Welcome to the first post featuring ALL Round Two action! I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day despite Gustav making a complete mess of things. Let's get to tonight's scratch-off action.
I spent the day yesterday and part of today finally attacking the 1000+ cards I've bought and traded over the past few months. It's the tedium of putting the cards into the database and then into binders that keeps me from doing it on a regular basis. But, since that took up most of my free time, I did not get to scan in the prizes as I had said would be done. Have no fear! Those pics will get posted. :-)
Round 2 Match 1 - It's three to three here in the bottom of the second inning. The Rangers have two outs with a runner on first. #29 Rusty Greer comes out onto the field and the fans give him a standing ovation. The Giants pitcher does not handle the noise well, and Greer gets a free ride to first on a walk. Two men on, two outs, as #5 Ian Kinsler steps in. Here's the pitch... Kinsler knocks a blooper into shallow left to load the bases. The crowd gets to their feet and begins to wave their arms as #22 Marlon Byrd walks to the plate. The Giants pitcher throws the ball. Byrd sends this one deep! The right fielder is back. He turns to run toward the wall. This one could be outta here! Not this time! The right fielder leaps and grabs the ball before it reaches the wall to end the inning!
Chris(M) breathes a sigh of relief as the Rangers leave the bases full of runners. The game is tied, though, and this means that the Giants are going to have to come up with runs in the third if they hope to move on!
Chris(M), play your pick six to see what they can do in the third inning: 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 25, 26, 30, 31
Round 2 Match 2 - Dayf comes to bat with his team behind 4-1 against Madding. There has been a lot of action in this game, so it would not surprise me if we have to move to an extra card before this one is over. Dayf looks over the player list, and calls in Number 10 to start things off here in the bottom of the second. The Cardinals pitcher sends a barrage of fastballs that completely obliterates the batter's chances of hitting and he goes down swinging. Here is Number 17 in to bat next, hoping to get his team motivated. It has been said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Perhaps the journey to a game-winner begins with a walk. That's what the Cardinals pitcher gives the batter. We've got one player on base now for Dayf and just one out. Number 06 strolls to the batter's box. He tries, but can't seem to find the ball. The pitcher sends him back to the dugout quickly with another strikeout in the inning. Two outs with a man on. The hometown crowd has quieted to something just above a murmur as Number 01 steps up to face the Cardinals. In a good run of bad luck, the batter falls victim to the pitcher's third strikeout of the inning.
The Cardinals escape the second inning, still leading 3-1 as they come to the plate in the third. Will they extend their lead or have the waters gone calm?
Madding, choose your next six batters wisely: 02, 04, 09, 14, 15, 20, 23, 26, 30, 31, 32
Round 2 Match 3 - Here in the top of the first inning, ChrisB leads Erin 1-0 with one out and a runner on first. He calls in Number 31 to kick start his team. The batter sends a high fly ball where the second baseman makes a diving grab! That's two outs and anything can happen. Up next, we have Number 02. Erin walks out to the mound to check on her pitcher. After a brief conversation, the pitcher looks ready to roll. Her first pitch is fouled off. The batter waits on the next pitch, which misses the strike zone for a ball. With the count 1-1, here's the next pitch... The batter swings, sending the ball deep to left field. If this stays fair, it's a home run.... But it falls away just before it gets to the pole. A souvenir for someone. The batter's behind in the count as the pitcher throws some serious heat across the plate. The batter looks for a called ball, but the umpire calls "strike three" and ChrisB is retired.
Erin, it's time to bring your girls into the offensive part of the game. ChrisB leads 1-0 as we go into the bottom of the first inning.
Erin, choose the six batters you'd like to send in to the game: 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 08, 09, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32