Friday, September 07, 2007

For now, we've still got tomorrow.

Note: Yes, I am aware of the news. And I will have plenty to say about the departure of the Spirit once the season is over. But for now, I have precious few chances to do what I love the most - talk about the games played by my favorite baseball team. So that's what we'll do.

It was definitely not the best of nights at Fraser Field. All night, the Spirit tried to scratch and claw their way back from an early 2 run deficit. From the 1st thru 7th innings, the Spirit stranded 9 baserunners and wasted many chances to get back in it. Finally, in the 8th, they broke through, when Mike Torres's broken bat bloop single over the shortstop's head scored Nilson Teilon and tied the game at 2.

Unfortunately, as if Spirit fans needed another kick in the balls tonight, the Surf got the win by fighting back to put a run on the board in the 9th off of Jamie Baker. Lucas Taylor hit a go-ahead RBI single up the middle with 2 outs to give Atlantic City a 3-2 win and even the best-of-5 series at 1 as the scene shifts to scenic (not) New Jersey for the remainder of the series.

Jamie Baker got the loss for the Spirit. Jamie Tricoglou earned the win, giving up the 1 run in the 8th over 3 innings of relief work. Each starter got a no decision - Matt Bishop, who gave up two runs in 6.1, and Ben Thurmond, who yielded 1 run in 6 innings of work.

Bishop pitched quite well in the game overall, but put the Spirit behind the 8-ball by giving up a pair of runs in each of the first two innings. In the first, Will Quintana's RBI groundout scored Taylor to make it 1-0. Atlantic City added one in the 2nd. Clyde Williams led off the inning with a double and was brought home by a Wally Rosa RBI single.

The Spirit halved the lead in the 4th on a sacrifice fly to center by Mike Torres which scored Teilon, but they blew a chance to do more damage. North Shore had runners on 2nd & 3rd with 1 out but could only bring in the one run as Josue Lopez grounded out to end the inning.

North Shore had baserunners in each of the next three innings, but failed to score in each before ultimately breaking through in the 8th.

When forced to rally in the 9th, however, they fell short, when Vic Davilla grounded out weakly to first to end the ballgame, and perhaps an era.


Anonymous said...

I'm going to have a good cry 4 myself and get back on the horse tomorrow night in ATLANTIC CITY NJ BABY!!!.
Will get plenty of pics and will of course be taking detailed notes on the next games.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the video Joe

Joe Grav said...

any time

Anonymous said...

Hey guys-- think about how many times we've seen the Spirit rally and pull off a win when we thought the game was already over and we'd lost. So let's rally round the home team instead of accepting defeat. Everyone should write or email Clancy, Nick and The Daily Item expressing support for the home team and urging the city to bring them back. Encourage kids, schools and organizations to write too. Lynn needs the Spirit!
Here are the addresses:

The Daily Item
38 Exchange St.
Lynn,MA 01901

Mayor Chip Clancy
3 City Hall Square
Lynn, MA 01901
Phone: 781-598-4000

North Shore Spirit
P.O. Box 8120
Lynn, MA 01904
tel: 781-592-0007

Anonymous said...


Since the news has officially been declared I would like to tell you what a pleasure it's been to read this blog on a daily basis. The fans did keep the Spirit alive for 5 seasons but this is definitely the end of the road. I'd like to think that writing to the Item, the Mayor and the Spirit would keep them here but let's face it, it won't. The city cannot make the team stay. Nick owns the team and he leases the land from the city. Nick is moving on to bigger things (notice I did not say "bigger and better" as the Spirit are, by far, the "better"). At this point, we can only hope that another team decides to play here as it would be such a shame to let this field go to waste. I know that you are all heartbroken over the Spirit's decision to fold but has everyone read Victoria's blog yet today? We're adults. We can take it on the chin and can move on. She's still a kid and I feel horrible for her.

To the Fraser Faithful - I tip my hat to you all!

Joe Grav said...

Agreed, I don't even know how I would have taken this if I were still just a wee lad. I feel bad for all the kids who love the Spirit.

Anyways....we've got a ballgame to win tonight. GO SPIRIT

DaveCo said...

agreed with joe and the second anon. While the first anon's suggestion might ordinarilly do this case it wont help at all. ='[

HOWEVER.....I'm going to wholeheartedly agree with Joe. Let's just play baseball and talk about the team we love.


icesk8ingtrezzafan said...

Save Our Spirit
I wrote a petition that I want everyone to print out and sign if you email me I'll send it to you. Or can someone tell me how to put a word document on the blog. Probably only the blog owner can post files :(
Anyway Bring 2 copies to the playoff game next week. We'll give one to Nick and I'll give the other copies to Chip Clancy