Saturday, September 13, 2008
Scratch-card Championship Begins! (9/13b)
Welcome back everyone! The wind outside the Tribecards stadium is blowing and gusting pretty severely. The rain comes and goes, but so far, the championship match is going on as planned!
It's been three solid weeks of scratch-card dust flying, and it has all come down to two very worthy and deserving teams. Dayf's Braves and Erin's Orioles face off to see who will claim the title of Scratch-Card Champion! Who is going to win? It's boys against the girls, North against the South, people versus nature (well, that's a bit of a stretch)! No matter how you cut it, I am sure we are in for some kind of match!
Dayf leads off the first inning with Number 7 coming to the plate. The Orioles take the field. The pitcher looks for the first sign. Meanwhile, the crowd is cheering for both teams and they are on their feet! The pitcher gets her sign, sets, and takes a quick deep breath. She winds up and throws. The batter swings and misses. The next pitch is off the mark, and the count is 1-and-1. Here's the third pitch. Number Seven swings and this ball is outta here! A lead-off home run! The Braves take a 1-0 lead to start off the championship match!
Dayf brings in Number 19 to bat second. The pitcher shakes off the last hit and gets ready to throw. Here's the pitch. It's a bit outside, but the batter goes after it. He gets much more than a piece of it! He sends this one down the right foul line. It's a laser beam that misses the post by inches to the LEFT!! It's a HOME RUN! Back-to-back homers to start off the game! The Orioles have been here before, so this does not appear to phase them. The Braves fan are cheering on their boys!
With a 2-0 lead and no outs, Number 20 steps into the batter's box. The pitcher throws and the batter grounds this one straight to the second base fielder who throws it to her partner at first for the out.
One out and the bases are empty. Dayf brings in Number 2 to bat clean-up, but there's no cleaning up here (unless you count the two runs as cleaning up!). This batter is on his own. Here's the pitch... The batter knocks this one to left field and it keeps...on...going... ANOTHER home run for the Braves. These guys came to play some serious scratch-off baseball!
The Orioles may be losing some of that confidence they displayed at the start of the match. The catcher heads out to the mound to calm down her pitcher. After their meeting, Number 23 jogs out to home plate. Here's the pitch... The batter hits the ball out to right field, but the fielder is under it to make the play for out number two.
The last batter in this set is Number 28. The Orioles hope to put an end to this Braves at-bat right here. The pitcher takes a long, hard look toward the plate. She sets up for the pitch. Here's the wind up... the throw... and the batter smacks this one to deep center field. The fielder is back... She's to the track... And the ball runs out of steam, dropping into the waiting glove of the Oriole fielder for out number three.
The Orioles have a LONG way to go. Dayf's Braves scored THREE runs in their first at-bat, giving them a lot of breathing room. But there are no givens when it comes to scratch-cards, as we've seen!
Erin, you're up to bat in the bottom of the first. Which SIX BATTERS are you going to bring in to try and help get some offense going? 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32
The winds are blowing VERY hard here, and we've lost DSL twice, and power several times. There may be an IKE delay tomorrow (Sunday), but only time will tell! Stay tuned!