Pawtucket - 100 001 200 - 4 8 2 Buffalo - 200 204 40x - 12 15 1Tim and I see baseball in the "friendliest city" in the United States!
Josh Reddick hit the first pitch of the game for a home run to deep right-center. Unfortunately, that was the high point of the PawSox's night.
Pawtucket starter Kris Johnson allowed a couple of doubles in the bottom of the first and, coupled with an infield error, the Bisons took a 2-1 lead. And they kept hitting, scoring four runs against each of three PawSox pitchers: Johnson, T.J. Large, and Hideki Okajima.
Jeemer came into the game in the seventh. He allowed an infield single that probably should have been scored an error, and then gave up a two-run home run to right-center to Russ Adams (who had hit a two-run dong in the previous inning, as well). After allowing two more singles, Okajima got a groundout to shortstop and was pulled. .1-4-4-0-0, 16.
Reddick hit another solo home run leading off the sixth; he also singled in the ninth. In the seventh, Gustavo Molina crushed a tater to left. The PawSox then loaded the bases on two walks and a single before Jeremy Hermida (who had singled in each of his first three at-bats) drew a walk to force a run.
Tim's shot of Jeremy Hermida, probably in the process of drawing that RBI BB, with Aaron Bates on deck.
Here is a shot of the field in the top of the third. ... My little camera sucks. I will add some more pictures to this post tomorrow (if Tim emails them to me).
The park in Buffalo is quite nice -- our tickets were $7 -- plus they serve Murphy's* (in cans, but still...)!
* Long story, but we fell in love with Murphy's during our 2001 Ireland vacation and it has been next to impossible to find on tap in North America.
The Bisons have a couple of mascots. One is named Buster T. Bison and he is a guy wearing a regular baseball uniform, but he has a huge buffalo head on his head. It looks quite odd.
The other mascot is named "Chip"*. This guy was in a full costume and he climbed on top of the third base dugout (PawSox) in the top of the seventh. Tim and I were in the third row at the end of the dugout closest to the plate.
* A Buffalo chip? Why would a team name a mascot after slang for a piece of dried shit? One kid who got his cap signed said to his mother (something like) "I never saw a chocolate chip be able to write." Chip's costume was brown, but he ain't no chocolate chip.
Chip was the least active mascot I have ever seen. He paced slowly back and forth on the dugout, barely acknowledging the crowd. We had some theories: he was on Valium, he was a middle-aged hobo simply trying to make $20, he was narcoleptic. His droopy costume eyes made him seem extra lethargic. Adding to the hilarity was the fact that he was holding a capped Sharpie in his right hand as he shuffled back and forth, for the autographs.
Other fun: The Bisons' version of the "pick which one of the three caps/whatevers the ball is under" game on the scoreboard featured a trio of blue recycling bins. They were moving around in circles and I thought they were getting warmed up to race, but it turns out they were just shuffling around to confuse the crowd. It was sponsored by Twin Village Recycling. Bin #3 was the winner.
And: In the eighth inning, some Bisons employees were on the 3B dugout tossing rolls of Smarties into the crowd. I like Smarties, but the sight of a 46-year-old balding guy making a scene for 5¢ worth of candy is not the image I try to project, even to strangers, so I sat quietly. Towards the end, though, I made some eye contact with the guy and he tossed me his last roll. ... It was not "Smarties". ... It was "Soft Lips" lip protectant/sunscreen. Cherry flavor. Stupid less-than-ideal PA system.