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The first thing we learned going to this game is that downtown Litchfield is always busy on Saturday. The Gators went into this game with a 3-2 record, having suffered losses to the Millers and Orioles, while the Phillies were coming in undefeated with a 3-0 record. The Phillies are the only full team to come from the GHTBL, but rooting against the Gators is not something I want to do. This game did have that mystery about it though because the Phillies were undefeated going into it.
In the top of the first inning with a runner on first base there was a fly ball out to right field which was caught for the second out. Apparently though the Phillies baserunner did not know this as he ran to second, then third and then back to the dugout as the Gators got the ball to first to get him out. He must have thought there were two outs, but this seemed to set the tone for the game for the Phillies.
The Phillies had Trevor Moulton on the mound and most of their roster from the previous GHTBL season seemed to be there. But a lead off hit, a Willy Yahn double and then a passed ball put the first run on the board for the Gators. In the second inning, Willy Yahn hit a deep shot to left that ended in him being thrown out at third base but really if there was a fence out there somewhere that could have been a homerun instead. Hitting a car to get a homerun just seems so far and I have yet to see someone do it.
The Phillies were silenced in the top of the third, taking all strikeouts and in the bottom of the third they changed pitchers after their starter gave up five runs. This was strange to see as we previously had seen Trevor Moulton go seven innings. In the top of the fourth the Phillies managed to get runners on first and second but they just couldn't seem to do anything with it. In the bottom of the sixth inning when the Gators reached ten runs the game ended. The fifth inning was the only inning which the Gators did not score.
This was a fun game if only because Quentin got to do the Gator Chomp a lot. The Gators have more wins now than anyone else in the league with 4 and since the Millers won their game on Sunday the Phillies and Millers are now tied for first place with 3-1 records. The Phillies and Millers have yet to meet though, so that will be a great game, and you still have the Orioles (who the Phillies have also not faced yet) sneaking up behind the top three teams and posing a threat. There are only two weeks left before the playoffs but there are still some matchups to be had.