Friday, April 20, 2007

And then there were none

Minor league baseball's last unbeaten team, the Dayton Dragons, finally fell last night. The Swing of the Quad Cities trounced Dayton 15-4 in a Midwest League game. Gotta hand it to Dayton – when they lose, they lose in style.

The Swing's Jaime Landin fell a single shy of the cycle, leading a 13-hit attack. The thirteen runs scored by Quad Cites was more than half of the 20 total runs the Dragons allowed in their first nine games.

As noted in the last post, Dayton remained unbeaten the longest, but they did not start the season with the most consecutive victories. That honor goes to the Greensboro of the South Atlantic League, which started the season by winning its first 12 games.

Dayton's streak lasted longer because the weather banged a bunch of their early season games. Still, it must have been cool being able to dream about an undefeated season as late as April 19th.

Color blind: The Dugout knows this is a minor league blog. Sometimes the big boys make decisions that are just as odd as their minor league counterparts.

Take the Boston Red Sox. They are honoring long-time Boston Celtic all-everything Red Auerbach by wearing green jerseys for tonight's game. They are wearing green to honor a man named Red.

The Dugout gets the Celtic green connection, but, come on. Couldn't they have worn all red to honor Red? Some of the biggest selling jerseys and hats at spring training are the green ones the Red Sox wear for St. Patrick’s Day. Seems like just another money making promotion for a team that doesn't need the money.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled minor league blog…

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