It appears the Pigs, Tigers and Muckdogs are just going to beat each other up and stay at the top tied for most of the season. A weekend that I assumed would split us all up at the top in fact just proved we all may be just as evenly matched as you can get.
Dogs take the split in Week 3.
Game 1 – vs. the Tigers
The Tigers came out swinging and did not let up. They put up 14 on us in the first inning and we tried our best to chip away and battle back, but it just was not enough. Really proud of the Dogs for not giving up and never getting down on ourselves. We really stayed positive the whole game and tried hard to stop the bleeding.
Game 2 - @ Brumley’s Braves
We really bounced back from a hard loss and showed we came to play. We took advantage of the walks the Braves gave us and scored some runs. We had 11 hits for 15 runs with the bottom of the order having most of those hits for us. The bottom of our order really shows up when the big dogs at the top cannot seem to do anything.
A weekend on the short fields in Plano was on tap against two squads we were locked in a first place tie with and mother nature was kind by providing some cloud cover. It would prove to be the expected day that was offense heavy.
Game 1- @ Prim’s Muckdogs
The bats came out smokin hot off the Dogs’ ace Grant Carver. We batted through the order and halfway through a second time before the dust settle and jumped out to a big lead. Two homers a piece in the inning by Kelly Alexander and Joe Machado provided the punch with steady hitting all through the lineup. Prim’s squad would battle back with the long ball but we continued to answer and play solid defense. In the end, we claimed the 22-12 victory.
Game 2- @ Alford’s Iron Pigs
Once again we came out red hot with the bats and put up a 6 spot in the first. As usual, Ryno’s squad battled back and shut our offense down for the next 3 innings while building a solid 13-6 lead. We would show the Tiger spirit in the top of the 5th by scoring 7 led by another huge homer by the Tiger King Joe Exotic Machado. With only a few minutes left in the game the Pigs did their thing and batted out the clock to earn the victory. Hard fought game with lots of great defensive plays on both sides and solid hitting all around. 19-13 loss but loved the fight in the end.
POW: Carlos Moran Perfect 5 for 5 in the lead off spot, HR, 2B, 6 R, and some amazing defense at 3B.
ROW: Taylor Abrego- Perfect 6 for 6, HR, 2 Doubles, 7 RBI, 6 R
Joe “Exotic” Machado- 6 for 7, 3 HR
Kelly Alexander- 5 for 6, 2 HR, Great pitching on a short field
Jeff Radanof- 4 for 6
Travis Olander- 3 for 6
It's being reported by the Lame Stream Media that the Dash are off to an 0-4 start. Team President Logan Casper, a self-proclaimed stable genius, labels these claims "Fake News." Logan further deems the season start to be "perfect." Logan also assured the fans that, even if the rumors were true, he's not to blame as the buck stops with the players and he's done everything correctly. Logan went on to assure the Dash Nation that any such losses will magically disappear as the weather warms up. Finally, Logan abruptly ended his press conference by claiming "this is all a hoax and everything is under control. Sad."
The Cubbies got off to a quick start with 3 straight hits in the top of the first, the Gandy boys followed by POW Lee McDonald, to take the lead with no outs. After a ground out, Aaron Nutt ribbied to make the score 2-0 but the rally fizzled there and the Cubs were only able to put 3 more on the board the rest of the way as they were paced by a home run barrage from the Rangers.
In game 2 our beloved Cubbies got back on track. It wasn’t the bats but the deft pitching of Papa Gandy, earning Cub ROW honor by recovering from a tough game 1 to keep nearly the entire lineup of the Grasshoppers (Tip of the cap to Jose Baho) at bay, surrendering only 2 runs and adding a 3-3 to help his cause. A nifty play by Nutt smothered a rally int the 5th inning to keep the lead at 3-2 for the Cubs. Nutt, diving to his left gloved a screamer up the middle, flipped to Sean Harcourt without getting up, who handily threw out the runner at first for the inning ending double play.
This ultimately provided the spark the Cubs had been looking for as the bats finally woke up in the 6th when a little breathing room was needed going into the last inning up only 3-2 with Nutt driving a run across followed by a 2 run scoring single by Erik Clausen to close to scoring at 6.
