Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Monday, June 18, 2007

Update on the Double A play-offs

The playoffs started on Saturday, but not well. The Giants lost 7-5 to the Rangers, a team which we lost to once, and beat once, in the regular season. We stranded 11 base-runners, and in the ultimate indignity....hit into a triple play! The first baseman dove for a line drive and caught it. The bases were loaded, and the runners on first and second took off on contact (no outs). The first baseman jumped up and ran back to first before our runner got back to first.
The baserunner who was on second ignored the flailing command of the third base coach to go back to second. He made it all the way to third so that we had 2 men on third! The first baseman and short-stop, having the wherewithall (aided by the shouting of the Ranger coaches), made the third out at second!

Today was a better day. We played the Rockies, another team to which we beat once and lost once to during the regular season. Today we were dominant, beating them 8 to 0 - a shut out!

Our starting pitcher, Charlie Gordon, threw 4 2/3 hitless innings. When he gave up two back to back hits with two outs in the fifth we pulled him, just short of 60 pitches. This means he has to have two days off (Monday, Tuesday) and we could use him for the semi-final on Wednesday.
My Andrew came in in relief and got the next 4 batters out on 14 pitches, allowing him to pitch again tomorrow.

Interestingly, of the first three games today - all the teams that lost on Saturday won on Sunday. The last game (Nationals v. Rangers) I do not know the final score.

We play tomorrow at 4pm. If we win we are in the semi-final on Wednesday.
If we lose, there is a small mathematical chance we could make it. But we would rather just win!