02 August 2011

Celtic Princesses Entertained By Mustang Loss 10-8

Just getting started in the second half of the season, the Mustangs have yet to find their pitching shoes, at least in this Monday night game.

These regularly attending red-heads, aka Celtic princesses, to the left, were not exactly ecstatic in the early part of the game though they remained hopeful after the 4th inning when it looked like the batters might pick up the slack and the pitchers seemed to be able to string a few outs together.

Although the batters woke up in the 4th inning with 6 straight hits—3 doubles, a triple and a Vicioso home run, oh, and an 'excuse-me' single—and 5 runs, their colleagues on the mound had already allowed 10 runs for the Osprey, including a grand-slam home run.

More Celtic princesses below and to the right. That is how the game ended. Two explosions by the Osprey lead to 9 runs, which the Mustangs came close to matching with their own single 5 run explosion and multiple single scores, but they fizzled in the 8th and went down quietly in the ninth. Final score 10-8.

The lineup tonight featured some new names and others moved from the bench to the field. The problem as always when you are near the bottom of the feeding chain is that the good players get moved up to higher status leagues and teams and they get replaced by guys that are still learning the game.

By the way, talking about learning the game reminds me that Robert Maddox is looking very slick at first base. He may have persuaded base umpire Bayer into an inning-ending double play with a quick push off the bag. Though Buckley, Waldrop and Maddox may provide some heroics, we needed some Lohman and Read and Poulk magic to finish. Those guys have been moved up to Bakersfield and Dayton.

I almost forgot my usual comment on the quality of umpiring as they are learning too. Mr Park, hiding in plain view behind home plate, showed his usual 'moveable feast' of a strike zone, so much so that Mr Kelly could not restrain himself to mutters. The ever alert ears of Mr Park heard some of these comments and therefore Mr Kelly was ejected. Certain discerning fans kept reminding Mr Park that he shouldn't give up his day job for the rest of the game.

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