Guthrie Scatters Five Hits for Caucasians En Route to 3-0 Shutout of Pumice on Slow!

15 Jun

Guthrie delivers a pitch to Luke of Pumice on Slow! in his 3-0 complete game shutout

After missing week 6, Guthrie returned with a vengeance in week 7, retiring eight of the final nine Pumice! batters in a 3-0 complete game shutout.

Guthrie battled Pumice! ace Gaurav, who retired Guthrie to start the game. But the game’s second batter, Morrison, belted a solo homer with one out to put the Caucasians up 1-0 in the top of the first. Jeff Blauser, playing for the Caucasians because they fielded only a two-man roster for week 7, singled following the home run. But Gaurav stranded Blauser at first, ending the inning with only one run in the books.

John was retired to start the bottom of the first, but Gaurav followed with a single in which he pushed the ball directly into a hole in right field. Unfortunately for Pumice! he was stranded at first when Luke grounded out to left to end the inning.

Gaurav retired both Vaginas batters in order in the top of the second, and Pumice! started a rally in the bottom of the second. John led off the inning with a single and moved to second when Gaurav hit another seeing-eye single to right. With two men on, Luke grounded out to Morrison in left, but put two runners in scoring position with one out. But Guthrie got John to fly out to left field, ending the threat as Pumice! failed to plate either of the two base runners.

Guthrie was retired to start the top of the third, and after a Morrison single with one out, Blauser flew out to the mound for the second out of the inning. Gaurav led off the bottom of the third with his third single in as many at-bats, but didn’t advance past first as Guthrie retired Luke and John to end the third.

Up 1-0, Guthrie doubled to start the top of the fourth. The next batter, Morrison, singled, but Guthrie was held at second. Blauser came up with men on first and second and no outs. One of the strangest plays in league history followed. Blauser hit a fly ball which fell into play for a single, but both Guthrie and Morrison were caught in between bases as Pumice! got Gaurav the ball on the mound. The result was a double play, as the Caucasians went 3 for 3 in the inning as a team, but scored no runs and recorded two outs.

Pumice! couldn’t capitalize on the big defensive play, however, as Guthrie retired Gaurav and Luke in order with groundouts in the bottom of the fourth.

Gaurav got Guthrie to fly out to left to lead off the top of the fifth. Morrison doubled with one out, but Gaurav ended the inning by getting Blauser to fly out to center field. With the score still 1-0, John and Gaurav were retired in order in the bottom of the fifth.

Guthrie flew out to the pitcher’s mound for the first out of the sixth, and Morrison followed with his third single of the day. With one out, Blauser hit a two-run homer to center field, putting the Caucasians up 3-0. Guthrie hit his second double of the game with one out following the home run, but he was stranded at second when Morrison flew out to deep left field.

Pumice! needed three runs to extend the game, but Luke was fanned to lead off the final frame. John singled to keep hope alive, but Gaurav flew out to the pitcher’s mound to end the game and give the Caucasians a 3-0 victory.

Game Notes:
– Guthrie tied a league record for doubles in a game, with 2
– This was the first game of the season in which a team only fielded two players

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