hit, the D-Backs batter
hit a high fly ball to the left side of the
infield. Ryan set up shop and caught the easy fly
ball (also known in baseball lingo as a "can
of corn"). That's two outs! After three more
hits, the final batter struck out. And the
D-Backs score 4 to make the game closer. The
Pirates still lead 14-9.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Pirates
totally D-stroyed the ball. Anna led off with a
drive to center field. That's a base hit in any
league, on any field! B.J. got another single to
the left side of the infield. Michael followed
with a fielder's choice to the second baseman,
who elected to force out B.J. at second. Michael
promptly stole second. Matthew followed with an
important single up the middle, which scored 2!
Chris got a single off the shortstop. And then
Josh B. got a single off the second baseman. Josh
M. grounded into a 6-3 forceout (shortstop to the
first baseman). Ryan then got his fourth hit of
the night by slapping a single to left field. And
what's this? Ryan is stealing second base? I'm
speechless... shocked... surprised... Yeah right.
That Ryan sure is a D-mon on the basepaths. Blake
followed with another hit and stole second base.
Finally, Andrew gets his fourth hit of the night
to score Blake. Wow! The Pirates score 7!! The
Pirates lead 21-9. That's ballgame (10-run rule).
Of course, we continued playing for fun until
the time ran out. The first D-Backs batter lifted
a fly ball to short right center field. Josh B.
has no chance from second base. What's this?
Blake is charging hard, and makes the sliding
grab for the highlight-reel out! Fantastic!!!
That boy D-serves some serious applause for the
effort and the catch! After a few more hits,
Brian pulled off the ol' fake-throw-to-first,
tag-the-unaware-baserunner maneuver from
shortstop. And it worked to perfection, just like
last game! A strikeout ended the D-Backs inning.
Game over! Pirates win 21-9!! The Pirates
shake off the pesky little losing streak and
bounce back with an important win. And who is
Coach Rodney going to select for tonight's player
of the game? Excellent D-fense from behind the
plate (a putout and an assist!), plus 4-for-4 at
the plate. The always D-pendable Andrew gets the
nod as tonight's Pirate Pick!
Super game Andrew!