Beers start off their season strong
The Beers tweak their lineup just enough to make a huge impact early on
The Beers had a great first week and a half of the 2013 campaign.
It started off with a Sunday night win against the newly formed Sox. Actually, this is not really new team. The Sox are made up of two teams - the Yanks and the Cards - both strong 'B' teams over the last few years. The Beers were a little tentative at first, striking out a few times. However, Paul Robillard was on the hill for the Beers and he kept the Sox runs down to a minimum. This gave the Beers just enough time to put together one big inning and steal the game from the Sox. Newcomer Jay Paré shut down the opposition in the last two innings to take the save.
Then, on Wednesday night, the Beers took on a new team: the Rays. Ryan Fishman took to the hill and was masterful, striking out 6 over 5 innings. The bats came alive this game and the standout performer was David Leroux-Petersen who broke out of the gate with 6 RBI. The Beers were too much for the Rays, winning by a large margin in only 5 innings.
The following Sunday, the Beers faced the Orioles: a mix of players from our BWISL league and the Metropolitaine league. Some of the players had familiar faces, as they had played on les Aigles two years ago. This was a tough fought game. The Beers made a few defensive mistakes in the top of the first that cost them the early lead. They bounced back nontheless in the bottom of the first and put up three runs of their own. The lead went back and forth throughout the game, but some clutch hitting and some great pitching down the stretch allowed the Beers to win the game in the end.
The Beers' schedule does not get any easier in the next week or two, having to play the Orioles again at their park on Wednesday night. Then, the Beers suit up for a three-game series against the reigning season and playoff champs, the Verdun Indians. It will be a true test for the Beers moving forward.
Gotta keep on chuggin'. Go Beers!