This is what you've gotta love about baseball. No matter how many games you've seen, it seems as though there's always something different. And boy, was there something different in Thursday's 6-5 TinCaps win over Dayton at Parkview Field, where 8,401 - the second largest crowd in franchise history - elbowed their way in for Thirsty Thursday/fireworks/Irish Night promotions. A little about the Irish Night: The players wore jerseys with shamrocks on their backs. Honestly, the uniforms looked like the silks worn by the jockey in the movie "Seabiscuit." But that was the least of the TinCaps' worries. For the first couple hours, it seemed as though the 8,401 had a date with history, since left handed pitcher Jose De Paula had a no-hitter going through the first seven innings. Even the feared "don't say you-know-what" jinx was being avoided in the press box. We didn't have to wait long to move on, because De Paula was removed from the game after the seventh because of a 75-limit pitch count. He was at 71 when he left at the end of seven innings, and wasn't about to start the eighth. Instead, it was Hayden Beard who began the eighth, which began with a Dayton home run on pitch No. 1. Beard and the inning's second reliever, Miles Mikolas, then combined to give up eight hits in the inning and five runs to erase a 4-0 lead. Luckily, for manager Jose Flores' sake, since it was his call to pull De Paula, the TinCaps came back with two runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull out the win. Strange, strange night.
Last updated: June 17, 2010 11:15 p.m.