It was one of those comfortable nights at the ballyard - a night when the Spirit basically controlled the entire game. There were no intense nail-biting moments. This game was what it was - fairly boring, for the most part, but it got the job done.
There was only one really frustrating moment, and that came early on in, in the top of the 2nd. With the score tied 1-1, the Spirit managed to put together an inning where they got four hits and no runs. Jerson Perez led it off with a single but was caught stealing 2nd (don't they read the blog? Sheesh); the Spirit got three more singles in the inning, but couldn't bring anyone around to score.
But it wasn't really that troubling, because the game always felt like it was under control. Bicondoa was, as usual, solid, and gave up 2 runs on 7 strong innings to earn the victory.
The Spirit only needed one more inning after that aggravating 2nd to bust out. In the top half of the 3rd, Luiz Lopez ripped an RBI double to left field which scored Alex Trezza and gave North Shore a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Josue got his first 2 RBI on the night when he laced a double to right-center that made it 4-1 Spirit.
Things just kind of churned along with Bic in control and Fontella Jones, the Grays starter and loser, settling down, until the 6th, when John Welch smoked a solo homer to left to increase the lead to four.
In the bottom half of the 6th, Ben Tinius got one back for the Grays on a disputed inside the park home run. He hit a hard smash to deep center but BJ Weed appeared to have tracked it down and caught the ball in spectacular fashion, banging into the CF wall in the process. Evidently, he didn't have the ball long enough and it popped out of his glove, because while the Spirit sort of inched their way toward the dugout, Tinius busted around the bases and was ruled safe by the umps.
We booed, mainly out of obligation; but to be honest, it wasn't all that troubling.
The Spirit, as I figured they would, got the run right back on a Jerson Perez solo home run in the top of the 7th to make it 7-2.
Josue Lopez added one last blast of fun into the night, hammering a two-run homer in the 9th to give us our final score of 9-2.
3 home runs in one game has been an extreme rarity this season in the CanAm League, and especially for the Spirit - so this was a moment to enjoy.
Donny Langdon and Derek Drage tag-teamed to pitch a scoreless final two innings for North Shore, nailing down what proved to be an easy victory from start to finish.