Tagged: International League

Indians rain dance can’t stop the Mudhens!

8-4-2014

Toledo Mudhens vs. Indianapolis Indians

Victory Field, Indianapolis, Indiana

The Mudhens are the triple A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

The Indians are the triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

They are in the International League

Game 14 of road trip been forgetting the double header in Burlington!

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The game time on the sign said 7:05 but due to a rain storm earlier the game was delayed to a 7:25 start.

This is the 5th time I have been to Victory Field. I have family in Indy so I always go to an Indians game when I am visiting them. This is one of my favorite stadiums along with Durham and Greensboro.

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Nick Kingham was the starting pitcher for the Indians this game.

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Hernan Perez popped out for the first out of the inning. Kingham faced 4 Mudhens batters in the 1st. I batter did get on base, James McCann hit a single with 2 outs.

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Robbie Ray started for the Mudhens he started the game by striking out Starling Marte who was on a rehab assignment from the Pirates. Jose Tabata hit a single and Andrew Lambo hit into a double play to end the inning.

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Tyler Collins hit the ball for an out to lead off the second inning for the Mudhens. They would be retired in order in the 2nd.

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Indians All-Star 1st. baseman Matt Hague popped up to start the 2nd for the Indians.

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He popped up to the Mudhens shortstop Perez. The Indians had some good opportunities in the 2nd after they had 3 runners all getting on by walk and were not able to get a run home.

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Blake Davis was the 3rd walk to load the base’s with 2 outs. Robert Andino struck out to end the inning and the Indians left all 3 runners on base.

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The Mudhens got things going in the 3rd. Danny Worth hit a double with Wade Gaynor on base.

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The ball was hit to the right field corner.

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Gaynor scored and the Mudhens took a 1-0 lead.

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With Worth on second Perez tried to put down a sac bunt. It was a little high.

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It was caught by Kingham for the first out and was probably one of the worst bunt attempts I have seen.

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The Mudhens proceeded to score more runs in the inning. McCann was the third run of the inning scored on a Collins single. McCann also had a RBI when he hit a single to score Worth. (3-0) Mudhens

The Mudhens would get a 4th run in the 4th inning a Ben Guez solo home run.

Chase d’Arnaud started the 5th inning off with a double.

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The Indians had a few more opportunities in the 6th  startingoff with  a single by Tabata in the 6th. he did not score

 Vin Mazzaro pitched the 7th and 8th inning for the Indians he held the Mudcats off base only giving up a single to Mike Hessman in the 8th but got doubled up to end the inning. Indians starter Nick Kingham pitched 6 innings giving up the 4 runs on 7 hits walking 2 and striking out 4.

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d’Arnaud started the 7th off with a triple and was stranded there after all 3 batters after him popped out to infielders. 2 of the 3 were in foul territory.

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Kevin Whelan pitched for the Mudhens in the 9th.

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Davis struck out swinging and tried to run on the dropped ball by McCann, but the game ended with the throw to first.

The Mudhens took this one 4-1. the Indians are now 59-59 on the year and the Mudhens are 58-60.

The Indians are in 2nd place in the International League Western Division 3.5 games behind the Columbus Clippers. The Mudhens are 4.4 games back in 3rd place.

So that is it for this game.

Since I am writing this the night after the game they are now tied in second 3.5 behind the Clippers because the Mudhens won again against the Indians and both teams are 59-60 for the year.

I still possibly have a game or 2 left on this trip depending on if I decide to go to 2 other stadiums in the area both about 2 hours outside of Indy. I will be heading bck to Denver later this week after almost 1 month on the road.

The Knights gets some runs on the Bulls.

4-29-2014

Durham Bulls vs. Charlotte Knight

BB&T Ball Park Charlotte, N.C.

The Knights are the triple A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox and the Bulls are the affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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This was the first game I attended at this stadium, but it is not the first time I have seen it. I have actually seen this stadium being built-in various stages in 2012 I was in Charlotte the day they set the plate and broke down and last year I was there just about halfway through the construction.

The above photo is behind home plate and is not an entrance.

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This is a look at it from across the street last year during the construction.

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On the outside of the stadium down the third base line the have kind of tribute to the history of baseball in Charlotte. Starting with this mural of Latta Park. I tried finding info on this stadium but could not find anything beside that it is a park in Charlotte. If anybody knows any info or has photos of it please contact me would like to learn more about it.

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The photo pretty much give much of the info about the team name and the years that baseball was played there. From the little bit of info I could find on this one I believe it was the stadium that the first integrated baseball game was played in North Carolina. If any body does have info once again please let me know.

