After an abrupt end to week one on Sunday July 26 when a tropical storm-like system move through in the evening, week 2 began with the remnants of the same unstable air mass. Monday’s games were called early as both ball parks were more fit to accommodate fowl than fouls.
Tuesday July 28 brought a new wave of sunshine and blue skies for the Robinson Division match between the Dodgers and Bombers. The Dodgers ace, Anthony Porporino, started for the Dodgers while Tristan D’Silva who is developing into a fine pitcher was on the mound for the Bombers. The Dodgers hit early with 4 in the top of the 1st inning. The Bombers nibbled away in the next 3 innings to make it a 4-2 game and center fielder Marco Bauco made the defensive play of the night when he dove in for a catch and a throw to second base for a double play. That turned out to be insufficient however as the Dodgers scored 5 in the 4th and held on for a 10-4 win.
Thursday July 30 featured a fine game in the Clemente division with the Geese visiting the Braves. The Geese sent E Lalonde again to the mound to face a solid Braves lineup. J Grauer pitched the first inning for the Braves with J Sangiovanni taking over from the second inning on. The game was a pitching dual with several batters on both sides returning to their dug outs with bats on their shoulder. With the Geese hanging on to a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the 7th, the first two Braves reached 1st base bringing the potential tying run to the plate, but both runners were thrown out attempting to steal. E. Lalonde finally put an end to the game recording his 10th strike out.
Saturday was the first day of August and mother nature cooperated for the three games scheduled. The 5 pm game had the Braves visiting the Gease at Meades for a rematch. Justin Lyman who tossed a one hitter in the season opener started against J. Makhlouf. This was to be another hard fought one as both teams exchanged the lead early on. By the 5th inning the Braves built an 8-4 lead and brought in Ryan Laferriere in relief to hold the lead. But the Geese did strike back with 3 in the bottom of the 6th setting up a nail biter in the final inning. This time however the Braves had other plans and exploded for 7 runs and a 15-9 win. R. Laferriere who closed the game was on base 4 times for the Braves and scored 3 times. For the Geese Matt McAdams did all he could as lead off getting on base 5 times.
Over at Benevoles the other 5 pm game had the Cubs visiting the Dodgers. The Cubs hit early with 3 in the top of the 1st, but the Dodgers got those right back in the bottom of the inning. Both teams had 6 hits in the game but at the end the Dodgers prevailed by a score of 7-3.
In the 8 pm game the Orioles faced the Royals. Finbar Sandy was the starting pitcher for the defending champions while Andre Ciccia took to the mound for the Royals. Finbar was sharp and looked as good as a 25 year old, mixing a nasty breaking pitch with a lively fastball. The Orioles struck out in their first 4 at bats but then turned it on with 13 hits and a 12-1 win.
Sunday games again surrendered to mother nature’s wrath. The lone Monday evening game at Meades saw the Geese visiting the Padres. M. McAdam got the start for the Geese and tossed a one hitter for an 11-0 win. Manager Chandler led the charge with a home run that landed in the darkness of the playground behind left field.
On Wednesday August 5 the Royals visited the Orioles at Benevoles looking for a better performance than the 12-1 mercy. This one turned out to be a pitching duel with M Ruiz prevailing over newcomer Josh Solomon. The Orioles held a 1-0 lead in the 5th when they opened the score and finally won 4-0.
Saturday August 8 was another hot and sunny day and that was just fine for a busy schedule on both fields. The 5 pm game at Meades was a rescheduled game between the Braves and House of David who were looking for a first win in 2020. They did exactly that as they put together a 21 hit barrage and a 16-6 win. In the loss the Braves hit a couple of HomeRuns, #3 for J Grauer and N. Desabrais’s first.
Over at Benevoles we also had a first win of the season, this one for the Cubs who prevailed decisively by a score of 11-1 over the Cardinals. E, Laferriere was the starter and winning pitcher for the Cubs. This game was followed by the Padres visiting the win less Royals. The Royals hit early for a 3-0 lead but the Padres retaliated with 4 in the 3rd, after which both teams exchanged the lead a few more times. Both teams’ infields had a rough evening and at the end the Royals prevailed by a score of 14-10 with M Stojda earning the win in relief. Over at Meades the Orioles and Geese were meeting for a battle of first place. The game saw great pitching on both sides, and a home run by B Watt of the Geese made the difference as they held on for a 4-3 win.
The week closed out with two Sunday games. House of David had Daniel Golfman on the mound facing Finnbar Sandy for the Orioles. HoD built a 4-0 lead with great pitching and defence and looked like they were going to upset the 2019 champions, but a late surge by the Orioles reversed the score to 5-4. The Orioles held on for the win and kept pace with the Geese for first place. Over at Meades the Dodgers prevailed over the Bombers 15-6.