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Red Wings and Bulls battle it out in Durham.

7-23-2014

Rochester Red Wings vs. Durham Bulls

Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham North Carolina

This is my 6th game of the road trip.

This was my second Bulls game and 4th time to this stadium this trip.

The Bulls are the Triple A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and the Rochester Red Wings are the Triple A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

This being the 4th time I have been to this stadium this trip I did not arrive to early since the gates only open an hour before and there is know way of seeing or getting baseballs during batting practice.

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So I got some photos of the pitchers warming up in the Bullpens here is Bulls starter Nate Karns.

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Red Wings starter Alex Meyer.

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Karns throwing the first pitch of the game to the Red Wings Doug Bernier. Bernier hit a single and was left on base. Karns got the next 2 batters to ground out and struck out Deibinson Romero to end the inning.

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Alex Meyer pitching to the Bulls lead off batter Robby Price.

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The Bulls went down in order in the first with to fly outs to Daniel Ortiz in left field this photo is the second out hit by Justin Christian. The third was a strike out looking by Vince Belnome.

IMG_2979Chris Rahl trys to stretch a single into a double unsuccessfully for the first out of the second inning. the next 2 batters also got out and the Bulls did not get anything going in the 2nd as well.

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With Ali Solis on second Hak-Ju Lee set down a sac bunt to move him to third. Solis advanced to third and remained there after the next 2 batters after Lee got out and ended the inning. It was like watching a Rockies game where the completely blow a opportunity.

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After 3 inning I decided to wander toward the out field and took some photos along the way as they played the 4th inning. Here is a photo of Karns pitching with the Bull looking on! The Red Wings went down in order in the inning including 2 strike outs.

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The Red Wings got 2 runs in the 5th, the first a Nate Hanson single scored Pedro Florimon, Hanson then scored on a Deibinson Romero single to give Rochester a 2 run lead.

IMG_3104Nate Hanson slides into second after the throw was to the plate to get to second.

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He was safe.

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After a Vince Belnome hit the ball to first base Nate Hanson throws to second for the force out.

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The Red Wings tried to turn 2 as Doug Bernier throws back to first.

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After the 6th inning I headed back towards the infield. Here is a photo of Bulls reliever Merrill Kelly warming up in the bullpen.

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Aaron Thompson Wilson Betemit at first. Jeremy Moore was on second Thompson walked both of them to start the 7th inning.

The Red Wings Starter Alex Meyer pitched 6 complete giving 5 hits and no runs striking out 8 Bulls batters.

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 They both moved up a base on a Mike Fontenot sac bunt.

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Thompson was replaced with A.J. Achter after the Fontenot sac bunt.

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Moore and Betemit both scored on a Lee single to tie the game at 2.

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Moore sliding into home for the second run.

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Kelly came into pitch for the Bulls in the 8th inning.

Nate Karns who started for the Bulls went 7 complete innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits striking out 9.

The Bulls then took the lead in the 8th after the Red Wings Achter hit Christian, walked Belnome and gave up a single by Mikie Mahtook. Achter was taken out of the game and replaced with Michael Tonkin. Tonkin struck out the next 2 batters and then walked Fontenot, the walk forced in a run and the Bulls had a 3-2 lead going into the 9th.

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Josh Lueke came into pitch for the Bulls in the 9th.

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Chris Rahl reached base on a throwing error by Lee to first and then scored to tie the game at 3 on a Florimon single. Florimon than headed to second on the throw to home that was cut off by Belnome and he threw to Lee at second to get Florimon out at second for the second out of the inning.

IMG_3269The Bulls tried to get things going in the 9th after Lee walked Robby price put down a sac bunt to advance Lee.

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Red Wings first baseman Nate Hanson makes the catch to get Price out at first. The Red Wings then intentionally walked Christian and then they got the next 2 batters out.

IMG_3293I think the photo says it all!!!!

So we headed to the 10th.