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This was the stadium used before they built the Charlotte Knights stadium before the last one in Fort Mills.

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The last was the Knights stadium that I already mentioned. I still think it looked like a prison. I have seen 3 games there in 2011 all three was against the Bulls. so this is the 4th knights game I have seen and the played the Bulls every time I have seen games there.

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This is a photo of the entire wall during construction.

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Here is a look at the same wall from home plate to the out field from this year with the stadium complete.

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This is the right field stadium entrance. IMG_4172This is what it looks like now. This is the entrance I entered the stadium at.

Before I show those I have a few more from outside with the progress from last year to the complete stadium.

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This is where the left field entrance is now.

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Now into the stadium. I will insert different photos threw out the game as I moved around with photo from during the construction.

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Charlotte Knight banners on light pole outside of stadium.

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This is what the end of the seats look like. this is a feature not many people really notice about a stadium.

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Players from both teams lined up along their respective lines during the National Anthem.

Now it was time to play ball.

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Chris Beck started the game for the Knights and he pitched very well through the first 2 innings. he sat the Bulls down in order in the 1st. and 2nd. inning striking out 3 in the 2 innings.

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Merril Kelly started for the Bulls I saw him pitch in relief in Durham and also in the triple A All Star game. He did get the Knights first batter of the game out and then the second batter Marcus Semien hit a triple to get on base. IMG_4304Jordan Danks would follow that up with a single that scored Siemien and put the Knights on the board with a 1-0 lead. Josh Phegley hit into a double play to end the inning. with 2 outs in the 2nd the Knights threatened to score again.

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Michael Taylor started with a single and Dan Black followed with a single. Kelly struck out Blake Tekotte to end the inning and the Knights left 2 runners on.

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After pitching a perfect 2 innings Kelly gave up a hit to the Bulls Ray Olmedo got a single. He would advance from 1st. to 3rd. on a passed ball and then score on a balk by Kelly. That is a rough way to give up a run and that tied the game at 1.

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Olemedo sliding into third after the passed ball.

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It was close but he was safe.

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In the bottom of the third the Knights would score 2 runs on a very interesting call. With Danks on second after a 2 out double. Phegley would come out and hit the ball deep to right center.

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Now I was not able to tell if the ball hit the rail or the wall.

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They stopped him at second and then reviewed the play. I did not know there was a review in triple a.

IMG_4404After the Umps discussed the play it was ruled a home run and Phegley proceeded around the bases and the Knights took a 3-1 lead.

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 In the 4th inning I took a quick walk around the stadium. This is a look from right center during Wilson Betemit at bat.

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He ended the inning with this fly out to Taylor in right.

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This is a look of the stadium from what know is around center field. This photo was taken either over or through the fence from the street.

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Matt Davidson grounds out in the 4th inning.

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Ali Solis gets a double in the 5th inning.

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He was safe on the slide.

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He would score on a Olmedo single 2 batters later.

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That gave the Bulls their second run of the game. The Knights still held a 3-2 lead.

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Siemien hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 5th to extend the Knights lead to 4-2.

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The Knights also have their own creepy mascot race and this one was not so bad. It is Jerry the Jester who is in the lead in this one, king Mecklenberg and Queen Charlotte all character having to do with Charlottes history (somewhat) I know Queen Charlotte is, Mecklenberg is the name of the county the city of Charlotte is in. So Jerry was winning till the Knights mascot knocked him down and King Charlotte won. He leads the season with 22 wins closely followed by Queen Charlotte with 21 and Jerry the Jester has 10.

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The Bulls brought in their second pitcher of the night Doug Mathis in in the 6th inning. Merril gave up 4 runs on 7 hits in his 5 innings of work. He did strike out 5 and walked 1.

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Jarrett Casey pitched the top of the 9th for them.

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Casey did give up one hit to Olmedo who was 3 for 4 tonight breaking up the no-no in the 3rd and an RBI in the 5th.

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Robby Price came up with Olmedo on second.

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He flew out to left to end the game and the game was over and the Knights won 4-2.

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The Knights celebrate their win.

this was a pretty cool stadium. It does sell out and this night there was only general admission and standing room only seats which the general admission is for outfield seating and standing room only is for where ever you can stand. It was a pretty cool stadium that had features of many stadium I have been 2 before. Like the Home Run porch which reminded me of Columbus and they had a lot of group areas. IMG_4564

Like the Budweiser Home Plate Club and the Diamond Direct Lounge on the second level along the first baseline.

So that is it for this one I will be in Cleveland for an Mariners vs. Indians game on Thursday night!

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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So we headed to the 10th.

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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!!!

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.