I totally skipped this one. Instead, my family and I went to see the Lakewood BlueClaws take on the Savannah Sand Gnats.
The Sand Gnats are the Mets (low) A-Ball team. The Yankees (low) A-Ball team, the Charleston RiverDogs, are coming to Lakewood next – this Friday, for a four-game set, if you’re interested.
It was a beautiful night at the ballpark. And, “The Chicken” was there this evening. Great stuff from him. He was extremely amusing.
This is what baseball is all about: A comfortable August evening. A cozy park filled to near capacity. The kids eating peanuts, cotton-candy and funnel cake. A modern-day Max Patkin for entertainment. Oh, and, by the way, we saw one heckuva ballgame. Here’s the summary via the Asbury Park Press:
The Lakewood BlueClaws have been riding the hot arms of four 2008 Phillies draft picks and none is hotter right-hander Mike Stutes. The 11th-round pick out of Oregon State University won his fourth game in as many starts for Lakewood, extending his scoreless innings streak to 18 with a seven-inning, one-hit effort to lead the BlueClaws to a 4-0 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats.
With the Lakewood win and West Virginia’s 2-1 extra-inning loss to Augusta, the BlueClaws moved to within one game of the first-place Power in the South Atlantic League Northern Division.
Stutes threw seven shutout innings for the second straight start and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. After walking Juan Lagares with one out, Jeffries Tatford singled between shortstop and third base for the Gnats’ only hit. Stutes allowed a season-high three walks and struck out six while lowering his ERA to 0.35.
By the time we got home from the game, it was late. I booted up my PC and noticed that the Yankees were up, 6-3, in the top of the 8th. Looking at the boxscore, I thought “Sweet effort again from Moose. Good for him. It’s nice to see him get another ‘W’ – and the team can use it.”
Having some stuff to catch up on, I decided to skip turning on the TV. Besides, three-run lead with six outs to go…not even the Yankees could screw this up, right?
I cannot describe my reaction when I peeked at the score again, on-line, and saw that Marte and Rivera blew the lead in the bottom of the eighth. It wasn’t anger – because tonight was such a good baseball-night for me that not even the Yankees could ruin it. It was more like disgust without any element of surprise – even though it was a surprise. Does that make sense?
In any event, it was a very good thing that the Yankees ended up winning this one in twelve, 9-6. Could you imagine how bad things would be if they had blown this one into a loss…coming off losing 11 of 16…with Rasner slated to start the next game? It would have been “DNR” time – in my opinion – without a doubt. Still, even with the win, does anyone – who doesn’t have the benefit of a nice baseball-night under their belt, like me – feel good about this one (for the Yankees)? If not, I think I could understand that one.