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Two tribes battle it out in the rain in Indy!

7-18-2012

Gwinnett Braves Triple A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves Vs Indianapolis Indians Triple A affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This was the 15th game of my road trip. This was the 2nd game at  Victory Field in Indianapolis.

After taking a few laps around the Ballpark area looking for parking since the parking lot we parked in sunday was for employees of the building during the week and others were full. I found a parking lot across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium. Still think this looks like an airplane hangar. Lucas Oil Stadium hosted the Super Bowl XLVI (46 for the roman numeral challenged) in February. I took the short walk to Victory Field.

This is a look at the Center Field entrance at the corner of West Maryland Street and South West Street. After getting my ticket and taking some photos outside. I looked across S.West St. and noticed this….

… yes that says 104 degrees. This was about 50 minutes before first pitch.

Despite the temperature I still took a walk around the stadium. This photo is of the grounds crew putting down the foul lines. This was the first time I have seen this proceed use it is a box with a filter on the bottom the place them on the ground and tap them with mallets these with baseballs on the end of a hammer handle. Somebody at the game said they do this at Great American Ball Park and in Columbus at Huntington Park. That is where the Columbus Clippers play.

Ex Rockie Jose Morales was the starting catcher for the Indians.

Here is a look of the indians stretching before the game with the J.W. Marriott and the Indianapolis skyline in the background.

Indians starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera throwing in the outfield.

I then noticed this easter egg under a seat along the left field line. This ball looked very used had no logos or other marks. This was the first ball I have gotten at this stadium and the first of the day.

Cabrera throwing in the bullpen.

Jose Morales catching in the bullpen.

Starling Marte signing autographs for fans. I had him, Chase D’Arnaud and Anderson Hernandez to sign my program. While i was by the wall for autos I met a fellow road tripper David who was also doing a road trip his Included Columbus, Cincinnati, The Louisville Bat factory, The Football Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll H.O.F. and other places. He was the person who told me about the boxes the were using for the lines.

Cabrera throwing the first pitch to the Braves Jose Costanza popped out to third. For the first out. Josh Wilson flew out to center. Felix Pie would hit a double. (pronounced PeeYea). The next batter Ernesto Mejia grounded out to end the inning.

Mejia taking a swing in the first. I walked to me seat in the process of the inning. Today I got a seat in the second deck on the first baseline. Both times I have been to this stadium I sat on the 3rd base side in the lower seating.

Almost immediately after the Braves 3rd out it started to pour. It was a slight rain during Mejia’s at bat, but before the first pitch could be thrown for the Braves the grounds crew pulled out the tarp.

So I headed to the concourse on the lower level to escape the rain. Here are a few photos during the rain delay.

Here is the water running down the steps while more drops fell.

I than looked up one of the stair cases and caught these to enjoying the rain. This was a well needed storm in the area. The Indianapolis area has been in a severe draught the whole summer. With many water restrictions in effect.

I think this security guard should be the highest paid person to step on the field for this afternoon because he stood there the whole rain delay. Major props to him.

Rowdy had some fun with the rain and the tarp, while entertaining the crowd!

A look of the field with the tarp and a rain-soaked Indianapolis in the background. The odd thing was that this rain delay was 2 hours and 27 minutes of almost continues rain and my relatives that live about 8 miles away did not see a single drop.

Jose Morales and Daniel Cabrera waiting in the dugout during the first slow down of the rain it would come down hard again and the rain delay continued. During the rain delay I met back up with David and we talked about our road trips. I was really cool meeting with someone else actually doing a trip. I have met many Rockies fans at away stadiums, but not someone doing a full road trip to many stadiums in a single trip like I do.

After about 2 hours the tarp was removed and they started working on the field.

The Braves finally took the field to resume the first inning. Here is there starting pitcher Eric Junge throws the first pitch to the Indians Chase d’Arnaud. d’Arnaud lead the inning off with a single. He and Yamaico Navarro were the only 2 base runners for the Indians Navarro walked.

