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One Year Down

Louisville Cardinals vs. Northern Kentucky Norse (NCAA)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  The 26th marked our one year anniversary of living down here in Kentucky, so we decided to celebrate with a baseball game featuring two Kentucky teams.  The Cards were hosting the Northern Kentucky Norse at Louisville Slugger Field (where the Bats play) for a special game.  This was our first chance to check out NKU, also.  I was fortunate enough to get these tickets for free, after buying tickets for the ACC Baseball championship here next month.  Free tickets are the best kind, and Trevor and I had great seats to watch a great game.The Norse actually came out swinging, and took a 4-0 lead!  NKU opened the scoring in the first inning on a solo homer run by T.J. Alas.  In the second, Chad Roberts scored on a passed ball to put the Norse up 2-0.  The Norse poured it on in the third, but Roberts hitting an RBI doubled, and then scoring himself on an RBI single by Mike Moffatt.  Louisville’s starting pitcher Bryan Hoeing didn’t last past the second inning, but his offense came around to bail him out.  Adam Wolf picked up the win for the Cards, throwing 2.1 scoring innings while striking out three.  Relief pitcher Sam Bordner also pitched two scoreless innings, while Lincoln Henzman earned the save by pitching a perfect ninth.

Offensively, Louisville was lead by Drew Ellis and Zeke Pinkham.  Ellis started the comeback with a solo home run of his own in the fourth inning. He then followed that up with a two-run moon shot in the fifth to put the Cards up 5-4.  Both players were 2-4 on the day with three RBI, with Pinkham getting his first career home run.  Charlie Jerger ended up taking the loss for Northern Kentucky.  It was a funny game with some controversial calls, with both head coaches making appearances out on the field.  Norse head coach Todd Asalon was even ejected with the classic chest bump and dirt kicking.  Final: Cardinals 6, Norse 4.

A fun game for Trevor and I.  Some of the photos don’t show it, but there was a decent crowd and they were entertaining and good natured themselves.  We actually don’t have any ballgames planned out between now and the end of May, but that doesn’t mean we won’t find one to take in.  Most likely it will be the Cards or Bats, but the Brian playing on the weekends sometimes it’s hard to find one that fits our schedule.

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2017 Little League underway

Walsh Park-LaGrange, KY:  How nice is this, that Brian is playing outside in nice weather? In April! Brian’s back in Rookie ball this season, this time suiting up for the Diamondbacks, and ready to pursue another championship.  The North Oldham Little League does a great job promoting itself, and has a pancake breakfast and parade to kick off the season.  Unfortunately, do to work, we were unable to make this early morning festivities, but he’s made the two out of the three games so far (Tuesday night we had tickets to WWE Smackdown Live that we bought well in advance).

The first game of the season the D-backs won 13-4.  Brian went 2-3 with an RBI at the dish.  In the field, he made some nice plays and had some good catches to pitch in defensively.  In the second game, the D-backs held on to win 6-5.  Brian scored the game-winning RBI in the fifth inning on his second hit of the night.  He was 2-2 with two ribeye steaks.  He didn’t get anything hit to him in the field, so he was actually mad after the game.  A little ice cream cheered him up, though.  I’ll probably kick out a mid-season report in a few weeks!

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Bats get Clipped

Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Another fun night of baseball, this time back in the ‘Ville.  This was the last game my dad would be at on this visit.  He plans on coming back next month, though, for some more minor league ball and the ACC Championships.  It was a beautiful night, as the weather just seemed to get better as the weekend went along.  Brian played on the playground most of the game, but was happy to spend some time with his papa, too.

Brian won this hat, but gave it to his Papa for his golf games

This was a good game, with the Bats down, but certainly not out.  Louisville was lead offensively by catcher Rob Brantly, who went 3-6 with four RBI’s, including a 2-run homer in the seventh and a game tying double in the eighth.  Jesse Winker helped out by going 2-4 with an RBI and run scored, and Philip Ervin went 2-5 with two runs scored.

On the mound, Jackson Stephens got the start for Louisville.  In four innings pitched, he gave up five runs while striking out four.  Luckily the offense  and bullpen bailed him out, so he didn’t get the decision.  Evan Mitchell ended up taking the loss, though, after giving up the winning run in the 10th.  He pitched two innings and gave up three hits.  Final in 10:  Bats 8, Clippers 9.

Another fun night, with it being capped off with Brian getting to meet Jake the Diamond Dog.  We saw him a couple of times last season, as he acted as bat boy and brought water to the umpires. He was hot and tired by the end of the night, though.  We look forward to our next game, which will probably be right back here at Louisville Slugger Field.

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Burning rubber into Bowling Green

Bowling Green Hot Rods vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps (Midwest League)

Bowling Green Ballpark-Bowling Green, KY:  This was our first game here in Bowling Green, and I can honestly say it was a fun experience.  Bowling Green Ballpark is nice place to watch a game, and is snuggled right into the down town area.  The only negative thing I can say about the ballpark, is that there is just so much netting, it was difficult to get good photos of the action.

We had good seats, though, although I had to move around a bit to find a place to take a pic or two without the netting in the way.  Brian was having a fun time, also, and we really liked meeting the Hot Rod mascots Axel and Roscoe.  I was impressed with the mascots, they were very active through out the game and did a great job of entertaining and interacting with the fans.

