May 13, 2005

AL Game 36


Dougherty & Conrad    15

Gardner Fox    4


It was a battle for sole possession of first place in the American League tonight between Dougherty & Conrad and Gardner Fox. When the dust settled DC was alone at the top, posting a 15-4 win.


As is their custom DC got on the board early, and on this night it was early and often. David Splain started the contest with a triple to left center. After Nolan Owens got Joe Murray to line out to short, Shane Williams drove Splain home with a single to center. This is where the flood gates opened up for DC. Kevin Dlugis singled to right center, Williams went to third and after a few walks Splain came to the plate for the second time in the inning. This time with the bases loaded, he delivered what turned out to be the crushing blow, a bases clearing triple. A base hit by Murray and Splain scores again. At the end of the first inning it's DC 8 Gardner Fox 0.


It was a total team effort for DC as they win for the eighth time in nine tries. Splain was terrific on the mound throwing 3 strong innings to go along with 4 hits. Williams also had 4 hits and while sharing pitching duties Shane struck out four of the five hitters he faced. Joe Murray was magnificent behind the plate and added a couple hard hit doubles. Lee Miller played solid defense and was one of the fire plugs in tonight's ballgame. Danny McColl, Grant Jamgochian and Brendan Howanski contributed big time.


Gardner Fox came into this contest tied for first place for a reason, and that reason is lots of talent. With players like Brian Gross, Phillip Kotcamp, and Nolan Owens, FG is always in the game. In tonight's action FG had the bases loaded in the first two innings and came up empty. The bounces just didn't go their way tonight. In the third with that never say die attitude, Andy Kaiden led off with an inside the park home run just over the glove of left fielder Scott Terstappen. FG went on to score three more runs, but it just wasn't enough to catch DC tonight.