With temps hovering near 70 degrees tonight, it was a perfect night to be out at the ballpark. By the 8th inning the stars seemed to be aligning for the Sounds to notch only the 3rd perfect game (27 opposing men up-27 opposing men out) in their league's history. Starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva was just six outs away from recording a perfect game (Sounds were ahead of visiting Round Rock 5-0) when he gave up a single to the lead-off hitter and then a two-run homerun before getting out of the 8th inning, lead in tact. At that point the Sounds needed to buckle down and get a win or hope for an a Iowa Cubs loss to clinch a berth to the post-season playoffs. They got neither. The bullpen took over in the 9th inning and gave up 5 runs (the go-ahead runs coming with 2 outs!). The loss combined with a Cubs 3-2 win means that the Sounds must win at least one of their last three games or the Cubs must lose one of the their last three for the Sounds to move to post-season.
But like I said, the weather was glorious, even if the Sounds kept me from witnessing history x2.