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Red Wings Choke A Big One Away

Posted: 8/27/2014 8:50 PM

Red Wings Choke A Big One Away 


On a night when a huge win was theirs for the taking, the Wings just couldn't overcome their biggest weakness all season......WALKS. And some shoddy defense.

Wings scored 3 in the first inning and Kris Johnson was real sharp thru 6. But then disaster struck. Johnson couldn't find the strike zone in the 7th....and it awakened the sleeping juggernaut. He walked the first two batters, which destroyed an otherwise excellent performance. The usually reliable Lester Oliveros came on and on this night Leter just didn't have anything. Chiefs scored both of the walks on a Sac Fly and a seeing eye bouncer up the middle to make it 3-2.
Then in the 8th, the Chiefs just kept hitting the ball. They got 4 more hits off Oliveros and when the smoke cleared, Syracuse brought home the tying and winning runs. Just sad that all the good the Wings had built up went up in smoke as the playoffs get further from their reach.

Martine, with an ERA of 0.88 polished off the Wings easily in the 9th to complete the heartbreaking loss.
After the 1st inning, Wings managed only 2 hits.

Good teams find a way. Wings aren't quite good enough to overcome their season long nemesis,

Pawtucket lost so Wings stay 2 behind them, Buffalo split so they lost 1/2 to the Bisons...but its in the loss column.

A very very discouraging night.

I'm totally bummed outohlordohlordohlord

Last edited 8/28/2014 6:29 AM by insagt1

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Posted: 8/28/2014 6:42 AM

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On a night when the Chiefs welcomed back the new IL MVP and Rookie of the Year Steven Souza Jr..and they moved one step closer to their first division title since 1989, the fans still aren't showing up. An announced crowd of barely 4,000 (and not that many in the stands) is disgraceful. Syracuse has by far the lowest average attendance in the league, while forging the best record...and having an awesome lineup top to bottom---as well as a flawless bullpen. Any other team in the league would have had a full stadium on a perfect night, to watch a juggernaut like the Chiefs.

When its all said and done: And the Wings look back on why this season was a failure....there could be many components...but the one that IMO stands out as the main culprit is WALKS. Walks have completely killed this ballclub. Last night it was never more obvious. Johnson was in cruise control until he lost the strike zone in the 7th and quickly walked the first two hitters. It was the first time the Chiefs had 2 runners on base in the same inning...and you just don't give excellent teams that advantage when they are down.

Then the breaks all go against you. Florimon can't pick up a slow roller; a hitter can't get out of the way of a high pitch and it glances off his bat and goes for an infield single; the normally lights out Oliveres can't put away hitters after getting 2 strikes on them....and so it goes.

Watching the Wings let this game slip away was a microcosm of how this season has gone. But it was the WALKS that triggered it.

Our undoing last night,,,and all season long.

Oh what might have been....

Last edited 8/28/2014 6:42 AM by insagt1

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Posted: 8/28/2014 3:46 PM

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insagt1 wrote: On a night when the Chiefs welcomed back the new IL MVP and Rookie of the Year Steven Souza Jr..and they moved one step closer to their first division title since 1989, the fans still aren't showing up. An announced crowd of barely 4,000 (and not that many in the stands) is disgraceful. Syracuse has by far the lowest average attendance in the league, while forging the best record...and having an awesome lineup top to bottom---as well as a flawless bullpen. Any other team in the league would have had a full stadium on a perfect night, to watch a juggernaut like the Chiefs.


Other than the Red Wings and the Bisons, minor league teams in Western NY in general are having problems drawing.  The worst drawing teams in the NY-Penn League are Batavia, Jamestown and Auburn.  Binghamton isn't exactly setting attendance records in the Eastern League either. As you're well aware, the economy in Western NY isn't great, so I think that is part of what is keeping people away from the ballpark.  My family and I go to a few Lake Monster games each year (NY-Penn League), but even a short season A game will run a family of 4-5 people close to $100.00 per game if you include concessions. That's a lot of money for young families, especially in places like Batavia or Auburn where there aren't exactly booming economies which is why you generally don't see many families going to more than one or two games per season in towns like that.

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Posted: 8/28/2014 6:01 PM

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Buffalo probably the worst economy of the bunch and they are drawing very well.In fact Buffalo is an anomoly in sports...a city with 2 major league teams, and a AAA baseball team. That usually never works...but the Bisons have been one of the IL's best atteneded teams. Rochester pretty much draws the same numbers every year. They don't draw anything in April and May then pick up as the season wears on.
Syracuse has historically been a poor draw.
The cost of games is ridiculously low. Our bloc of 4 season tix...perfectly placed between home and first and not real high up costs $25. Cheapest single seats are $8 and you pretty much can always get deals. Going to a Wings game does not cost a family an arm or leg...movies cost more these days.
Good entertainment for reasonable cost.
Shame on Syracuse fans for not supporting an extraordinarily talented team. Maybe they have been so bad for so long the fans lost interest long ago.
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Posted: 8/28/2014 6:21 PM

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insagt1 wrote: Cheapest single seats are $8 and you pretty much can always get deals. Going to a Wings game does not cost a family an arm or leg...movies cost more these days.
It's not that it isn't reasonable, but look at it this way:  for a family of 5, this is what the average cost of going to the ballgame would be:

$8.00 per ticket = $40.00
Parking = $5.00
Concessions (assuming everyone in the family gets a drink and a hot dog) = $50.00

Grand Total:  $95.00 for a night at the ballpark.

Now, that's not a lot for a night of family entertainment, but to do it more than 4-5 games each year would certainly add up for families living in places where the economy is bad. And yes, it is less than taking the entire family to see a movie,  but I don't know of many families who go to the movies more than once every month or so at most, just like I don't know of many families who go to more than a handful of baseball games each summer.  When you take the economies of some of these towns into account plus the other forms of entertainment that compete for people's dollars and it's not all that surprising that some of these teams are drawing badly.

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