Monday. Imminent inclemency.

The loser packs spikes for the season. Winner at College Station for Super Texas Death Match.

Full noon. Don’t forsake me, oh my darling.

Favorite PRP son Garrett Schmeltz gives up two to Wolverines at the top of the 1st.

Seeking to capture the third straight in the Astro Stripes, the U of L Cardinals explode in their own half.

Single Knapczyk. Metzinger march. Two go down. Usher doubles to the right. Two points. Masterman takes him home. Humphrey HBP. Beard scores another. Bianco HBP. Full bags. Knapczyk bunt RBI. Metzinger walks again, scores points. Rushing in on error, Bianco counts.

And, just like that, Cards up 7-2.

The fun had just begun.

Michigan picked up one in 3rd.

A weather delay ensued.

Uncle Mo’ changes jerseys when play resumes.

The visitors tie it at 7 with four in 5th. Add a few more in 6th.

As the world turns.

Down two, 7-9, with just six outs to work with, U of L balk at the bottom of the 8th.

To reject (verb): to hesitate or not want to accept an idea or an undertaking, to thwart or hinder, to prevent a person or an animal from having (something).

The Cardinals, unwilling to accept defeat, determined to thwart a Go Blue W, prevent Michigan from moving on.

Rush draws the base on the balls with two down. Payton doubles to the left, survives the bang bang slide game review at the bag, rushing to 3d.

Single usher in the center, driven in two. Game even at 9.

Masterman goes to court. 11-9.

Prosecky closes the deal.

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U of L’s successful weekend started the same way – sort of – that it ended.

SEMO was up two in Game 1, after a run in 1st, another in 2d.

The Cards recovered one in their half of the field.

The match, probably the weekend, ended at the end of 4th, on a . . .

. . . Balk: (Baseball): An illegal move made by a pitcher that may mislead a base runner.

Payton chose. Advanced to 2d on a balk, to 3d on a fly out. Usher chose, RBI, steals second. Change to 3d on balk.

Shaken, Redhawks ace Jason Rackers balks again. Bailiff plates. The cards lead. SEMO never recovers. 7-2

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For thematic purposes, I’ll say the Oregon and Cardinals pitchers fell back (baseball style) in Sunday’s playoff game. Which U of L survived, 8-5.

Sunday night was a laugh.

20-1.

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Louisville has proven itself. Showed courage.

Coach Dan McDonnell has proven his worth. Still.

Likewise, pitching coach Roger Williams. Who had Riley Phillips and Evan Webster ready for their downtime on Sunday.

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Uni Report: As a traditionalist, I love the clean white suit U of L wore at the opening. Old fashioned black lettering, unadorned.

I never like when U of L wears black, no matter the sport. Baseball is no exception.

Then there are those Astro jerseys. Which to me are meh.

Except for this: the cards have won three times in a row while carrying them. Unless U of L takes the field against A&M in hockey jerseys, I’d be surprised if we didn’t see those Astro stripes again.

In baseball, there are hesitations.

In baseball, there are superstitions.

— cd kaplan