Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
August 25, 2006: Louisville Bats 8, Columbus Clippers 5
Well, Bubba went 0 for 4 last night...but it wasn't as bad as that raw stat indicates. He got on base in the 3rd when he was hit by a pitch. In the 5th, he reached on an error. He promptly stole second base, getting such an "incredibly good" jump the Bats didn't have a chance. (He's now 5 for 5 in stolen bases.) A Sardinha sac fly let Bubba take 3rd (the throw went to 2B), but he was stranded when Nieves grounded out.
In the sixth, Bubba came up with two outs and men on 2B and 3B. Alas, he couldn't bring them home, striking out swinging.
He sort of made up for it 8th. He came to bat with one out, bases loaded. He grounded out, but the man on 3B scored. So it was a "productive out."
There were some nice moments on defense, too. In the top of the 4th, Ray Olmedo hit a deep fly to center, causing the announcers to get all excited...but Bubba chased it down.
The Clippers play the division-leading Indianapolis Indians tonight at 7:25pm. Bubba is playing CF and batting leadoff. And Carl Pavano is pitching! Follow the game online here, or listen to free Gameday audio here.
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