Triple A All-Star Game
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
1St. Game of the road trip.
You may ask why travel to Durham from Denver to see a triple a All-Star Game. Well One is I wanted to see a Triple a All-Star game and two I have relatives here in The Raleigh – Durham area that have a plan for the Bulls Stadium so that gives you the opportunity to get tickets for the All-Star Game. I pretty much have been coming here every year for the last 4 years to check out stadiums in North Carolina and the east coast for the past 5 years, so I figured I have seen the stadium but have not seen an All-Star Game so this would be a great addition to this years road trip.
I arrived at Durham Bull Athletic Stadium slightly before the pre-game festivities kicked off. The First thing they did to pay tribute to the Armed Forces was have an Army tactical group repel down one of the buildings in the outfield that are connected to the park.
Shortly After the did player introductions. Here is the lone representative from the Colorado springs Sky Sox First Baseman Ben Paulsen. It was cool seeing a player I knew of from the springs in the game.
By the time they were announcing the International League team I was in my seat, he is a shot while they are being introduced.
Both teams on the field during the National Anthem. Pacific Coast League along the third base line and the International League long the first base line.
Charlie Montoya Manager of the 2014 International League Team and the Durham Bulls threw out the first pitch. He has the most win as a manager for the Bulls with 611 in his 7 years there.
Liam Hendricks started for the International League, he plays for the Buffalo Bison the triple A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. He got the first 2 batters out that he faced for the PCL Paulo Orlando from the Omaha Storm Chasers flew out to right field and Joc Pederson from the Albuquerque Isotopes struck out looking for the second out.
With 2 outs Chris Taylor from the Tacoma Rainiers hit a double to left field. The batter after him Mike Jacobs who now plays with the Reno Aces and former Sky Sox player struck out to end the inning.
Elih Villanueva from the New Orleans Zephyrs started for the PCL. he got the inning started well getting Ezequiel Carrera (Toledo Mudhens) to fly out to center. He than walked Jose Pirela from the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
With 2 outs Jesus Aguilar from the Columbus Clippers hit a double.
Wilson Betemit from the Durham Bulls hit a single Pirela and Aguilar.
Jesus Aguilar crosses home plate for the IL second run.
The PCL failed to score in the 2nd, going down in order including 2 strike outs. In the bottom of the second Jhonathan Solano catcher for the Syracuse Chiefs came up with Gwinnett Brave Phil Gosselin lead off the inning with a single on base. This gave the IL a 4-0 lead.
Here is the Solano ball flying out over the score board in left field. It is just to the left of the flag pole.
Here he is high-fiving a teammate. Can’t look like he is having more fun then this.
The IL could have scored more runs off this hit by Pirela with one runner on base.
The PCL’s center fielder Paulo Orlando made a great catch for the 2nd out of the inning. I definitely saved a run.
Spencer Patton from the Omaha StormChasers came into pitch in the Came into pitch for the PCL in the 2nd after Villanueva walked Steven Souza from the Syracuse Chiefs. Patton Struck out Aguilar to end the inning.
In true all-star fashion there were a lot of pitching changes and Mike Montgomery from the Durham Bulls came into pitch the 3rd inning for the IL. Facing only 3 batters striking out 1.
Between the top and bottom of the third inning it was time for the race. They don’t have creepy dental products here, they have 3 characters from the movie Bull Durham. The First Crash Davis who has a 34-32 on the year, the second Annie she is 32-24 on the year and the third is Nuke LaLoosh who is 0-66.
With heavy training for this all-Star race and help from fellow Lollygagger, from the Washington Nationals Presidents race Teddy.
LaLoosh won the race for his first win!
The International league only sent 3 batters also to the plate in the 3rd against the Iowa Cubs Kyle Hendricks.
At the end of the third like most stadiums the grounds crew came out and dragged the field, but in Durham the grounds crew dances in-between second and third base and then first and second.
Chris Taylor got his second hit of the night in the 4th inning.
Jesus Aguilar made a great stretch to make the play but Taylor was still safe.
Indianapolis Indians Casey Sadler pitched the 5th. inning for the IL. The PCL did get 2 runners on base a single by Shane Peterson (Sacramento Rivercats ) and Gabriel Noriega (Tacoma Rainers) struck out swinging on a wild pitch and got on first base. The PCL did not score any runs in the inning.
