May 2017

Bats double-header Game 2

Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Brian and I settled in for the second game, and were pleased with this one, also, as we were looking for another Bats victory.  To start the game off right, though, we had to get ourselves some ballpark treats.  Brian went with some Flavor Ice and I settled for some simple ice cream in a helmet.

Pitching for the Bats in game two was lefty Ismael Guillon.  He pitched three and two thirds of an inning, giving up four hits and one run, but never allowing a base on balls.  Louisville did most of their damage in the fourth inning.  Beau Amaral hit a bases loaded triple, scoring Sebastian Elizalde, Brandon Dixon, and Rob Brantley.  The Bats lead 4-1 after the fourth and hung on for the victory. Final(7): Bats 4, Clippers 3.

We can’t forget that the Zooperstars were still on hand to put on a show.  We were able to see Peyton Manatee, Nomar GarciaParrott, and Whale Gretzky.  Harry Canary sang ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ during the seventh inning stretch, but I wasn’t able to snap a photo of that.

And we ended the day right by hanging out with Buddy Bat! More posts to come in the next couple of weeks.

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Bats double-header Game 1

Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Well, we finally made it back to Slugger Field for some Bats baseball.  Usually with us the rain is a pain, but last weekend it actually helped, as Saturday nights game was rained out, so we were able to enjoy a double-header on Sunday.  The first game moved by quickly, but we enjoyed it and cheered on our team.

As is with most minor league double-headers, they are a seven inning games, and this one was a pitchers duel.  For the Bats, starter Jackson Stephens pitched all seven innings for a complete game shut out.  He gave up seven hits, but gave up no walks in his outing.   And while we were watching all of the non-offense, Brian was enjoying his free kids meal of a hot dog, nachos, and root beer.

The Zooperstars were also on hand to entertain us.   We saw CentiPete Rose, Tommy LaSwordfish, and Tim TeBull during this game.

We finally saw some excitement in the final inning.  The Bats had back-to-back singles from Sebastian Elizalde and Tony Renda to open the inning.  Then Brandon Dixon came to the plate and hit a walk-off single for a 1-0 Louisville victory!  Final (7): Bats 1, Clippers 0.

Between games Brian and I went out to the West Wing to get out of the sun for a while.  As Sunday is Kids Club day, they had plenty of activities for them.  Brian was lucky enough to interact with some of our veterans, and made a poppy flower that will go on a Memorial Day parade float honoring our fallen heroes!

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Snake Bitten

Walsh Park-LaGrange, KY:  Well, we’re almost a month into the season, and the North Oldham Little League season for the Diamondbacks isn’t going as planned.  After starting out 2-0, the D-backs rattled off seven straight losses before breaking the slump on Saturday afternoon. Then they lost on a walk off in extra innings the next night.  Brian went through a little slump of his own, although not very long. Being buried at the bottom of the lineup, he had a couple of game where he was 0-1 (yes, three out of four games during the stretch he only had one at bat).  But we tweaked some things, and he’s back to being one of the best hitters on the team.  From my calculation, he’s now hitting .647 this season.  With all honesty, though, I think I missed a game in there somewhere, with all of the cancellations and re-scheduled games. Speaking of which…

If you’re wondering why we haven’t been to any more college or minor league games, the simple answer is that little league has become all-consuming.  It’s not really the game schedule, but the re-scheduling that’s been hindering our plans to see other games.  Even when we get a nice day on the weekend, more than likely the boys will be playing a make-up game due to all the rain we’ve had the last four weeks.  Don’t get me wrong, though, there’s no place I’d rather be than watching Brian play, but it wouldn’t be a bad thing to chill and watch a Bats game, or something.  We do have tickets for this Sunday, but…. 90% chance of rain…

Back to Brian’s season.  He’s been stuck in the outfield most of the time, which he doesn’t like, but has made the best of it when he gets his chances in the infield.  He’s played some pitcher, second base, and his favorite:  first base.  He did well, and caught everything that was thrown to him, but only got to play there one inning so far this season.  He’s keeping his chin up, though, and I’m teaching him to only worry about the things he can control, and do his best wherever the coach puts him.   He had the chance to catch a couple of innings, though, but didn’t end up liking it.  The mask didn’t fit well, and he took a couple of pitches in the foot.  Maybe I can talk him into being catcher again later on in fall ball.  He still has half a season left, and as long as he keeps doing his best and having fun, we’ll call it a win!

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