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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY: Brian was able to participate in the Bats baseball clinic sponsored by the local Chevy dealers, again this year. At least his Little League season hadn’t ended yet, so he was able to take some of the things he learned an apply them to his game situations. Once again, stations were set up all over the ballpark for the kids to better learn the game.
The hitting cages are under the stadium, so I wasn’t able to see Brian rake during this portion of the clinic, but was amble to see everything else, though. He had a great hit during the wiffle ball game, and did well catching some fly balls.
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Louisville Bats vs. Durham Bulls (International League)
Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY: A glorious day is Memorial Day, as we celebrate the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great country. It is because of them that Brian and I are able to enjoy a day at the ballgame together! It was another nice day, and the Chicago Boys were on hand to entertain us, also.
Leading the charge for the Bats was D.J. Peterson, who went 3-4 with an RBI. Both Mason Williams and Dilson Herrera went 2-4 with an RBI, also. Gabrial Guerrerro pitched in with a base hit and two runs scored. On the bump, Jose Lopez earned the win by throwing six solid innings, only giving up four hits and striking out three. Final: Bats 5, Bulls 0.
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Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum-Louisville, KY: Ah, ‘The Sandlot’, definitely one of the best baseball films ever made, and a favorite for many. Recently the Louisville Slugger Museum hosted a For-Ever-Fest to honor this great movie, featuring movie props as well as a Q & A with members of the cast and crew. To the props first. We were able to see the nick knacks in the movie that made it great, such as Benny’s PF Flyers, Squint’s glasses, and, of course, the baseballs signed by the Great Bambino himself.
After checking those out, it was time for the Q & A with some cast and crew, featuring director and co-writer David Mickey Evens, Shane Obedzinski (who played Tommy ‘Repeat’ Timmons), and props master Terry Haskell.
After the Q & A we did the tour and hit the gift shop. Brian got himself a new ‘Sandlot’ shirt and mini-bat. Lucky for us, David Mickey Evans and Shane Obedzinski were shopping at the time, also. I had a good little conversation with Evans, not just about ‘The Sandlot’, but about another one of my favorite baseball movies he directed, ‘The Final Season’. Brian was able to get a photo with ‘Tommy Timmons’, then we called it a day. On the way out, Brian asked: “Hey Dad, was this one of those once in a lifetime things?”. The answer was pretty easy: “Yes, son, it was…”.
Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens (International League)
Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY: Back in Kentucky, this is a game Brian suggested we attend when the schedule first came out. With both of us being a huge fan of the Jurassic Park/World franchise, I could hardly ague with him. The Bats were playing the Mud Hens, and with us being Tiger fans, we sat down the first base side. In fact, we were directly in front of the Mud Hens bullpen, and were able to watch starting pitcher Artie Lewicki warm up. When Lewicki’s arm was ready to go, Toledo pitching coach Jeff Pico gave Brian the ball.
This game was definitely a pitchers’ duel. For the Bats, Robert Stephenson threw six innings, only giving up one run and striking out six. As for Lewicki, he pitched 6.1 innings, giving up just the two runs while racking up eight K’s.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago White Sox (NL/AL)
Busch Stadium-St. Louis, MO: We were back at Busch the next morning for a day game, and I honestly couldn’t believe how big the crowd was. There were 38,000 fans the night before, but a day game in the middle of the week drawing 37,000 was amazing. We got to the ballpark as early as we could, and scarfed down some $10 hot dogs before game time. We had nice seats in the outfield’s lower level, which gave us a different view of the game. It was a hot day, but the breeze and cloud cover was our saving grace.
This was another solid game for the home town Cards. Starting pitcher Carlos Martinez blasted his first ever home run to give St. Louis the early lead. Dexter Fowler added to that with a two-run homer of his own in the seventh inning. Martinez pitched a solid 7.1 innings, giving up one run on five hits while striking out five. Bud Norris earned the four-out save with two strike outs. The White Sox came back late in the game to make it interesting, but the Cards held on for the win. Yadi Molina was 2-3 in the game, also. Final: Cardinals 3, White Sox 2.
What a fun day, and again I’m blown away from the love and support for this team here in St. Louis. Despite the cost, these were some fun games to go to, and a must for any baseball fan. St. Louis has some nice areas and fun things to do, so I’ll probably get the kids out this way at some point.