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, 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.
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.
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.
They renamed the bar on the right field concourse. I think they are trying to recreate the Party Deck at Coors!
Bulls starter Enny Romero warming up in the bullpen.
Charlie Montoyo and the Red Wings manager Gene Glynn exchange score cards and go over ground rules before the game.
Romero throwing his first pitch to the Red Wings Doug Bernier. Bernier would walk, but Romero would get the next 3 batters out.
Romero pitches with Bernier on first.
Sean Gilmartin started for the Red Wings.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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.
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.
Fontenot makes the turn to second as Belome heads to third.
Belnome slides into home to beat the throw to home.
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.
Lee was then caught on a pick off play between second and third base.
It was you typical 1,4,3 caught stealing!
Steve 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.
Josh Lueke came in to close the game for the Bulls.
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.
Here he is shaking hands with first base coach Dave Myers.
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.
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.
Columbus Clippers vs. Durham Bulls
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, N.C.
Game 5 of road trip
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.
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.
After entering the stadium I took this BNW of the Bull in left field from the tunnel to the field.
There was another new addition to the stadium area and it is this new building in left field.
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.
Bulls Manager Charley Montoyo and Clippers manager Chris Tremie exchange line up cards with the umpires.
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.
Carrera diving back after his 1st inning walk.
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.
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.
Shelley Duncan takes a swing for a strike in the 3rd inning. He would strike out to end the inning for the Bulls.
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.
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.
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
Shelley Duncan hit the second Bulls home run of the game scoring 2 runs. (5-2) Bulls
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.
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.
Chris Gimenez hitting a single in the 6th inning.
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.
A runner heads back to first after a sac fly by Chun-Hsiu Chen. Which I think is the above run also.
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.
Another of the 3 Clippers runs that was scored in the 7th. inning.
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.
Charlie Montoyo comes out to remove Beliveau.
Kirby Yates came into the game.
After the Clippers and Bulls both did not score it was time for well the photo says it best!
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.
The ball being fielded after bouncing off the wall by the Clippers left fielder Tim Fedroff.
Belnome arrive to third well infront of the throw from left.
Leslie Anderson on deck ready to step to the plate.
He would hit a walk off single scoring Belnome and winning the game for the Bulls.
Belnome after crossing home and heading to celebrate down the first base line.
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!
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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