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May 1, 2011: The hit parade

Diablos Rojos del México 6 Sultanes de Monterrey 17
4:00pm Saturday April 30, 2011
Time: 3:35
Attendance: 10,985

Diablos were battered yesterday. Plodding along prosaically, Monterrey up 4-0 in the fifth. Then in the bottom of the sixth, México batted around: 6-4. Crowd all happy. Not for long, next inning, Monterrey scored eleven. Something that the scoreboard operator seemed to have problems with. The scoreboard only allows for one digit, so his first option was to credit nine runs to the 7th, and two to 6th. That soon changed, and he went for just marking one run in the seventh.

In the end, Monterrey got 20 hits, plus four walks. Two of which were intentional. The first IBB was followed by a single to center, the second—four batters later in the horrific seventh—loaded the bases and was swiftly followed by a less-than-intentional walk. It was pleasant to watch.

I was sat in some sort of Bermuda Triangle seat. For some reason, no matter how much I tried to catch the attention of the beer guy, he always seemed to not catch my eye. And even when I did catch his eye, gestured that I wanted a small Corona, he acknowledged me with a nod and thumbs up, went off, and I never saw him again.

Anyway: some pictures. An old fella sat near me with a nice Brewers cap (he was also keeping score, which was nice to see); another example of the idiosyncratic line painting in the Mexican League; and optimistic fans in the concrete bleachers.