Posted by Barton Lorimor
* From the Roll Call recap of yesterday’s Congressional Baseball Game…
The fifth inning brought about another pitching change for the GOP, with Illinois Rep. John Shimkus taking over for Buck, but the game quickly grew out of reach for the team after that. Throughout the inning, Democrats were able to get on base and effective steal bases off many of Shimkus’ erratic pitches. With runners on second and third bases, Richmond hit a triple, and due to an error by the Republican shortstop at third, was able to run home, giving Democrats three more runs. After giving up three more runs, Shimkus was replaced on the mound by Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall. Throughout the fifth, Democrats continued to take advantage of defensive Republican errors, extending their lead to a commanding 17–4.
In the bottom of the fifth, Richmond returned to the mound and despite a solid double by Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, and a single by New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce, the Louisiana lawmaker and the Democratic defense were able to effectively stifle the GOP offense.
Oh sure, Rodney gets credit for a double while Shimkus gets roughed up for his less than stellar performance, but take a look at the other half of the battery…
* By the way, the news out of St. Louis was not good for Team Illinois as Team Missouri won the bi-state showdown 7-4 on a hot, muggy day at Busch Stadium. However, despite his best efforts, this website’s proprietor did not fall captive to the “best fans in baseball” nor the St. Louis Metropolitan Police.