Thank goodness for the day off on Tuesday. The season is a grind, and sometimes you just need a break. I don’t know about you, but after a week’s worth of games on the road and one grueling home date, I was ready to get my mind off baseball… if only for a little while. Thank you, oh wise schedulers, for accommodating all of us.
Hey, is that lint in my belly button?
Meanwhile, in all the excitement, I missed Wednesday night’s 6-1 loss to the Braves. Well, I wouldn’t say I missed it, Bob. But I did forget to DVR it, and then life happened.
I can’t comment on the game itself, but one thing I’m keeping an eye on this season is attendance. I’m curious to see how fans respond to new ownership’s words and actions. Opening Day doesn’t really count because everyone goes to that whether they like baseball or not:
“Did you see me on TV? I had lint in my belly button. Woo-hoo, I was on TV!”
Game 2 is what separates the fans from the woo-hoos. Very well, then, here is Game 2 in the Petco Park era:
Year Day Opp Att 2004 Sat SF 41,625 2005 Fri Pit 39,791 2006 Wed SF 23,721 2007 Sat Col 40,504 2008 Tue Hou 20,825 2009 Tue LA 20,035 2010 Wed Atl 24,969
Not much to go on, but that’s got to be encouraging. I can’t believe the attendance against the Dodgers in Game 2 last year. What, folks from LA had better things to do than drive down and take over our ballpark?
Anyway, we’ll keep watching.
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On a completely unrelated note, thanks to the magic of the Internet, I did catch most of the Dayton/Fort Wayne game on radio. Brings back fond memories of the time I listened to Jake Peavy and Mark Prior battle in the Southern League.
I took only mental notes this time. Heard Everett Williams notch his first hit in full-season ball, a first-inning double down the left-field line. The announcers praised Rymer Liriano, who took the collar on Wednesday but who has made a favorable impression.
They also had kind words for starter Jerry Sullivan, who pitched a mostly beautiful game and who apparently featured a nasty, sharp-breaking slider. Sullivan’s final line (6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 7 K) doesn’t look great, but neither does it tell the whole story.
Sullivan allowed a leadoff double to Didi Gregorius (another name I want to see in the big leagues) before retiring the next 18 batters he faced. Then came the seventh inning (which Peter recounts in his daily rundown of the Padres farm system that you should be reading): single, single, single, slam. You’d like to see a guy finish strong (hello, Adam Eaton), but I’ll take six innings of dominance.
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Back in the big leagues, the Padres and Braves wrap up their three-game series on Thursday. Mat Latos faces Tim Hudson. The game starts at 3:35 p.m. PT, which is when “day” games now start at Petco Park. I’d better go set my DVR.