Recap – Week One

Red Sox at Expos – 6:30 PM:

The first game in JMS League history, and unfortunately for the Red Sox, it was a blowout. The Expos took the Red Sox to school, boasting a 12-0 scoreline against their opponents. The Red Sox had trouble batting, fielding, pitching, basically everything; late in the game, the Red Sox had the bases loaded but couldn’t take advantage of the precious opportunity. Meanwhile, the Expos strategically kept throwing haymakers. Perhaps the biggest punch of the game was the grand slam hit by the Expos’ Ali Merali. Stats were not accumulated for this game (to the delight of many Red Sox players), and I’m sure the team will have a hard time getting the bad taste out of their mouth.

Blue Jays at Expos – 8:00 PM:

After racking up 12 runs on their first opponent, the Expos came right back ready to hand out punishment to another victim, this time, the Blue Jays. Expos’ Asad Hussain hit a grand slam early in the first inning to help lead the Expos to an early 6-2 lead by the end of the 1st inning. Asad ended with 4 total RBIs and 1 run. However, that was about as good as the Expos were gonna get. Looking like they ran out of fuel, the Expos didn’t score a single run in the rest of the game. With time winding down, it looked like they were gonna hold on to the 6-2 lead when Blue Jays’ outfielders Kashif Merchant and Imran Virji made a tremendous defensive play that ended with a monstrous collision. As explained by an Expos player, “That catch gave them [the Jays] all of the momentum…” The Jays scored 2 runs a piece in both the 3rd and 4th innings, and because of the league time limit, the game ended in a 6-6 tie.

MVP: Blue Jays’ Kashif Merchant – 3 RBIs and 2 runs

Pirates at Blue Jays – 9:30 PM:

Sadly, this game got rained out in the middle of the 2nd inning. But that didn’t stop it from being a high-scoring affair in the first inning! Both teams reached the maximum level of 6 runs in the first inning, and the Blue Jays accumulated another 3 runs in the 2nd before the heavy rainfall ended the game once and for all. After a heavy collision in the previous game, Blue Jays’ Kashif Merchant slammed one over the fence. It doesn’t count for the record, but maybe he needs to get hit in the head more often! This game will be replayed later on in the regular season.

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