Another day, another Hoppers loss. By the end of the game, the Hoppers were starting to pick up momentum, but they ran out of innings. On the “silver lining” side, this was the 1,000th win for the Delmarva Shorebirds, so it was kinda fun to be in the ballpark for a visiting team to set a franchise record. MiLB.com has a nice article about it.
Hoppers lose again
finishing out the homestand
It was a beautiful night for a baseball game. The weather was perfect. The fan atmosphere was enjoyable. I got to the park about a half hour before the game started and headed over to the autograph table, where Michael Pasek (#2, 2B) was signing autographs. I added his autograph to my team baseball (pictured on left) and headed to my seat.
Just a little bit before the game began, my buddy Jason showed up and joined me for the game. He scores games, too, and we had a great time comparing ideas for scoring different plays and just talking about the game in general.
The game was fun, even though the Hoppers lost 6-4. They had no runs until the 6th, when they got 2. They scored a run in both the 7th and 8th as well. You could feel the momentum picking up, but with just one inning remaining, I knew they’d have a hard time getting the win. Delmarva put James Brandhorst on the mound, who handily retired the Hoppers batters: strikeouts for Rand Smith and Austin Markel, Sequoyah Stonecipher flied out to centerfield.
And with that, the 8-day homestand was over.
Sumo (between 1st and 2nd): won by Red Sumo
Sausage Race (between 4th and 5th): won by Country Sausage
I did capture a picture of an interesting at-bat situation. On of my friends is a fan of “Deuces Wild,” where there are 2 balls, 2 strikes, 2 outs, and 2 baserunners on base. We had that situation in the bottom of the 7th. Even more exciting was that Kyle Jensen was up. His number is #22 — more 2s on the scoreboard:
Jensen ended up getting a full count, then striking out… looking.
Here’s how I scored the game (click each picture to enbiggen):
All my pictures from the game are on Facebook.