IMG_3298With Ramirez on first Bernier put down a bunt that was fielded by Josh Lueke.

IMG_3300The Ball went over Fontenot head who was covering first and ended up in right field.

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Bernier advanced to second on a James Bersford ground out at first.

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Ramirez scored on a Josmil Pinto single to give the Red Wings a 4-3 lead.

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Then Charlie Montoya took Lueke out of the game.

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C. J. Riefenhauser came into pitch for the Bulls.

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  Romero then  hit into a double play to end the inning.

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The Bulls come up to bat down 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th.

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Edgar Ibarra pitched the 10th for the Red Wings.

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The Bulls DH Wilson Betemit hit a solo home run to tie the game at 4.

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To bad there was not anybody on base when he hit it because they would have won and instead we headed to the 11th. With 2 outs Florimon was walked and would score along with Hanson on a Bernier double to give the a 6-4 lead.

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Lester Oliveros pitched the bottom of the 11th for the Red Wings. He walked lead off batter lead Robby Price reached on a fielders choice that got Lee out at second.

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Justin Christian struck out for the second out of the inning.

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..that scored Price and cut the Red Wings lead to 6-5.

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That is it for this one, Still not sure what I am doing the next few days thinking of a Rookie League game in Burlington on Friday which is a double header. I do know I will be in Charlotte on Tuesday night before starting to head back west with stops in Cleveland, and Lake County Ohio before catching up with the Rockies in Detroit.

Till then see you around!!!

The Bulls clip Rochesters wings in Montoyo’s big night.

7-21-2014

Rochester Red Wings vs. Durham Bulls

Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.

The Rochester Red wings are a Triple A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins

The Durham Bulls are the Triple A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

They are in the International League The Red Wings are in the North Division and are in 3rd place with a 55-47 record before the game. The Durham Bulls are in the South Division and killing it in first place and have a 55-46 record before the game and have a 10+ game lead over the second place team in their division the Gwinnett Braves.

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This was the 3rd time I have been to this stadium in the last week  and the 7th time since I have been doing my summer road trip. I headed to this game because their Manager Charlie Montoyo had 613 wins as their manager. That ties the franchise record held by Bill Evers.

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Over the last off season the Bulls did some renovations this is the concession stands on the right field concourse that was changed to these wood facades.

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They renamed the bar on the right field concourse. I think they are trying to recreate the Party Deck at Coors!

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Bulls starter Enny Romero warming up in the bullpen.

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Charlie Montoyo and the Red Wings manager Gene Glynn exchange score cards and go over ground rules before the game.

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Romero throwing his first pitch to the Red Wings Doug Bernier. Bernier would walk, but Romero would get the next 3 batters out.

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Romero pitches with Bernier on first.

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Sean Gilmartin started for the Red Wings.

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The first batter he faced was Robby Price who he struck out the first of 2 strike outs in the inning. He faced the minimum 3 batters in the inning.

IMG_2419Mike Rahl gets the first hit of the game in the 2nd inning.

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IMG_2496After the third inning I took a walk around the stadium here is a look from left field.

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Since I have always sat on the first base line or close to the infield I decided to sit in the right field seats for a few innings. Did not take to many photos there just sat and enjoyed the game. Jeremy Moore tried to stretch a definite double into a questionable triple and the question was answered he was out at third the Bulls did get on the board on the play Mikie Mahtook did score the first run of the game for the Bulls and give them a 1-0 lead. The out at third did end the inning. The Red Wings did get a run to tie the game in top of the 5th. Nate Hanson got on base with a force out at second and he reached 1st. He scored on a Eric Farris single.

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Barcelona has the running of the bulls, well in Durham they have the running of the kids!

The Bulls did also get to run in the bottom of the 5th. on a Ali Solis double that scored Vince Belnome to give the Bulls a 2-1 lead.

