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It was a Thursday night match up between the top two contenders for the tier 1 title. The Beers took on the Monsters for the second time this week with the first match-up being cut short by rain. The Monsters were in a tight spot pitching wise as the game plan was to piece together 7 from a mash of position players and hope to limp into their break. Barlett heard that plan and politely asked the boys to hold his beer as we went to work in his biggest start of his career.

Scheduled for 3-4 at most he ended up going the distance with a final stat line of 6 IP 1 ER 6 H and bailing out his team by not having Springstead take the bump and embarrassing himself with a sub par change-up. Jay was strong all night inducing ground balls and weak contact giving his only run up in the 3rd off a broken bat after a wild pitch allowed the previous runner to advance into scoring position.

On the flip side Beers veteran Mike Evans took the bump but didn't seem to have it this night. He managed to work through the first two innings unscathed despite giving up some hard hit balls, a sign of things to come.

The Monsters responded to giving up a run in the 3rd with 4 of their own in their half of the frame. Koritko got it started by notching his first hit in 8 years which seemed to open the flood gates as 5 of the next 6 hitters all knocked hits. The inning ended on a single as Black was back-picked rounding first costing both an out and a run as Luke wasn't able to reach home before the tag was applied. Total tally for Monsters getting picked off on the basepaths has to be somewhere around 12 for the season.

Evans managed to bounch back with a 0 in the 4th but the Monsters stormed back again in the 5th putting up another 4 spot. Hard contact again again forced some defensive miscues leading to 4 RBI hits in a roow for the middle of the Monsters order.

With the Beers already seemingly out of it mentally Koritko put the cherry on top with a Gowan-esque like shot to left for a 2 run bomb. Talks around the cage before the game critquing his swing ended with a consensus that Brent would either hit Yams or K and he seemed to prove us right. The kid does not get cheated, choking down like a real ballplayer.

The game would end 2 batters later and depending on who you talk to you might get a different answer how. According to 21 players it ended on an error to short with Barlett scoring as the ball rolled into left. If you ask Penrose it ended on a walk off homerun as he never stopped running even when the 11th run scored everyone else stopped.

Monsters are off for a week and prepare for the upcoming 16 games in 8 days.

BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Burlington Beers 001000 1 5 7
Burlington Lake Monsters 004043 11 0 0

Date: August 1, 2019     Time: 8:30pm      Venue: Millcroft D1 - formerly C   

Burlington Beers
Hitters AB R H RBI BB K
Josh Grassick 2 0 1 0 0 0
Brandon MacKay 3 0 0 0 0 0
Brian Costello 2 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Evans 2 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Lord 1 0 0 0 1 0
Kyle Nicoletta 2 0 1 0 0 0
Matt Murdock 2 0 0 0 0 1
Braden Bishop 2 0 1 0 0 0
Andrew Stevens 2 1 1 0 0 0
Cam McKnight (OBA) 2 0 0 0 0 1
Colin Glass 2 0 1 0 0 0
Totals 22 1 5 0 1 2
HBP: Grassick
Burlington Lake Monsters
Hitters AB R H RBI BB K
Jason Barlett 4 3 3 0 0 0
Nate Penrose 4 1 2 1 0 0
Matt Loughridge 2 1 0 2 0 0
Andy Springstead 3 2 2 2 0 0
Luke Posavad 3 1 2 2 0 0
Steven Black 3 0 2 3 0 0
Jeff McNair 3 0 2 0 0 0
Tyler Bryk 3 0 1 0 0 1
TJ McKinlay 3 1 2 0 0 1
Jay Tluczek 3 0 0 0 0 2
Brent Koritko 3 2 2 2 0 0
Totals 34 11 18 12 0 4
2B: Penrose, Posavad
HR: Koritko
SB: Loughridge, Bryk
SF: Loughridge

Burlington Beers
Pitchers IP H R ER BB K PT
Mike Evans (L) 6.0 15 11 4 0 4 0
Burlington Lake Monsters
Pitchers IP H R ER BB K PT
Jason Barlett (W) 6.0 6 1 1 1 2 0
HB: Barlett

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