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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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Bats Open House 2018

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  The Minor League season is almost upon us, and to kick things off here in the ‘Ville, the Bats invited their season ticket holders to a little open house to pick up their tickets and view the ballpark.  We picked up our ticket package, then secured some seats to some special games like Jurassic Park Night and the throwback weekend when they’ll play as the Louisville Colonels.  The team then treated us to a free meal of a hot dog, popcorn, and drink, some traditional ballpark eats.

Brian looks game ready! Go Bats!

Brian was then excited to go check out the Bats’ locker room and clubhouse. He liked to pretend he was getting ready for a game, and who knows, he could be a future Bat!  We were also lucky enough to run into Buddy Bat, and then went to check out the dugout.

We ended the day up hanging out in some of the suites and getting some good eats.  I play the Powerball every week, and the first thing I will do after finally winning is rent of these for life!  All of my friends will be welcome to come enjoy the games with us.  Brian really liked the suites, and decided this is the life for him!  He also enjoyed seeing the press box and talking with some of the Louisville staff.  It’s just fun to see every inch of this ballpark.

This was a fun day for us, and it really got me excited for the Bats’ season to start.  We’ll actually be up in Michigan in early April, so here’s hoping the weather is decent and we can catch a game or two up that way.  I’ll leave off with a video of Brian leading you onto the field:

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Meeting the Bats

Louisville Bats vs. Rochester Red Wings (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  This was such a bitter-sweet game, as it was the last Bats game for us this season.  It’s hard to believe the season, and summer, has gone by so quickly, but here we are, ready to say goodbye to Louisville Slugger Field for a while.  A good way to send us off, though, is the Bats held their autograph day for their last weekend home series.  Brian was excited to meet the players and get his baseball signed.  Most of the players were good with the kids, coach Jody Davis was great with the fans, while new-comer Scott Van Slyke skipped over some kids to sign a folder full of cards (look them up on eBay!!!).

It was another warm day, so we made sure to get seats out of the sun.  While the weather was warm, the Bats’ bats were hot.  Alex Blandino and Brandon Dixon hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning, while Scott Van Slyke hit a RBI single to put Louisville up 3-0.  Dixon had a career game for the Bats, going 4-5 with three home runs, a double, and seven RBI’s in the game. He was a big part of the Bats’ seven run fourth inning, chasing top Twins prospect Stephen Gonsalves.

35893487403_81963cb181_zOn the mound for Louisville,  Rookie Davis earned the win, throwing six innings, giving up five runs on six hits, while striking out four.  Evan Mitchell came in to take care of the last three innings, giving up one run and striking out one.  FINAL:  Bats 13, Red Wings 6.

36679070836_341d3f5479_zAgain, a fun day, but sad that it’s our last Bats game of the season.  Hopefully this isn’t the end of baseball season as a whole for us, though.  Brian starts fall ball this week, the Florence Freedom are in the playoffs, and we hope to catch another Reds game this fall.  The Bats are also hosting a movie night next month which should be fun.  I’ll leave off with a photo of Brian up on the #BatsBoard after the autograph signing.  Remember to add me on SnapChat @minorbaseball to follow the live game action.

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Church of Baseball

Louisville Bats vs. Rochester Red Wings (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Last week Trevor and I took in a rare Friday night game, as I usually work nights.  Originally, we had planned on attending the game with other members of our Covenant United Methodist Church, but due to lack of interest, they cancelled the trip.  It’s a shame they cancelled it, as I was looking forward to getting to know some of the congregation better because we haven’t been members ourselves for too long, joining a few months after the move.  This was a good opportunity for Trevor and I to have a good time together, though, so that’s just what we did!  Trevor and I don’t really like to sit still too much at a game, and enjoy checking it out from different vantage points throughout the ballpark. We started out this game in left field, where we sort of had most of the section to ourselves.

Starting to get hungry, we went to hunt down some food.  Landing on a ballpark favorite hot dog, we got some really good ones.  Trevor being a teen-aged boy, had no problem devouring the massive Grand Slam Dog, while I had the more modest, but still filling, Louisville Slugger Dog.

Speaking of dogs, Jake the Diamond Dog was in the house again for the game, hanging out on the concourse before hitting the field for his duties.

We took our regular seats to enjoy our food and more of the game, but the Red Wings really did a number on our home town boys.  The Bats did all of their scoring in the second inning, scoring two of their four runs off of a Darnell Sweeney (2-5) home run.  Chad Wallach went 4-4 on the night, and he and Sweeney had six of the Bats nine hits.

On the mound for Louisville, Luke Farrell only lasted three innings of the game.  He allowed six runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out three.  The biggest blow was giving up a grand slam in the third.  The Bats gave three more runs in each the eighth and ninth inning, to basically get routed.  FINAL:  Bats 4, Red Wings 10.

Trevor and I ended the game way up in the cheap seats in right field, and it was a decent vantage point to see the field and the city.  Despite the loss, it was a fun time and good to see a game with Trevor as the Minor League season is quickly coming to an end.  As for my church brothers and sisters, we’ll be back there on Sunday and hope to attend other events.

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Lone Wolf

Louisville Bats vs. Buffalo Bisons (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Last weekend was another first, as this was the inaugural game that I attended alone.  Brian was tied up with a friend, Trevor wasn’t feeling well, and Lily was, well, out being Lily.  Since there was no one there to entertain me other than the ballplayers, we can get right to the action, or in-action, in the Bats case.

