The ball was hit well, but not quite well enough. A diving Terry Lawson snared it in the web of his outstretched glove and lobbed it to the pitcher’s mound. The last out was sweet for Lawson, and bitter for the home fans. Indianapolis now sat atop the division, with a five-game lead over the Cougars.
Winning on the road was always more fun for the players. It’s like waltzing into a home where you’re not welcome and showing up the host in front of his own guests, but in this case the host’s family and friends were all there too. Conversely, nothing was as damaging to the ego as losing in front of the home fans. It was a feeling known well by every player, a feeling to be avoided at all costs, and one reason teams usually have a better record at home.
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