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No Hitter, No Win

by Tom King

The Northwoods League was the scene of a rare event last night. Domenic Mazza of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters tossed a no-hitter. But that wasn't the rare moment I'm talking about. Despite allowing no hits, striking out 10 and walking 3, Mazza and his Rafters teammates lost the game to Lakeshore 2-0. 2 errors in the 6th inning proved to be their downfall and the Rafters offense only managed one hit of their own .

The Woodchucks played a 3 hour, 11 inning game in Kalamazoo last night before rallying for a 7-5 win. Both teams combined for 25 hits and will play again tonight. You can hear the game on Foxsports Radio AM1390 & FM 93.9.

The Brewers representatives at the MLB All-Star game played well. Jon Lucroy made the most of his first All-Star game with 2 doubles and 2 rbi's. Aramis Ramirez had two hits and scored a run and Carlos Gomez was 0-2 but did make a nice running catch to rob Mike Trout of a hit. Frankie Rodriguez tossed a scoreless inning. The AL won the game 5-3.

Bob Uecker is getting "front row" treatment from the MLB network. The channel will run a one hour documentary on Thursday night featuring the Brewers announcer. It will focus on his broadcast and acting careers and will air at 6pm.

Congrats to Wausau's Chris Wimmer who held off Matt Kenseth and won the Slinger Nationals on Tuesday night. With his brother Scott as his spotter, Wimmer took advantage of car trouble from Dennis Prunty who led most of the race and then held off the NASCAR star Kenseth to win the race and over a $10,000 purse.

Just picked up the latest James Lee Burke novel called "The Wayfaring Stranger" . looking forward to spending the next few days enveloped in his great prose. He's one of the best.

Had an interesting debate with some of my teenage ballplayers in the dugout last night over the merits of hip-hop music. I'm not a fan and as you might expect they are. Classic rock was playing at the ballpark in Merrill which was a nice change of pace from the steady diet of current country pablum that we are fed at most sites. Trying to convince them that Santana was a better choice than Kanye West though was probably a losing battle.

Songs Of The Day (from my I-pod) This is the anniversary of the death of Harry Chapin. He died in a car crash in 1981. here are a couple of his good ones.

On The Road To Kingdom Come-Harry Chapin (1976) the title track from his album has some interesting word pictures painted by a master

WOLD-Harry Chapin (1974) from one of his better albums "Short Stories" comes this cautionary tale of a life working in radio...I didnt listen