Thursday, July 03, 2008

And now, over to the sports desk

Last night, a group from Lakebay Community Church drove over to Tacoma to see the Rainiers take on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in a battle of AAA baseball. It was my first time to see the Rainiers, and I believe my first AAA baseball game.

The Tacoma Rainiers are the AA affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. If you've been paying attention, the Mariners are having one of their worst seasons ever. And, among all their ineptness, two of their major downfalls have been 1)bad starting pitching, leading to too many huge deficits early on in games; and 2) not being able to score runners on base, thus leaving many runners stranded out there when the inning comes to an end.

Apparently, the little boys have learned from their big brothers. By the end of the second inning, the Rainiers were down 7-1, and eventually lost 9-2. And over the course of the game, the Rainiers left 10 men on base. Twice they had bases loaded with only one out, and failed to score a run. A couple other times they had men on base with no outs and failed to score a run. It was, by all accounts, an excellent exercise in futility.

Ah, well. It's always a fun night at the park, regardless of whether you win or lose. I was somewhat surprised at the sparse attendence - I think the park wasn't even 25% full. But our group had fun, and got to cheer when our name went up on the scoreboard (twice), we got to enjoy a warm summer night at the ballpark, and we even got a fireworks show - our eastern-facing seats gave us a front-row view of a thunderstorm moving in over Puyallup and Auburn. So while the Rainiers weren't lighting the park up much, we were able to sit back and watch the lightning show as it moved in. Which, by the second inning, was about all the drama we could expect.

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