I was never sure about the word attrition as in war of attrition so I never used it in a sentence. But I looked it up this morning and don’t remember why I looked it up, but I liked the definition that popped up on google.
“a wearing down or weakening of resistance, especially as a result of continuous pressure or harassment.”
Sounded like a recipe for an uprising; a dormant volcano reviving, the tying of one’s shoes at the end of a day when the weight of the world avalanches all around and nothing would be better than going to sleep, but there are still dishes to wash and the garbage to take out.
I like twilight and whatever the equivalent is called in the morning when neither light or dark rules. I can never tell if night or day is nearing. It’s the same with sunsets or sunrises. I never know which is which.
I’m always a little suspicious of three run home runs in the first inning. The air loses electricity and is replaced by honey. It’s thick and lazy. The home crowd gets quiet and kind of smug.
Carlos Gomez hit a three run home run in the first inning Tuesday night and Mark Reynolds hit a solo bomb in the second. The Brewers were leading 5-0 after four innings. Then the Orioles did a little doh reh mee in the 5th, 6th, and 7th scoring 1,2, and 3 runs to take the lead 6-5.
This type of comeback by a visiting team pisses off fans. It’s noticeable in the rally cheers. They sound like judgments. The monster has awoken. They want their money’s worth.
I don’t know what impact it has on players. Teams sometimes go quietly down in order 1-2-3, inning after inning, then game over and other times, balls find holes and bizarre things happen. They rally. Some call it cardiac kids; a team filled with heart and never say die. The number crunchers don’t bother. They just put their calculators down and celebrate the law of averages getting snuffed.
The Brewers tied the game in the bottom of the ninth just like the Orioles had done on Monday. And when Yovani Gallardo stepped into the on deck circle in the bottom of the tenth Tuesday, we all knew the Orioles would intentionally walk Mark Reynolds to face a pitcher making a somewhat rare pinch-hitting appearance.
But we also knew this was no ordinary hitting pitcher. Gallardo is the Carlos Zambrano of today’s game. He is the home run king among pitchers with 12 career blasts. We were glad the Orioles walked Mark Reynolds. The winning run was on second base. A base hit would end the game.
Gallardo crushed the ball; sending it off the left center field wall for a game winning double. It was just before midnight. Final Score Brewers 7, Orioles 6. The Brewers are 31-22.