Because how can you not love a baseball player named "Bubba"?
April 6, 2007: Louisville Bats 8, Toledo Mud Hens 2
Believe it or not, this game was even more of a blowout than the score indicates. The Bats pulled ahead early, and the Hens never really threatened.
I mentioned that the Bats announcers were impressed with Bubba's play in right field the day before. I guess they were really impressed, because they were still talking about it the next day. They said he made a great running catch, and were also raving about a play in the corner. The ball ended up out of Bubba's reach, but they liked the way he played it.
It was a pretty good night at the plate for Bubba. His first at-bat, in the second, was with none on, two outs. He fell behind in the count with a swinging strike that sent his bat flying into the stands, then a called strike, but ended up working a walk. He was stranded when Herr stuck out.
Bubba came up again in the 3rd. Two outs, none on. He got ahead in the count, 2-0, then hit a home run down the right field line. It just barely stayed fair (there was a stiff breeze from left). Yeah, Bubba!
In the 5th, he came to bat with two outs, runner on 2B. The first pitch was low and way inside; the announcers thought it hit his foot. The umpire disagreed, and it was ball one. A swinging strike, foul, ball, then another swinging strike, ending the inning.
Bubba's last at-bat was in the 6th. He swung at the first pitch, flaring out to 2B. By then it was 8-1 Louisville, and the game was pretty much over.
Bubba's line for the night: 1 for 3 with a walk. He's hitting .250 / .333 / .750 / 1.083.
The Bats play the Mud Hens again tonight, at 6:05pm. The lineup has been posted. Once again, Bubba's in right field, batting fifth.
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