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Legend-wait for it-dary

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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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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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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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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Memorial Day Baseball

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.

After the game, we enjoyed more fun from the Chicago Boys as well as some Memorial Day fireworks!

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Jurassic (Ball)Park

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.

Throughout the night, the Bats were having fun with the Jurassic Night concept, having a dinosaur roam the ballpark, as well as graphics up on the big screen.

Back to the game, Louisville received all of their offense from Mason Williams and Brandon Dixon, both of whom went 2-4 on the night with an RBI.

This was a fun night at the ballpark, with all of the dinosaur things going on and some great baseball.  Brian and I ended the night by sitting way up in the right field cheap seats.

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Cardinals vs. ChiSox Game 2

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.

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Back to the Bats

Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  After the long drive back from Michigan, you’d think we’d take it easy for a bit, but no, not while the Bats are in town.  We took the weekend to recover and unpack, however, and then took in a Monday night game.  Despite the weather actually being pretty nice, there was a pretty sparse crowd at Slugger Field.  That would come into play later, as Brian was lucky enough to take home a couple of game balls.

The first ball he got was thrown to him by right fielder Rosell Herrera.  After the third out, he tossed the ball to Brian as he was coming off the field.  We were really surprised that this was a Major League ball in play here in the minors, but I’ll explain that momentarily.

As for Herrera, he went 1-3 on the night, driving in the lone Bats run.  Louisville didn’t have much in the way of offense this game.  Oh, and the reason why the game ball was a Major League one was because the Reds’ Brandon Finnegan was on the bump in a rehab stint, and that’s what the rehabbing pitchers use (thanks to Jeff Perro/@MiLBClubbie for that info off Twitter).

Ok, and speaking of Finnegan, he took the loss for the Bats, throwing five innings while giving up eight hits, four runs, and striking out two.  On a lighter note, Brian got another game ball, this time just a normal International League one, from the Clippers relief pitcher Jeff Beliveau, who threw him a foul ball that came his way while warming up.  As I said, there wasn’t much of a crowd, and there was a group of kids who got way more than Brian!  Final:  Bats 1, Clippers 7.

A rough outing for our first Bats game of the season, but we’re still looking forward to more to come.  The weather turned a little cool once that sun went down, but I’m sure we’ll have some hot days at the ballpark this summer.  Don’t forget to follow me on Snapchat: @MinorBaseball for live game action!

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