Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens (International League)
Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY: Back at the Bats the day before Memorial Day. A great time of year for baseball, but we keep battling rain almost every game so far this season. A little rain delay pushed this game back a bit, but we were ready to go at the first pitch. The Bats were playing the Mud Hens, so we were sporting our Tigers gear for this one.
On to the game, and as it’s been a rough season for the Bats, this wasn’t a rough game. Louisville exploded for six runs in the fourth inning to salt this one away. Christian Colon went 5-5 with three RBI’s to be the hero of this one. Nick Longhi also added two RBI’s, going 3-4 to pitch in. On the bump, Keury Mella earned the win, pitching 5.1 innings and giving up five runs. Alex Powers got the save. Final: Bats 7, Mud Hens 5.
Louisville Bats vs. Charlotte Knights (International League)
Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY: Finally our first Bats game of the season. It was a little cool, and we had some rain, but nothing that would spoil out fun. Back with our Sunday seats, also, which we’ve had for a few years now. It was also Mother’s Day, so there was the ‘pink’ theme to the games.
We had some free baseball from the get go, as the teams finished three innings of Saturday nights game that was suspended due to rain. The Knights beat the Bats 7-6 in this one, but Louisville would get revenge in game two, as that one would go extra innings.
Christian Colon lead the way for the Bats, going 3-4 with an RBI. Phillip Ervin added a pair of RBI’s of his own, as well as a run scored. Anthony Bass ended up with the win for Louisville, pitching the final 1.2 innings, including the 10th. In the bottom of the 10th, Stuart Turner earned a base on balls, scoring Ervin for the win. FINAL: Bats 5, Knights 4.
Lexington Legends vs. Delmarva Shorebirds (South Atlantic League)
Whitaker Bank Ballpark-Lexington, KY: One our way back from Tennessee, we decided to make a stop in Lexington for a ballgame. Am a big fan of Single-A ball and Whitaker Bank Ballpark, so lots to like about this game. This was actually Brian’s first game here, also. It had been rainy all day, but cleared up enough for us to enjoy the game.
On to the game, as it was an exciting one. A couple different players pitched in offensively for the Legends. Chase Vallot went 1-3 with an RBI, while Matt Morales went 1-4 with an RBI. On the mound, Kris Bubic threw five innings, giving up four runs, but striking out seven. Jon Heasley earned the win, throwing a shutout inning in the ninth.
A fun night of baseball, even though we were pretty tired, but I’m always up for a game here. This trip was a great start to the 2019 season, and we look forward to some Bats games in the coming weeks.
Tennessee Smokies vs. Mississippi Braves (Southern League)
Smokies Stadium-Kodak, TN: This year Brian, Papa, and I decided to kick off the 2019 Minor League season in the Smoky Mountains for opening day. We were staying at the tourist trap this is Gatlinburg, so it wasn’t much of a drive up to the quaint little town of Kodak, Tennessee.
This was our first trip to Smokies Stadium, and it was definitely one I’m glad we were able to come to. The ballpark has some nice sightlines and scenery in the outfield. And, of course, Brian had to get a pic with the Smokies mascot, Homer!
As for the game, it was a back-and-forth thriller. Robel Garcia led the way for the Smokies on offence. He went 3-5 with 2 RBI’s. Jared Young also added an RBI, scored two runs, and went 2-5. On the mound, Wyatt Short earned the victory for Tennessee while Craig Brooks earned the save.
This was a great way to kick off our minor league season, It was a fun game to watch with great company and great weather. Would very much recommend a game here, and we’ll try to get in another game next time we’re in the area.
Tennessee Volunteers vs. Belmont Bruins (NCAA)
Lindsey Nelson Stadium-Knoxville, TN: The first game of our trip this year (not a pure baseball trip, but vacation non-the-less), was a college game in Knoxville. Knoxville is a beautiful town, and the Tennessee campus is great. The only real beef I have with this ballpark is that they didn’t let be bring a bag inside. For many of us that attend games, we know we must have all of our ‘stuff’, including baseball gloves, sun block, camera, rain ponchos, etc. Working for DHS, I understand safety protocal, but not allowing fans to bring their ‘stuff’ in is simply laziness of the security staff, and not wanting to do their jobs.
