Monday, May 16, 2016

5/16/2016 Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders 1, Louisville Bats 4

Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville, KY
Game 1 of 4


The inevitability of precipitation occurring at game time forces one to rethink their intentions of participating in the game. Everyone has their own metric by which they evaluate their doubts against the forecast. There comes a time when one has to cast aside these doubts and forge onward.
That time is NOW. And these are the dutes who made it happen. Hey, it can't rain all the time.


I've never held up on going to the game if it might rain...even if it's raining. Some of the best games I've seen here I would have missed if I had wimped out. Tonight was no exception, as RHP Daniel Wright, in his second start for the Bats, went the distance with 3 hits, 1 run (unearned) 8 strikeouts (5 of them swinging), and no walks...all on 101 pitches, and with a light, steady rain that pretty much lasted the entire 2-hour game. His start is the highest Game Score (87) I have ever recorded here at Slugger Field.

My scoresheets, using my pitch-counting method! Read about it HERE, download the scoresheets for free HERE!


SCOREKEEPER'S NOTE 1: On my scoresheets, I do provide a space to record Ejections. There were two tonight (and one close call)...see the lower left hand side of each sheet for the detail.

SCOREKEEPER'S NOTE 2: In my years of tracking broken bats (BLS), I've seen a lot of folks break 2 bats in one AB, but I've never seen anyone break 3 in one AB. That happened tonight as Kyle Waldrop broke 3 in an 8-pitch plate appearance, subsequently blowing his bat budget for the week at the hands of Richard Bleier (who was responsible for 4 bats breaking total).

Wright faces SWB 2B Rob Refsnyder (auspicious MLB veteran Nick Swisher is on deck)
Refsnyder's first AB resulted in an lead-off double, and he would eventually cross the plate for the RailRider's only run. His offense was one thing, his defense was another...this guy has unbelievable speed and range

Switch-hitting Swisher (playing 1B tonight) versus Wright
He would single into RF and reach second on an error by LOU RF Kyle Waldrop; that error would allow Refsnyder to score


Wright versus the largest adult male position player I've seen at this field in years, SWB CF Aaron Judge
At 6' 7", 255 lbs, Judge was scary enough to freak us out all the way up here. He's that friggin big and mean lookin'

SWB LHP Richard Bleier faces Waldrop. Bleier was really fantastic tonight, his 2-run 3rd inning notwithstanding


Wright's delivery includes a funky, almost painful-to-watch elbow snap that is so distinct, you can smell future surgery amongst the aroma of grilled onions. Here he faces kVlt baseball phenomena SWB SS Pete Kozma

Swish Nicker plays first, holding LOU SS Hernan Iribarren

Bleier was probably done at the end of the 7th, but just to make sure of it, he was ejected by 3B Umpire J.Bacon (Kozma was also ejected shortly afterwards in the 8th). Bleier's relief was RHP Diego Moreno, a very effective 28-year old with great stuff. Here, Moreno is pitching to recently optioned CF Scott Schebler

I don't consider myself a photographer by any means, but this deep, dark evening blue sky was incredible

In the Mystery Rookie Card game, Sam was the winner by actual value, and by grit value as well.
The actual value is a point of dispute...this 1988 Fleer 101 Matt Williams RC had a $2 price sticker on it, but you can get them from various sources online for as little as $0.18. In terms of grit value, Matt had as much as they usually come equipped with, and is easily the 139th best third baseman who ever lived.

If you disagree, then compare his grit value to that of Felix Pie, as featured on this 2003 Bowman BDP152 RC.
See, what was easy, wasn't it?

Official Program and Scorecard


Ticket


Bat Chat and Gameday Stats




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Friday, April 29, 2016

4/29/2016 St John's University 5, University Of Louisville 6

Jim Patterson Stadium, Louisville, KY
Game 2 of 3
Doubleheader Game 2

There was only supposed to be one game today, the opener of a 3-game set against the visiting St. John's University Red Storm, but with nasty weather moving through the area this weekend, games were moved up accordingly. I joined Kei and Sam about halfway through the first game, but didn't keep score until Game 2.


My scoresheets, using my pitch-counting method! Read about it HERE, download the scoresheets for free HERE!


Louisville won Game 1 cleanly, this game started a bit rough for LHP Drew Harrington, who was not his usual stud-like self...Drew allowed 3ER in the first, but the Cardinals came back in the 4th and 5th and looked like they had regained the upper hand. The Red Storm had other ideas, and came close to running the Cards out of options...the nether regions of Louisville's batting order kept runs on the board, and fireballer Zack Burdi brought the gas for a 4-out save.

SJU RHP Ryan McAuliffe faces UofL SS Devin Hairston 

Drew Harrington vs. SJU DH John Valente

Under the lights, RHP Zack Burdi singes his way to close the game...wasn't the best I've seen him, as he stumbles a bit and allows a hit, hits a batter, and allows one run (unearned), but he hit triple digits and did so effectively.

Gameday Stats



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Thursday, April 21, 2016

4/21/2016 Indianapolis Indians 5, Louisville Bats 6

Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville, KY
Game 1 of 3

After raining on and off all day, prospects of a game tonight were looking pretty grim...my date "bailed" out on me, but I decided to head out solo and caught Homer Bailey for a rehab start...this turned out to be one of the best games I've ever seen here...extra innings, bonus baseball, and a walk-off to boot. 

Moral of the Story: To Hell with the Rain, let's PLAY BALL.


My scoresheets, using my pitch-counting method! Read about it HERE, download the scoresheets for free HERE!




The final play of the game was a doozy...I did not get a photo of it, so here's a drawing for ya...dots on one side, numbers on the other:
I haven't seen a corner fence like this in a long time (if at all), defense set up along the infield lines for lefty Kyle Waldrop, with Jermaine Curtis standing on third...if Waldrop had hit a ground ball, this would have worked. What's the only way to beat this? Hit a fly ball just deep enough for Curtis to tag and score, and that's exactly what happened. #weirdbaseball indeed.

A thrilling finish to an exciting game...and the best part is, as I'm leaving the stadium, I look up at the TV and see that Jake Arrieta and the Cubs had just no-hit the Reds.

RHP Homer Bailey, his first pro start since Tommy John surgery last May

...here, he's facing IND OF Aaron Frazier, who grounds out, Jose Peraza to Brandon Allen



IND RHP Tyler Glasnow faces LOU CF Bryson Smith

IND LHP Cory Luebke faces Brandon Allen

No Mystery Rookie Cards today, as the booth was unmanned...there were no program/scorecard vendors either. The groundscrew, fortunately, made it to the game and had the field in amazing shape.

Official Program and Scorecard


Ticket

No Bat Chat and Gameday Stats available for this game, the box score can be found here.

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4/21/2016 Chicago Cubs 16, Cincinnati Reds 0

Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH
Game 1 of 4

Project: BADASS continues into the 2016 campaign. 
Look into his eyes and DIE.


My scoresheets, using my pitch-counting method! Read about it HERE, download the scoresheets for free HERE!


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