On a Thursday afternoon at Southwest Park, the Hounds dropped their final matchup vs the Marlins 13-5, in a game that started fifteen minutes late due to a disgruntled Marlins squad.
Infrequent (and hard to reach) Hound Mike DiCola (P) wasted no time ruffling feathers, garnering heated response before a pitch was even thrown. The opposing squad (and fans), upset that the game was about to start ten minutes late to accommodate the commute to the suburban park, welcomed the hurler with a steady stream of loud-enough-to-be-heard comments. Naturally, DiCola’s response to these comments was not welcomed.
Alas, the confrontation proved to be a fire lit under the Marlin team because despite falling to a 5-0 first-inning deficit, thanks to some free bases and a 2-RBI single by Atticus Conway (SS), they posted an 8-run second inning, all they would need to secure the victory. On the diamond, the Hounds had another rusty day, combining for 5 errors, despite some good defensive plays including a Conway(SS)-Rondón(2B)-Hetrick(1B) double play and a perfect “warning-track(less)” fly ball grab by Cole Thompson (LF). Garrett Eddy (CF/P), who nearly threw a lazy runner out at first base from center field, provided pitching relief mid-game, shutting down the Marlins offense, but the Doggos were not able to produce any runs. All told, they would leave 12 runners on base.
The Hounds dropped to 11-9-1, extending their losing streak to 3. They will have an opportunity to turn it around with games against the Blazers and Degens this weekend.