Saturday, July 18, 2009

Too many innings

We've had quite the variety of games on this trip - we've been to a bunch of blowouts (in Detroit and Colorado, to mention a few), some close offensively loaded games, and a few great pitcher's duel.  However, one type of game that we've seen a shockingly high numbers of times is the 1-1 extra inning.  After last night, we've been to FOUR games that have gone to extra innings with the score tied at one (NY Mets, Houston, St. Louis, and now Pittsburgh).  What are the chances of that? 

Last night's game was great - after a 50 minute or so rain delay before the game started, we were treated to a great pitchers duel between Pittsburgh's Paul Maholm and the always dominant Tim Lincecum of San Francisco.  Pittsburgh scored in the first on a long home run by Garrett Jones, and nobody scored again until San Francisco tied it on a rather silly error by the Pirates.  For the 5th time on this trip, we had a game go into extra innings, and for the 2nd time in 2 weeks, we were treated to the always fun "14th Inning Stretch", and a second rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".  Luckily, the same Garrett Jones hit an even longer home run in the bottom of the 14th (which landed in the Allegheny River) to end the game.  After the game, we passed by a couple guys near the river who were completely soaked head to toe - they had jumped in the river to try to get the HR ball (unsuccessfully).  All in all, it was a fun night, and a great way for Mike to spend his 23rd birthday.

Right now, we're getting our passports ready to cross the border.  We're at the game in Toronto tomorrow afternoon, and then it's back to NYC on Monday!

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