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Portland Sea Dogs vs Harrisburg Senators @ FNB Park – July 27, 2017

We made it over to Harrisburg to check out a Senators game. The stadium is neat and is located on City Island, right in the middle of the river next to the city. We got Club seats right behind the plate for $35 and it included all you can eat in the club. It had the normal concession food, as well as fish, pork and some other good food.

Harrisburg got on the board first in the 2nd inning when Yadiel Hernandez sent a single to left that scored Osvaldo Abreu. They added to the lead in the 5th when Nationals #1 prospect and MLB’s #6 prospect Victor Robles doubled to left to score another run and give the Senators a 2-0 lead.

Portland took over the offense in the 6th. Cole Sturgeon singled in Joseph Monge to make it a 2-1 game. In the 8th, Monge homered to left to tie the ballgame. Red Sox #3 prospect Michael Chavis hit an RBI double to give the Sea Dogs the 3-2 lead. Harrisburg got it back in the bottom half of the 8th. Drew Ward hit an RBI single to tie the game and the Hernandez hit a sac fly to score Ward and give the Senators the 4-3 lead. Andrew Robinson came in and saved the game for the Sens.

Austin Voth pitched a great game for Harrisburg going 6 innings allowing a run on 5 hits with 6 strikeouts. The 5-8 hitters each had two hits on the night. Teddy Stankiewicz was solid for Portland. He went 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 7 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. He was hit by a comebacker in the leg in the 4th inning, but held on to make it through six. Sturgeon and Monge were the two Sea Dogs with multi-hit games.

Nationals #1 Prospect Victor Robles

The Senators celebrating the victory

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Portland Sea Dogs vs Trenton Thunder @ ARM & HAMMER Park – July 18, 2016

We made our way down to Trenton to watch two really good teams with a lot of top prospects for the Red Sox (Portland) and Yankees (Trenton). Trenton hosts the famous Bat Dogs, in which golden retrievers trot out to pick up the bat. They only go out a few times during the game, though, not each at bat.

Portland got out to an early lead by scoring once in each of the firs two innings to take a 2-0 lead into the 3rd. In the bottom half of the 3rd, Lane Adams crushed a homer to left cutting the lead in half. Next inning, Kyle Higashioka hit it in almost the same spot, making it a 2-2 game.

The Sea Dogs put some distance between themselves and the Thunder beginning in the 6th. Ryan Court, Aneury Tavarez and Jake Romanski all hit singles driving in runs to make it a 6-2 game. In the 7th, Boston’s #1 prospect, Yoan Moncada came to the plate for the first time from the left side (0-3 with 2 K from the right). He crushed the ball deep to right for a solo shot. One of the Yankees’ top prospects, Dustin Fowler got a couple runs back in the bottom half on a 2-run single to make it a 7-4 game. But Portland’s offense was just too much. In the 8th, Rainel Rosario doubled in a run to make it 8-4 and then Moncada came back up and crushed a 3-run homer again to right giving the Sea Dogs a commanding 11-4 lead. A lead they would turn into a victory. Both of Moncada’s homers were blasts and most likely found their way into the river that is just beyond right field.

Moncada finished the night 2-5 with 2 HR and 4 RBI. Another top prospect, Mauricio Dubon, went 3-5 with 2 runs. Anuery Tavarez went 3-5 with a triple, 1 RBI and 1 run. Jalen Beeks started the game and went 6 innings giving up 2 runs on 7 hits with 4 strikeouts. Jordan Montgomery started for Trenton allowing 4 runs on 6 hits in 5 1/3, but did punch out ten batters in the process. Fowler finished the night 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Adams also finished 3-4 with his solo homer, 2 runs and a stolen base.

Derby, the Bat Dog

Derby, the Bat Dog

Red Sox #1 prospect, Yoan Moncada

Red Sox #1 prospect, Yoan Moncada

Eastern League (AA) All-Star Game @ Peoples Natural Gas Field – July 16, 2014

East All-Stars – 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 – 2 7 2
West All-Stars – 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 X – 5 5 0

WP: Ryan Beckman
LP: Dustin Antolin
SV: Kenn Kasparek

East All-Stars Lineup
2B Sean Coyle, Portland – 1-3
–Jon Berti, New Hampshire – 0-1, 1 RBI
LF Ben Gamel, Trenton – 0-3
–Albert Cartwright, Reading – 0-1
C Blake Swihart, Portland – 0-2
–Gary Sanchez, Trenton – 0-2
DH Peter O’Brien, Trenton – 0-4
1B Kennys Vargas, New Britain – 0-4
RF Reynaldo Rodriguez, New Britain – 1-4
CF Kyle Johnson, Binghamton – 2-2
–Tony Thomas, New Britain – 0-1
3B Carlos Alonso, Reading – 1-2
–Brian Burgamy, Binghamton – 0-1
SS Derrik Gibson, Portland – 2-3, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI

