Streaking Liners run past Blue Streaks
Northeast baseball players finally had their day in the sun. Literally. With temps 40 degrees higher than one week ago, the Liners traveled to Washington to face Warren Hills. Tyler Diefenbackkkkkkkkkkkkk set the tone early as he struck out two in the first. The Pburg bats were quiet during the first two innings but Garrett Webb did his best Yoder impression blasting a double from the 9 hole. Farmer Ray knocked him in and then the Stateliners started to run and didn't stop. One of the subplots of the game was the fued between Billy Billy and the plate umpire. After being warned for a second time in two at bats about intentionally trying to get Mom'd, Billy Billy laced yet another extra base hit as he tripled to right scoring the invisible man and El Morro. This is author is shocked that any umpire would have the audacity to accuse Evo Oertel of intentionally trying to get hit. Staggy Bear would follow with a two out RBI single, stole second, and somehow managed to score from second on a wild pick off throw that barely trickled into the outfield to put the Liners up 5-0. On the other side of the diamond, Diefen-K was dealing. For the third time in as many games a Phillipsburg pitcher took a no hitter into the 4th inning. Diefen-dominator struck out 5 in a row at one point and many in the stands wondered if any batter would put the ball in play again. A sloppy defensive inning in the fourth cost Diefen-dealer some pitches but he continued to mow down the Blue Streaks. In the sixth, Robby Martin was stealing as Nice Guy Nick Helman executed a hit and run well to earn an infield single. A semi wild throw and Robby Martin just kept on running and ran all the way home for the sixth run of the game. Asked after the game why he didn't stop at third he said he just heard everyone yelling "Go Home Rob!" as he's heard his whole life so he obliged. Diefen-nono finally gave up a hit in the top of the sixth to end the no hit bid, a little less dramatic than his pal Machado on Tuesday. In the top of the seventh the Landshark took his turn flying around the bases as he stole second, stole third (3 SBs on the day 7 on the year), and scored after his steal of third induced a wild throw. In the bottom of the 7th Diefen-doubleduece ended the game on his 13th strikeout. Pburg won 9-2 with both runs being unearned. Through 7 games the Phillipsburg pitching staff has an era of 1.64 and has struck out 66 in 47 innings. With their fourth win in a row the Liners improve to 5-2 and have a match across the Delaware with Nazareth on Monday.