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College World Series: Pitching, Defense, & Timely Hitting Wins Games

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Angels' #2 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, LHP John "Nick" Maronde, was the losing pitcher in the first game of the double elimination Championship Series of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, Monday night (#37 in the video). I missed the first half of the Angels/Nationals game while watching a star first baseman playing with a broken hand bone (remembering Erstad), a closer coming back to pitch two days after throwing 95 pitches (remembering SShields), and dramatic plays involving runners being cut down at home plate. So many times during the game, I envisioned our Angels' players in these exact same situations. Watching whatever games have been broadcast on TV during the Regionals, Super Regionals, and now the CWS, has been an exhilarating turorial for anyone interested in great baseball. Boxscore. The proclaimed "hero" of this ballgame, Scott Wingo, is the 11th round draftee by the Dodgers. Cody Dent, son of Bucky Dent, was the Florida player gunned down at home plate; he also drove in Florida's only run. Between these two teams, there are literally -- dozens of 2011 MLB draftees. Comments during the game by Oral Hershiser and Robin Ventura were good: Predictable and informative, and allowed me to believe that I know something about baseball.

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