Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sarasota Reds Snatch Defeat From Jaws of Victory TWICE Today

I've been told that when you're at the bottom the only direction to go is up. However whomever came up with that little line never considered the hapless Sarasota Reds baseball team.

Today they played the Fort Myers Miracle in a double-header. The first game started at noon and was mercifully over by 2:15. Because this was a double-header both games are only 7 innings long. I'm not sure why they have that rule - I guess to lessen the pain?

Final score in game 1 today was Fort Myers 6 and Sarasota 3. Fort Myers scored 2 runs in the top of the 4th inning and surprisingly Sarasota came back with 3 in the bottom of the 4th. Their lead was frittered away immediately in the top of the 5th inning when Fort Myers scored two runs followed by single runs in the top of the 6th and again in the top of the 7th. They had the lead and blew it. I think that should be the epithet of the Sarasota Reds.

The second game of this two-game set began about 2:45 with Fort Myers taking an early 1 run lead in the top of the 1st inning but the Reds came back with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Score now Sarasota 3 and Fort Myers 1, a Fort Myers batter pulverized a hanging curve ball into the left field bullpen in the top of the fourth bringing the score to 3-2. It looked like Sarasota might actually win on this slim margin as we moved to the top of the seventh inning. But, Fort Myers scored a run tying the game and then scored a go-ahead run in the top of the eight. True to form the Sarasota Reds could not get anything going in the bottom of the 8th inning and lost 4-3.

Twice in the same day they had the lead and twice in the same day the Reds allowed defeat to snatch away victory. At least they are consistent - consistently bad that is! Attendance today was 162 people and I think about 160 of them were Fort Myers fans. Currently and appropriately the Sarasota Reds are in last place in their division 9 games out of first place. At least they were able to regain the bottom of the standings...maybe that says something for them?

They start a 3-game home stand tomorrow night against the Jupiter Hammerheads. The Hammerheads are just 1.5 games out of the cellar of the division so there might be a good fight for 3 nights to see if the Reds can retain their bottom dweller status.

Today's games put my record as a fan at 5 wins and 30 losses for Sarasota with me in the stands. My goal for the rest of the season is to have them at 40 losses so they are well on the way to fulfilling that dream of mine!

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