Expos vs. Blue Jays – 6:30 PM
After a long and painstaking debate on whether games should be played, the Expos and Blue Jays took their turn on the shattered field that was Richmond Green. However, the games between these two opponents are getting ridiculously scripted. One team comes out to a lead that looks sustainable, in this case, the Blue Jays were up 12-7 heading in to the 6th and final inning; then the other team flips the game around and makes a great comeback only to tie the game. Just like last week, the Expos and Jays tied, but with a 12-12 scoreline this time. Tell me if you’ve heard this before; Blue Jays’ Kashif Merchant led the way with 3 RBIs and 2 runs, and got some help in the form of Imran Punjani and his 3 RBIs and 1 run. But the Expos’ Ali Merali would not let his team go down without a fight; Merali produced 5 RBIs with three of them coming in the final inning!
MVP: Ali Merali – 5 RBIs and 1 run
Pirates vs. Red Sox – 8:00 PM
Getting beat down brings a lot of frustration to a team, while dishing out the beatdown is a whole other story. After getting shutout in Week 1, the Red Sox got to see the other side of the coin as they hammered the Pirates in a 15-0 smackdown. The Red Sox benefitted from having their pitcher back, which paid dividends on the mound and in the outfield. Red Sox pitcher Abbas Allidina struck out two batters and pitched five scoreless innings to help his team to victory. It doesn’t hurt when the team is playing like offensive juggernaut though. Big hitter Minhal Jaffer hit a homerun and an inside-the-park homer (albeit because of an error), but ended up with a 2 RBI and 3 run statline. The Pirates were humiliated on all accounts, but didn’t have to wait long to get a chance at redemption…
Co-MVPs: Abbas Allidina – 2 Ks, 0 ER; Minhal Jaffer – 1 HR, 2 RBI and 3 runs.
Red Sox vs. Pirates – 9:30 PM
After a good 5-10 minute break to let the anger stew, the Pirates got a second attempt at the Red Sox. Unfortunately, the end result remained the same, a Red Sox 11-7 win, but not without a better effort by the losing side. Pirates’ Mikhail Hudda helped his team get on the board early with two RBIs in the 2nd inning, something the team needed to keep their heads up. Getting on the board, however, would not be enough to defeat the league-leading Red Sox. Red Sox’s Imran Ebrahim continued his team’s offensive run by producing 2 RBIs and 2 runs; but in the end, the mantra proves true: “Defense wins championships [and in this case, the game].” Red Sox rover Maysum Jaffer had some timely catches, but none was more important than his game-sealing catch in the outfield. As the Pirates started somewhat of a comeback, Maysum ended all of their hopes and the game with a cross-field sprint and great catch.
MVP: Maysum Jaffer – 1 RBI and 1 run