I’m a suspiscious girl. It’s after dinner, mother-in-law has not shown up to babysit (Husband “forgot” to call her) and KKids are dancing up and down, begging peeeeeeeese Mami peeeeeeeeeese see Roger. PEEEEEEEEEEEEEESE???!!!
Entirely Husband’s fault, as he is hoping against hope that maybe we might Kould all sit on the nice Komfortable Kouch instead of fighting our way downtown to the pacKed juicebox to watch Roger cement his Kase for #7 but he Knows better than to say so. He tries his best to looK innocent. So I looK innocent, too, and tell Husband that KKids SHOULD go with us on this historiK occasion and so we get to our seats juuuuuuuuuuust a little late to watch Roger get K #1 cuz the place is pacKed.
First Inning – Roger gets K #1,2,3. KKids cheer. Suppan gets a GO, K, S, GO – 1 LOB.
Second Inning – Roger gets FO, GO, GO. Guess that splitter is splittin. Suppan gives up a HR to Kent, #300 for him, then gets FO, FO, GO.
Third Inning – Roger gets K #4, 5 then, after 9 pitch AB with 4 fouls, Suppan, he of the .073 BA finally gets K #6. Husband is cheering up – 4 more Ks from Roger = 2 pizzas for $10. Takes his mind off the heat because it’s HOT up here. And he’s holding squirming KKids in his lap cuz there isn’t an empty seat anywhere and I’m keeping score. hehhehheh. Suppan gets K, BB then SB, FO, GO. 1 LOB.
Fourth Inning – I take the kids potty to give my hot man a break, and although there are TVs like every 10′ I miss the Big Deal and get a recap from Husband. FO. Then poo-poo hits fan. Taguchi singles. Then Roger Cedeno doubles to left (Biggio shoulda got it growls Husband) Biggio throws to Viz, the cuftoff man, because Cedeno wants third, but Viz throws it away, Ensberg chases and Cedeno scores. I listen to this during the GO, BB and K. 2 ER for Roger and we’re down 2 -1. So we gotta come back. And we do. Kent singles, Ensberg homers on a 3 -0 meatball. We grab the lead, 3 – 2. Then K, PO, K.
Fifth Inning – Roger gives up single, gets PBF (pitcher’s best friend) from Matheny and then Suppan, he of the .073 BA has an 8 pitch AB with 4 fouls then finally grounds out. Dude…….. KKids are disappointed – wanted to wave that K sign (which was, by the way, handed out at one of, I think, Munro’s ??????? starts. Whaaaaaa) In our half, B-4 you know it, Biggio singles then goes to 2nd on a WP, Beltran moves him to 3rd with a FO to right, then Bags doubles, scoring Biggio. Berkman and Kent GO. We lead 4 – 2. 1 LOB (RISP)
Sixth Inning – Roger gets a GO, the K #8 (2 to go). Then Cedeno gets on, then Rolen (he IS good – leg don’t seem to be botherin him, do it) turns on the first pitch and it’s gone. Edmonds flies out and it’s a tie game. (Guess that prayin he did behind the mound just before he started the inning worked – some.) Suppan comes in and gets GO, GO, PO.
Seventh – Roger is done. 95 pitches 66s/29b, 8 K, 1 BB, 4 ER, no 19th W, no pizza. Husband looks longingly at exit, but it isn’t even 2 hrs yet – if we’re tied at 3 hrs, we’ll go, but ONLY because kids will be B R A T S tomorrow if they miss too much sleep. Besides, the people next to us leave and the kids have seats….. So Qualls, who pitched 2 perfect innings last night comes in. BB to Renteria, who is then CS, then Qualls gets FO, S, GO.
Stretchhhhhhhhhhh – The stars at night Are big and bright – clap clap clap clap – Deep in the HEAT of Texas…..
Suppan walks Palmeiro, Willy Tavaras pinch runs, and B-4 you know it, Biggio sac bunts, Taveras to second, Beltran GO, Taveras to third, Bagwell singles, Taveras scores, Berkman doubles to left (which is a &T(#%@!! to play in this field), Bagwell scores, then Kent GO. 1 LOB (RISP) and we lead 6 -4.
Eighth – Miceli’s 76th IP this year – gets K, K, K. Steve Kline ERA 1.87 comes in, gets K, GO and BB to Ausmus and is pulled for Cali (ERA 10.50) who strikes out Lane on a ball in the dirt.
Ninth – BRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!
He pitched to 4 batters last night. About half those pitches were balls.
BB to Rolen – Lankford pinch runs
Edmonds – 2 balls in the dirt, then strike 1, 2, 3 swinging. Kids wave K sign.
Renteria – swing, ball, swing, ball, swing and Kids wave K sign.
Mabry – flies out first pitch – Kids wave K sign anyway.
Fast game – 2 hr 35 min – not fast enough to suit Husband who stands gratefully in the air-conditioned entrance for a minute.
Most important – Cubs LOSE (I LUVVVV the Reds) and we are now 1/2 game ahead!!!!! Go Pads! Beat SF!