Monday, July 04, 2011

Maurading Muckrakers Shatter 9 Mugs and a Pitcher for Fifth Consecutive Win

CONCORD -- You want to know when you're cool, hip and happening? When you've got a beer named after you, that's when.

So fill up that pitcher with Muckraker Ale, courtesy of Luke Abbott Brewery, gather 'round the hitchin' post, and let's all recount with gusto the mighty Muckrakers' latest in a string of triumphs, a 20-12 mauling of their personal punching bags, 9 Mugs and a Pitcher, last Thursday on Field 3.

Lately, the drinks have all been on the house and have gone down so smoothly at Ye Olde Muckraker Tavern. The Men of Muck continue to knock down the best D League-South has to offer, having now won an astounding five games in a row. The team that once stood at 1-4 with little postseason hope is up to 6-4 and feeling pretty good about its chances, although more work needs to be done with two regular-season games remaining.

Something about 9MAAP gets the 'Rakers' juices flowing. Yer Heroes blasted three home runs vs. 9MAAP after piling up 27 runs against it in the last encounter. Chris White, Dave Alcorn and Bob Brindley all went yard in this one as the Muckrakers pulled away for the decisive victory.

This one was a slugfest early, with pitcher Dave Taxier gumming the works somewhat with his Worst Start Ever. The 'Rakers led 13-11 after three innings, but 9MAAP tallied only once more the rest of the way, thanks to fine long relief work from White. Meanwhile, the offense continued to do its thing, applying the dagger with a five-run seventh inning. Brindley, he of the high-visibility florescent yellow hat, landed the big blow, a two-run jimmy-jack to cap off his 5 for 5, four-run, two-ribbie evening.

White, who'd homered in the first, led the RBI parade with five. Shortstop Reed Johnson turned in a 4 for 5 effort, and Matt Knauff and Jose Gomez contributed three safeties apiece to the 29-hit attack. Rick Browning returned to the lineup and bashed a couple hits and scored four times.

After it was all said and done, it was over to Master Luke's abode for some good eats and brew. Sure, it was all fine and grand, but that's what happens when you're the D-League South cock of the walk. Strut proud, Muckrakers, strut proud.

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