Nats Fade Late; Fall in WSL Opener
The skies parted over Sheboygan on an otherwise tumultuous day as our Heavenly Father showed His sense of humor and infinite authority over all matters. How else does one explain persistent and heavy rain thoughout the rest of the state and non-stop on the hour drive up only to find a playable field in Sheboygan....er God's country. God also showed His favor on the A's this day as they took the WSL opener for both teams by a score of 5-3. Not sure how many Natties have been in a pew for anything other than the Karas nuptuals recently, so the team is hiring a new team chaplain to bring God to them.
Jonah Meidl picked up where he left off last season, getting hit by a pitch to lead off the game. He advanced to third when Matt Richer reached on an error by the second baseman. Will Johnson, who swings like only Bob Herrick, then lined a single to right to plate the game's first two runs.
Pressed into an emergency spot start on the bump, the artist formerly known as CP 14 in the 15 showed off his finest early. Now simply known as pickoff symbol ©®™, number 14 picked off not one, but two baserunners from first base in the first inning in keeping the A's off the board.
A Matt Richer double plated Meidl again in the third inning, increasing the Nats lead to 3-0, but the offense blacked out after that - literally and figuratively. As most visiting teams know, night ensues quickly once the sun goes down at Wildwood Park.
The A's tied the game in the fifth after consecutive knocks from the heart of their lineup, ending the night for pickoff symbol ©®™.
Aaron Woods pitched a clean sixth, but encountered command challenges on the wet field in the seventh. Though he did not allow a hit, he walked two, hit two more, and through a wild pitch as the A's took a 5-3 lead.
That lead held; the Nats went down in order in the eighth and ninth innings.
Following the game the team convened to review the "hit" and "score" signs never flashed from the third base coaching box. Also, after a brief appearance by false idol Budweiser - aka A's #19 - post game order was restored and High Life flowed like mother's milk.
Next up for the Nats are the Kenosha Kings in a WSL DH on Saturday at 3pm at Kuenn Field in Rainbow Park, West Allis. BP will be at 1pm, followed by a silent prayer service lead by the team's new chaplain. It will be a time of reflection and penance. Attendance by all bats is mandatory.