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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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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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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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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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Color Labor Day Red

Cincinnati Reds vs. Milwaukee Brewers (National League)

Great American Ballpark-Cincinnati, OH:  Oh, Labor Day.  When most people are smart enough to take a day off and relax, we decided to head up to the Queen City for some Reds baseball.  As usual, we parked in Newport and took the boat over to the ballpark.  Since the boat always drops us off at the back of the park (duh, like, it can’t travel down the street and around the corner…), Trevor and I decided to walk around and check out the façade.  I took a photo of some of the statues featured out front, such as the greatest catcher ever Johnny Bench and ‘Charlie Hustle’ himself, Pete Rose.  The Rose statue is new to the ballpark this season.

I thought we had great seats again, in the bleachers, but the front row which gave us a great view of the field.

The game started a little slow, and the Reds finally took a 1-0 when Joey Votto took a walk in the third inning to drive in a run.  Not very exciting, I know, but a run is a run.

Trevor wasn’t happy in the hot sun, so we found some seats with some shade, and a little closer to the action.  The Reds scored another run in the 6th, when Eugenio Suarez earned a walk.  Yeah, I know.  Yawn.  But then Tucker Barnhart hit a double that plated two, so business was picking up.  The Reds were up 4-0, and I was feeling pretty good about the game.

The Brewers came storming back top of the seventh, however.  Homer Bailey got the start for the Reds, and he pitched a solid six innings, giving up three runs and striking out four.  A pair of home runs tied the game at four going into the late innings.

Still tied at four bottom nine, it was hero time for Billy Hamilton.  He hit his first right-handed home run of the season to set off the fireworks and give the Reds the win!  Relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias got the win for Cincy.  This was a great way to spend Labor Day, even though I only got a half-hour nap in before working all night.  It was worth it for a fun day of baseball with Trevor.  FINAL: Reds 5, Brewers 4.

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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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Great American Birthday

Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals (National League)

Great American Ballpark-Cincinnati, OH:  I love it that I have a summer birthday.  One perk is that it’s a good even split from presents at Christmas.  My sister has a birthday on December 29th.  It just seemed like Christmas presents simply flowed into birthday presents a few days later.  Another perk of a summer birthday is that I can enjoy it at a ballgame.   This year the Cincinnati Reds were nice enough to host a day game in celebration, so Brian and I made the short journey to enjoy some Major League Baseball.  As usual, we parked over in Newport, KY, and took the boat across the Ohio River to the Great American Ballpark.

It was a super hot day out, but Brian still wanted to play on the kids’ field for a bit.  Good gravy, the game hasn’t even started yet and this kid looks so hot and disheveled…

Our seats were amazing, even in the upper deck.  We had front row and had a phenomenal view of the game taking place before us, sitting behind home plate.  Unfortunately, as northern boys, the sun and heat were not making it comfortable for us, so we had to move down under some shade.   At least we had a solid look at Eugenio Suarez’s home run in the second inning.  And that was pretty much all the offense the Reds could muster.

Here’s a hit by Scooter!

If Tucker Barnhart is looking at me for a sign on what to throw to Bryce Harper, I have no clue. That guy can hit just about anything…

The game itself wasn’t a great one for the Reds.  Scott Feldman started out on the mound, but only lasted one inning.  He gave up five runs on five hits, including two home runs.  One was a three-run blast by Harper.  Well, he’s now on the DL…  Asher Wojciechowski  (who was just on Louisville last month) came in to throw five solid innings, giving up one run on two hits, while striking out four.  And again, the only offense for the Reds was Suarez’s home run. FINAL:  Reds 1, Nationals 6.

Despite the score and the heat, this was a great birthday.  Lily and Trevor were up visiting Michigan, so I really missed them, but Brian and I had a good time. I definitely want to take in another game here before the season is over, but maybe in September, and maybe a night game so it’s cooler.  We’ll be back at the Bats this weekend, but I can’t believe the season is half-way over, and we only have a few more games planned…

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