Louisville Slugger Field, Louisville, KY
Game 2 of 3
It's Todd Frazier Bobblehead night in Louisville...however, I'm not actually getting a bobblehead. My daughter Chihiro is with me at the game, and she's getting one...my other daughter Kei couldn't make it, so she's getting mine.
The lines were pretty damn long, everybody here loves Todd Frazier. They love bobbleheads, too.
Chihiro and I actually ended up standing in two different lines today...the folks at Louisville Slugger Field have made a lot of changes since the 2013 Opening Day debacle. These changes are excellent; among other things, better line management for giveaway days that include designated lines for ticket holders and regular ticket checks. We had Club Level tickets, and were standing in what is usually the Club Level only line...we found out soon enough that we were in the Season Ticket Holder line. Sure, we are season ticket holders, but didn't have actual season tickets, so we high-tailed it to another line in timely fashion...if you squint, you'll see us in the photo above.
My kids love Todd Frazier...even when they are old and likely not to care about baseball so much, they will always remember growing up and watching him play here with their dear ol' dad.
They certainly will never forget actually meeting Todd...it seems like this was yesterday, but it wasn't.
My scoresheets, using my pitch-counting method! Read about it HERE, download the scoresheets for free HERE!
LOU Starter RHP Donovan Hand faces Cuban OF Dariel Alvarez (Orioles prospect IF Christian Walker is at 1B)
NOR LHP Chris Jones versus Kristopher Negron. Jones went 8 innings plus one batter, allowing 2 hits, 4 strikeouts.
Jones pitches to 1B Kyle Waldrop
Hand versus Walker in the 3rd inning. Walker will get a single here, but the game will be scoreless until Walker's next meeting with Hand, a solo HR that gets Norfolk on the board...it will be the only run of the game.
RHP Miguel Celestino, in relief, and NOR C Audry Perez
Celestino faces former Louisville Bat Paul Janish, playing SS today for the Norfolk Tides
Reliever RHP Jose de la Torre and NOR OF Julio Borbon
With the tying run, LOU C Chris Berset, on base (after being hit by Chris Jones), RHP Pedro Beato is called to the mound to close the game for Norfolk...one quick out, and one not-so-quick out follow, Kyle Waldrop represents the winning run for the Bats...
...here, he's about to strike out swinging to end the game and complete the shutout
My pick in the Mystery Rookie Card game? Ha ha, it's the legendary Wily Mo Pena...a guy who some here in the states may have forgotten, but still brings warmth into the hearts of millions of baseball fans in Japan...
Official Program (featuring Robert Stephenson) and Scorecard
Bat Chat and Gameday Stats
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