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.
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.
This is a look at it from across the street last year during the construction.
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.
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.
This was the stadium used before they built the Charlotte Knights stadium before the last one in Fort Mills.
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.
This is a photo of the entire wall during construction.
Here is a look at the same wall from home plate to the out field from this year with the stadium complete.
Before I show those I have a few more from outside with the progress from last year to the complete stadium.
This is where the left field entrance is now.
Now into the stadium. I will insert different photos threw out the game as I moved around with photo from during the construction.
Charlotte Knight banners on light pole outside of stadium.
This is what the end of the seats look like. this is a feature not many people really notice about a stadium.
Players from both teams lined up along their respective lines during the National Anthem.
Now it was time to play ball.
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.
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. Jordan 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.
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.
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.
Olemedo sliding into third after the passed ball.
It was close but he was safe.
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.
Now I was not able to tell if the ball hit the rail or the wall.
They stopped him at second and then reviewed the play. I did not know there was a review in triple a.
In the 4th inning I took a quick walk around the stadium. This is a look from right center during Wilson Betemit at bat.
He ended the inning with this fly out to Taylor in right.
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.
Matt Davidson grounds out in the 4th inning.
Ali Solis gets a double in the 5th inning.
He was safe on the slide.
He would score on a Olmedo single 2 batters later.
That gave the Bulls their second run of the game. The Knights still held a 3-2 lead.
Siemien hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 5th to extend the Knights lead to 4-2.
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.
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.
The Knights brought in a second pitcher in the 6th inning as well Matt Zeleski. Chris Beck their starter went 5 giving up 2 runs on 5 hits and did not allow a hit till the 3rd. He struck out 5 and walked 1 also. Zeleski pitched 2 inning holding the Bulls and allowing only 1 hit.
Jarrett Casey pitched the top of the 9th for them.
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.
Robby Price came up with Olmedo on second.
He flew out to left to end the game and the game was over and the Knights won 4-2.
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.
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!
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.
So I got some photos of the pitchers warming up in the Bullpens here is Bulls starter Nate Karns.
Red Wings starter Alex Meyer.
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.
Alex Meyer pitching to the Bulls lead off batter Robby Price.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He was safe.
After a Vince Belnome hit the ball to first base Nate Hanson throws to second for the force out.
The Red Wings tried to turn 2 as Doug Bernier throws back to first.
After the 6th inning I headed back towards the infield. Here is a photo of Bulls reliever Merrill Kelly warming up in the bullpen.
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.
They both moved up a base on a Mike Fontenot sac bunt.
Thompson was replaced with A.J. Achter after the Fontenot sac bunt.
Moore and Betemit both scored on a Lee single to tie the game at 2.
Moore sliding into home for the second run.
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.
Josh Lueke came into pitch for the Bulls in the 9th.
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.
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.
So we headed to the 10th.
Bernier advanced to second on a James Bersford ground out at first.
Ramirez scored on a Josmil Pinto single to give the Red Wings a 4-3 lead.
Then Charlie Montoya took Lueke out of the game.
C. J. Riefenhauser came into pitch for the Bulls.
Romero then hit into a double play to end the inning.
The Bulls come up to bat down 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th.
Edgar Ibarra pitched the 10th for the Red Wings.
The Bulls DH Wilson Betemit hit a solo home run to tie the game at 4.
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.
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.
Justin Christian struck out for the second out of the inning.
..that scored Price and cut the Red Wings lead to 6-5.
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!!!