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Julian Young Guarantees win, Mudcats LoseUpdated Monday May 14, 2018 by Justin Biggs.
The Mudcats looked to put together a winning streak against the defending PMBL champions, the BlueJays. Before the game, Julian Young, the enigmatic Mudcats outfielder guarenteed a week two victory for the Mudcats. Young did not attend the game and could not be reached for comment afterwards, however, sources close to the player advised that Young will show when the games are meaningful.
The game itself was a pitcher's duel with Chris Davenport getting the start for the Mudcats. Davenport pitched 5 solid innings without giving up a run and was left with a no-decision for his efforts. The Mudcats threatened to open the scoring early when the first two Mudcat hitters led the bottom of the second with singles. But with nobody out, the Mudcats failed to score a run. Apart from a Valach double late in the game, this would be the closest the Mudcats would come to scoring as the team managed only five hits.
"I don't care how long you've been around, you'll never see it all" (Bob Lemon). The pivitol moment of the game would also add to the growing list of memorable Mudcat moments at Heritage. In the top of the sixth, the first two BlueJays hitters would reach on bunt singles. The next hitter would line a single into centre-right field, one run would come in to score. The cutoff throw would sail over D-Rob's head and one-hop into the base ump's groin, instantly collapsing him on the field. The BlueJays would try to score a second run on the player but the ball took a fortunous bounce off the umpire's groin to Scott Arthurs who picked up the ball and fired a strike home to get the runner out. That was all the offense needed in this game. The BlueJays would score two runs in the sixth and add another in the seventh for a 3-0 victory.
After the game manager Chris Smith was optimistic with the result as the Mudcats played well enough to be in a position to win but failed to execute some of the finer details of the game. Said Smith, "everyone played well and everyone can take away something they could have done better, there is no one person to blame".
Staring pitcher Chris Davenport spoke briefly after the game, satisfied that his performance kept the BlueJays scoreless through his five innings before the game was turned over to the Mudcats bullpen. Said Chris Davenport after the game, "I blame Chris Smith for this loss". When asked why he blamed Smith, Davenport added, "no reason, we always blame Smith when we lose".