Omaha's power shortage continues

So might the fences come in? Likely, not until all other options are exhausted. And really, despite talk of the giant outfield, the dimensions of the new stadium bear a striking resemblance to Rosenblatt, regarded as hitter friendly.

But TD Ameritrade Park faces southeast, a non-traditional orientation, and the summer breeze -- gusting more than normal over the past week -- almost always blows in from right field.

"I think the wind may have changed," Hinojosa said of his shot, "so that was kind of lucky."

Most of all, the air just seems dead in the downtown park, maybe because of its low-sitting placement blocks from the Missouri River.

On the bright side, the pitching is excellent, and the games are close. Texas' win on Wednesday marked the 45th decided by one run in this NCAA tournament and the fourth in Omaha.

Games at Rosenblatt were prone to last 3 ½ hours and turn ugly in the late innings. Tuesday gave us walk-off victories by Ole Miss and Virginia. UC Irvine opened the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings on Wednesday by placing runners on base.

The action is interesting, if not exciting in the traditional CWS sense.

Is it worth the trade?

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