Week 1
KKG 25
SLG  2
Week 2
SLG 4
DDY 18
Week 3
RRD 6
SLG 19
Week 4
DBP 4
SLG 20
Week 5
SLG 7
MMR 21
Week 6
SLG 6
OSG 13
Week 7
BPK 20
SLG 3
Week 8
SLG 15
RRD 16
Week 9
DDY 11
SLG 4
Week 10
SLG 6
KKG 12
Week 11
OSG 15
SLG 4
Week 12
SLG 3
BPK 17
Week 13
SLG 21
DBP 13
Week 14
MMR 17
SLG 16


11Jun2014

Lost in the Wilderness

Lost in the Wilderness

No box score. No game notables. No stats recorded.

TYMON PARK, DUBLIN -- Exhausted and bereft, the Sluggers muddled their way through their week 6 game against the Oddsox Green to a 13-6 loss. Continually shorthanded, the Sluggers needed four Bearcats just to make a team for Tuesday's game, leaving the real number of Sluggers regulars at a measly six players. 

I was hoping a forfeit would've been a wake-up call to everyone how serious the problem is.

-- Sluggers P John Edwards

It might have been the final straw for Sluggers P John Edwards, who was fully expecting a forfeit. "After the hell that Michiyo went through to try to get enough players for the game, I was hoping a forfeit would've been a wake-up call to everyone how serious the problem is. I'm too tired to deal with it anymore," said Edwards. "I'm taking a few weeks off."

Given the slump Edwards finds himself in (0-7 in two games), it may be no great loss. Though suffering a two-game skid at the plate, Edwards was pitching effectively, striking out two while pitching around the powerful Greens hitters.

Then again, with a clear lack of available players, the damage may come in the form of having to ask even more Bearcats to play up on Tuesday nights.

Sharp Dressed Oddsox

Sharp-dressed Oddsox arrive in style.

On the other side of the pitch, the Oddsox Greens had no personnel issues, with the likes of all-star players Stuart Blain, Gary O'Sullivan and Brian Connolly resting comfortably on the bench, ready to enter the game at a moment's notice.

The game was not a runaway affair by any stretch - the thick, uncut grass kept all balls from rolling more than a few meters - but at no point did the Sluggers appear to threaten offensively. Darryl Clancy launched a few screaming liners down the right field line, as is typical of the big left-hander, and Mike Shea unleashed a bomb to left-centerfield, over the head of the outfield and making a single bounce into the hedge for a ground-rule double. 

But the rest of the Sluggers lineup was more-or-less powerless to make a dent in the Oddsox defense.

Sluggers LF Junichiro Aoki nearly made the catch of the season on a shot from Greens powerhitter Senan Dormer, leaping into the bushes in foul territory, only to have the ball pop out of the heel of his glove as he was bashed by the thick foliage which tore at his jersey. The opportunity for another crack at hitting one beyond the hedges was too much for Dormer, as Sluggers P Edwards lobbed one high and inside - a pitch Dormer has an apparent affection for, normally taking inside pitches deep to left - which was fouled off for strike three. 

Other than this loss, more pressing issues for the Sluggers remain. The neverending questions surrounding who can manage the team, how the lineup can be filled in, and with whom, haunt the team week in and week out. The Sluggers' next game is at home in Castleknock College on 17 June, against the Batpak.