POW Lee McDonald - 4-5, BB, 2 runs, 2 RBI
Aaron Nutt - 4-6, 2 RBIs
ROW Kevin Gandy - 3-6, Clutch W from the mound
After a combination of a busy work schedule, plenty of softball, learning a new website, vacation, and various family commitments, the Braves are finally ready to catch up on game summaries from the first 2 weeks of the season.
Brumley’s Braves 15 @ Kravitz’s Rangers 17
The Braves came out tomahawking to begin the season and jumped out to a quick 10-1 lead after a string of hits throughout the lineup, including a Tim Kaminski mammoth HR. However, during the bottom the of 3rd, the skies got dark, the lights were inexplicably turned off, and the shine of the new season quickly wore off as the Braves had a couple of ugly innings to turn the game around. After giving up 16 unanswered runs, the Braves made a comeback of their own but came up just short as the game ended on a Doug Kramer smash that was caught on the warning track with the bases loaded.
Matt Brumley: 2 for 2, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI
Tim Kaminski: 3 for 4, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI
Zach San Roman (TSSL debut week): 2 for 3, 2B, R, RBI
Karlos Rodriguez: 2 for 3, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI
Dustin Madlock: 2 for 2, BB, 2 R, RBI
Tony Lowery: 3 for 3, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI
Eusay’s Tigers 10 @ Brumley’s Braves 14
The Braves took out their frustrating opening game loss on the Tigers in game 2 with a strong showing from start to finish. The Braves struck early and often with 6 in the 1st and played much better defense in this game to claim the victory. This was a balanced offensive attack, highlighted by an Omar Gonzalez fence HR, with Jason Chapman making a do-or-die diving catch to end the game.
Matt Brumley: 2 for 3, 2 R
Tim Kaminski: 3 for 3, 2 R, RBI
Jason Chapman: 2 for 3, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, outstanding diving catch for the final out
Doug Kramer (TSSL debut week): 2 for 3, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Zach San Roman (TSSL debut week): 1 for 1, 3B, BB, SF, 2 R, 2 RBI
Kevin Knox: 1 for 2, huge bases loaded 3B, BB, 2 R, 3 RBI
Omar Gonzalez (TSSL debut week): 2 for 3, HR, R, RBI
Week 1 POW: Tony Lowery – 3 for 5, 2B, BB, 2 R, 4 RBI
Week 1 ROW: Omar Gonzalez – 3 for 6, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
Lachman’s Royals 14 @ Brumley’s Braves 3
The Braves laid an egg in this one. With the score tied 2-2 in the 3rd, the team started to crumble by giving up 6 runs with 2 outs. The Royals never looked back, cruising to an easy victory as the Braves bats never woke up aside from 2 for 2 showings from Tim Kaminski (including a HR) and Jason Chapman.
Tim Kaminski: 2 for 2, HR, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Jason Chapman: 2 for 2, 2B, 2 RBI
Omar Gonzalez: 1 for 2, 3B
Brumley’s Braves 12 @ Nutt’s/McDonald’s Cubs 20
Despite putting up 7 in the top of the 1st, the Braves couldn’t finish this one out as a combination of defense (despite 2 great diving catches in RCF by Jason Chapman), walks, umpires, and Cubs bats got in the way. With a 9-5 lead going into the 4th, the Braves allowed 10 and 5 runs over the next 2 innings, respectively. The bats couldn’t muster enough to make up for the difference in the end. On a positive note, rookie Doug Kramer smashed his first TSSL HR and Kevin Knox went 3 for 3 with his usual great defense.
Ashley Mort (sub): 2 for 3, R
Matt Brumley: 2 for 2, 2 2B, BB
Jason Chapman: 2 for 3, 3 R, RBI
Doug Kramer: 2 for 3, HR, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI
Kevin Knox: 3 for 3, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Karlos Rodriguez: 2 for 3, 2B, R, RBI
Gustavo Chirinos: 2 for 3, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Omar Gonzalez: 1 for 2, BB, R, RBI
Week 2 POW: Jason Chapman – 4 for 5, 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI, solid defense in RCF (sacrificing his shoulder in the process)
Week 2 ROW: Doug Kramer – 2 for 5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI
The Braves are looking to get things back on track in week 3 with a doubleheader in Plano.