Saturday, July 23, 2011

7/23/11 Charlotte Knights 7, Louisville Bats 4

Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville, KY
Game 2 of 4

Corky Miller foul ball from this game, signed by Corky Miller!!

AND The Famous Chicken!!

I fondly remember the last time I saw the visiting Charlotte Knights in Louisville, a 19-6 slugfest with the Bats prevailing; 2 grand slams from each dugout and a total of 28 hits – the most I’ve ever seen in a game.

…and as a further reminder of that game, I have a copy of the lineup card

Seeing Scott Carroll’s name as the Bats’ SP, I anticipated a great outing for the home team…and newly-acquired former Cub Doug Davis pitching for the Knights…heh heh, I expected a longer game than usual (that’s a Doug Davis joke, obviously) and another slugfest, given his partial season with the Cubs.

The Chicken, we got. The Corky Miller ball from earlier this year autographed, we got. Corky also homered…we got that too. A slugfest, we got. But this time Louisville was not on the ‘right side of the fence.’

Scott struggled early, giving us 7 runs (5 earned) on 11 hits in 3.1IP, walking 2 and striking out 1 batter in 22 faced. Meanwhile, Davis pitched like a man possessed, ‘only’ giving up 4 runs (1 earned) in 6 innings of work. The total of 11 runs would be all either team would cross the plate with for the remainder of the game.

Scott Carroll on the mound

David Johnson pitches 2.2 hitless innings in relief

Corky Miller at 1B with Dallas McPherson after being given a free pass by Doug Davis in the 6th

Corky Miller homers…Yonder Alonso steals his 6th base of the year…Kristopher Negron is charged with 3 errors in the game…and the LSF radar gun surprisingly displays KMPH as well as MPH, the only game this season I’ve seen this. Other than that…


He uses “the hex” on the Knights in the dugout

The Chicken takes over as 1B coach

The Chicken on the Bats dugout

The Famous Chicken and his flock of little ones move about the field…

Here they are “putting the hex” on the Knights in the dugout

It was great to see him, for what could be the last time, given the rumours he’s retiring…there can be no substitute for the Famous Chicken, he is a pure entertainer. It was also great that my oldest daughter Kei (who took most of these pictures) got to see him before he gives this up. I did purchase a “Famous Chicken” photoball, but I didn’t leave the game during the 8th to get it autographed.

After the game, we hung out at the East Entrance, I was hoping to catch Scott Carroll but he had already left. Kei got her ball signed by Devin Mesoraco; I brought my Corky Miller foul ball from earlier this season…here he is signing it…

…and Chris Valaika signed a copy of the Official Scorecard, which shall be used in these posts for the rest of the season!

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