Well That Was Fun: Reds Scrape Together Run, Beat Phillies in Ten Minutes

Well That Was Fun: Reds Scrape Together Run, Beat Phillies in Ten Minutes

Don't know how much drama we expected from a 19-hour-delayed bottom of the
ninth inning, but this coda to last night's scoreless, postponed
Phillies-Reds game didn't provide it. Philippe Aumont took the hill
against the heart of the Reds' order, surrendered a base hit and a walk,
a runner reached on error to load the bases, and then Jay Bruce knocked
him home with a single to right. Two hits, one walk, one error, zero
outs, one run. The game re-started at 5:32, and by 5:42 it was over:
Reds 1, Phillies 0.

The only thing of interest from this
fraction of a fraction of a baseball game was that error sandwiched in
the middle there--courtesy of center-fielder Ben Revere. The play he
failed to make was not even close to the degree of difficulty of the
couple of highlight-worthy catches he made two nights ago--particularly
the insane leaping one
he made to rob Todd Frazier of extra bases--but rather, a routine-ish
(for an outfielder like Revere, anyway) running catch that just bounced
off his glove after he misjudged it. Blame the sun, blame the early
start time, blame the boringness of the game the night before, but
Revere probably shoulda had that one, and it's kind of a bitterly ironic
way to lose this one. Whatever.

6-8 for the Phils now. Stew
about it for an hour, then report back to the GAP for a 7:10 first pitch
tonight. Hooray John Lannan!

TicketIQ: Penn State to face USC in most expensive Rose Bowl this decade

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TicketIQ: Penn State to face USC in most expensive Rose Bowl this decade

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Penn State is headed to the Rose Bowl Game, and it will cost a pretty penny to be on hand in Pasadena on January 2.

With a statement win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Penn State clinched their first Rose Bowl berth since 2009. The No. 5 school in the nation will face No. 9 USC in a rematch from seven years ago. Such a long absence for both schools in the bowl game is driving resale ticket prices to new heights, so much so that the Rose Bowl Game will be the most expensive bowl game this season – including the two Semifinal games.

On TicketIQ, an event ticket search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the secondary market, the average resale price for Rose Bowl Game tickets is now $804. Not only does that make it the most expensive Rose Bowl since at least 2010, but also the priciest bowl game of the last seven seasons. If looking just to get in on January 2 the cheapest tickets are now priced from $346 each.

The showdown between Penn State and USC is so expensive that it will be more than twice the average price of both Semifinal games. As it stands now the resale average for Peach Bowl tickets between Alabama and Washington at Georgia Dome is $389 with a get-in price of $185. Clemson and Ohio State will clash in the Fiesta Bowl to the tune of a $241 average and $71 get-in price.

Prices are so high for this year’s game in Pasadena that they rival the 2015 National Championship Game. The first-ever Championship Game under the new College Football Playoff system, that year’s game between Ohio State and Oregon averaged a $858 ticket and $317 get-in price.

While Penn State fans, students and alumni raced to snag tickets during the general on sale, prices were quick to skyrocket on the secondary market following the school’s invitation to the Rose Bowl Game. On Saturday afternoon, several hours before the Big Ten Championship kickoff, Rose Bowl tickets were averaging under $600, marking a nearly 40 percent increase since that time. The cheapest resale ticket price has jumped more than $100 since Saturday, climbing from its $245 price tag since.