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May 7, 2012: Blowouts
Diablos Rojos del México 7 Rieleros de Aguascalientes 12
7:00pm Friday May 4, 2012
Diablos Rojos del México 13 Rieleros de Aguascalientes 2
4:00pm Saturday May 6, 2012
Just when you get to thinking that the pitching is showing signs of getting better...
Friday night, down 1-0, but getting hits, leaving runners in scoring position, kinda looking like it was only a matter of time before they got on the board: then the top of the fourth happened. The starting pitcher Francisco Rosario got into trouble, his reliever David Reyes was worse, and finally, facing the 13th batter of the inning, Orlando Lara finally coaxed a ground ball for a double play. If this was a .500 team, it'd be easy to shake off a blowout, but this is a team seven - now eight - games under .500.
David, the super happy taco guy who has recently become quite chatty came over in the 7th inning, he did a little dance on the stairs to the music that was playing over the PA, and told me, rather excitedly, that there was another English person a couple of sections over, and did I want to come over and meet them. Now, I've done some travelling around in my life, and I've lived outside of the UK for eleven years; I don't care about your home country, I only care if you are a good person. I am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt until you prove yourself to be a dick, though, so, seeing David's enthusiasm, I followed him a couple of sections over to meet two Mexican men, a Mexican woman, and an English woman. The Mexicans couldn't have been lovelier. The English woman, though: urgh. Just exhausting. Totally couldn't be arsed to talk to someone else, clipped answers to questions, didn't seem to be enjoying the baseball. Still, had a good chat with the Mexicans, so all good.
The Diablos put up a bit of a fight later on. 12-2 down heading into the bottom of the ninth. Following a called strikeout, five consecutive singles, a double, and a sac fly made it interesting. 12-7. Runner on second, Carlos Valencia walked, and then Victor Bojorquez grounded out to the pitcher. Game over.
Saturday, the blowout was going in the other direction. Aguascalientes only had five hits, not getting a run until the seventh when they score two on a Omar Mendoza single to center field. The Diablos scored in the second, third, fourth, sixth, and seventh; racking up eighteen hits.
Other things to note: the Diablos' gringo left fielder/designated hitter Cory Aldridge walked out to George Thorogood's Bad to the Bone. They should make a Diablos Rojos pizza based on the logo.
How dangerous is it being a baseball player during an electrical storm? (There was one brewing on Saturday; they played through the rain and for about half an inning, some fairly howling wind). It's amazing how often people only notice themselves on the stadium cam just as it cuts away from them. The guy sat in front of me picked up his toddler and held him aloft every time the Diablos scored. Note to that guy: your kid isn't a trophy.
The dancing girls that sometimes appear at Diablos games haven't been around much this season, but on Saturday, we were treated to a sponsored dancing girl treat: seven Hooters girls dancing to Cotton-Eyed Joe. They were dressed like regular Hooters girls, and they had some rather lovely flamingo-coloured pom poms.
The Diablos seem to have new uniforms. Not got a good photograph yet, but they are cream, not white. Mmmmm, cream unis... Instead of saying Diablos across the chest, they have the "M" logo that's on the cap on their chest (like the Yankees or Nationals). Sadly, though, the numbers on the back and belly look like they were designed by the same doofuses (doofi?) who designed the Puma uniforms that were so horrible during the last World Cup.
The Diablos lost again on Sunday. They are now 18-26, bottom of the eight-team Zona Norte. Just nine more games before the All-Star break, so it's time to either start playing well, or accept sub-1,000 crowds for the rest of 2012.