Chris Leroux came into pitch the second inning because of the long rain delay. The Indians did not bring Cabrera back out. Leroux sat the braves down in order. The Braves did the same in the 3rd.

Jose Constanza at bat in the 3rd inning. He hit the ball to second and was thrown out at first.

d’Arnaud strikes out for a strike in the 3rd inning. He would actually walk this at bat.

He was thrown out trying to steal second.

Billy Bullock pitched for the Braves in the 4th inning. Here he is warming up in the bullpen.

Starling Marte hits to third for  ground out to lead off the 4th for the Indians once again they would go down in order.

After hitting a single and advancing to third Ruben Gotay gets caught between third and home in the 5th inning. The Braves scored 2 in the inning 2 solo shots by Jordan Parraz and J.C. Boscan. (2-0) Braves

Leroux got pulled out in the 5th. Brian Morris would come into pitch for the Indians.

With runners on in the 5th Morris contributes offensively for the Indians. move 2 runners over. The Indians did not utilize the 2 runners in scoring position and Chase d’Arnaud popped out to short to end the inning for the Indians.

Morris getting out in the 5th inning.

Starling Marte takes a swing in the 6th to get on base. He got on base but Anderson Hernandez was out st second.

Anderson breaking up the double play at second.

Yamaico Navarro takes a swing in the 6th inning.

Matt Hague safely slides into second on a Navarro single.

Adam Russell came in to pitch for the Braves with bases loaded in the 6th.

Jose Morales would hit a single to score Marte and Matt Hague to tie the game at 2.

Marte crossing the plate for the Indians first run.

Eric Fryer would than hit a single to score Yamaico Navario to take the lead 3-2.

Terry Tifee pinch hit for the Braves in the 7th here is d’Arnaud turning a double play to end the 7th.

d’Arnaud slides into third for his 7th inning lead off triple. He would score on a Hernandez fly out (4-2) Indians.

Josh Wilson grounds out for the Braves first out of the 8th inning. Morales was the only runner for the Indians in the 8th he got on base on a walk.

Stephan Gartrell lead off the 9th for the Braves with a single in this photo he is swinging for a strike but did get a single.

Tifee steps on second as the pinch runner for Boscon,  Luis Durango scores at home.

Jay Chapman warms up in the bullpen for the Braves with hopes of the Braves taking the lead and he would pitch in the 9th for the Braves. The Braves did send 9 batters to the plate and score 4 runs to take the lead 6-4.

He did get to pitch the 9th.

Anderson Hernandez swings at a pitch for a strike. He was the last out he grounded out to second.

Chapman would sit the Indians down in order in the 9th and the game was over after a 2 hr. 27 min. rain delay and the game taking 3hrs and 24mins. to play the game ended the Braves Won 6-4. That was the end of the game and my road trip. I hung around a few minutes to see if I could get a ball while they were cleaning the dugout and did not get one. Everyone I asked said they could not touch them including a bat boy. Josh Wilson was the player of the game after he did a post game interview he signed some autographs.

Here he is grabbing a ball from David to sign.

So that was it for the game and my road trip. This was the 4th home team loss I have seen on this trip so the home record was 10 win 4 losses for my trip. Saw some great games. Met many cool people. Like always i would like to thanks everyone that let me stay with them including Amy’s Aunt, Uncles and cousins for getting ticket’s in Arlington and staying with them. To My family all over for letting me stay with them and everything else involved, Eating, driving going to games help with my truck and supporting this trip.

So you ask?  I did mention I got 2 baseballs this game and only mentioned one well after I exited the stadium I walked down S. West street as I was walking I saw something in a bush in the median…

… and there it was the second ball. Who said baseballs don’t grow on trees. It must have been from BP who knows how long it was there but it was my second easter egg of the game. It was a very faded International League ball.

I am now home and after a long 16 and a half hour drive from Indy I got in about 10:30 last night. It took so long today to write this post because ontop of un packing and settle into being home. It was a rough day in Denver and I would like to send my condolences, my heart and prayers for the victims, family, friends and the whole Denver Community that was affected by the shooting during the night at The Aurora Town Center.