Pitchers
Hoby Milner, Reading – 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
Taylor Rogers, New Britain – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Jon Velasquez, Binghamton – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 K
Robby Scott, Portland – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K
Dustin Antolin, New Hampshire – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Randy Boone, New Hampshire – 1.0 IP, 1 K
Tyler Webb, Trenton – 0.2 IP, 2 K
Cody Satterwhite, Binghamton – 0.2 IP, 2 K
Cole Johnson, New Britain – 0.2 IP
Colton Murray, Reading – 0.1 IP

West All-Stars Lineup
CF Michael Taylor, Harrisburg – 1-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI
2B Francisco Lindor, Akron – 0-2, 1 BB, 1 R
–Drew Maggi, Altoona – 0-1
RF Steven Moya, Erie – 1-4, 1 HR (GS), 4 RBI, 1 R
1B Christian Walker, Bowie – 2-2
–Corey Jones, Erie – 0-2
DH Mario Lisson, Richmond – 0-4
C Elias Diaz, Altoona – 0-2
–Ramon Cabrera, Erie – 0-1
SS Alen Hanson, Altoona – 0-2, 1 BB, 2 R
3B Matt Duffy, Richmond – 0-2
–Garabez Rosa, Bowie – 0-1
LF Willy Garcia, Altoona – 1-2, 1 R
–Kevin Keyes, Harrisburg – 0-1

Pitchers
Ty Blach, Richmond – 1.0 IP, 1 K
Jack Snodgrass, Richmond – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K
Shawn Armstrong, Akron – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K
Tim Berry, Bowie – 1.0 IP
Ryan Beckman, Altoona – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Oliver Drake, Bowie – 1.0 IP, 2 K
Jose Valdez, Erie – 1.0 IP, 1 K
Colin Bates, Harrisburg – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 K
Kenn Kasparek, Altoona – 1.0 IP, 2 K

I started the night off by getting to the stadium around 3:30, and gates opened at 4:00. As soon as the gates opened, I went to the Team Store to get a couple of things, including something to get signed. The East took batting practice first meaning that half of the West signed autographs from 4-4:30 and the other half did some fan events (kid’s zone, video games, etc.). They switched at 4:30 and went from 4:30-5. The teams switched and the times for this session were 5:15-5:45 and 5:45-6:15. To give an idea of how long the line for autographs was, I got in line around 4:10 and got my first autograph around 5:15-5:20. I missed the whole West team, but was able to get twelve autographs. The autographs that I was able to get were: Trenton- O’Brien, Sanchez, Tracy, Webb; New Hampshire- Antolin, Boone, Berti; and Portland- Scott, Swihart, Coyle, Gibson. After getting autographs, I went out to left field for the remainder for batting practice. With about five minutes left in BP, I was able to make a one-hand, barehanded catch on a 400-foot home run.

As for the game, the first score came in the third inning when Derrik Gibson crushed a Shawn Armstrong pitch into the left field bleachers to give the East a 1-0 lead. The West tied the game up in the bottom half of the inning when Michael Taylor singled to score Altoona’s own Alen Hanson. The West added to their lead in the fifth. After two walks, a single, and two outs, Steven Moya crushed a grand slam to right field toward the roller coaster. Moya led the Eastern League in home runs at the break with 22, but was unable to touch a ball in his first two at-bats, striking out both times.

With the West leading 5-1, the East tried to get back into the game in the eighth. Gibson led off the inning with a triple to center. Next batter, Jon Berti grounded out to score Gibson and cut the lead to 5-2. Altoona pitcher Kenn Kasparek came in to close things out in the ninth and was able to do so by getting two strikeouts and then a Reynaldo Rodriguez line out to left to end the game. The West All-Stars got the win 5-2. Moya finished the game 1-4 with that grand slam and garnered MVP honors.

An interesting fact is that none of the position players that substituted into the game were able to get a hit. All seven hits from the East and all five from the West came from the starters. One of the RBI’s from the East Squad did come from Jon Berti, who replaced Sean Coyle at second base.

National Anthem

National Anthem

Indians #1 Prospect Francisco Lindor approaching the plate

Indians #1 Prospect Francisco Lindor approaching the plate

The players rounding the bases after a Steven Moya Grand Slam

The players rounding the bases after a Steven Moya Grand Slam

The West Squad celebrating their 5-2 victory

The West Squad celebrating their 5-2 victory

Recent – May 12, 2014 through June 15, 2014

 Some game action

Some game action


Tacoma Rainiers vs Las Vegas 51s @ Cashman Field – May 12, 2014
This was my final 51s game (and game in general) in Las Vegas before I moved away. Just like my 51s experience began, that’s how it ended. Tacoma actually got on the board first, scoring one in the first and one in the second (a Ty Kelly homer) to take a 2-0 lead. The 51s mounted the comeback in the bottom half, by plating five. Matt den Dekker hit a solo shot and Allan Dykstra hit a 3-run shot to help the cause. The teams traded runs in the 6th, Tacoma added their final one in the 7th, and Vegas insured themselves with 3 more in the 8th. The 51s pulled out the victory, 9-4. Chris Taylor was a bright spot for the Rainiers going 3-4 with a triple and an RBI. Four 51s players had two hits. Tacoma starter Erasmo Ramirez gave up 5 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings with 4 strikeouts. 51s starter Joel Carreno went 5 2/3 giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks with 5 strikeouts.