And remember Rockies fans when you are at the bottom of your fifth…. (don’t get it listen to a Rockies game on the radio)

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After the top of the 7th I headed back to the first base line. Along the way I took this photo of the always helpful Durham Bulls staff! More importantly it is the creative BNW to show the mad photo skillz!

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After Red Wings starter Gilmartin allowed the first 2 batters of the 7th reach base, Deolis Guerra came into pitch for the Red Wing. In the 6+ innings Gilmartin pitched he gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and struck out 9 Bulls batters.

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Mike Fontenot hit a ball to left center that went to the wall and score Mahtook and Belnome to give the Bulls a 4-1 lead.

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Fontenot makes the turn to second as Belome heads to third.

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Belnome slides into home to beat the throw to home.

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Hak-Ju Lee hit a ground rule double down the right field line it was a grounder but I think it may have hit the bull pen mound and bounced out or was fan interference. Not sure I was watching the batter threw the camera. But the hit did score Fontenot and give the Bulls a 5-1 lead.

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Lee was then caught on a pick off play between second and third base.

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It was you typical 1,4,3 caught stealing!

IMG_2581Steve Geltz pitched the 7th and 8th inning for the Bulls. Starter Enny Romero pitched 6 complete innings he only allowed 1 run on 6 hits striking out 4 while walking 3. Geltz in his 2 innings gave up 2 hits striking out 3.

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Josh Lueke came in to close the game for the Bulls.

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After Lueke gave up a run and struck out 2 and got the last out on a fly ball to center, Charlie Montoyo became the most winning manager in Durham Bulls history. Here he is heading out to celebrate the win with his team and his 2 son’s.

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Here he is shaking hands with first base coach Dave Myers.

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In honor of his historic win as manager he was named player of the game and was interviewed and then got the water dump! It was awesome to be able to be at this game in Durham for such a historic night for the franchise. This is why I these road trips you never know what you may witness. The same is with any other game you may attend, you never know what will happen in the game. This event I did expect and is why I decided to attend this game on a day I was not going to a game.

So the Bulls won this game 5-1 and a 56-46 record for the year.

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They also made another change to the front of the stadium adding 2 fountains to the front of the stadium.

That is it for this one it was a great game to experience. The next game I will attend is in Zubulon, N.C. the Home of the Carolina Mudcats this is the only team I have not seen to in N.C. I would say it was the last stadium I have not been to but I now have to go to the new Charlotte Stadium which I will go to next week.

See You Around.

 

2014 Triple A All-Star Game

7-16-2014

Triple A All-Star Game

Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Durham, N.C.

1St. Game of the road trip.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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By the time they were announcing the International League team I was in my seat, he is a shot while they are being introduced.

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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.

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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.

PLAY BALL!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 With 2 outs Jesus Aguilar from the Columbus Clippers hit a double.

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Wilson Betemit from the Durham Bulls hit a single Pirela and Aguilar.

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Jesus Aguilar crosses home plate for the IL second run.

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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.

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Here is the Solano ball flying out over the score board in left field. It is just to the left of the flag pole.

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Here he is high-fiving a teammate. Can’t look like he is having more fun then this.

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The IL could have scored more runs off this hit by Pirela with one runner on base.

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The PCL’s center fielder Paulo Orlando made a great catch for the 2nd out of the inning. I definitely saved a run.

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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.

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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. IMG_1166

With heavy training for this all-Star race and help from fellow Lollygagger, from the Washington Nationals Presidents race Teddy.

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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.

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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.

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Chris Taylor got his second hit of the night in the 4th inning.

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Jesus Aguilar made a  great stretch to make the play but Taylor was still safe.

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Jose Pirelli making a great of balance cross body throw for an out in the fifth inning.

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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!!!!!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ben Paulsen stayed in the game and played first in the 6th inning.

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Souza slides into second for a double in the 6th.

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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.

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Andy Oliver started the 8th for the IL. He is from the Indianapolis Indians.

