Saturday, September 08, 2007

Too Much Scratching in Baseball

The Milwaukee Brewers, who are embroiled in a race for the playoffs with the Chicago Cubs, lost a key game last night to the Cincinnati Reds. According to the Brewers, however, it was a bug, not bad pitching, that started them on the path to an 11-4 defeat:

"It all started with a mosquito bite," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

Yost had been bitten earlier. In the first inning, Milwaukee third-base coach Nick Leyva saw Yost's scratching and thought the manager wanted Gabe Gross to steal third. Gross, who had doubled, was thrown out trying to steal third as Ryan Braun struck out.

"It set the tone for the night. I looked up and saw Gabe coming and thought, 'What the heck is going on?'"

The Oracle, who is travelling this weekend, is planning to spend the evening at Great American Ballpark -- if the rain stays away.

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