I told a couple of NJ Expos players before the games started, "You are getting your 1st win today, book it," Mind you, I am unclear of what kind of odds they were getting on fanduel, but the confidence was present!
Game looked promising for the Expos as they led 10-3 after 2 innings. The Underdogz weren't about to be upset in Game 1. The exploded for a 9 run 3rd inning. Chris Jr, Omar & Joe each drove in 2 runs in the 3rd. Underdogs Pitcher, Dave had a stud muffin like last 3 innings as he shut the Expos completely out. The 6th & 7th innings were 1,2,3 each! Nice outing for the hurler! The Underdogz had a total of 27 base hits & every team member scored at least 1 run!
Game 1 Final:
Underdogz - 22
NJ Expos - 14
And then... It happened! It wasn't pretty, it wasn't flawless, but the NJ Expos won a game! It looked grim at first with Underdogz taking a 9-2 lead through 3. I would argue Joe & JB were the Underdogz MVPs, as they combined for 5 for 8, 6 RBIs, 3 runs scored & a Homer! Scary moment for Frank Guzman, the pitcher for NJ Expos as Omar smashed a line drive right to the mound, which was almost caught by Frank. He was shaken up, but finished the game! In Field play of the day come at the hands of Second Basemen Mike who made an incredible stop on a fast grounder his way & completed a 4-6-3 Double Play! Clean up batter Ryan had a 2 Run Homer, while Luke & Rey added a triple each for the Expos! The Expos enjoyed their 1st win as Matt K. was quoted saying, "Hey Rob, you should maybe come to all of our games". Not a bad idea!
Final Game 2:
NJ Expos - 14
Underdogz - 13
CLIFTON, NJ -- Team Minotaur came into this game atop the Cal Ripken Jr. Division & they will remain there (tied for 1st), at least for another week! Minotaur had a strong showing on Sunday at Latteri Field in Clifton, NJ. They swept the West NY PD & the mercy rule was put into effect in both games.
Game 1, Minotaur had 6 Home Runs (1 of which was a Gland Salami). Home Runs came care of Brett, Sherwyn, Khalil (2) Rob Parker & Chris B with the Slammer! Chris B. & Khalil tied for the lead w/ RBI's with 4. Lead off man Brett was a beast with 4 runs scored & only a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Clean up man Jose had a difficult 1st game going 1 for 4. Don't worry, game 2 is coming! West NY PD just struggled with extra base hits. Out of their 13 hits, only 2 of which were extra base hits:( Thats just not gonna cut it! Lead off man Cris was solid going 3 for 3 with 2 RBI's & a Homer. Aristy went 3 for 3 as well w/ 3 RBI's.
Final Game 1:
Minotaur - 22
West NY PD - 9
Minotaur didn't put down the titanium in Game 2. All 10 guys in the lineup scored at least 1 run. Leading the way was Brett with 4. If you recall, Jose had a rough first game. He brought it in the 2nd contest with 6 RBI's & 2 Homers! The team was patient at the plate as well collecting 5 walks. Shout out to Rob Parker who flat out showed how it is done at home plate as catcher. Nearly every ball that bounced in front of him on a hop, dipped right into the glove. Beast mode!!
West NY PD looked deflated in game 2, some bickering on the bench. Some players made mental errors & it just looked like they were done. Tate hit a nice 3 RBI double in the 2nd that gave the team some life, but it seemed maybe too late due to the 13 runs Minotaur dropped in the 1st. Hang in there West NY PD, it's a long season! Meanwhile Minotaur remains tied for 1st place with the Warriors in the Cal Ripken Jr Division!
Final Game 2:
Minotaur - 24
West NY PD -11
LAST WEEK -- As the Monstarz & Ad Rush waited patiently for the game umpire, chatter was spreading about the NFL Draft, bad weather & if I could umpire the game? Not carded yet, in due time ladies:). Bean, the umpire finally arrived. Poor guy got a flat tire on the Parkway (these things happen). The games started a little late, but both squads were ready to go! The Monstarz & Ad Rush are pretty evenly matched in terms of pitching, hitting power, & veteran leadership.
There was an amazing play at the plate as Ant crushed a shot to deep left. Somehow Ad Rush was able to get the ball in & Mike playing 3rd base gunned a throw to homeplate, Alex made the catch, tagged Ant for the 3rd out of the bottom of the 5th. Tremendous play! I can't blame Ant for going for home, he has speed & a decent stride. Ad Rush had a solid top of the 7th inning by scoring 3 runs starting at the top of their order, (Jonathan, Craig & Steve) all scored, JC with a clutch 2 RBI single. Ad Rush carried a 2 run lead into the bottom of the 7th. RDock batted in 1, but at the expense of a Sac Fly which resulted in the 2nd out. Jack flied out to left & that was it.
Game 1 Final:
Ad Rush - 16
Monstarz - 15
I guess I should have known Ad Rush was folding early in this one when seasoned veteran Craig let his bat fly, not once but twice??? Holy smokes! Get the man some liquid chalk or a beer (imported?). Ad Rush didn't show up for this one, Monstarz dominated! Greg & Justin added Homers for the Monstarz & they both tied for the lead in RBIs with 4 each. The Monstarz had a beast of an inning in the top of the 3rd with 11 runs driven in. The rain started up again & its clear Ad Rush wanted to get home to read about the NY Giants draft pick who was shot 3 hours after being selected, shm.. The teams split, we all expected it & we were right!
Game 2 Final:
Monstarz - 17
Ad Rush - 4