Well that’s it for this post and my road trip to use the home record of my trip to sign off 10-4 over and out. I will be back at Coors next week see you there!!!

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The Bats chop down the Braves!

7-14-2012

Gwinnett Braves Triple A affiliate of the Braves Vs. Louisville Bats Triple A affiliate of Cincinnati Reds

Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville, Kentucky

This was my 13th game of the road trip, 10th Stadium in 5 states.

I stayed the night in Lexington after checking out of my hotel I headed to Louisville it was about a hor and a half drive between the 2 cities. It was about 1:30 when I arrived in Louisville for this 6:05 game time. So I decided to check out Louisville. The First place I went was the home of the Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs. I did not take the tour or anything I just checked out the outside. This is the entrance by gate 1. The Kentucky Derby Museum is also located at this entrance. I did go in but the tours were sold out. So I checked out the gift shop. After a few minutes in there I decided to head back outside and it was pouring rain. Before i went in I did get some photos outside.

This is a Barbaro statue. Barbaro won the 132nd Kentucky Derby  in 2006. He was than injured in the Preakness and his racing career ended.

Here is another photo of the front  with the Kentucky Historical Marker.

I then headed to downtown Louisville where I wanted to go to the Louisville Bat Factory. My plan was to park near the stadium and walk the few blocks to the factory. Due to the rain those plans were scrapped. So I took a few loops around the city in my truck and then went and got lunch. After I decided to park at the stadium. By that time it was 2 late to go to the Bat Factory. I just walked around the stadium and got my tickets.

Here is a look of Louisville Slugger Field from the parking lot.

This is a Pee Wee Reese statue located outside the entrance on the first base side of the stadium. Trying to find the ticket window that was open was kind of difficult the ticket booth outside the main entrance located in the outfield was closed and there was this one window opened on the side of the building.

O.K. see the red sign on the left of the building. That is where you purchase tickets. the outside from the street does not really resemble a stadium and all the doors lead to banquet rooms located between the street and stadiums concourse.

This is the main entrance of the stadium in the outfield. That was the closed ticket window. But would be a great place to purchase tickets. The window was opened when I entered the stadium but not sure when it did open. Between when I took this photo and the gates opened. At this entrance they had a statue of Paul Horung. He went to Notre Dame and played for the Packers. He was the #1 draft pick in 1957 and was originally from Louisville.

A few minutes after the gates opened I headed into Louisville Slugger Field.

This was my first look at the field and inside the stadium.

Here is a look down the left field line towards home plate.

While walking around the seats I noticed this gem of an easter egg in a cup holder. Unlike the South Atlantic League ball in Lexington, I took this one! That took the pressure of trying to get a ball off and I could just watch the game and take photos.

This is a look from right field. There is a pretty good view of the city sky line from spots in this stadium. Here you can see a some of the building tops.

Here is another look from a little closer to centerfield.

On the right field concourse they had a carousel like many other stadiums do. Also located there is the playground.

It was game time and here is a look of the Louisville Bats in line for the National Anthem.

Here is the Bats Starting pitcher Chad Reineke pitching to the Braves lead off batter Jose Constanza.

Constanza would hit a single to lead off the game.

Constanza dives back to first. The Next Batter Josh Wilson hit a double scoring Constanza. (1-0) The next 2 batters got out.

Felix Pie was one of those outs. Here he is watching his hit ball that the Bats second baseman scooped up and made the out at first.

Jordan Parraz would come up with 2 outs and a man on.

 He would reach base on an error. Scoring Wilson (2-0) Braves

Jordan Parraz would than steal second which would result in another error and he would safely make it to third base. The Next Batter Terry Tifer flew out and it was the Bats turn to bat. They would go down in order the Braves would not do anything in their next at bat. Reinecke faced 4 batters the only one reaching was Jose Yepez who hit a single.

Neftali Soto lead the second off with a double for the Bats in the second. He and Dioner Navarro would score on a Xavier Paul home run to take a 3-2 lead.

Paul hitting his 3 run Home Run.