Jose Pirelli making a great of balance cross body throw for an out in the fifth inning.
Then there were a ton of pitcher Heath Hembree pitched for the PCL in the bottom of the 5th. He Plays for the Fresno Grizzlies.
And when you’re at the bottom of your 5th!!!!!!!
A.J. Achter from the Rochester Red Wings pitched the 6th inning for the IL. The PCL got their first run in the inning a solo home run by Shane Peterson. After Chris Taylor got his 3rd hit of the night a double Achter was replaced by Tommy Layne from the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The first batter he faced was the Sky Sox Ben Paulsen. Paulsen hit into a fielder’s choice and got on first and Taylor was out at 3rd.
The revolving door of pitcher continued for the PCL in the 6th as well, The Fresno Grizzlies Paul Smyth started the inning for the PCL and then the Nashville Sounds Mike Fiers pitched after the IL scored 3 runs off of Smyth. The first 2 on a triple by the Louisville Bats Felix Perez and the 3rd that scored Perez a double by Steven Sousa for a 7-1 IL lead.
Ben Paulsen stayed in the game and played first in the 6th inning.
Souza slides into second for a double in the 6th.
Juan Jaime from the Gwinnett Braves pitched the 7th for the IL. He struck out 2 PCL batters. On the radar gun he was hitting up to 98 MPH on his pitches.
Andy Oliver started the 8th for the IL. He is from the Indianapolis Indians.
Stephen Pisotty from the Memphis Redbirds hit a lead off single for the PCL. The next batter Joc Pederson walked.
Ben Paulsen hit a double and scored the PCL’s 2nd run of the game to cut into the IL’s lead (7-2) IL
After Bobby Korecky started the 9th inning for the IL the Bulls Merrill Kelly came in to finish the game for the IL. The PCL did pick up a 3rd run in the inning a single by Jonathan Galvez from the El Paso Chihuahuas scored Nick Franklin. (7-3) IL
Stephen Piscotti would be the last batter of the game. He hit a ball to short..
…that was fielded tossed to second for the force out on Galvez and the game was over. The IL won 7-3.
Merrill Kelly and Josh Phegley shake hand after the final out.
In total the PCL used a total of 8 pitchers and the IL used 11.
The International League players celebrate their victory.
This was a pretty cool experience, to see this game and at a very cool stadium. This is one of my favorite stadiums to go to and this time they once again did not disappoint. I would have like a Pacific Coast League win but it was still a fun game. It was kind of hard to keep tract of pitcher which is why not all 19 were shown in the post. The game was a little anti climatic even with the 19 combined hits and 10 runs, but it was nice to see all these players playing a game together and many of these guys you will be seeing in the MLB soon.
I would recommend attending a Triple A All-Star game. Next year it will be in Omaha Nebraska and yes, I am already trying to find out to get tickets to it.
So that is it for this game and My road trip continues this week I will be heading to Winston-Salem and Greensboro this weekend before returning to Raleigh to attend a Carolina Mudcats game and possibly will be hitting up another Bulls game.
after the game there were Fireworks and here is 2 photos.
That is it for this one see you around.
Triple A Home Run Derby
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Durham, North Carolina
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.
This is a look at the front of the stadium from 2011.
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.
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.
Next up was from the Indianapolis Indians Matt Hague he hit 2 in the 1st. round.
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.
Next up was Jesus Aguilar from the Columbus Clippers. he hit 3 homers in the first round.
Former Sky Sox player Mike Jacobs, now with the Reno Ace’s did not hit any homers.
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.
Pena added 3 to his total for 8 homer in the 2 rounds.
Hague added 2 to his total for 6 home runs.
Dykstra added 3 for a total of 7 and Aguilar 3 for a total of 6. Pena and Dykstra advanced to the finals.
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.
Clay Council throwing to Francisco Pena in the final round.
Pena did not hit a homer in the final round.
So Dykstra only needed to hit 1 and he did to win.
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.
Minnesota Twins vs. Colorado Rockies
Game 1 & 2
Despite all the baseball games I have seen this is the first time I am seeing the Twins play. Their are only a few teams I have not seen the others are the Detroit Tigers (which I will see later this month in Detroit) and the Baltimore Orioles (they have just not been to Coors since I have been attending games) I was suppose to see them once in Shea Stadium playing the Mets, but for some reason we were not able to go.
