Game Summary

It was a pitcher's duel last night in Tanner's Park. The hot summer air (so hot that despite the late hour players were still ducking for shade) kept a lid on extra base hits. But six Knights singles (coupled with eight walks) were enough to piece together four Knight runs, more than Rob Maier would need to take the Knights to a 4-0 playoff opener against the C.I. Phillies.

Maier pitched six strong innings of four-hit ball to notch the victory, striking out six and walking none. Billy Vogt finished up, erasing a base-loaded no-out jam in the seventh inning.

Center fielder Sean McGuire opened the scoring in the 4th inning. He led off with a walk, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch, and then scored on another pitch in the dirt. Not conventional run-manufacturing, but it would turn out to be all the Knights needed last night.

Second baseman Anthony Chiaramonte went 2-for-2 with a walk. He drove in a run and stole two bases.

Third baseman Pat Conway continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4. Bobby Gruttadauria and Jeff Ryan drove in one run apiece.

It's the best show in town, folks, and it keeps getting better. No, not David Auburn's cerebral play "Proof" starring the divine Mary-Louise Parker, but it's a close second to what I'm talking about, and that's the New York Knights. A shutout victory in Game 1 bodes well for the next four games, which is what it will require to win the L.I. Stan Musial Championship. OK, fine, it's supposed to be, like, 150 degrees tomorrow, but the Knights did their fans a favor and won Game 1, meaning that they would play their next game on Friday at 8:30 PM instead of hotter 6:00 PM.

Oh, it was nothing. You're quite welcome.

So return the favor and grab your wife/mistress/prostitute and head to Game 2 at Sawyer Park Friday night for the matchup between the Knights and the fourteenth-ranked Suffolk Dodgers, whom the Knights have already mercied twice in two games.