Friday, September 21, 2007

Seizing fourth place by the scruff

The future is bright.

Zack Greinke (W, 7-6), 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 10 K
Joakim Soria (SV, 17), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K

Maybe I'll come back tomorrow with a poem. But for now, let those two pitching lines sink in.

The game lasted an hour and 55 minutes, or just long enough for the sparse crowd of 10,264 to realize there really isn't a better place to settle on a lazy weekday afternoon than the ballpark, sitting on time and peering upon manicured greens.

One of the best games of the year, the kind to leave you content, full-bellied with soul and goodwill, as if part of you stepped out of darkness and into a dance of noise and color.

A tip of the hat to Jon Garland, who took the loss despite an eight-inning, six-hit complete game. Your team is back in fifth place, loser.

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