Waiting On The Guns
The Rock Cats' Matt Moses (7) and Luke Hughes (20) warming up
If you're borderline anti-social (like me most of the time) and the standing-room-only crowds that pack New Britain Stadium on the weekends aren't your thing, the next best option for catching the Rock Cats is to drive another 30 miles to the east, when they play the Defenders in Norwich.
The Rock Cats' 5-4 win over the Defenders on Saturday night took 12 innings, but with the nighttime temperatures dipping into the 50's and the game time pushing 3-1/2 hours, I didn't bother to hang around past the 10th. A three-run homer from Pat Dobson helped the Defenders build a 4-0 lead in the second inning, but New Britain came back with three in the eighth to tie it at 4-4.
The Defenders had a solid chance to end the game in the bottom of the ninth, putting runners on second and third with two outs. But banjo-hitting second baseman Trey Webb (.211, 8 RBI in 48 games, though he hit a little bit better in Single-A for Potomac the year before) grounded out, and the game went into extra innings. Garret Guzman then singled home the winning run for the Rock Cats in the top of the 12th.
Sgt. Slaughter's turnin' green,
Someone pissed in his canteen
A crowd of 6,028 stuffed the seats on Saturday, no doubt in part due to an appearance by the WWF's Sgt. Slaughter, who was charging five bucks an autograph, or so I heard; I think he should be giving five bucks to anyone who can still remember his name. Last night's game marked the first time Dodd Stadium had seen three straight crowds of 5000 or more since about seven seasons ago.
Third baseman Matt Moses, the Twins' first round pick in 2003, went 0-for-5 in his second game back with the Rock Cats since being sent down from the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings a couple of days earlier.