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Game 152: September 24, 2009
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W: Clay Buchholz (7-3)
91-61, 2 game winning streak
L: Anthony Lerew (0-1)
63-90, 2 game losing streak
Highlights: Zack Greinke heckled home plate umpire Greg Gibson’s strike zone in the third inning and was ejected by Gibson from the dugout. It’s good to see Greinke cured of his social anxiety disorder, but this probably isn’t what team psychologist Andrew Jacobs had in mind.

Trey Hillman was justifiably upset by Greg Gibson’s warnings to the dugouts after Anthony Lerew’s sliders inside to Mike Lowell in the fourth. While the balls did fly towards Lowell’s head, had they been purpose pitches they wouldn’t have been thrown in the mid to high 70s.

Gibson might point to the fact that David Ortiz had just homered to lead off the inning as Lerew’s motivation for revenge. But the game was 2-0 and there were no outs in the inning, far from the best situation to be meting out justice.

Hillman nipped at Gibson’s heels and would have kept on delaying the game had not Tim McClelland, who stands at a hulking 6'6", not intervened. George Brett had tangled with McClelland before and prevailed in the notorious Pine Tar Game, but this time the game carried on with no other incidents.

Here in the Pacific Time Zone I feel almost as out of touch with the Red Sox as Gibson was with yesterday’s game. But between streaming(ish) games on MLB.tv, SoSH, and ESPN I’m not entirely cut off (unfortunately, the hotel I’m in doesn’t carry MLB Network). On ESPN most of the hubbub was about Joba Chamberlain and his hothousing, as Jim Kaat calls it.

Not that most people where I am are obsessing over Chamberlain’s cheese or calculating magic numbers with the completion of each game. Laughlin is part of the southern Nevada patchwork of MLB territories. The Angels, Athletics, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, and Giants all vie for fans in the dessert, and sadly in this area the love of baseball seems as sparse as the vegetation.

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