A new version of the Tweener Split. We win the first and the last, you win those in between. Seems a lot more reasonable when it is just a 5 game set. If we thought we had any chance of success this year, a couple of these losses would be tough to take. As it is, we sleep well knowing we tried like hell, and still managed to improve draft position.
5/20 – Tweeners 7, FFTs 2. Kuma within one out of a complete game. Leake yanked after a 3-run first inning. Homers by Springer, Dietrich, Reddick, and Cruz. Hal’s scribe called it a “one-sided affair at The Grove.”
5/21 – FFTs 4, Tweeners 3. A 9th inning 2-run HR by Vogt give the Tweeners the lead, FFTs tie it in the bottom half. 14th inning hits by Miggy, Cruz, and Reddick off Mike Montgomery make a winner of Derek Law.
5/22 – FFTs 2, Tweeners 1. Scoreless through 8, Cozart doubles in a 9th inning run off Law, but Treinen serves a 2-run bomb to Miggy, giving another W to Law. George Brett was unhappy with his club's recent performance. 'We can't keep losing games’ he said. ‘It gets to be embarrassing after a while.’
7/2 – FFTs 5, Tweeners 2. Change of venue to The Hooverdome, no change of outcome. Felix is outpitched by former mate Gio. S – Dyson.
7/3 – FFTs 2, Tweeners 1. Tweeners get a 1st inning unearned run off Lackey and nothing more. MadBum allows solo shots to Beltre and Molina. W – Duffy, S – Dyson. George Brett was in a sour mood after the game. ‘Even you guys up in the press box know why we lost this game. We made too many mistakes.’
7/28 – FFTs 7, Tweeners 4. Back to The Grove, and more extra innings, thanks to a 3-run 9th inning Tweeners’ rally off Dyson. A 3-run jack by Brandon Guyer in the 12th made a loser of Nova and another win for Duffy.
7/29 – FFTs 2, Tweeners 0. A strong effort by Blake Snell is wasted as Hill, Duffy (W), and Dyson (S) combine to shut us out.
9/8 – FFTs 9, Tweeners 2. Expanded rosters, home cooking, nothing matters. Lackey over Kuma.
9/9 – FFTs 4, Tweeners 0. Hill and friends combine again for the shutout for the ‘blistering-hot Dallas FFTs.’ Robbie Ray lowers his ERA to 6.53 and his record to 1-4.
9/10 – Tweeners 7, FFTs 5. In a good matchup it was the Logan County Tweeners 7, the Dallas FFTs 5 at The Hoover Dome. Homers by Desmond, Cano, Cabrera, and Pederson were not enough as Logan County came through with the game-winning runs in the 8th inning scoring 3 runs. Kevin Pillar led off and started the attack as he was hit by a pitch. Ben Zobrist followed and he drew a walk. George Springer then drew a walk to load the bases. Melvin Upton Jr came up and he banged out a single driving in two more baserunners. Nolan Arenado stepped into the box and drew a walk to load the bases. Jose Iglesias added to the uprising and hit a sacrifice fly scoring the final run of the inning. It was roller coaster of a game as the lead change hands 6 times. Blake Treinen(2-1) allowed 1 run in 2 innings, and picked up the victory. The losing pitcher was Jake Diekman(0-3) in relief. George Brett was just happy to get a win, 'We've had such a bad streak of games -- boy, it's great to get the monkey off our back. Now maybe we can relax a little and play the kind of baseball of which we are capable.
Hardly a comforting thought.