Written by Biko Skalla:
The Nanners lost only their third game in fourteen tries this summer, as their second five-game winning streak of the season was halted by a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Florence Flamingos. Two of the Bananas three losses this summer have now been given to them by the last place team in the Coastal Plain League East. Savannah still holds the best record in the CPL at 11-3.
Savannah went down in order in the top of the first against Brooks, Fair or, Fowler, who was making his first appearance of the summer for Florence. Gage, El Duque, Voorhees, returned the favor with a 1-2-3 frame of his own in the bottom half.
The Nanners got nothing going in the top of the second but the Flamingos snuck a run across on two Bananas errors, a stolen base, and an RBI single from Jordan, LeBron’s Got the Better Career, Smith.
Armando, You Probably Shouldn’t Hit it in the Air, Becerra, worked a walk with two outs in the third to breakup Fowler’s eight-batter perfect game but Brooks was able to work around an error from his shortstop after the base on balls to escape the jam unscathed. Voorhees gave up his first walk in over eleven innings of work on the summer in the bottom half but stranded the man on third to keep it 1-0 Florence.
Leading off the fourth inning, Beau, Tis but a Scratch, Brewer, had a ball skim his head in the box and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Ty, Hockey Assist, Jackson, bunted Beau to third and Dylan, I’ll Smoke Anyone Here in a Poke Bowl Contest, Kurahashi-Choy Foo, drove in Brewer with a grounder to third. Gage worked around two singles in the bottom half to end his night with four innings with no earned runs and three strikeouts.
Brody, Anyone Hankering for a Tater?, Wortham, hit a towering home run to left to lead off the fifth to give the Bananas their first lead of the night. Charlie, Bit My Finger, Fleming, gave up a leadoff single to start the bottom of the fifth and then then two more Bananas errors allowed the flamingos to tie the game. Charlie gave up another single with two outs to drive in the benefactor of one of the two errors, giving Florence back the lead 3-2. That caused Tyler, I’m Not Sure You Guys Deserve Buc-ee’s on Thursday, Gillum, to go to Jestin, I’m Also Always Ready to Pinch Hit, Jones, out of the pen. Jestin gave up a couple singles to drive in a third unearned run charged to Fleming, and then got out of the jam.
The Nanners only had one base runner over the next three innings, and Florence got the first earned run against JJ on the summer in 2.1 innings of work for him to take a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth where Hunter, Or be Hunted, Entsminger, set down the Flamingos in order.
In the top of the ninth, Ty leadoff the inning with a double off the right field wall and then KFC and Caden, Secondary Colors Rule, Green, both worked walks. But with the bases juiced and one out, Matt, I Just Wanted Some Higher Stakes, Murphy, got two strikeouts and a deep flyout to center from Mando that had the distance to be a go-ahead grand slam in most parts of the park, to secure the 5-2 victory for Florence.
Errors were the story for the Bananas, who had the second best fielding percentage in the league coming in at 98.2%, only making eight in thirteen games played. They had four errors that lead to four of the five runs the Flamingos scored in an uncharacteristic loss for the defending CPL Champions.
Luckily for them, they get a quick turnaround to seek revenge as Florence comes down to Savannah on Wednesday night. The other good news is the three teams that came into the night two games behind Savannah for the best record in the league, the Chili Peppers, Tobs, and Blowfish, all lost. The pregame show will start at 6:00pm eastern and first pitch will be at 7:00pm eastern, and all of it will be broadcast live on Bananas Insiders!