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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.

Brian also got a game ball, and got a photo op with Big L.

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.

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Opening Night at the Smokies

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.

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Volunteering in Tennessee

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.

On a more positive note, Brian did get a game ball…

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.

The night ended on a good note, as well, as we were reunited with former West Michigan Whitecaps and Traverse City Beach Bum Ross Kivett, who is now a coach with the Volunteers.

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Bats Open House 2019

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  It’s that time of year again, when the Bats welcome their season ticket holders to the ballpark for a day of fun.

Similar to the other years, we were able to check out the clubhouse, locker room, press box, and a suite. We still love the food in those suites, and vow to get one after I win the Power Ball!

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.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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.

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Autograph Day

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.

A fun day, and always good when the kids can meet the players and get some autographs. We made it to one more before the season ended, so stay tuned.

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Throwback Weekend

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.

On the mound, Cody Reed earned the win for the Colonels.  He pitched 7.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out nine.  FINAL:  Colonels 5, Red Wings 2.

It was a good game with a good friend. I’ve spent many years playing and watching baseball with this guy!  Brian would be back to join me for the August games, so more to come.

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Bats games with Bri

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!

On June 24, the Bats faced the Norfolk Tides, winning 5-1.  D.J. Peterson lead the way offensively, going 2-3 with three RBI’s.  Cody Reed earned the win, throwing seven inning and striking out six.

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.

These were some fun games for us to be at, and really helped us have a fun summer.  We still have/had more baseball adventures to get to, especially watching the Bats (or Colenels… or Mashers…?).

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Tigers vs. Reds Game 2

Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers (MLB Inter-League)

Great American Ballpark-Cincinnati, OH:  Back at BABP for the day game.  It was very hot, so we didn’t even bother trying to find our assigned seats, we just moved around the lower level in the shade.  Brian was tired, hot, and cranky, but we were still able to get one photo out of him, but we couldn’t get a smile out of him…

On to the game, as I thought the Tigers might come out swinging as they did in the ninth inning the night before.  They were actually off to a two-run lead after a first inning home run by Jeimer Candelario and a fourth inning dinger by Niko Goodrum.  Last seasons Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer was keeping the Reds at bay, until the wheels came off in the sixth inning in the form of three runs.  Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suarez, and Adam Duvall all homered for the Reds, to give Cincinnati five runs in the last three innings.  Tyler Mahle would start and earn the win for the Reds, as Fulmer took the loos for the Tigs.  Final:  Reds 5, Tigers 3.

Always fun to be at the ballpark, but the heat and the Tigers getting creamed two days in a row was a bummer. The Reds were just recently in Detroit and were swept in three games, so that was a little payback for the Tigers.

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Tigers vs. Reds Game 1

Cincinnati Reds vs. Detroit Tigers (MLB Inter-League)

Great American Ballpark-Cincinnati, OH:  Oops… wow I’m way behind on this blog, and didn’t even make an entry in July! Well, here I am catching up on June, when the Tigers were visiting Cincinnati, so it sounded like a great chance for us to catch some games.  My dad came down from Michigan to join us for the games, also, which made it a special couple of days.

The National Anthem was cool, as they had a bald eagle from the Cincinnati Zoo do a fly in after the song.

I’m not going to mince words here, this was an ugly game for the Tigers.  Just horrible.  Hard to watch.  Joey Votto hit a grand slam off of Nick Castellano’s glove, to help put the Reds up 9-0. The Tigers made a run in the ninth, scoring five runs to make it look respectable, but too little, too late.  Scooter Gennett added two hits for the Reds and Leonys Martin went 3-3 for Detroit.

On the mound, Sal Romano earned the win for Cincinnati, while Matt Boyd struggled and took the loss for the Tigers. Fun to see the Tigers with my family, but rough to watch the re-building Tigers struggle so much. We’d be back the next afternoon to see if they could do better (they didn’t…)  Final: Reds 9, Tigers 5.

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