Triple A All-Star Game
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
1St. Game of the road trip.
You may ask why travel to Durham from Denver to see a triple a All-Star Game. Well One is I wanted to see a Triple a All-Star game and two I have relatives here in The Raleigh – Durham area that have a plan for the Bulls Stadium so that gives you the opportunity to get tickets for the All-Star Game. I pretty much have been coming here every year for the last 4 years to check out stadiums in North Carolina and the east coast for the past 5 years, so I figured I have seen the stadium but have not seen an All-Star Game so this would be a great addition to this years road trip.
I arrived at Durham Bull Athletic Stadium slightly before the pre-game festivities kicked off. The First thing they did to pay tribute to the Armed Forces was have an Army tactical group repel down one of the buildings in the outfield that are connected to the park.
Shortly After the did player introductions. Here is the lone representative from the Colorado springs Sky Sox First Baseman Ben Paulsen. It was cool seeing a player I knew of from the springs in the game.
By the time they were announcing the International League team I was in my seat, he is a shot while they are being introduced.
Both teams on the field during the National Anthem. Pacific Coast League along the third base line and the International League long the first base line.
Charlie Montoya Manager of the 2014 International League Team and the Durham Bulls threw out the first pitch. He has the most win as a manager for the Bulls with 611 in his 7 years there.
Liam Hendricks started for the International League, he plays for the Buffalo Bison the triple A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. He got the first 2 batters out that he faced for the PCL Paulo Orlando from the Omaha Storm Chasers flew out to right field and Joc Pederson from the Albuquerque Isotopes struck out looking for the second out.
With 2 outs Chris Taylor from the Tacoma Rainiers hit a double to left field. The batter after him Mike Jacobs who now plays with the Reno Aces and former Sky Sox player struck out to end the inning.
Elih Villanueva from the New Orleans Zephyrs started for the PCL. he got the inning started well getting Ezequiel Carrera (Toledo Mudhens) to fly out to center. He than walked Jose Pirela from the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
With 2 outs Jesus Aguilar from the Columbus Clippers hit a double.
Wilson Betemit from the Durham Bulls hit a single Pirela and Aguilar.
Jesus Aguilar crosses home plate for the IL second run.
The PCL failed to score in the 2nd, going down in order including 2 strike outs. In the bottom of the second Jhonathan Solano catcher for the Syracuse Chiefs came up with Gwinnett Brave Phil Gosselin lead off the inning with a single on base. This gave the IL a 4-0 lead.
Here is the Solano ball flying out over the score board in left field. It is just to the left of the flag pole.
Here he is high-fiving a teammate. Can’t look like he is having more fun then this.
The IL could have scored more runs off this hit by Pirela with one runner on base.
The PCL’s center fielder Paulo Orlando made a great catch for the 2nd out of the inning. I definitely saved a run.
Spencer Patton from the Omaha StormChasers came into pitch in the Came into pitch for the PCL in the 2nd after Villanueva walked Steven Souza from the Syracuse Chiefs. Patton Struck out Aguilar to end the inning.
In true all-star fashion there were a lot of pitching changes and Mike Montgomery from the Durham Bulls came into pitch the 3rd inning for the IL. Facing only 3 batters striking out 1.
Between the top and bottom of the third inning it was time for the race. They don’t have creepy dental products here, they have 3 characters from the movie Bull Durham. The First Crash Davis who has a 34-32 on the year, the second Annie she is 32-24 on the year and the third is Nuke LaLoosh who is 0-66.
With heavy training for this all-Star race and help from fellow Lollygagger, from the Washington Nationals Presidents race Teddy.
LaLoosh won the race for his first win!
The International league only sent 3 batters also to the plate in the 3rd against the Iowa Cubs Kyle Hendricks.
At the end of the third like most stadiums the grounds crew came out and dragged the field, but in Durham the grounds crew dances in-between second and third base and then first and second.
Chris Taylor got his second hit of the night in the 4th inning.
Jesus Aguilar made a great stretch to make the play but Taylor was still safe.
Indianapolis Indians Casey Sadler pitched the 5th. inning for the IL. The PCL did get 2 runners on base a single by Shane Peterson (Sacramento Rivercats ) and Gabriel Noriega (Tacoma Rainers) struck out swinging on a wild pitch and got on first base. The PCL did not score any runs in the inning.
Jose Pirelli making a great of balance cross body throw for an out in the fifth inning.
Then there were a ton of pitcher Heath Hembree pitched for the PCL in the bottom of the 5th. He Plays for the Fresno Grizzlies.
And when you’re at the bottom of your 5th!!!!!!!
A.J. Achter from the Rochester Red Wings pitched the 6th inning for the IL. The PCL got their first run in the inning a solo home run by Shane Peterson. After Chris Taylor got his 3rd hit of the night a double Achter was replaced by Tommy Layne from the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The first batter he faced was the Sky Sox Ben Paulsen. Paulsen hit into a fielder’s choice and got on first and Taylor was out at 3rd.
The revolving door of pitcher continued for the PCL in the 6th as well, The Fresno Grizzlies Paul Smyth started the inning for the PCL and then the Nashville Sounds Mike Fiers pitched after the IL scored 3 runs off of Smyth. The first 2 on a triple by the Louisville Bats Felix Perez and the 3rd that scored Perez a double by Steven Sousa for a 7-1 IL lead.
Ben Paulsen stayed in the game and played first in the 6th inning.
Souza slides into second for a double in the 6th.
Juan Jaime from the Gwinnett Braves pitched the 7th for the IL. He struck out 2 PCL batters. On the radar gun he was hitting up to 98 MPH on his pitches.
Andy Oliver started the 8th for the IL. He is from the Indianapolis Indians.
Stephen Pisotty from the Memphis Redbirds hit a lead off single for the PCL. The next batter Joc Pederson walked.
Ben Paulsen hit a double and scored the PCL’s 2nd run of the game to cut into the IL’s lead (7-2) IL
After Bobby Korecky started the 9th inning for the IL the Bulls Merrill Kelly came in to finish the game for the IL. The PCL did pick up a 3rd run in the inning a single by Jonathan Galvez from the El Paso Chihuahuas scored Nick Franklin. (7-3) IL
Stephen Piscotti would be the last batter of the game. He hit a ball to short..
…that was fielded tossed to second for the force out on Galvez and the game was over. The IL won 7-3.
Merrill Kelly and Josh Phegley shake hand after the final out.
In total the PCL used a total of 8 pitchers and the IL used 11.
The International League players celebrate their victory.
This was a pretty cool experience, to see this game and at a very cool stadium. This is one of my favorite stadiums to go to and this time they once again did not disappoint. I would have like a Pacific Coast League win but it was still a fun game. It was kind of hard to keep tract of pitcher which is why not all 19 were shown in the post. The game was a little anti climatic even with the 19 combined hits and 10 runs, but it was nice to see all these players playing a game together and many of these guys you will be seeing in the MLB soon.
I would recommend attending a Triple A All-Star game. Next year it will be in Omaha Nebraska and yes, I am already trying to find out to get tickets to it.
So that is it for this game and My road trip continues this week I will be heading to Winston-Salem and Greensboro this weekend before returning to Raleigh to attend a Carolina Mudcats game and possibly will be hitting up another Bulls game.
after the game there were Fireworks and here is 2 photos.
That is it for this one see you around.