by Matthew Repplinger
Denver Browns fans were privileged to see another strong outing by Nate Barnes (3-0) who has put the Denver Browns in the catbird seat atop the NABA 18AAA Division… Albeit with not much wiggle room at the top as the 6-0 Denver 9 are only a half game lead over the upstart Colorado Cubs (6-1) and only 2 and a half games over the Redhawks (3-2). The Browns began the scoring with one run in the first frame on a lead off double by Browns 3rd baseman Matt Barker who was brought in later in the first by a sac fly off the bat of Denver Browns cleanup catching Daniel Neumann. The Browns would get their second run in the same fashion in the top of the third. Another Neumann sac fly scoring once again Matt Barker makes the score 2-0. The Browns go on to plate 2 more in the top half of the 3rd to extend lead to 4-0 on an RBI double by right fielder Matt Huggins and another RBI base knock by centerfielder David Newell. In the bottom of the 3rd Barnes would bend but not break as he allowed the Preds a 3 spot. But after that the Denver Browns 6’7 lefty would set it to cruise control without looking back. All said Barnes retires 13 Predators by way of strikeout and would command game well enough to be named the first ever Denver Beer Company “Player of the Game” winning a $25 gift certificate courtesy of DBC’s Charlie Berger (thanks Charlie!). Lee Bustos spells relief as his hot handed season continues with 2 more scoreless to close out the contest. Appearing out of the pen in each of the Browns first 6 games, Lee has been scoreless through 14 innings only relinquishing 4 hits and one walk for a razor thin whip of 0.35 and an era that’s all zeros. Zack Grey hits his first regular season HomeRun for the Denver Browns, a severe screamer that took no time to get out bouncing off the left field bern like a beachball. For good measure Grey was dotted in the upper head shoulder region in his last at bat. Trace Marsden continued his hot hitting going 2 for 2 with two walks and unsung hero of the day was Browns longtime lefty ace Steve Reilly with a 2 hits one a double and 2RBI at the plate.
Browns resume play this Sunday in a rare away-game as we travel to Evie Dennis Campus at 4800 Telluride Street to see what’s hopping with the Denver Hops, first pitch 12:30pm
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