Bobby Brown Pounds Fish Sticks for 8 Home Runs, Hold On for 9-5 Win

12 Jun
Brad rounds third after one of his 3 homers as he helped carry Bobby Brown to a big win over the Fish Sticks

Brad rounds third after one of his 3 homers as he helped carry Bobby Brown to a big win over the Fish Sticks

The Lentz brothers each hit 3 homers and kept the Fish Sticks out of reach as they held off a late rally to win 9-5.

The Sticks started Joey on the mound for the second time in week 6, and he got off to a rough start in the top of the first inning. The first batter, Mark, hit a leadoff homer, immediately putting Bobby Brown up 1-0. Joey retired the next batter, Brad, for the first out of the inning. With one out, Mike singled, and moved to second when Mark followed with a single. Joey escaped further damage though, as Brad grounded out to the mound for the second out of the inning, stranding Mike and Mark.

Mike started on the mound and brought the heat to the Fish Sticks early. Ivan grounded out to right for the first out of the inning, and Joey was called out after trying to extend a single into a double, ending the inning.

Bobby Brown added to their lead in the top of the second. After Mike flew out for the first out of the inning, Mark doubled. With a runner on second and one out, Brad hit a 2-run homer, pushing the Bobby Brown lead to 3-0. Mike flew out to left for the second out of the inning.

Mark races to first for one of his 6 base hits for the game

Mark races to first for one of his 6 base hits for the game

Mike cruised through the bottom of the second, retiring Blose and Vassallo in order.

Bobby Brown would add two more runs in the top of the third, starting with Mark, who led off the inning with a solo homer, his second of the game, making the score 4-0. Brad flew out to left for the first out of the inning, but Mike followed with a solo homer, the first of his career, and the score was 5-0. Joey retired Mark for the first time in the game for the second out of the inning, but the Sticks trailed by five.

Mike his first career homer in the top of the third, the first of two he had in the game

Mike his first career homer in the top of the third, the first of two he had in the game

The Sticks would get on the board in the bottom of the third. Ivan led off the inning by grounding out to Brad in center, but Joey followed with a one-out triple. Blose then doubled, scoring Joey and cutting the deficit to 5-1. With one out and a runner on second, Mike got Vassallo to fly out to the mound, ending the inning and stranding the runner.

For the third consecutive inning, Bobby Brown would add two runs to their lead. Brad led off the inning with a solo bomb, his second of the game, making the score 6-1. Mike grounded out to left for the first out of the inning, but Mark followed with a solo shot, his third of the game, and the score was 7-1. Joey had given up six homers in 3.5 innings, and he pulled himself from the game, turning to Blose from the bullpen to minimize the damage. He retired Brad, who grounded out to left, to end the inning.

The Fish Sticks' defense was terrible all day, particularly in their loss to Bobby Brown

The Fish Sticks’ defense was terrible all day, particularly in their loss to Bobby Brown

Down six runs, the Sticks went quietly in the bottom of the fourth. Ivan doubled to lead off the inning, but was held at second when Joey flew out to the mound for the first out. Blose followed with a one-out single, but Ivan was called out trying to advance from second to third on the play, ending the inning.

Bobby Brown's defense was superb despite playing with only 3 in the field

Bobby Brown’s defense was superb despite playing with only 3 in the field

Blose made quick work of Bobby Brown in the top of the fifth. Mike led off with a single, but Blose turned a double play when Mark grounded out to the mound, and Mike was caught in between first and second for the second out of the inning.

The Sticks cut into the Bobby Brown lead in the bottom of the fifth, starting with Vassallo who led off the inning with a single. Ivan followed with a two-run homer, making the score 7-3. Joey followed with a double, and it looked as if the Sticks would rally as they have all season. The next batter, Blose, singled, but Joey was caught in between second and third for the first out of the inning. With Blose on first and one out, Vassallo grounded out to left, ending the inning and the rally at only two runs.

Bobby Brown immediately made up the two runs in the top of the sixth. Brad led off the inning with his third home run of the game, a towering shot to left, putting Bobby Brown up 8-3. The next batter, Mike, hit a low fly ball that barely cleared the right field fence, making back-to-back homers and giving Bobby Brown a 6-run lead. Mark followed with a double, and it looked as if things would get ugly, but Blose got Brad and Mike to fly out consecutively to end the inning.

Down 9-3, the Sticks got off to a good start in a comeback bid in the bottom of the sixth. Ivan led off the inning with his second homer in as many at-bats, a solo bomb to right-center that cut the score to 9-4. Mike got Joey to ground out for the first out of the inning, but Blose followed with a solo bomb, and the score was 9-5. With one out and no one on, Mike ended the Fish Sticks rally, getting Vassallo to fly out to the mound, ending the game.

The win moved Bobby Brown to 4-7 on the season in a tie with the Ham Slams in the standings. The Fish Sticks’ loss snapped a 4-game winning streak and dropped their record to 7-4 in a tie with the Caucasians in the standings.

W: Mike (1-0)
L: Joey (4-3)

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