Another radio rodeo, as I do not have the cable teevee and really need to drink at home to keep costs bearable.
Well another gorgeous spring evening on the front porch with Jim, Don, a pack of Camels and a twelve pack. Looked like the bottom was going to drop out there for a minute when Hale started with not much control and worse, being wild in the strike zone. With two on and two out, Ludwick poked one pretty good out to center scoring Phillips, but a good carom and a somewhat inexplicable decision by the 3b coach to hold Bruce at third limited the damage to a run.
The bottom half of the frame yielded far more pleasant result after BJ got his 1000th “hit” and Freeman followed up with a swing at a pitch up around the club level that he managed to not only get wood on, but poke over the wall for two runs. Hale apparently adjusted his Maddux Polyjuice Potion between innings and started mixing in hard breaking stuff with a lively fastball to great effect, and it was Leake’s turn to get slapped around a bit. After Freeman just missed homer number two in the third, Justin and Gattis followed up with a couple of shots that didn’t miss and it looked like the rout was on.
But Leake too figured it out, and we got to enjoy Hale going eight, with very little drama as he did not allow another hit after the first. Did Not See That Coming.
Kimbrel looked pretty much like old Kimbrel striking out
three two (Votto was awarded first base to make it interesting I guess) and that was that. Glorious afternoon to go for the sweep and move to a whopping ten games over in April. Whoda thunk?