May 8 and 9
- Lugnuts 2 games, Wizards 0 games
- Lugnuts are 17-16 (.515)
- Third place, 3.5 games behind the Battle Cats
- The division now spans 8.0 games from the Battle Cats to the Wizards.
- DL: Beltran and Sanders. Bernal and Schafer are back on the roster; Matos got sent down to extended spring training.
[Jose] Cepeda’s hitting streak ended at 28 games.
These games were sorry excuses for baseball, with little to recommend them except Lugnut victories. The weather was wet and the defenses, for both teams, were pretty sad. Starter Todd Thorn pitched really well on Wednesday, and Manuel Bernal (back from the DL) had a good relief stint on Thursday. The Wizards protested Wednesday’s mud.
[Juan] Rocha’s been really hot at the plate for the past few days. [Manager Brian] Poldberg’s moved Melito to the second batting slot (he’d been batting Mark last). The ballpark crowd’s developing a personality, and that personality has interesting edges.
A quirk of the MWL’s scheduling practices is that by year’s end many of us are going to know the Wizards quite well; they’ll be dropping in for a couple games every month. Here’s our chance to watch a really young team grow; most of these players are around 20, and many were playing in high school last spring.
They’ve got a lot of growing to do, though.
I’ve located my Olds Park brick. At home, I’m now waiting for the lilacs; generally speaking, the garden’s doing well.