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


13Aug2014

If It Looks Like A Duck...

If It Looks Like A Duck...

Box Score:

Teams  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  Final
Sluggers (3-10)  5  0  0  4  8  1  3  21
Dublin Bay Packers (0-13)  1  1  2  4  3  2  0  13

 

 

2PAK PARK, ALSAA, DUBLIN -- Unforrced errors, walks, and not a lot of hitting, and you've got quite an "ugly duck". But for the Sluggers, a win is a win, no matter how ugly.

The Dublin Bay Packers, like the Sluggers, have struggled in 2014 - but somehow, even more so. Starting the game with only 9 players doesn't make it any easier, and though the weather was cooperating, the gods were not, as the strike zone was hard to find; and when it was, the ball was not finding it's way into the defense's gloves.

The Sluggers were happy to take the gifts given by the Packers. Being on the wrong side of the majority of their games this season, the Sluggers were willing to take whatever means were necessary to put another mark down in the win column. 

Back from a long spell on the "physically unable to perform" list, and looking like she'd never stopped playing, Lisa Lyness has finally received a much-welcomed clearance from her doctors to return to competitive play, having suffered a freakish neck injury at the end of 2013 which has sidelined her for most of 2014. 

Nobody wouldn't want these guys on their team...

-- Sluggers SS John Edwards

Also returning to the field was Philip Robinson, who has been seeing to work and family commitments in London. 

With the absence (on holidays in Japan) of superstar Junichiro Aoki, both players were "sights for sore eyes" for the Sluggers. "Nobody wouldn't want these guys on their team," said Sluggers stand-in SS John Edwards. "Having Lisa and Philip back is a huge lift for everybody's morale. They're the type of players that can change your whole outlook."

Scoring runs is another way of improving a teams outlook, and the Sluggers were able to accomplish that with the unintended help of the Dublin Bay Packers. While often hitting the ball hard, it was more a case of taking advantage of Packer slip-ups that saw the Sluggers break out to an early lead.

But the Packers, never a team to roll over, through aggressive baserunning and sheer determination were able to claw back runs in each inning, and kept the game within reach. Down by only 1 run after 4 innings, the Packers were still in the game going into the 5th inning.

The Sluggers were also feeling the tension, as an OUT call on a player hit by a batted ball who was standing on 1st base sent the Sluggers bench into an emotional outburst. After a short 10-second decision to not contest the call by the umpire, the Sluggers were clearly on edge, and the urgency to gain a commanding lead was blatantly apparent. 

The Sluggers responded with 8 runs in the top of the 5th inning. Even with the Packers struggling at the plate and in the field, they were able to continue to score runs, but not nearly enough to bring the game back, as the Sluggers conservative defense made timely outs to stave off any attempts at a Packers comeback.

PLAYOFFS: The Dublin Bay Packers will be relegated to Division One for 2015; the Sluggers will need help to achieve a tie for 6th place: if the Renegades Reds lose to the Dublin Bay Packers in week 14 AND the Sluggers win against the Marlay Martyrs in week 14, the Sluggers will be tied with the Renegades for 6th place and will need to have a playoff to determine 6th and 7th place. CORRECTION: ties are broken according to their runs against in games played head-to-head, and no 6th-place playoff would be played. In this case the Sluggers have given up 22 runs to the Renegades, and the Renegades have given up 34 runs to the Sluggers, which would give the Sluggers 6th place. If the Sluggers lose, OR the Renegades win, in week 14, the Sluggers will be in 7th place in the Premier division, and will face the Division One 2nd seed Blazzers for a playoff to determine who plays in the Premier division for 2015.