Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
August 22, 2006: Toledo Mudhens 10, Columbus Clippers 5
This game started out promisingly, with the Clippers scoring a quick three runs in the first, thanks to a Toledo error. But Columbus couldn't hold the lead. Aaron Small, last year's Cinderella, has turned back into a pumpkin. He gave up eight hits, three walks, and seven earned runs, dooming the Clippers.
The umpire had a pitcher's strike zone, which didn't go over well with the batters. Bubba was clearly annoyed at the high strikes that were called, but didn't say anything. Some of his teammates were not so circumspect. In the sixth inning, the catcher, the third baseman, and the manager were all ejected for arguing balls and strikes.
Bubba went 1 for 4. Leading off in the bottom of the 8th, he hit a single, then stole second base. (He seems to be stealing at will against the Mudhens.) A T-Long groundout moved him to 3B, but he ended up stranded. (They're ready for the Yankees. Call 'em up!)
It was a good night on defense for Bubba. He made a running catch of a ball deep in the gap that really impressed the Toledo radio broadcaster.
The Clippers play the Louisville Bats tonight at 7:05pm. Bubba is playing RF and batting in the two-hole. Follow the game online here, or listen to free Gameday audio here.
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