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Starting Pitching is Fine...But

by Tom King

The Wisconsin Woodchucks have now dropped 6 in a row and are quickly falling out of the first half chase in the Northwoods League. It's been a combination of things that have led to the streak...an anemic batting average (under .170 lately)...spotty relief pitching...and untimely defensive lapses and base running blunders have all combined to leave the Chucks in a funk. One thing that has been a bright spot is the starting pitching. The Chucks starters have pitched pretty well lately highlighted by the last two starts by Adam Kramer and Seth Davis...both pitched very well deep into the games and both have nothing to show for it...Kramer got a loss and Davis a no-decision after the Chucks gave both games away late (the Chucks did battle back and tie last nights game in the 9th before letting it get away in the 10th). Manager Jameel Ziadah is trying anything he can at this point...including shaking up the batting order last night...but it wasnt enough. There are still some fresh troops scheduled to arrive soon and with the two-half format the team still has plenty of time to regroup...but you would like to see something positive happen in the win-loss column soon. That could start today as the Chucks travel to Wisconsin Rapids for a doubleheader. They will finish a rain suspended game from Saturday before playing the regularly scheduled contest. You can hear both games on Foxsports AM1390 at 4:15.

It will be a Game 7 in the NBA Finals on Thursday night. The Heat got another triple-double from Lebron James in a 103-100 win over the Spurs in Game 6 last night. Man...Game 7's are fun in any sport.

This is the anniversary of the first organized baseball game played. The New York Club beat the Knickerbockers 23-1 in four innings in the Elysian Fields of Hoboken New Jersey in 1846. Alexander Cartwright of the Knickerbockers had written down the rules of the game the previous year...you might be hard-pressed to recognize what they played as what we play today.

The Wausau Post 10 Bulldogs return to league play tonight as they host Marshfield at Athletic Park at 7pm. Post 10 is 5-3 overall but 0-2 in the Valley Legion League.

Songs of The Day   (from my I-pod)

Lucretia MacEvil-Blood, Sweat & Tears (1970) a tune written by vocalist David Clayton-Thomas from BST 3 which was a pretty solid effort

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds-Beatles (1967) a "Sgt Pepper" song and even if it wasnt written about an LSD trip (the title came from a child's drawing from one of Juilan Lennon's friends) the images it evokes can certainly be seen to be LSD driven in nature. Elton John did a pretty straight-forward cover of this is the 70's.