Jorge De La Rosa started for the Rockies this game. He faced 3 batters in the inning Brian Dozier made a quick out grounding out on the second pitch to him. Kurt Suzuki hit a single and Kendrys Morales hit into a double play to end the inning.
Jorge looks to first base during the Morales at bat with Suzuki on first.
Carlos Gonzalez was back in the Rockies line up after being on the D.L. for almost 2 months. He started in right field.
Charlie Blackmon and Drew Stubbs helped to get the Rockies on the board in the first against Twins starter Kris Johnson 0 lead in the first. The Twins did get 1 back in the second, Trevor Plouffe started with a double and scored when Eduardo Nunez grounded out. Plouffe reached third on a wild pitch during Oswaldo Arcia at bat. The Rockies extended their lead in the bottom of the 2nd, Nolan Arenado started it off with a triple and scored on a Wilin Rosario single. (3-1) Rox In the 3rd inning they extended their lead with 2 more runs on a Troy Tulowitzki home run with Cargo on base. (5-1) Rox
Samuel Deduno came into the game in the 5th inning for the Twins. Deduno was with the Rockies organization from 2004 – 2010 and played in 4 games for the Rockies in 2010. Johnson went 4 innings, the Rockies scored 5 runs on 8 hits against him. He struck out 2 and did not walk anyone. This was his second MLB appearance.
Jorge went 6 innings and only allowed the 1 run on 6 hits, striking out 3 and walking 1. The Rockies won this game 6-2. The 6th run was a solo shot by Brandon Barnes in the 7th inning.
Was also the Rockies photo day which is always a fun time. Here are some photos…
Me with Rene Lachman.
Cargo was the first player to come over to our section.
E.B. and Smitty with Dinger!
The crew with Charlie “Chuck Cobra” Culberson
This was the first year I brought my Mom to Photo day and here she is with Charlie Culberson.
Smitty with Morneau
Los with Morneau
X takin a selfie with Mike McKenry
I also took photos with other players and coaches I just put more of the recent additions to the team on here. Photo day is one of my favorite days at Coors. It is a lot of fun to just hang out with friends and interact with the players and coaches. This year I actually delayed my road trip till the day after when I should have left Denver Thursday or Friday.
Tyler Matzek started for the Rockies. The Twin immediately started getting hits off him the first batter Brian Dozier hit a ball back at Matzek that hit him on the mound and deflected into foul territory down the 3rd base side. Dozier ended up getting to second on the play. The 3rd batter of the inning Kendry Morales hit a double to score Dozier and Eduardo Escobar to give the Twins a 2-0 lead.
Dozier slide into second for his lead off double.
Being called safe.
Escobar trying to put down a bunt in the first inning. He did get on base by a fielders choice play.
Morales running to first while Dozier runs home for the first run for the twins and Morales ended up on second.
Escobar also scored on the double by Morales.
Kevin Correia started for the Twins. Charlie Blackmon started the game off with and single and was left on base as Correia got the next 3 Rockies batters out.
Cargo loses the bat during his first inning at bat. He did fly out to right for the first out of the inning.
Tulo flew out to center for his 1st inning at bat.
Cargo making contact during his 4th inning at bat. He would line out this at bat.
The Rockies scored a run in the 5th inning on a Charlie Blackmon single scoring D.J. LeMahieu. The Twins had a 4-2 lead. They scored 1 in the 4th and 5th. The 4th inning was a lead off solo home run by Escobar and the 5th was a Double by Correia double scoring Josh Willingham.
Brandon Barnes pitch hit in the pitchers spot in the 8th inning.
Blackmon trying to get things going with this 9th inning single with Josh Rutledge on first. Ruthledge would score on a Cargo double and Blackmon would score on a Tulowitzki ground out. The twins won this game 9-3. they scored 2 in the 8th and 9th inning.
That is it for this game the Rockies last. They faced the Twins on Sunday which I was not at the game because I was heading east for my road trip. I did get to hear the first 2 innings on the radio before loosing the signal in the middle of Kansas. The Twins scored 5 runs in the first off of Brett Anderson who made his first start after being on the D.l. since April with a broken hand. He had pitched well in both his rehab starts. The Rockies lost 13-5.
I am Currently in Raleigh for the Triple a All-Star game in Durham. My next post will be about the Triple A home run derby which was last night.
See you Around!