As for the game, the Volunteers were hosting another Tennessee team, the Belmont Bruins. This was a solid game for the home team, as they put up some runs. Leading the way for the Volunteers were Justin Ammons, who went 2-3 with two runs scored, and Jay Charleston, who went 1-2 with a run scored and three RBI’s. On the mound, Will Heflin earned the win. He pitched three innings allowing one run, and striking out one. FINAL: Volunteers 6, Bruins 2.
As usual, we had a good time and this event gets us ready for the upcoming season. Below is a video with some of the photos, too, from the event. We plan on starting the season with a new ballpark and the Tennessee Smokies, so check back soon.
Video and photos property of Minoring In Baseball
Louisville Mashers vs. Indianapolis Indians (International League)
Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY: Wow, here it is between Christmas and New Years, and I’m just getting our last game posted. This game was on September 2, Labor Day Eve, and as with Christmas my dad was visiting from Michigan. Also, like the game we attended in July, the Bats weren’t the Bats, this time playing as the Mashers. Because this game happened like three months ago, I’m not going to pretend to remember everything about it, but I don know I had fun with Brian and my dad, and that it was a beautiful day.
On to the game, the home team really racked up some runs for us for our last game of the season. Gabriel Guerrero lead the way, going 4-4 with four runs scored and two RBI. Hernan Iribarren was 2-5 with two runs scored, also. Brian O’Grady and Steve Selsky knocked in three runs a piece for the Bats, I mean Mashers… On the mound, Justin Nocolino earned the win for Louisville. He pitched six innings, striking out seven, and only allowing two runs. Final: Mashers 10, Indians 4.
Better late then never on this one. At this point though, starting to miss the Bats games and really look forward to the spring. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, and I look forward to what 2019 will bring for us.
Louisville Bats vs. Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (International League)
Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY: Still very far behind, but this game was toward the end of the season when the Bats held an autograph session before the game. Always a highlight of the season for us, so I bought Brian a baseball and we hit the field. The photos sort of speak for themselves!
On to the game, not a great one for the home team. Louisville left a big goose egg on the board, but a couple of players had a good game. Both Gabriel Guerrero and Nick Longhi went 1-3 for the day.On the mound, Jose Lopez took the loss. He pitched five innings, giving up four runs while striking out four. Final: Bats 0, Iron Pigs 4.
Louisville Colonels vs. Rochester Red Wings (International League)
Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY: What to do when your kids are up in Michigan visiting their mom? Call your best friend down from Ohio to catch a ballgame, that’s what! The Bats, celebrating a throwback weekend, were playing as the Louisville Colonels (who were a founding member of the National League). They also held a ceremony before the game to retire the numbers of Louisville’s own Pee Wee Reese (1) and his Brooklyn teammate, the great Jackie Robinson (42).
We had front row seats, with a good view of the game, even with the sun baking us a bit. Good game for the home team, but Hernan Iribarren and D.J. Peterson leading the way offensively. Both went 2-4 with an RBI.
Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY: Ok, well I’m so far behind, that I’ll be combining some of the game Louisville Bats games that Brian and I attended throughout June and July. They were all fun, so I’ll just throw out some scores and photos until I’m caught up!
Louisville hosted the Toledo Mud Hens on July 8, winning 6-1. Phillip Ervin went 2/4 with two RBI’s to pace the Bats. On the mound, Keury Mella earned the win in five innings of work, giving up four hits and striking out four.
On July 15, it was Pirate and Princess day at the ballpark. The Bats fell to the Columbus Clippers 8-2, but still a fun day for Bri and I. Gabriel Guerrero went 2-4 while driving in Louisville’s only runs. Jose Lopez took the loss on the bump, pitching five inning and giving up three runs on five hits.