13 August 2003

Return of the Jedi

Gotta finish out the theme.

Does life get any better?
I spent the evening tonight watching my three favorite teams play their respective games, The Braves, The Cards, and the Royals.
Below, a brief look at all three games:

The Good
The Braves, adopted due to geography, exact revenge over the Padres with another gem by Hampton, winning 7-1.
Hot in the dog days
Tonight's win is Hampton's seventh straight and moves his record into double digit W's on the season. The Bravos remain the best team in baseball, with a record of 77-42.

The Bad
The Cards' bullpen blows another lead (albeit slim), with Pedro Borbon Jr. giving up the GW single to Randall Simon in the bottom of the ninth after 2 quick outs, losing 5-4 to snap their 4 game winning streak.
The Hits keep on Coming
Albert Pujols passes Lou Brock with another 3-run jack tonight, his only hit of the night.
Pujols: 1-for-4 | 3-run HR (34, 6th inning off B Meadows 2 on, 0 Out) | 3 RBI (108) | 1 RS | 0 BB, 0 K, 0 LOB

and, The Euphoric
The Royals jump all over the Yanks, shutting out the Empire 11-0.
Jeff Weaver has a rough outing, giving up 13 hits on the way to his 9th loss of the season. Torre isn't helping him out much, leaving him in to eat up innings and save his somewhat suspect bullpen.

The Ape's return
Great game for Kevin on the return to "Planet Appier", going 6.0 scoreless innings, giving up 3 hits, walking 1 and punching out 2.
Affeldt comes in to relieve Ape in the 7th, continuing his dominance since moving to the pen.
He doesn't dissappoint, going 2.0 innings, allowing 1 hit, walking 1 and ringing up 3.

Jeremy hands the ball off to Leskanic, who finishes off the shutout with a scoreless ninth.

Sweeney's back
The Captain's 2-for-4, 4 RBI performance tonight help spark the Royals' dominance over the Bombers tonight, which surely exact revenge on his feud between he and Weaver.
All is not lost for Jeff Weaver.

The 40,000 fans attending the game tonight should give him a pat on the back. His 13-hits-allowed performance alone awarded every ticket holder with a dozen free donuts.

Me thinks the Krispy Kreme stores in the Metro area will be packed all week long.
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