May 7, 2011
Game 1 - Gothams 23 - Brooklyn Eckford 9
Game 2 - Brooklyn Eckford 17 - Gothams 16
Old Bethpage, NY - 4/19/2011
The weather was perfect for two matches against the Brooklyn Eckford at Old Bethpage Restoration Village. In the Eckford inaugural season, the Gotham BBC was ready to teach them how to play base BALL.
Game 1 1864 rules:
The first game began with the Eckford down two ballists. They borrowed a Gotham for defense and played with 8. The Gotham BBC started the 1st frame in resounding fashion. Collector lead the way with a two base hit and ace. He was followed by hits and aces by Sleepy, Gabe, Monk and Bugs. This was a great start for the day. The Eckford followed the Gotham BBC with 1 ace of their own. In the 2nd frame, the Gotham BBC scored no aces. In the Eckford half of the 2nd frame, Keystone made a perfect throw from 4th base to 2nd base to catch a nefarious Eckford trying to steal.
In the top of the 3rd frame, the Gotham BBC scored 5 aces with well placed strikes and timely steals by Bugs, Hanky, Collector, Keystone and Wickets. Sleepy did get his 2nd 2 base hit but was unable to score an ace. In the bottom of the 4th frame, the Eckford scored 4 aces with well placed strikes and timely steals of their own. In the top of the 4th frame, the Gotham BBC scored no aces. In the bottom of that frame, the Eckford scored 4 aces. With 0 hands an Eckford on 1st base and an Eckford on 3rd base, the Eckford on 1st base decided to steal. Keystone took the pitch from Wickets, noticed the runner on 3rd was not running and threw a perfect strike to 2nd to get the base stealer. The Eckford on 3rd made it home. This was a great play by Keystone (needless to say Scratch wouldn't have thrown 2 base stealers out in one game).
From that frame on, the Gotham BBC scored 11 more aces and held the Eckford to 0. The final tally was Gotham BBC 23 and Eckford 9.
Collector, lf 4-6, 1-2b, 2-o, 3-a, 5-sb
Keystone, c 4-6, 1-2b, 2-o, 3-a, 7-sb
Wickets, p 3-6, 3-o, 3-a, 4-sb
Sleepy, cf 5-6, 2-2b, 1-o, 4-a, 6-sb
Gabe (Oat), ss 3-6, 3-o, 3-a, 4-sb
Monk, 1b 3-6, 3-o, 2-a, 4-sb
Bugs, rf 4-6, 2-o, 3-a, 5-sb
Hanky, 2b 3-5, 2-o, 1-a, 2-sb
Stacks, 3b 3-5, 3-o, 1-a, 2-sb
Game 2 1864 rules:
The Gotham BBC began the game in the field, determined to give Wickets the Gotham BBC's first ever 4 game winning streak. The Eckford, with more than a full compliment of ballists, struck first scoring 4 aces in the top half of the 1st frame. In the bottom half of the 1st frame, the Gotham BBC suffered a bad case of hubris. Collector, per usual, started the frame with a resounding display of offense - hitting a two base hit, stealing 3rd base and coming home on a 1 base hit by Keystone. Keystone stole 2nd and 3rd base and confidently ran to 4th base on Wickets' hit to the 3rd base tender. He was tagged standing up. Wickets stole 2nd and 3rd base and attempted to steal 4th base as the ball scooted past the Eckford catcher. The Eckford pitcher and catcher made a great play at 4th base to catch Wickets sliding home. Sleepy scored 1 more ace in that frame. The Gotham BBC came away with 2 aces.
In the top of the 2nd frame Gabe (Oat) made an amazing diving catch at short stop and saved multiple aces. Unfortunately, the Eckford still scored 3 aces. The Gotham BBC did not score any in their half. In the top of the 3rd frame the Gotham BBC held the Eckford to 0 aces with Monk tending to matters at 1st base, seemingly effortlessly. In the bottom of the 3rd frame, the Gotham BBC scored 1 ace on a Keystone strike, stolen base and strikes by Wickets and Sleepy. By the end of the 3rd frame the score was Gotham BBC 3 Eckford 7.
In the top of the 4th frame, no team scored. In the top of the 5th frame, Gabe (Oat) again saved the Gotham BBC from the Eckford onslaught. The ball screeched off the strikers bat, Gabe ranged to 2nd base, the ball bounced off Gabe (Oat) and he stayed with the ball and caught it before it hit the ground. The Eckford scored 5 aces that inning. In the bottom of the 5th frame the Gotham BBC responded by scoring 5 aces of their own. Collector started off with a 1 base strike, stole 2nd and came home on Keystone's well placed strike. Keystone went to 3rd on Wickets' strike. Wickets stole 2nd base and taking a cue from his play book proceeded to steal 3rd base. Unfortunately for Keystone and the Gotham BBC, we don't read and even if we did he wouldn't share.
In the top half of the 6th frame the Eckford scored 4 aces and in the bottom of the 6th frame the Gotham BBC scored none. In the next two frames, the Gotham BBC held the Eckford scoreless. In the top of the 7th frame, Wickets and Monk combined to catch an Eckford sleeping on the base path. In the top of the 8th frame Collector made two very impressive 1 bound outs. In the bottom of the 8th frame, the Gotham BBC scored 7 aces to tie the game at 16 a side. However, in the top of the 9th frame as the sun lowered in the evening sky the left fielders were blinded by its rays. Collector lost the ball in that said sun allowing an Eckford striker to get on base. Eventually the striker made it home. The two teams went into the bottom of the 9th frame with the score Gotham BBC 16 and Eckford 17. Bugs flied out to short stop. Rugs struck a might 1 base hit, followed by another might strike by Hanky. Unfortunately, Stacks hit a towering fly to the center fielder and Collector hit a bound out to the pitcher.
This was a very welled played game but unfortunately the Gotham BBC lost 16 to 17.
Collector, lf 3-6, 1-2b, 3-o, 3-a, 4-sb
Keystone, c 5-5, 1-o, 4-a, 5-sb
Wickets, p 3-5, 3-o, 2-a, 3-sb
Sleepy, cf 3-5, 1-2b, 2-o, 2-a, 3-sb
Gabe (Oat), ss 2-5, 3-o, 0-a, 1-sb
Monk, 1b 3-5, 2-o, 2-a, 1-sb
Bugs, rf 1-5, 1-2b, 3-o, 1-a, 0-sb
Hanky, 2b 2-5, 3-o, 1-a, 1-sb
Stacks, 3b 1-5, 5-o
Rugs, rf 3-5, 2-o, 1-a, 1-sb
Heroes of the day:
Defense: Gabe (Oat)
Newest nickname: Oat
Oldest Gotham to play: Rugs
Most improved from last game: Monk
Calmest Collector: Collector
Only Gotham to read "The Art of Base Running" by Wickets: Wickets