Lakewood Blueclaws vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers
The Blueclaws are the low A affiliate of the Phillies and the Grasshoppers are with the Marlins.
This is my 6 game of the road trip.
Going to Greensboro has developed into a tradition for me this is the 3rd year in a row I have been there for the 4th of July game. My cousin lives here so it became a family event going with him his wife and son. After going to the Danville the night before and had the game rained out and then having to go back to Raleigh because I forgot my laundry there I drove to Greensboro earlier on the day of the 4th. It is about an hour and a half drive from Raleigh to Greensboro.
As I said the day before I drove to Danville the day before here are a few photos from that adventure.
When I got to Danville I had trouble finding the stadium so I checked out there website from my phone and found out that the game had been rained out. After about 2 hours in the truck I decided that I was just going to go and check out the stadium anyway. So I arrived and they had these signs posted on the Ticket windows, 2 guys from Team were at the gate and where telling people also. So when they told me, I mentioned I did know it was rained out but since I made the drive I was going to just check out the outside of the stadium and they allowed me to go into the stadium and take photos.
This is a photo from behind home plate with the pitcher’s mound and Home plate tarp still on the field. They did remove the infield tarp around 4 O’clock and that is when they determined that the field was not to good and they would call the game. I actually did check their web-site when I was still in Raleigh at 4:y and it was not announced yet! They said they announced it at about 4 P.M. I found out about 6:30 when I was looking for directions.
As many of these smaller stadiums this one also had a simple grandstands and bleachers. This stadium holds Just under 2600 people.
This is what the infield looked like after they tried getting the field ready for the game. Definitely not game ready. The funny part of this was that about 45 minutes before I arrived at the stadium it was the first time I had seen sun in almost 3 days it rained all the way from N.Y. to Raleigh with some exception but not much.
After Danville I had to return back to Raleigh and I headed for Greensboro the next day.
The first thing I needed to do when I arrived in Greensboro was to get tickets for the game. They stopped selling them online and we headed for the stadium. When we arrived they only had standing room only and well I don’t sit much during baseball games to begin with.
We arrived about 45 minutes before game time and I noticed these gates. I am not sure if they are new or I just never noticed that its bars are shaped like baseball bats.
About a 1/2 hour before the gates opened they pulled the tarp on the field this happened 2 years ago and we than had an hour rain delay. They thought a rain cell may come through but about 20 minutes later they removed it with no rain and it was time to start the game.
The Grasshoppers pitcher Ramon Del Orbe throwing the first pitch to the Blueclaws Brian Pointer. Pointer would pop out to short and the next batter Angelo Mora struck out but was called out at first after the Grasshoppers catcher dropped the ball.
With a runner on the Blueclaws Art Charles hit a double to no man’s land down the left field line. Scoring William Carmona for an early Blueclaw lead.
Carmona turning at third before scoring on Charles double. (1-0) Blueclaws
The Blueclaws pitcher Shame Watson he faced 4 Grasshoppers in the inning and walked Matt Juengel who was the only Grasshoppers runner in the inning.
Yordy Cabrera led off the 2nd inning for the Grasshoppers with a double to left field.
Blueclaws Left Fielder Larry Greene Jr. fielding the Cabrera double.
Cabrera sliding into second base. He would advance to third but remained on base at the end of the inning.
Gustavo Gonzalez started the Top of the third with a Home Run.
The Grasshoppers left fielder Blake Barber jumps for the ball with no success.
Art Charles ended the 3rd for the Blueclaws with a line out double play to second.
Rehiner Cordova made the catch and quickly threw to first to get William Carmona out at 1st.
Anthony Gomez tied the game at 2 in the 3rd with a 2 run home run scoring Yefri Perez who walked to get on base.
Chace Numata puts down a sac-bunt in the 4th inning putting runners on second and third.
Here he is getting out at first.
The next few innings I did not take many photos and just enjoyed being at the ballpark with my family than I had a guest photographer take a few photos in the 8th inning. These were taken by my cousin’s almost 4-year-old son.
First he wanted to take a photo of the red guy over there. So this is the photo of the red guy was the Blueclaws first baseman Art Charles.
Than he wanted a photo of the guy in white. Which was the Grasshoppers pitcher Chipper Smith who came into the game for the Grasshoppers in the 6th inning. Del Orb pitched well keeping runs from scoring after getting on base. He let up 8 hits 1 being a home run but only 2 runs walking 1 and striking out 5 in 5 innings of work.
So photos were not too bad for a 3-year-old see I knew anybody could do this.
Now my photo of Chipper Smith pitching in the 8th inning.
The third pitcher of the night for the Blueclaws Chris Burgess Who came into the game in the 8th inning.
After Cody Keefer walked, Blake Barber ended the game with a 2 run walk off home run.
The Grasshoppers run from the dugout to celebrate their walk off victory.
Barber Heading for home.
Blake Barber gets greeted by his teammates at home.
After the game if the 2 home runs for the Grasshoppers for their 4 runs wasn’t enough there was post game fireworks.
The Final score was 4-2
There were was a local Colorado player on the Blueclaws Kevin Walter who was from Westminster. He was a 20th round draft pick in 2010.
So that was it for this 4th of July in Greensboro. Once again playing catch-up got a few more games left on this trip. Next up is a few Rookie League games from Tennessee.
Til than see you around.
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