Well, that was as nice a day for a ballgame as you could ever ask for. An “Â€Â˜excuse me” ish double from Carlos Gomez opened the game, and an “I meant that” single from suddenly hot Ryan Braun put Shelby Miller in a first-inning hole, that doubled when Martin Maldonado drove in Aramis Ramirez in the fourth.
But the home boys decided to employ one of my favorite strategies, getting three doubles out of the bottom of the fifth to tie. Miller himself, along with Cameron Maybin and Cameron Freeman bellying up. The sides traded punches after that, but nothing came across for a long time thereafter, which was just fine.
The sangria was going down mighty easy in the early evening, and strumming a flattop on the porch to the rhythm of the play by play is a fine way to watch the world go around.
Finally, in the 11th, Alberto Callaspo drew a one-out walk and Simmons backed it up with an infield hit. Eric Young Jr. hit a double play ball that the covering pitcher converted into a fielders choice. Jace Peterson was up to the challenge and hit the first pitch from Brandon Kintzler into the gap for the game winner. Just delightful.
.500 isn’t so bad – at least you win every other day.