August 22, 2004
Game 1 - Brooklyn Atlantics 23 - Gothams 7
Game 2 - Brooklyn Atlantics 13 - Gothams 11
No happy recap this week. the Gothams could not quite muster enough power to avenge our founding member Booth against his former team and current nemesis the Atlantics.
Game 1 Vs. Brooklyn Atlantics in Central Park:
Fiddlesticks!! Game 1 was a rough one for the mighty Gothams as the Atlantics pounded on us from beginning to end in a 23-7 drubbing. It looked good for a few minutes as the Gothams took the lead in the top of the first with 3 aces. Slider got things started with a Triple to lead off the game (rumors have it he wanted to stop at first just so he could steal 2nd and 3rd). Homer, Spike, Digits, and Low Ball followed up with singles to net 2 more aces, but the inning ended with Digits thrown out at home while carrying his piano. It got ugly fast after that as the Atlantics tallied 21 aces over the next 5 frames as baseballs continues to disappear at a miraculous pace through the hands of Gotham ballists, the ball would go high while the Gotham would go low. I think the Atlantics may have found a way to add these new fangled magnets to the baseballs that propelled them from the mighty Gothams hands. The Gothams did not answer back until the 6th after being Chicagoed for 4 innings; Stacks and Spike combined a couple singles and a bunch of stolen bases into an ace. Digits, Low Ball, and Mixer combined 3 more hits into 2 aces in the 7th and Stacks, Spike and Rugs worked out another Ace in the 8th, but the Gothams were Chicagoed again in the 9th to end the game. Spike was clearly the offensive star of the game with 4 singles, 7 stolen bases and 2 aces, but his results as captain left little to be desired.
Slider - 1-4, 1 3B, 1 Ace
Stacks - 2-4, 1 Ace, 3 SB
Homer - 1-4, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Spike - 4-4, 2 Aces, 7 SB
Rugs - 1-4, 2 SB
Digits - 2-4, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Low Ball - 2-5, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 1 SB
Mixer - 2-4, 3 SB
Candles - 0-4
Shoeless - 1-3, 1 over-running of 1st base
A much better effort from the Mighty Gothams was apparent in the 2nd game even though the Atlantics brought in a ringer for this game as Kevin "Scribe" Kernan of the New York Post played 2nd base for them. The Atlantics tallied 3 aces in the 1st, but the Gothams answered with an ace of our in the first thanks to Rugs speed as he singled stole 2 bases and scored on a wild pitch. The Atlantics tallied one more in the 2nd, but the Gothams came back again with 2 aces in their half of the inning thanks to hits from Shoeless (who stopped at first this time). Coach (a double) and Homer. It went back and forth through the first 6 innings after which the score was 9-8. The Gothams continued a balanced attack from the entire lineup combining singles and lightning speed on the bases for their 5 runs over these 4 innings. The Atlantics tallied 2 more aces in each of the 7th and 8th innings to take a 13 - 8 lead. The Gothams last attack came in the 8th when we tallied 3 more times on a single by Slider, a walk by Rugs, and three more singles from Low Ball, Trolley, and Digits and a flurry of stolen bases. Unfortunately, a double play in the middle of the inning killed us when Spike flew out to left and Low Ball didn't get back to first in time. The Gothams were Chicagoed in the 9th resulting in the final score of 13-11 in favor of the Atlantics. However, the Gotham's defense was much better in this game as we Chicagoed the Atlantics in 2 innings and even turned a couple of double plays; One started by Digits at 3rd base and the other by Trolley in Left Field. Mixer also put in a fine performance in his debut as a Hurler.
Slider - 2-3, 1 BB, 2 Aces, 6 SB
Rugs - 1-3, 1 BB, 2 Aces, 3 SB
Low Ball - 2-4,
Spike - 0-3, 1 BB, 2 SB
Trolley - 2-4, 2 Aces, 4 SB
Digits - 2-4, 1 Ace, 2 SB
Shoeless - 2-4, 2 Aces
Mixer - 1-4, 1 SB
Coach, 2-4, 1 2B, 1 Ace, 3 SB
Homer - 1-4
Candles - 1-4, 1 SB
In addition, Slider had his picture displayed on page 2 of the New York Sun in Monday's edition, and we can look forward to an article in the New York Post by Kevin Kernan about our game last week.