Normally the pitchers are ahead of the hitters at this time of year. Try telling that to Chicago’s mighty offenses.
The Cubs officially opened baseball’s marathon in Miami, spoiling the home team’s opener by putting eight runs on the board. The Sox, who opened in Kansas City, started poorly, giving up four runs in the first. But they exploded the second time through the lineup. The good guys belted six home runs and scored the game’s next 14 runs.
Both offenses looked really good…until Kevin O’Kelly told them to hold his beer.
In a game featuring three wild cards from the glory days of the Middle Guard, the Season One vet exploded for 17 centers. Only a misorder on the penultimate turn prevented him from posting the club’s second bar-game solo. For now, the late-Nate “The Myth Chaser” Cockerill remains the only player to turn that trick. And for those keeping track, we’ve now gone 142 games without a solo. In our first 143 games, we saw eight.
Game No. 364, played last night at the Scout in the South Loop, ended by time limit after the Fall 1907 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Chris Kelly): 6; 9.375 points.
England (Kevin O’Kelly): 17; 75.260 points.
France (Samuel Bassett): 3; 2.344 points.
Germany (Brian Shelden): 0; 0.000 points.
Italy (Braden Lenz): 1; 0.260 points.
Russia (Mike Morrison): 0; 0.000 points.
Turkey (John Gramila): 7; 12.760 points.
The supply center chart is here. Players, what happened?