Thursday, June 18, 2009

6/18/09 Norfolk Tides 1, Louisville Bats 3

Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville, KY

One of the best AAA baseball stadiums in the country – Slugger Field is always a great time no matter who’s playing.

I was able to attend this game free of charge as my Men’s Group at church decided to have their monthly meeting at the game. I can certainly appreciate that (and on dollar beer night as well) – business is business!!

I was looking forward to this face-off, my first chance this season to see the Bats’ ace Justin Lehr at work as well as see some old ‘familiar faces’ out on the field. The Tides (recently becoming an Orioles farm team) featured not only Joey Gathright (former Cub, traded to Baltimore early this season) in the starting lineup, but also Jolbert Cabrera, who played for various MLB teams, then NPB for a year (Fukuoka Softbank Hawls), then back to the Reds in 2008. I saw Cabrera in a few Bats games last year; he was called up in September in play a few games for the Reds before being traded to the Orioles in January 2009.

Joey Gathright at bat!

TIDES 1 7 0
BATS 3 4 2

Not a great deal of offense during this game; Gathright hit 2-4 (hitting safely in 2 consecutive ABs) for the Tides, scoring their only run on Justin Christian’s 2B in the 3rd inning. The Bats fared slightly better offensively with Danny Richar batting 2-4 (including a smashing lead-off HR). Justin Lehr completely lived up to expectations; allowing 7 hits and 1 Run (earned), 4 Ks and 1 BB in 6 innings pitched (10 pitches in the 4th and 9 pitches in the 5th).

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