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Stephen Pisotty from the Memphis Redbirds hit a lead off single for the PCL. The next batter Joc Pederson walked.

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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

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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

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Stephen Piscotti would be the last batter of the game. He hit a ball to short..

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…that was fielded tossed to second for the force out on Galvez and the game was over. The IL won 7-3.

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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.

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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.

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That is it for this one see you around.

2014 Triple A Home Run Derby.

7-14-2014

Triple A Home Run Derby

Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Durham, North Carolina

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I left Denver about 9:30 A.M. MDT on Sunday and arrived in Raleigh at 5:30 P.M. EDT. So After 31 hours in the Truck I stopped at my relatives house showered and headed to Durham Bulls Athletics Park for the triple a home run derby. This was the 4th time I have been to the DBAP. I have been there 3 times for Durham Bulls games. we Arrived just in time for the start of the Derby around 7:15.

The above photo is the front of the stadium, which is a lot more open then it use to be. They remodel parts of the stadium last winter including moving the front gates of the stadium adding a bleacher section on the first base side, A large LED Board on the Blue Monster, LED board along the right field fence, resurfaced the field and changed the drainage system under the field.

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This is a look at the front of the stadium from 2011.

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There were many promotion around hitting the Bull during the home run derby. One was the first hit everyone would win a steak taco from Moe’s South West grill. The next 14 times the Bull would get hit a fan would win $100.00 If it was hit 15 times 1 fane would win $15,000 lets just there was no money one. The Bull was only hit once during the home run derby.

One thing that each participant was able to do was after the 7th  out they were able to use a composite bat for ass long as they did not get the 8th out.

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There were 6 players in the home run derby the first was Francisco Pena who plays for the Omaha StormChasers. He hit 5 homers in the 1st. round.

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Next up was from the Indianapolis Indians Matt Hague he hit 2 in the 1st. round.

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Las Vegas 51’s Allan Dykstra was the third up. As he was batting I headed towards the out field to see if I could snag a ball. he hit 3 in the round.

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Next up was Jesus Aguilar from the Columbus Clippers. he hit 3 homers in the first round.

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Former Sky Sox player Mike Jacobs, now with the Reno Ace’s did not hit any homers.

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The 6th guy was Mikie Mahtook from the Durham Bulls who was a late add and replaced Mike Hessman from the Toledo Mudhens.

4 of the 6 returned to the second round and I returned to my seat. Pena, Hague, Dykstra and Aguilar competed in the second round.

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Pena added 3 to his total for 8 homer in the 2 rounds.

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Hague added 2 to his total for 6 home runs.

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Dykstra added 3 for a total of 7 and Aguilar 3 for a total of 6. Pena and Dykstra advanced to the finals.

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Clay Council, who pitched to Josh Hamilton in Josh Hamilton in the 2008 MLB Home Run Derby in Yankee Stadium. That was when Hamilton hit 28 home runs in a single round.

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Clay Council throwing to Francisco Pena in the final round.

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Pena did not hit a homer in the final round.

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So Dykstra only needed to hit 1 and he did to win.

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The 2014 triple A Home Run Derby Champ Allan Dykstra displays his Championship belt.

That was it for the Triple A Home Run Derby. it was pretty cool to be able to see this event and I will be at the Triple A All-Start Game Tonight.

After The All-Star game I will be heading to Winston-Salem and Greensboro.

To much rain and still got to a game!

7-2-2013

Columbus Clippers vs. Durham Bulls

Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.

Game 5 of road trip

 

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This day started with a lot of rain in Raleigh I was suppose to go to a Carolina Mudcats game. Five County Stadium is the only stadium that is used for professional baseball I have not been too in N.C. Since I Have been to Durham 2 previous times I was not planning on going back to Durham this trip. After I saw that the Mudcats was rained out I immediately check to see who else was around and playing the Bulls were home and I decided to get back to DBAP just to get a game in since I have not seen a game in about 7 days since I was in Boston. This being the 3rd time I have been to the DBAP and it was raining I did not really have to get there to early. I have already seen the ballpark and done posts about the stadium.

