Washington, DC - 7/8/2007 - On the 2nd day of the Gothams march on the South the temperatures raised to near 100 degrees and deflated whatever power and mysticism the Gothams carried over from the prior day. The Gothams fared much worse as both the Talbot and Chesapeake clubs easily defeated the Gothams by tallies of 16-4, and 20-14, respectively.
Game 1 vs. Talbot Fairplays (1864 Rules):
The Gothams started strong under the days immense heat. Wickets reached 1st on a one-base hit, swiped both 2nd and 3rd bases before tallying an ace on Scratch's fly out to left. Trolley then blasted his first 3-base hit of the season before scoring on Irv's base on balls to give the Gothams a 2-0 lead after a half inning. Slider made an amazing grab of a bounded ball in center field, and Stacks made a similarly spectacular catch on a bound by the pitchers box in the bottom of the 1st but it wasn't enough to keep Talbot from tallying an ace. The Gothams were Chicagoed in the 2nd, whilst the Talbot club used there ability to reach first on short hits and thievery on the bases to tally 3 times to take a 4-2 lead, which turned out to be a lead they would not relinquish on this sweltering day.
It's clear that Waterboy and his elixir were missed to today as Wickets was put out at 3rd after reaching on a one-base hit, swiping both 2nd and 3rd base and getting up and walking away thinking he was out, which he eventually was. Scratch followed suit, but managed to tally an ace when the catchers throw went over the 3rd base tenders head trying to thwart Scratch's attempt to steal 3rd. The Gothams continued their downfall with another Gotham inning in the 3rd by allowing 6 aces on well-struck balls, approximately 45 stolen bases and several Gotham miscues, giving Talbot a 10-3 lead.
The Gothams continued to go quietly over the next 3 frames, tallying only a single ace in the 5 on Slider's one-base hit and 2 stolen bases. Talbot tallied twice more in the 4th and 4 more times in the 5th. The bottom of the 6th was the only inning in which the Gothams were able to Chicago the Talbot club and that was not without controversy. With two hands down and a runner on 3rd Scratch, the Gotham left fielder, caught a fly ball, but not before bobbling the ball, at which time the runner dashed for home. Scratch threw the ball to Trolley, who stepped on 3rd for the final out of the inning. The 1st time umpire did not know the rules and originally called the runner safe, but the gentleman captain of the Talbot club came forward to state that the runner could not run before the ball rested safely in the left fielder's hands and the runner was then correctly called out.
Due to the harsh temperature, the 2 clubs agreed to end the game after 7 innings, so the Gothams had to tally at least 12 aces to stay in the game, but that was not to happen today. The first 2 Gothams were put out easily before Slider reached on a base on balls. Then the real hostilities of the South came through as a sniper in the woods shot Slider in both of his legs as he attempted to steal 2nd base causing him to fall on his face mid way between 1st and 2nd base, where he was tagged out to end the game in the favor of Talbot by a final tally of 16-4. The Gothams were clearly beaten on the field by a better team, but the loss of one of their players will be tough to swallow as the Gothams will have to continue their battle against the South with only 7 men remaining.
Game 1 Individual Stats:
Slider - 1-3, 1 Ace, 1 BB, 2 SB
Wickets - 3-3, 1 Ace, 4 SB
Scratch - 1-3, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Trolley - 2-3, 1 3B, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Irv - 0-1, 2 BB
Stacks - 1-3, 1 BB
Wombat - 0-4
Bonesaw - 0-3
Tim - 1-3
Game 2 vs. Chesapeake and Potomac Base Ball Club (1864 Rules):
The Gothams continued to wilt in the sweltering heat of Washington, DC. The Maryland club quickly tallied 3 aces in the top of the 1st inning, but it would have been much worse if it weren't for Wombat behind the plate. He snagged 2 foul ticks for outs and put a tag on a runner for the final out as well. Scratch used his feet to tally an ace on his own in the Gotham 1st with a one-base hit and a flurry of stolen bases. Stacks Chicagoed Chesapeake in the 2nd by catching everything in his sight and forgoing the use of his fielders, but the Gothams were Chicagoed as well. Stacks continued his fine display of fine fielding in the 3rd, but this time allowed an ace to tally, while the Gothams were again Chicagoed. The Maryland club then proceeded to tally 3 aces in the 4th and 5 more in the 5th to take a seemingly insurmountable 12-1 lead.
The Mighty Gothams were then rejuvenated by the return of Waterboy and his magic elixir and began to play a better brand of ball. Scoops, Trolley, Irv, Bonesaw and Stacks all reached on one-base hits to tally 3 times and were only held back from tallying more when the Chesapeake left fielder made a spectacular play on a well-struck ball by Scratch that deflected off the center fielder before landing in his hands. After Chesapeake tallied 3 times in the 6th, the Gothams got 2 back on one-base hits by Tim, Wickets, and Trolley and their half of the inning. The Maryland club increased their lead to 16-6 going to the bottom of the 7th before the game got interesting when the Gothams made their final march on the South.
Bonesaw had a one-base hit swiped 2 based and tallied his ace on Stacks one-base hit. Stacks then swiped 2 bases and tallied on Wombat's one-base hit. After Irv came on to run for Wombat, he really used his head, that is he was hit in the head on his successful steal of 2nd, Irv tallied his ace on a one-base hit by Scoops, but the biggest blast of the day came when Scratched hit the ball so far it was never to be seen again as he ran all 4 bases to tally his ace and bring the Gothams within 5 at 16-11. Unfortunately for the Mighty Gothams, that's as close as they would get. Chesapeake tallied twice more in each the 8th and 9th innings, despite a fine running catch by Tim in center field and Stacks 2nd strikeout of the day, to take a 20-11 lead into the final half inning. The Mighty Gothams had one last charge to mount. Tim, Scoops, and Scratch each reached on one-base hits and stole 2 bases. It looked like the comeback may just happen when Trolley hit a long fly ball clear over the center fielder's head, but the Chesapeake left fielder ran all the way over to catch the ball on a bound the thwart the Gotham's last rally and virtually end the game at a final tally of 20-14 in Chesapeake's favor.
Although the Gothams traveled far into the South to battle for the Union and lost all 4 battles to 3 fine Maryland clubs, they fought with honor and dignity and represented the North well. They tipped their caps to their Southern foes and began their journey back north. Until next time…..Huzzah!!
Game 2 Individual Stats:
Wickets - 1-6, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Scratch - 3-5, 1 HR, 3 Aces, 5 SB, 1 BB
Trolley - 2-6, 1 Ace, 3 SB
Irv - 1-6, 1 Ace
Bonesaw - 3-5, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Stacks - 4-5, 1 Ace, 5 SB
Wombat - 2-5, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Tim - 2-5, 2 Aces, 4 SB
Scoops - 3-5, 2 Aces, 4 SB