Sunday, July 4, 2010
This will be a quick summary of the last two days. Each day will get it's own blog post in the next few days. It's been a busy last couple of days on our baseball trip. Day two started out by leaving Cumberland and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and heading up the really beautiful and historic Route 40 to Pittsburgh. It's very hilly and there seems to be a lot to do with Laurel Caverns and the such. You can make a nice vacation out of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, Laurel Caverns and a Pirates game.
In Pittsburgh, we met up with my Uncle Elmer and Aunt Syl at an Eat and Park in Etna, PA. It was good catching up with them and my Uncle Elmer was kind enough to show us Mount Washington which overlooks Pittsburgh. Just terrific views from up there.
As noted by my previous post,you know a team is playing well when it's fans show up in abundance on the road. Well, a lot of Phillie fans took the trip from Philly to Pittsburgh. It was a sea of red, as the majority of the fans were Phillie Fanatics. In fact, when the Phillie fans started a "Let's Go Phillies!" chant, the Pirates fans could not drown them out.
The Phillies were without Chase Utley and Placido Polanco in their lineup, with both players having been recently placed on the DL. And it seemed their five through eight hitters in the lineup were unusually light hitting for them. But the Phillies made up for it yesterday by scoring twelve runs. Still the loss of Utley for eight weeks will hurt the Phils.
It was a nice zoo and for the price ($11 adults, $8 children), you can't beat it. We spent a good three hours there and there are lots of things for the kiddies to do especially. And yes, it was fun for two forty four year old guys too. I just wish I had my two young sons with me. They would have enjoyed this greatly.
Comerica is sooo well done. From the giant tiger at the entrance to the park, to the tiger carousel in the food court, to the ability to walk around the ENTIRE ballpark in an entire unobstructed route, and to the historic decade chronicling centerpieces in the walkway, it's just such a great ballpark to soak up and enjoy.
As for the game itself, well Justin Verlander was dealing against a very weak Seattle lineup. When your cleanup hitter is hitting .234, you know your lineup is not so good. And Verlander took advantage, striking out ten Mariners in seven innings. The Tigers got to Jason Vargas for two runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth. It was the first time that Vargas had given up more than three earned runs in a start since his first start of the season, a span of 14 starts. That's a pretty impressive streak.
We left after the sixth inning with the Tigers up 6-0 (they would win 6-1) so that we could make the four hour trip to Chicago. Including a stop for gas and to clean off the windshield and the front of the car for all the bugs I hit in the highways of Michigan (god there were a lot of bugs flying on the highway), we made it in exactly four hours.
Posted by Gary Moore at 7:20 AM