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There was a new piece of art work outside the stadium and it was this art Cow celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the movie “Bull Durham” It is decorated in a Bulls uniform and catchers gear depicting the character Crash Davis in the movie.

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This is a look of the side of the cow.

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After entering the stadium I took this BNW of the Bull in left field from the tunnel to the field.

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There was another new addition to the stadium area and it is this new building in left field.

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The Bulls Played the Columbus Clippers and Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched. I saw him pitch in Columbus at the beginning of this trip. In this photo he is warming up in the bull-pen along the left field line.

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Bulls Manager Charley Montoyo and Clippers manager Chris Tremie exchange line up cards with the umpires.

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The Bulls starting pitcher Merrill Kelly pitching to the Clippers Ezequiel Carrera. Carrera walked and ended up advancing to third after he stole second and a wild pitch got him to third. The next 3 batters got out and he did not score.

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Carrera diving back after his 1st inning walk.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching to the Bulls Evan Frey who lead off with a single. The Bulls scored 2 runs in the inning. Frey scored on a Cole Figueroa double. Figueroa scored on a Vince Belnome single for a 2-0 lead.

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Daisuke pitching in the 3rd inning. I decided to walk to the third base side just to get some photos without the net in the way. The seats I had was great for watching a game but a nightmare for taking photos. for most of the game I did stay in m seat just and just watched the game.

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Shelley Duncan takes a swing for a strike in the 3rd inning. He would strike out to end the inning for the Bulls.

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The Clippers Cord Phelps takes a swing for a strike in the 4th inning. The Clippers went down in order in the 4th everyone flying out to the outfield. Phelps flew out to right.

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Here is a look at the stadium from my seat behind home plate while the Clippers were batting in the 5th.

The Bulls did score a run in the 4th Leslie Anderson hit a lead off home run. It was the first time I got to see the bull breath smoke, the Bulls did not hit any home runs the last 2 times I was there. (3-0) Bulls.

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Matt Carson slides into 3rd in the Columbus 5th. The Clippers did get 2 runs in the inning. Carson and Luis Hernandez would both score on a Ezequiel Carrera single. (3-2) Bulls

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Shelley Duncan hit the second Bulls home run of the game scoring 2 runs. (5-2) Bulls

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The Bull breathed smoke once again! I did take a photo after the 4th inning Anderson home run but you could not see it as well with the netting and rain.

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After pitching to 3 batters in the 6th inning. Daisuke was taken out of the game and he was replaced with Bryan Price. Daisuke did not pitch as well in this game as he did in the Columbus game I saw. He gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, 2 home runs and walked and struck out 3.

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Chris Gimenez hitting a single in the 6th inning.

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A Clippers player score in the 7th inning. They score 3 runs in the inning not to sure which run this was. That tied up the game at 5.

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A runner heads back to first after a sac fly by Chun-Hsiu Chen. Which I think is the above run also.

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The Bulls making a pitching change in the 7th inning. Jeff Beliveau replaces Steve Getz who came in for Kelly in the 7th. Kelly pitched 6 innings giving up 4 hits and 2 runs, walked 3 struck out 4.

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Another of the 3 Clippers runs that was scored in the 7th. inning.

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A high and inside pitch to the Clippers Tim Fedroff in the 7th he would hit a single but did not score any runs all the runs were scored before this at bat.

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Jeff Beliveau being taken out of the game in the 9th inning. IMG_7956

Charlie Montoyo comes out to remove Beliveau.

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Kirby Yates came into the game.

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After the Clippers and Bulls both did not score it was time for well the photo says it best!

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Shelley Duncan hits a double off the Blue monster in the bottom of the 10th. To advance Vince Belnome who walked to lead off the inning to third.

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The ball being fielded after bouncing off the wall by the Clippers left fielder Tim Fedroff.

