Let's get right into the action tonight!
Round 2 Match 1 - The Giants and the Rangers are tied with three runs each here in the top of the second inning. Chris(M) directs Number 13 to the plate to start off the inning. The Ranger pitcher winds up for the first pitch and throws. The batter takes the pitch for a called strike. The next pitch comes in high for ball one. The 1-1 count and the pitcher throws. Here's the swing and it's a long fly ball, but the right fielder easily makes the grab for the first out. Up next, Number 14 comes to bat. The pitcher throws and Fourteen misses for strike one. Here's the next throw. It's wide for a ball. The catcher sit low in the zone as the pitcher throws. The batter lays off it and the ump calls strike two. The next pitch is fouled off on the first base side. The batter hangs in there behind in the count 1-2 with one out already in the inning. The pitcher throws and this misses low for another ball. That evens the count 2-2. The pitcher winds and throws. The batter goes down swinging for the second out. The Giants can't seem to pull anything together so far this inning. Number 16 hopes to change things around here. There's the pitch, and the batter pops it up to shallow center where the shortstop gets under it to retire the side.
So, Chris(M)'s Giants are unable to do anything as the Rangers taken them three-up, three-down.
Joey's boys come to bat in the bottom of the second next. Let's see if they can break the tie. Since we're doing six batters at a time, Joey just needs to put his batters in order: 17, 21, 25, 26, 30, 31
Round 2 Match 2 - This could spell the end for Dayf's crew unless he can work some magic here in the bottom of the third. He is down by two runs as the Cardinals lead 3-1. He's got a lot of players to choose from, so let's see how things work out here!
Dayf sends in Number 31 to see if he can start some kind of rally for his team. The pitcher throws, and the batter sends the ball bouncing back to him. On the one-hopper, the pitcher turns and gets the runner out easily at first. One away and the home crowd is not happy. Number 23 wants to get on base here. He adjusts his gloves and gets ready for the throw. Here's the wind-up and the throw. The batter knocks the ball high into the air, but it has no distance at all. The center fielder calls everyone else off of it and he catches the ball for another out.
Two down, two runs behind, and Dayf wants to see something from Number 02. This is critical for Dayf's team if they don't want to go home here. The pitcher throws and it's tight inside, brushing the batter back from the plate. The next pitch misses high and away for ball two. 2-0 and the pitcher has fallen behind. Here's the pitch. The batter swings and sends a laser-shot line drive over the left field fence for a home run! That puts his team within one. It's going to take some serious action to keep Dayf's team in the game. The Cardinals are more than ready to put this one to bed. Let's see what happens as Number 26 comes to the plate. The batter swings at the pitch and sends this one up the middle for a base hit. Number 32 steps in with two outs and the game-tying run on first. Here's the pitch. It's hit long and deep into the right field corner. The batter takes off running fast and spins his wheels heading for third. A run scores to tie the game as the batter slides in safe for a late-inning triple! The crowd goes bananas! Two outs and the score is tied 3-3. There are only two spots left on the scratch card! Will the next one be a game-winning move, or an extra-inning inducing out? Number 15 walks to the plate with the crowd to its feet. All the pressure is on this batter. Here's the pitch. It's hit deep, but the left fielder easily makes the grab to end the inning with a runner stranded.
We're going to extra innings in the game! Since there is only one spot left on this card, Madding will send up Number 09 to lead off the fourth inning. Dayf's pitcher throws, and this batter has been taking notes! He sends the ball into that dreaded right field corner and comes up with a lead-off triple.
Madding, you get dibs on a brand new card for extra innings. Take your pick of six batters for your Cardinals to continue action in the fourth. All 32 spots are available!
Round 2 Match 3 - The Orioles lead 3-1 over ChrisB with two outs in the bottom of the first. Erin calls up Number 5 to see if she can continue to build the lead. Unfortunately for her, the pitcher makes some seriously short work of the batter. She goes down on three strikes to end the inning.
ChrisB, you've got quite a group here to choose from. Let's see which six batters ChrisB will send in next as he heads into the second inning: 01, 06, 08, 09, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32
We still do not have a winner in last night's trivia game. Remember, that question is open to all readers that are not playing currently and have not played at all in this tournament! If you answer the question, you win an auto'd or game-used card!