Saturday, August 30, 2008

August = Best Month of 2008

So on wed. we won game 6 to complete a 3 game streak and take the Park League Championship after being down 2-1 in the best of 7 series. A week ago from last monday we had won our first round series (best of 5) in 4 games and we won the first game of the championship. Then last week on thursday and friday we suffered two tough one run losses.

During monday's game we were down 6-5 going into the 5th, but mounted a terrific comeback to win 12-6. Then on tuesday I got my second W of the series (also won game 1) when we were able to throw out the tieing run at the plate in the bottom of the 7th of a 7-6 game. That win got us a 3-2 lead in the series.

However game 6 found us facing a tough deficit right away. We gave up 3 runs in the first inning, and going into the bottom of the 6th we were still down 3-0. Then a series of singles and rbi outs got us 3 runs and leveled the score. However the other team put up another 3 runs in the top of the 7th and it looked like the series was going to game 7.

Just like we have done all season though, we found a way to battle back in the last inning and scored 4 runs in 5 batters without recording an out (including a 2rbi 3B and a 2rbi 2B). The walk off 2B to take the lead set off a wild celebration that included a dog-pile at home plate, gratuitous hugging and high-fiving, and lots of champagne spritzing.

It was the perfect ending to a great season. Probably the most fun I've ever had playing baseball, and arguably the best I've ever pitched. I finished the season 11-1 with about a 2.4 ERA and 2 saves. I had about a 3-1 strikeout to walk ratio, and got positive results in all but 2 outings (1 loss and one game where I allowed an inherited runner to score the winning run). Our team finished the year 26-16 which was a dramatic turnaround from last years 9-22 year.

poker update to come soon. gotta get on a plane.

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