Well, Game Three provided the pitching match-up that I thought would come in Game One. Wade Miller and Brian Slocum were both right on the money, mowing through the batting orders with surprising ease. The bullpens pitched well, too, even though Anibal Sanchez was tagged with the loss after surrendering a pair of runs. There were some questionable calls that fueled Akron’s rally but Portland manager Todd Claus was too classy to address them.
Saturday morning I had some time to kill so I went to the Pro Football Hall of Fame down the road in Canton. It’s a nice little museum and NFL Films are the best, especially when you get to hear the legendary voice of John Facenda. But it’s not nearly as good as the baseball hall up in Cooperstown, which still ranks as the best of the four major sports’ halls. — Kevin C.