Didn't I pick a fun game to attend, and apparently I was one of the few Braves fans who chose to attend last night's game. While the official attendance for the game was just over 15,000 (pitiful enough), I would be surprised if there were 7,000 people in the stands. Look, I know it's a weekday and school is back in session, but that crowd was pitiful. At times early in the game from section 402 it was so quiet you could hear the yells of the food vendors from the lower levels. With a crowd like that, it is no wonder that the Braves played what looked like completely unmotivated baseball.
I have no idea how we really lost this game. We had puh-lenty of opportunities to score, and just about everyone in the lineup let us down at some point. I recall a key bases loaded one-out situation late in the game in which Omar Infante popped up, failing to get the runner in from third.
Jair Jurrjens deserved a better fate, he pitched a very good ball game. He loaded the bases in the first, but from my vantage point I blame some of that on Garret Anderson, who loafed over to catch a fly ball that he let bounce in front of him for the first hit of the ballgame. From where I was sitting it looked like a pretty piss-poor effort -- 90% of the crowd didn't notice.
Perhaps more people will realize that the Braves are in town tonight, and that they are actually in a pennant race. I think the loudest the stadium got before the ninth inning (which was a pretty decent comeback, by the way), was when Adrian Gonzalez homered in the third inning. At that point the few Padres fans made their presence known.
If you've read this and you're thinking, "if the Braves would have won, gondeee wouldn't have panned the team and the crowd so bad." Wrong. Maybe it was the drunken frenzy that I got whipped into in the Chop House, but that game, the way we played, and the crowd that "didn't" show up, was damn embarassing.
|Final - 8.25.2009||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||R||H||E|
|San Diego Padres||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||8||0|
|WP: Joe Thatcher (1 - 0)
SV: Edward Mujica (2)
LP: Kris Medlen (3 - 4)