Bases loaded in the ninth with two outs and U of L and UK all squared up at 5-5. Who do you want at the plate?
Chris Dominguez, of course. He’s thriving on these kind of situations these days.
Dominguez doesn’t waste much time, powering the second pitch into the outfield, giving Louisville a 6-5 win over the visiting Wildcats before more than 3,600 fans at Jim Patterson Field. The crowd was a regular season record for U of L.
The Cardinal third baseball had powered a home run over the left field fence in the eighth inning to tie the game, bringing his season total to 13 home runs. He now has 46 runs batted in.
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Credit sophomore pitcher Matt Lea (2-0) for shutting the Wildcats down in the eighth and ninth inninngs, two innings of no hits, no one allowed on base. Great job on some pretty good hitters.
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Next up for the Cards is Cincinnati, coming to Louisville for a three-game series this weekend — at 6 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 1p.m. on Sunday. Be there.
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This comment from “Tom,” from the Smokin’ Fastball site, merits maximum exposure:
The Cards Baseball radio situation is atrocious! WAVG 1450? Give me a break. A kids walkie talkie set has more power. No offense to the fine folks at WAVG but a signal that has to bust its guts to make it to the Snyder Freeway is hardly Card worthy.
It Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s all due to Clear Channel Radio pandering to Barnhart and giving away the farm to the Bully Blue. Clear Channel originally promised Tom Jurich the moon a couple of years ago after screwing U of L out of first priority on WHAS for football and basketball. They promised that WKRD 790 (the Old WAKY radio signal) would be devoted to the Cards. That didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t last long. Management changed, then they turned right and gave (y)UK Clear ChannelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1080 AM signal for all their baseball games. At the same time, CC took away the 790 availability for U of L Baseball and the Cards went searching for a home. Unfortunately 1450 was the only taker.
So now the Cards have outstanding announcer, Sean Moth, popping and crackling his way through the games on a signal that has to fight, scrap and struggle to make it to my back porch.
Clear Channel gave U of L a monstrous shaft which will come back and bite them big time as XM and Sirius Radio merge and pour on the Big East games. A few years down the road, U of L will be able to tell Clear Channel and WHAS to take a hike. Meanwhile someone at U of L needs to figure out a way to steam the games so we can get clear, crisp coverage.