Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A bad day at the ballpark beats a good day at work

Basil, Catfish fanI like my job. I really do.

But I like baseball better.

So, when the Columbus Catfish announced their schedule, and I saw two weekday games, I immediately put in for those two days off.

One of those was today.

And it wasn't a good day at the ballpark. The Asheville Tourists doubled up the Catfish today, 4-2, before 1,429 fans, most of whom were schoolkids.

It was "Baseball in Education Day" ... most of which was hippie talk about Earth Day or some crap. They had exhibits and such, and the police were promoting safety, but most of it looked like something Al Gore would have written up.

The baseball game wasn't much better.

Although the kids seemed to enjoy the game.

Asheville jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 5 innings, chasing starter Brian Flores after 4. Actually, that's unfair. Flores began the season in the bullpen, and hadn't gone more than 3 innings in any appearance. He was tagged for 3 runs on 3 hits, and struck out 9, so that's not a bad outing. But the lack of run support meant he got hit with his first loss ... and first decision in 9 outings ... of the year.

Jesse Darcy went 4, allowing a run on 3 hits, picking up 5 strikeouts.

The Catfish ended the 1st and 3rd innings with a runner on third. But in the 6th, they punched two across. With 2 outs, RF Maiko Loyola singled, then back to back doubles by 3B Greg Sexton and LF Reid Fronk cut the lead to 4-2.

Asheville starter Jhoulys Chacin worked a quick game, keeping the Catfish off balance most of the day.

The loss drops the Catfish to 11-15, and puts them in the position of needing both remaining games in the series to gain a split.

Me? I'm already ahead. I got to take off work and go to a baseball game.

Life is good.

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