Yesterday’s Greensboro Grasshoppers game against the West Virginia Power was tense. At one point, the Hoppers were down 0-7. Then, in the sixth and seventh, they rallied to tie the score 7-7. I started getting my scoresheet ready for extra innings, because I thought it was going to go that far. The eighth was scoreless. Then, in the ninth, the Power got a 3 run homer, taking the score to 7-10. The Hoppers managed to get two runs on the board in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough, and they lost 9-10.
Why did they lose? Errors. Greensboro had 3 errors (West Virginia had 2), and several of those errors allowed runs to score. The errors were killing me and most of the fans had given up on the team. But baseball doesn’t work that way. Things looked like they were going to turn around. It made for an exciting end of the game, just not the result we would have liked.
Since I’m behind on my blogging, I’m going to keep this one short and try to write an entry about tonight’s game before I go to bed. In the mean time, check out the latest Bill on Baseball post: Another number comes into play. Bill describes the elimination number and how it figures into the final push at the end of the season. In the comments, I ask how Hurricane Irene might also factor into the final games and Bill flushes out a few scenarios.
Finally, here are a few pictures from the game. First, Alex Caldera pitching:
Now, how about Danny Black backing off from a little chin music:
Finally, here’s how I had the game scored. Check out the bottoms of the sixth and seventh to see the phenomenal rally that the Hoppers put up, and the ninth to see how it just wasn’t quite good enough:
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