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Belnome arrive to third well infront of the throw from left.

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Leslie Anderson on deck ready to step to the plate.

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He would hit a walk off single scoring Belnome and winning the game for the Bulls.

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Belnome after crossing home and heading to celebrate down the first base line.

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The Bulls celebrate around Leslie Anderson at first place. IMG_8011

The Bulls won this game 6-5. It was a great night to see some baseball in the rain. Once again The Mudcats stadium is still eluding me!

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More celebrating after win.

I really like the stadium  in Durham and am glad I got back there. On another day I will finally get to my last stadium in N.C..

My next game I will be head to a Danville Braves game which is in the Appalachian League.

So that is it from Durham.

See You around!

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along day of travel but I made first pitch.

6-27-2011

Scranton Yankees Vs. Durham Bulls

Durham, N.C

Goodman Stadium

After a long Day at Yankee Stadium on sunday, I headed to Durham, NC monday morning. After being in the car for 11 hours  I got to my family in Raliegh at 6:15. With a 7:05 start in Durham it was cutting it close. We made it to the Stadium with about 5 minutes to spare I took a few photos outside the stadium and made it inside for the first pitch. Durham Bulls Athletic Park or Goodman Stadium still not sure what the names is, Has a very similar look to Camden Yards and Coors Field. It was designed by the same arcitects company as both Camden Yards and Coors Field  Populous Arcitechs. This Stadium is lalso located in a area that they are re vitalizing. It is in the old tabacco district and is located not far from old Lucky Strike Building, on the leftfield side you can still see the Lucky Strike watertower and smokestack.

When I walked into the Stadium the National Anthem was playing and the players were taking the field.

 

Here is the first pitch thrown by the Bulls Alex Cobb. You can see the Lucky Strike smokestack in this photo. The Bull in leftfield that smokes and the tail wags when the Bulls hit a HR. The Bull is in leftfield above the leftfield wall named the Blue Monster. The wall is about 305 to left and it is about 30ft. high. Also their is a restraunt above it that is separate from the stadium but a food purchase will get you to be able to view the game. Brandon Guyer slides into second after Dan Johnson hit a long fly that was caught in centerfield. The Game was a very low scoring pitching battle which is very rare in tripple A. Guyers single was the first hit for the Bulls in the 4th inning. One other Bulls batter made it base and that was a walk in the 3rd to J.J. Furmaniak. The Scranton Yankees got a hit in the 1st and 4th both being doubles resulting in no runs.

 During or after the 3rd inning one of the contests they have on field is for a kid to run around the bases faster then the Bulls mascot. This kid lost his shoe rounding first and hung in and ran the rest of the time with only one shoe, Beating Wool E Bully around the bases.

A view of the field after it got dark. You can see the the resturant and other buildins that overlook the stadium.

The Yankees Scored 2 runs in the 6th for the first runs of the game. The Bulls also got 2 runs in the 6th. tieing the score.

After the 7th inning I decided to walk around the stadium to gets some photos.

Wool E Bully drives a go cart around the field after the 7th inning.

Rob Delaney came into pitch for the Bulls in the 7th inning.

A view from behind homeplate.

Here’s a photo R.J Swindel pitching in the 8th. He is the second left handed sidearm pitcher I have seen this week. Guess the side arm pitcher is making a comeback.

Here’s the BNW for the post 2 Durham Bulls players look on as one of their pitches are pitching.

After the game remained a tie after the 9th it was time for extra innings. in the 10th the Yankees would score 2 (4-2) Yankees. Then the Bulls would answer back with one of their own but could not get a second runner around the Yankees won 4-3

 The Yankees celabrating their victory.

It was a realy cool Stadium and a good game. I will be returning to Durham on July 8th.

The next day I headed to Charlotte for a Knights game against the Bulls and it was rained out to be made up on Thursday. Today I will be heading back to Knights Stadium for a day game.