The Chicago Hounds were swept in the 3-game season series with the Browns today by a score of 3-1 in a rain/lightning/thunder/darkness-shortened-6-inning affair at Winnemac Park. The game was tight the whole way, but the Hounds just ran out of time (and daylight).
Tim Riggenbach (#8, P) threw all 6 innings and kept the Browns mostly in check. The Hounds have been scoring more than 8 runs a game this season, so it seemed like a 3-run deficit would have been easy for the Hounds to overcome. But alas, the Hounds were only able to push across a single run. That run came in the form of Hound newbie Justin Thornton (#8 also as I could not find another suitable gray jersey, 2B). Thornton reached base in his first game as a Hound on a Browns error and was driven home by Matthew Steffens (#5, SS) for the Hounds only tally.
The Hounds and the family Correa (Tony, Big Tony, Linda, and Melanie Harmon) all enjoyed a seeming “A Mighty Wind” tribute band at K’s Dugout. It was right up Nick Schmidt’s alley, as he just loves the folk. And I won’t tell you what the 71 year old man I met at the bar told me he loves.
The Hounds are now 11-10 and play the Red Sox on Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Maywood Park. But for now, we do not have enough players fully committed to give me the confidence that we are going to prevent a forfeit, so if any former Hounds or fans want to help, please let me know! At least 5 Hounds players are taking that day off from work, but somehow despite that total day of freedom, they are all too busy to make the game. Shocking. Hopefully we can work it out and field a team and take advantage of a Red Sox team that has been on the skids and improve to 12-10. Hope to see you there, in uniform if necessary!