The Braves would again tie the game in the 3rd with a Ernesto Meijas solo home run.

The Braves also scored 4 runs in the 4th inning. Yepaz lead off the inning with a solo home run, followed by a Lance Zawadzki triple and a double by Constanza. Felix Pie would hit a single. The Braves would score 4 in the inning. (7-3) Braves. The braves sent 9 batters to the plate in the inning. Meija also hit a ground rule double in the inning advancing Pie to third. Pie would make the final out of the inning at home when Bats third baseman Henry Rodriguez hit it to him and he threw it home to get Felix Pie. ( I was not going to use Pies first name but then it would look like Rodriguez  threw home to get Pie) ahhh fun with last names.

The Bats switched pitchers in the 4th as well. Kanekoa Texeira would pitch for them.

Xavier Paul dives back to first after his 4th inning single, he was the only Bats baserunner in the inning.

During the 6th inning I decided to do my wander around the stadium to get a few shots from different locations. Not much happened in the 5th and 6th inning for either team and I jus watched the game with limited photo taking. So we now fast forward to the 6th!!!!

Dioner Navarro hit a single for the Bats in the 6th, He flew out to center. For those that don’t know I use the out photos that I have the ball in the photo because it is hard to do so when I do get the ball in frame I like to use it because it is a good photo. Not always relevant to the game but just a good photo.

The Bats 3rd pitcher of the day Carlos Fisher pitching to the Braves Jordan Parraz in the 7th. Parraz hit Lead off double. Webb would get the next batter out Terry Tifee and hit by Jose Yepez with a pitch, neither would score and the Bats would get the Braves out of the inning.

Terry Tifee gets tossed out at first. for the first out of the 7th inning.

Fisher being removed from the game by Louisville Manager David Bell. Travis Webb would come in to pitch for the Bats.

Here he is pitching to the Braves Lance Zwadzki.

Cody Puckett at bat in the 7th inning. He would lead off the inning with a double. He would score in the inning. (7-4) Braves.

Didi Gregorius would also get on base after striking out and the catcher dropping the ball he safely made it to first he would than score on a Henry Rodriguez double. (7-5) Braves.

Julio Teharan was taken out of the game. Jaye Chapman came into pitch for the Braves.

A look towards left field as the sun sets.

Between the 7th and 8th inning Duo design performed a routine. They are a Strenth and balancing act that performs in Las Vegas. They also performed with Cirque Du Soleil and can be seen at Circus Cirsus in Las Vegas they also performed after the game.

Donnie Joseph pitched the 8th and 9th inning for the Bats.

Constanza hit a soft hit (it may have been a bunt but not sure) that was fielded by Bats catcher Navarro…

…and he reached base.

Than stole 2nd. He score in the inning on a Felix Pie single. (8-5) Braves

Navarro would make a great play to get Zawadzki out at first for the final out of the 9th inning.

After Cody Puckett struck out to start the inning pinch hitter Mike Castanzo hit a double. .

Castanzo sliding into 2nd.

The following batter Denis Phipps walked Did Gregorius flew out for the second out. The next batter Corky Miller walked and then so did Neftali Soto to score Castanzo. (8-6) Braves

Dioner Navarro came up with bases loaded and hit the ball to deep right field a fan reached for the ball, it bounced of him and back into the field.

First base Ump Will Little signals a home runs as Ernesto Meija raises his arms in disbelief. From my vantage point the fan did reach but it look like it hit him above the rail so it would have went out any way. Even if it was ruled fan interference it would have been a double which would have tied the game.

Navarro steps on home as he teammates gather around to celebrate their walk off win.

Braves manager Dave Brundage dispute the call with the first base umpire. While the Bats celebrate in the background. After the Umpires spoke to each other the call remained and the game was over. The Bats won 10-8.

This was another exciting game on this trip. Another one decided by a walk off. Louisville Slugger Stadium was another really nice stadium beside the difficulty to find a ticket window!!!!

That is it for this game. After this game I headed to Indianapolis for a Indinapolis Indians game the next day, the drive was about 2 hours.

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