I went to my first and probably only Roughriders game of the season last night. Every time I go to a game at Dr. Pepper Ballpark I am amazed at how nice that place is for a AA stadium. All of the patriotic stuff from a Irag War hero throwing out the first pitch to a modern day Andrews Sisters act singing the National Anthem was pretty cool. The fireworks were good too even though they scared the bejeezus out of my 2 year old daughter.
The game itself was quite a rout with the Riders winning 8-1 behind 8+ strong innings from Michael Ballard. He started the 9th with a 4-hit shutout (what's up TLT) but clearly looked gassed and gave up a couple more hits and a run before they took him out. I have to admit that I had never heard of the guy until yesterday afternoon but he really looked impressive. He doesn't have overwhelming stuff but he had good command and I could see him being a Rheinecker/Murray type that spends time in AAA and makes an occasional emergency start in the majors.
I was impressed with Andrus more than anybody else. He walked 3 times and had a single at the plate and made a couple of nice defensive plays. The thing that struck me most about though him was his speed. He scored from 1st on a double by Vallejo and he was really flying around the bases. He's a good. I also love the minifro that he is sporting...
And here is a picture of Andrus and Borbon before the game.
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