Team Black v. Team Powder
It was the middle of the second inning and Gary Tenenbaum was already regretting his decision to volunteer to pitch three innings for Black. Down 6-0 via two home runs this was not a lot of fun. Somehow, Gary pulled himself together and got out of the second with no more damage. Revitalized, Gary pithed a clean(ish) third inning to the bottom of the lineup and so thankfully agreed to stick around for another no scoring fourth inning. In the meantime Black chipped away and managed to make it 6-3. But Gary’s time was limited and so Marc Koplowitz was enlisted to finish the game. Marc has not pitched for over two years and in that time he has had one surgery to his knee and another to his shoulder and is awaiting an appointment for a third surgery (thank you to universal medicine). Even at the best of times Marc had a love/hate relationship with the strike zone (or maybe the umps or maybe everybody, not sure which). So as Marc hobbled to the mound expectations on Black were low. Yet, somehow, his slow moving throws (he calls them pitches) were too tempting for the big powder batters as they dipped and dived towards the plate. In their unbridled enthusiasm to crush those balls the Powder heavy hitters drove them into the ground or popped them up. The result, three innings of scoreless ball (unheard of in our experience). All the while, Black continued to chip away, never scoring more than two runs an inning and ended the game on the good side of a 8-6 score. Kudos, mazel tovs and general yasherkoach’s to Johnny Hyman for hitting the first Black home run of the year.
Team Purple Haze v. Team Green
Purple Haze won its first game in franchise history Monday night with an 11-8 victory over Green. Purple jumped out to a 5-1 lead after one inning, powered by Robbie Grossman’s first Executive League home run – a leadoff rope that curled around the right field foul pole. Pitching with his usual mix of complete dominance, interspersed with periodic bouts of wildness, questionable fielding, brain farts and mental blocks, Stephen Lidsky held Green at bay until a 4-run 5th inning gave Green the lead on the strength of a long home run by Jonny Levy. Haze scored 3 runs in each of the 5th and 6th to put the game away, and both Lidsky and Sean Zolberg pitched complete games. The entire Purple lineup contributed to the victory, with rookies Bruce Dorland reaching base all 4 at-bats and 2 doubles for Rich Stein, and the ageless Bobby Tessis reaching base in all 3 plate appearances. Gary “Maneater” Tenenbaum was last seen grooving to the gentle stylings of Hall and Oates, but hopes to continue the winning streak next week.
Team Rays v. Team Powder Blue
Game Summary – Rays vs. Powder Blue – 6:45pm on June 21. Rays win 10-3.
The Rays brought out their vintage score early and often game and came out with 3 runs in each of the first three innings to stake a lead that they never gave back as they held the game in check along the way to the 10-3 final, dealing Powder Blue their first loss of the season.
Pitching Notes: Larry Krupski pitched his first complete game of the year, spinning a gem punctuated with ground balls and fly outs to end any scoring threats as they mounted. Larry pounded the right handed hitters with first pitch strikes on the inside of the plate and had hitters behind the count all night as he mixed his heavy fastball with off speed pitches, as instructed by Lorne Bloomberg (leader) who called a beauty behind the plate. On the Powder Blue end Frank Marshall mixed off speed and outside pitches in the first few innings and escaped a few jams along the way, giving way to Nathan Jack who pitched 3 innings of one run ball to keep the team in the game for the bats to do their work.
Defense Notes: Stellar work at shortstop by left handed wunderkind Ashley Gordon who made a series of great plays, including a Savardian Spin-o-rama play to gun out a streaking runner at 1b. Infield pop outs and line drives were speared by Rick Meslin, Geoff Rotstein and Adam Bernstein (jr.). Two nice running catches by left fielder Les Bernstein, including a game ender, helped preserve the win. Powder Blue had fine glove work by Paul Silverstein in CF, tracking balls all night and a nice relay from the outfield to Stephen Goldsmith at SS to gun out a streaking runner at 2b.
Hitting Notes: Les Bernstein paced the Rays offense with 2 hits a walk and 3 runs from the leadoff spot, followed by Mike Krestell with 3 hits including a few laser beam line drives, and a pair of runs. Robbie Cooper chipped in with 2 hits including a 3 run HR to CF in the 3rd. Larry Krupski and Rick Meslin each knocked in 2 runs with 2 hits each and Geoff Rotstein knocked in a run with 2 hits along the way. Ashley Gordon banged out 3 hits and scored 3 runs to bring the order back to the top. On the Powder Blue ledger, Larry Herskovitch slammed a 2 run home run to narrow the lead to 6-2. Other big hits came from David Goldstein with a line drive single to RF and Steve Bleiwas with a solid tweener single to LF, and Dan Berlin with double to LF and Adam Altberg with a double to LF as well. Nate Jack also knocked a single up the middle in the early innings and Lorne Swartz drew a 9 pitch at bat and won the battle singling up the middle to finish the at bat.
Team Silver v. Team Powder 2
Monday 6/19 – Silver VS Powder 2
As the rain threatened on Monday evening – Powder 2 and Silver played to a pitcher’s duel between Les Silverstein and Kevin Green. The score was locked at 2-0 Silver going into the 4th when Powder2 scored 3 to take the lead and didn’t look back, scoring another 2 in the 6th highlighted by a juicy solo home run blast by Colin. Silver managed another run in the same inning but couldn’t close the gap to finish with a 5-3 loss to Powder.
Team Silver v. Team Green
Silver and Green played to an exciting 6 run, come-from-behind 6th by Green to finish at an 8-8 tie. The seemingly ageless Bram, with arm pains to boot, managed to carry his team on his back going 4 or 4 and pitching the entire game. Silver hit the ball early and often highlighted by 2 massive home run blasts from Ron Herzceg. With the score at 8-2 in the top of the 6th, Green got to work on Les Silverstein finding hole after hole and chipping away for 6 runs. Silver had 2 innings to make the runs back but the illusive Bram managed to side-arm his way through it all to keep Silver off the board.
Both pitchers threw gems on Thursday night but it was Josh Mckinlay and the Orange Crush that bested Mark Goodman and the Big Red Machine by a score of 4-2. Josh kept the Red batters guessing all night (with the exception of a two run homer from first baseman Jeff Michaels…who guessed right). Those were the only runs plated all game. Orange managed to get some timely hits from all parts of their line up. They even got a few through the infield wall that is their shortstop / third baseman.
A few highlights include a running basket catch for the ages from none other then Iggy Risman, a great game from behind the dish from Randy Molson and a thunderous late inning double from Roy Levine.