6/4/2006 - Smithtown, LI - Game 1 vs. Brooklyn Atlantics - 1864 RulesOn an overcast day in Smithtown, Long Island a fine spectacle of the game of base ball was played between the Brooklyn Atlantics and the New York Gothams, with the Brooklyn team coming out of the match victorious. The Atlantics got up on the board first when a line drive by the bare-footed Flash hit Trolley in a bad place, right in his hands, allowing Dream to tally the first ace of the game in the top of the 1st inning. The Gothams walked themselves right back in the contest in their half of the inning. The Gothams all-time bases on balls leader Slider led off the game with his 14 career walk, then promptly stole 2nd & 3rd base and scored on El Presidente's walk, El Presidente' then stole 2nd base himself and tallied an ace on Sparky's single to give the Gothams their last lead of the game.
The following 3 frames both teams displayed an fine pitching and spectacular defense. The Gothams escaped trouble in the 2nd inning when Stacks got his hands on a foul struck ball to catch 2 foolhardy Atlantic runners trying to advance on a foul ball. The Gothams, however, did not learn from the Atlantics follies in the bottom half of the inning. After Trolley singled and stole 2nd base he was gunned down at 3rd by Dream attempting to advance on Dutch's ground ball. Dutch, then following the lead of the Atlantics ran on a foul ball and was easily put out at 1st base. Both teams were Chicagoed in the 3rd frame. The Atlantics tallied an ace in the 4th to tie the score at 2, but were thwarted from doing much more damage when Scratch caught a fly ball in left and then hurled the ball perfectly to Sparky at home to tag out another Atlantic runner. The Atlantics tallied 3 more times in the 5th to take a 3-run lead that they would not relinquish.
The Gothams could not do much more the rest of this contest as they were Chicagoed in both the 5th and 6th frames and added only single aces in the 7th and 9th frames, but that was not enough as single aces in the 7th and 8th innings followed by 2 more aces in the 9th inning gave the Atlantics the victory. The only other Gotham highlights came in the 6th inning when Rugs fabulously handled a one-bound smash at the speed of one of the newer steam engine trains from the Atlantics shortstop like it was a simple daisy cutter. Sparky also made a spectacular diving catch of a foul tip in the same frame, but it was just not enough. This was just the Atlantics day.
Slider - 0-3, 1 BB, 1 Ace, 2 SB
El Presidente - 1-3, 1 BB, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Scratch - 2-4, 1 Ace, 3 SB
Sparky - 2-4
Spike - 1-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Stacks - 1-4, 1 SB
Wickets - 1-4
Trolley - 3-4, 4 SB
Dutch - 0-3
Rugs - 0-3
Game 2 Vs. Brooklyn Atlantics - 1864 Rules:
This second game was a disaster for the Gothams from the very beginning, possibly due to Sparky taking over as team captain for the game. The Atlantics tallied 4, 3, and 3 aces in the 1st 3 frames as the Gotham fielders managed to repel base balls at alarming speeds to the dismay. They managed to deflect the balls hit by Atlantic players as readily as throw them past each other as if a child's game of monkey-in-the-middle was going on instead of our national past time. In all fairness the Atlantics were striking the ball much better than in the previous game, but the Gothams helped all that they could to embellish the stats of the Atlantic players. The Gothams on the other hand were Chicagoed in the first 3 innings to fall behind 10-0 after 3.
After the Atlantics tallied another ace in the 4th the Gothams tallied their first ace on the fleet feet of Scratch. He reached first safely on a fairly struck ball then stole 2nd and 3rd and scored on the Atlantic catchers errant throw. The Atlantics tallied 5 more times in the 5th for a 16-1 lead. Spike tried to make things interesting in the 5th by hitting the Gothams 1st 4-base hit of the season to bring his team within 14 aces, but was too tired to pitch after that, so Trolley had to take over pitching duties for the first time this season, but Trolley did fair too much better than Spike in the 6th allowing 4 aces in the 6th to fall behind 20-2, but not before tragedy struck Slider in his eye. An errant throw by El Presidente from 10 paces away accidentally struck Slider in the eye. Trotter ran to 3rd for a 3-base hit, but stopped there as all the Gothams rushed out to right field to aid their fallen comrade. Luckily Slider was able to walk back to the bench and eventually single on the bottom of the inning, steal 2nd base and tally an ace on El Presidente's single.
The Gothams settled down defensively in the last 3 innings as Trolley Chicagoed the Atlantics in the 7th and Scratch allowed 1 ace in the 8th and Chicagoed the Atlantics himself in the 9th in his Gothams pitching debut. Stacks made the play of the day at 2nd base in the 9th by swatting a screaming line drive down to his knees, back up in the air again and firmly back into is hands for the final out of the inning. Down 21-3 in the bottom of the 9th, the Gothams finally put together a rally as Spike, Stacks, Wickets, Rugs and Dutch all singled to tally 4 aces to bring the final score to 21-7.
Overall, the Atlantics simply played a better game than the Gothams today. Until next time, Huzzah!!
Scratch - 3-5, 1 Ace, 4 SB
El Presidente - 1-4, 2 SB
Sparky - 0-4, 1 SB
Spike - 2-4, 1 HR, 2 Aces
Trolley - 1-4, 2 SB
Stacks - 2-4, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Wickets - 2-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Rugs - 1-4, 1 Ace
Dutch - 2-4, 1 SB
Slider - 1-5, 1 Ace, 1 SB