Starting on the mound for Louisville was Cody Reed.  He took the loss, going six innings while giving up four runs and striking out five.  Leading the way offensively for the Bats was Jesse Winker.  He went 2/5 with and RBI.  Also helping out were Eric Jagielo and Brandon Dixon, who went 2/4 and 2/3 respectively in the loss.  FINAL:  Bats 2, Bisons 5.

This was a short entry, but, again, the game wasn’t as much fun without any of my little buddies there.  It’s still always great to be at the ballpark, but better when enjoying it with someone!

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Lego Land

Louisville Bats vs. Charlotte Knights (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Another gorgeous day here in the ‘Ville, and another Bats game for Brian and I to enjoy.  Last weekend the Legos Play Ball Tour was in town for some fun.  Brian was able to make some cool Lego vehicles and the kids had the chance to race them, also!

It was a fun way to spend the pre-game, and it kept us out of the heat.  The kids were even able to make a baseball player out of Legos and take it home with them, which is cool.  I’m sure soon, though, all the parts will just get thrown in his Lego bin.

On to the game, as we settled in our seats with our new free hats courtesy of the Bats.

Starting on the mound for the Louisville was Amir Garrett.  He threw six and 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits.  He only walked two batters while striking out four.  In the ninth inning, the Knights tagged relief pitcher Kevin Shackelford for a pair of runs to take the lead 4-2, but the Bats’ offense wasn’t done yet.

The Bats opened the scoring in the second inning, when Adrian Nieto’s double scored Eric Jagielo.  Then in the sixth inning, a Hernan Iribarren double, wild pitch, and error allowed him to scored the tying run.  Going into the bottom of the ninth down by two runs, the Bats battled back to load the bases.  Four two-out singles scored three runs, including Phillip Ervin’s walk-off winner.

We had a lot of fun at this one, with a good combination of the Legos and the walk-off win.  Brian had a good time, and was really into the game at the end, which makes it more fun for me, also. An added bonus was seeing former Louisville Cardinal Zach Burdi on the mound for the Knights, although he did leave the game after facing only a couple of batters for undisclosed reasons.  Our next game will be in Cincinnati for my birthday, so that should be a good one!

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Swashbuckling at Slugger

Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Another beautiful day at the ballpark, and this time we had Pirates and Princesses on hand to entertain the kids.  Lily went through a Disney princess stage when she was younger, so I’m familiar with Belle, Snow White, Cinderella, but I don’t know the name of the newer one, the Frozen one.  As far as the pirates go, Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Hook were there for some looting and pillaging.

The Bats were hosting the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate, Toledo Mud Hens, so my allegiance was a little torn.  The Mud Hens, however, jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning, and really never looked back.  Tyler Collins hit a three run blast to help the Hens out in that first inning, as Toledo sent all nine hitters to the plate.  For the Bats, Dilson Herrera answered with a two-run homer of his own to cut into the lead in the second inning.  In the fourth inning, and Matt den Dekker triple, a JaCoby Jones double, and a Bats’ error restored the five run lead for the Mud Hens.  That was about it for the offence in the game, so Brian and I went to meet the pirates.  Lucky for us, the line was a lot shorter than the one for the princesses.

On the mound for the Bats,  Sal Romano took the loss, throwing five innings and allowing seven runs on 10 hits.  Matthew Boyd got the win for Toledo, pitching six innings and giving up two runs on five hits while striking out five.  FINAL:  Bats 2, Mud Hens 7.

Another fun day for Brian and I at the ballpark.  There were tons of kids at this game, especially girls, for the princesses, which made the line to run the bases really long.  Brian opted not to run, and really, he was just playing on the field the day before.  Rough loss for the Bats, but this one I didn’t mind as much…

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Pork Roast

Louisville Bats vs. Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (International League)

Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY:  Bri and I back at Slugger Field, but this time for more Bats baseball.  This game they were hosting the Iron Pigs, which Brian thought was hilarious, and kept making jokes about all night. Yep, that’s my guy…

Nachos and cheese for that cheesy grin!

It was another beautiful night,  as Robert Stephenson took the mound for the Bats. He threw a perfect four innings, giving up no hits or runs.  The Louisville offense came alive in the fifth inning, however, starting out with a Brandon Dixon solo home run.  Hernan Iribarren would later smack a two-run single, extending his team’s lead to 3-0.

Brian and I needed a little snack during the game, again, and this time went with some Kizito cookies.  The cookie lady walks around the ballpark with a basket of cookies on her head, and it’s hard to say no!  The cookies are really good and priced right, also, which helps to feed hungry kids.

Nothing beats a Kizito chocolate chip cookie

Brian also got a foul ball, and we picked one up in the gift shop with the retro logo on it.  It gave us something to throw around at the game, anyway:

The wheels fell of a bit for the Bats in the eight inning, though, as the Iron Pigs tapped relief pitcher Kyle McMyne for four runs on four hits to take the lead.  Louisville tied the game at the bottom of the inning, after Phillip Ervin’s base hit that scored Stuart Turner.  With the game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Sebastian Elizade hit an infield single to bring home Zach Vincej for the walk-off win! FINAL:  Bats 5, Iron Pigs 4.

Another fun game with Bri.  We had another busy week in baseball, and another Bats game the next weekend, so stay tuned.  I’ll leave off with a pic of Bri and Buddy Bat:

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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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