Kuo Not Status Quo
The inning was like getting a proctology exam when you have a gigantic hemorrhoid. At least that’s what I said during the Padre’s six-run fourth inning that lasted about 45 minutes.
Little did I know about Malingering’s incident with Luis Gonzalez’s foul ball which now makes me very thankful that my seats of choice are in the top deck. I guess you can say Viejito still has some pop in him.
The Padre’s 7-6 win last night was an interesting game. Yet again the Dodgers tried to rally from behind and came real close driving all the Dodgers fans into a blitzing Blue fury only to be completely deflated when Viejito popped-out to foul territory with Jeff Kent on second base. It was quite a grizzly scene.
But the grizzliest scene came in the top of the fourth when pitcher Hong-Chi Kuo completely fell apart. He gave up six runs on six hits, and the defense didn’t help any by committing two errors. That 45 minutes was enough time for my still jet-lagged friend (she just got back from Vietnam last weekend) to take a nap and be refreshed for the rest of the game. At this point I’ll let you say what you will about Kuo’s performance.
Just remember that this is June not September. I have to keep telling myself that all the time because it’s easy to look at the standings and think the sky is falling. Aside from the fateful fourth, the Dodgers were not all that bad. The Dodgers are in a very tough division this season where it looks like three teams could possibly win more than 90 games. To win the wild card is not the end of the world.
What I learned most at the game was how much I hate children. Actually it was more of a confirmation than learning. These two guys came to the park with their two children, and I really wanted to smack all of them. One of the dads rested his coke cup on his belly. He also allowed the kids to buy cotton candy not once, but twice! And those kids shrilled throughout the game, "Cameraman we're here," "Give the beach ball here," "Padres suck."
Children are a scourge, a plague not seen since the locusts came from the heavens upon Egypt. So parents please keep your kids under control or snip their vocal cords. Seriously.
Anyhow, I'm very upset I won't be at the game tonight with Brad Penny and Jake Peavy facing off against each other. I believe the last time they faced each other was September 18, 2006, and we all know what happened that day. Aside from that, it should be a great pitching match-up which means a snoozefest if you like homers and offense.
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