Brian with Hot Rods mascots Axel and Roscoe.

Now, as much fun as meeting a bear and monkey that are apparently auto mechanics, the highlight of this trip was that Brian was chosen to help out with the announcing.  He was randomly picked by the Hot Rods staff, and during the fourth inning was able to announce the Bowling Green batters.  He was good luck, also, as the Hot Rods plated some runs during the inning.  Brian was a little nervous at first, but the staff in the press box was very friendly and supportive, and he ended up doing a fine job!

Here’s a video of him:

And why not another video, as they’re short:

 

That was so much fun for him, but we almost forgot there was a pretty good ballgame going on, also.  On the bump for Bowling Green, starting pitcher Brock Burke went three innings, giving up one hit, giving up one earned run, and striking out five.  Roel Ramirez actual got the win, despite giving up four hits and two runs.  Spencer Jones earned the save, pitching two innings while giving up one hit and had three strike outs.   Bowling Green was lead offensively by Nathaniel Lowe, who went 2-4 with two RBI’s, and Jesus Sanchez, who went 2-3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored.  Final:  Hot Rods 6, TinCaps 4.

This was a fun night of baseball, and definitely makes us want to take another trip down to Bowling Green.   There is also almost a limitless amount of things to see and do between Louisville and Bowling Green, also.  So many National Parks and museums, it would take many trips to see and experience everything.  Below is a photo of Brian at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.  Just one of the fun activities we did that’s not baseball related.

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Opening week in Cincy

Cincinnati Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies (National League)

Great American Ballpark-Cincinnati, OH:  We’re used to taking my dad to a ballgame for his birthday up in Michigan, but since we’re down here now, we decided to invite him down here for a game (or two, or three).  We’re also used to some crummy weather up there, so a little cold and rain certainly didn’t keep us from the ballpark down here.  This was his first game in Cincy, also, so it was a special day.  Lucky for us the usher we met was also a Tiger fan, so he took good care of us.  He was nice enough to take a photo of us together, as well as get my dad a certificate for his birthday and first Reds game.

There wasn’t much of a crowd, but we enjoyed our seats in the front row of the upper level.  There was a little rain, but we donned our ponchos and kept dry.  There wasn’t much of a crowd, so we could pretty much sit where we wanted.  After a few innings on the upper level, we moved below to enjoy the rest of the game from there.

On the mound, Rookie Davis was getting his first Major League start, as he is, well, a rookie.  He didn’t pitch horrible, but did give up a couple of home runs, allowing four runs in five innings of work, while striking out four batters.  Despite being down a few runs, the Reds bullpen was strong.  Cody Reed ended up getting the win, throwing two scoreless innings.  Drew Storen earned the save by pitching a scoreless ninth and striking out two.

Cincinnati was lead offensively by Adam Duvall, who went 2-4 with a home run and two RBI’s.  Also pitching in were Zach Cozart, going 2-3 with two RBI’s; Eugenio Suarez, going 2-3 with two runs scored; and Billy Hamilton, going 2-5.  Pitcher Michael Lorenzen also stepped up to the plate and hit a pinch-hit home run!  It was a solid day all around offensively for the Reds. Final:  Reds 7, Phillies 2.

Despite the weather that seemed to keep most fans away (and the fact that it was a weekday day game), this was a fun game to watch.  I’m not sure when we’ll make it back to Cincy again, lots of minor league and college ball the next couple of months to keep us busy!

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Bats vs. Reds…sort of

Louisville Bats vs. Cincinnati Reds (Exhibition)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  We’re so glad that Bats baseball is slowly creeping back into our lives!  On Friday night the Bats (sort of) hosted the Cincinnati Reds for an exhibition game. I say ‘sort of’ for the Bats because in all reality, this was a Red’s Futures team, which probably very few from this roster will be actually seeing time in Louisville this summer.  Probably more guys from the Reds roster will be here, but it’s still baseball, and it was still a fun game.  We got there as early as we could, to get our Adam Duvall bobble-head and our free Reds hats (we still cheered for our ‘Bats’, though).  As the Reds were warming up, we noticed catcher Rob Brantly, who we saw play up in Michigan for the Whitecaps.  Since they were old pals, Brian decided to go chat with him a bit.

And here were the starting line-ups for the teams:

The obvious big pop for the night was for Louisville’s own Adam Duvall.  He had a nice game, too, going 2-2 with a double.

The game was low scoring, with both runs coming in the first two innings.  Rookie Davis started on the bump for the Reds.  He pitched three innings, allowing one earned run and three hits with two walks, two strikeouts and a hit batsman.   Tyler Mahle started for the Bats/Futures team, hurling five solid innings and allowing one run and seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts over 87 pitches.  He gave up his only run in the first inning, when Billy Hamilton scored on a Joey Votto base-hit RBI.  The Bats scored their lone run on a Aristides Aquino solo home run.  Final: Bats 1, Reds 1.

The game didn’t have a lot of action, but still a fun night with Brian.  We have tickets for the Reds game on Thursday, but the weather calls for lots of rain, so I’m doubting we’ll get that game in.  The Bats also start this week (officially), so we’ll still try to get a game in somewhere, somehow.  I’ll leave off with a pic of Brian and Buddy Bat, who we were both glad to see for the first time in 2017!

 

Brian with Buddy Bat

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