Some action with the storm rolling in

Some action with the storm rolling in


Reno Aces vs Albuquerque Isotopes @ Isotopes Park – May 23, 2014
My first stop after moving from Vegas on my way toward Pittsburgh was Albuquerque to stay with a buddy for the night. We originally planned on going to the game and then a storm came, so then we decided not to. But, around 6:00 the rain stopped and we decided to head over and catch some of the game. We made it over in the 3rd inning. We missed a 2-run homer by Roger Kieschnick in the first. The Isotopes got one in the 4th on an opposite-field solo shot by highly-touted prospect Joc Pederson. Each team traded two runs in the 5th, with Albuquerque being led by a Pederson triple. Reno added a run in the 6th, one in the 8th, and 2 in the 9th to take the game 8-3. Didi Gregorius and Mike Jacobs each went 4-5 and an RBI for Reno. Pederson finished 2-4 with a homer, triple, and all 3 RBI. Jamie Romak went 3-4 and a double. Andrew Chafin pitched very well for the Aces going 7 innings giving up 3 runs on 8 hits with 4 strikeouts. Once highly-regarded prospect Zach Lee struggled again as he went 6 innings giving up 5 runs (4 ER) on 8 hits and a walk while striking out five.

View from the press area for my first game on staff

View from the press area for my first game on staff


Cleveland Gladiators vs Pittsburgh Power @ CONSOL Energy Center – May 31, 2014
This was my second ever Arena Football game and my first since showing up two days earlier to begin my internship with the Pittsburgh Power. It wouldn’t be an easy game, as we were up against undefeated (9-0) Cleveland. QB Tommy Grady began the scoring by hitting Rodney Wright for a TD on 4th down. Cleveland answered on their first possession. Grady found Tyrone Goard twice in the end zone in the second to take a 21-7 lead. Gladiators QB Shane Austin floated a pass to Thyron Lewis on 4th down on the goal line to make it a 21-14 game as time expired on the first half. It seemed to be all Pittsburgh in the second half on their way to a 48-34 win to give Cleveland their first loss on the season. Backup QB Arvell Nelson, playing Jack Linebacker, intercepted a tipped pass and ran it back for a score to set the tone in the second half. Tommy Grady finished the day 18-36 with 251 yards and 5 TD. Tyrone Goard finished as the Offensive Player of the Game with 4 TD.

Ready for the National Anthem at beautiful PNC Park

Ready for the National Anthem at beautiful PNC Park


Milwaukee Brewers vs Pittsburgh Pirates @ PNC Park – June 6, 2014
This was my first Pirates game. Ever since PNC Park was built, I always thought it was one of the best, if not the best, parks in the MLB. It definitely didn’t disappoint. The Pirates struck first in the first on an RBI double by Andrew McCutchen off the wall and a Russell Martin RBI single. The next run came at the hands of McCutchen again when he hit a solo homer to left in the third. Milwaukee finally got on the board in the fourth when Aramis Ramirez hit an RBI single and then Khris Davis hit a sac fly to bring the game to 3-2. But, the Pirates kept tacking on runs. Jordy Mercer led off the fifth with a homer and later in the inning Neil Walker singled to score Brandon Cumpton. Khris Daivs would get an RBI single in the sixth to add to his RBI total, but then the flood gates opened in the bottom half of the frame, as 13 batters would go to the plate. RBI singles from Jose Tabata and Mercer, bases-loaded walks by Josh Harrison and Ike Davis, a 3-run double off the top of the centerfield wall by Russell Martin, and another RBI single by Tabata plated eight runs for the Pirates. They added two more in the eight on two RBI groundouts, before the Brewers would add two on a sac fly and an RBI groundout to finish the game. Pittsburgh won the game handily 15-5. Carlos Gomez, Aramis Ramirez, and Scooter Gennett all went 2-3 for the Brew Crew. Six Pirates had two hits and one (Martin) had three on his way to a 3-3 day with a walk, 4 RBI, and 3 runs scored. Kyle Lohse struggled for Milwaukee pitching 5 innings giving up 8 runs on 9 hits and 1 walk with only 1 strikeout. Rookie Brandon Cumpton pitched well for the Bucs by going 5 1/3 giving up 3 runs on 8 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

New Orleans VooDoo vs Pittsburgh Power @ CONSOL Energy Center – June 7, 2014
The Power came in as huge favorites, but the VooDoo played a first half as if they were looking to spoil it for them. Pittsburgh came out and took a 21-7 lead after the first quarter. Two Ryan Perrilloux TD runs sandwiched around a Tyrone Goard TD were the only scoring of the 2nd quarter, where the Power had a lead of only seven, at 26-19. The Power said enough is enough. The third quarter, and really the second half, was literally all Pittsburgh. Grady found Hank Edwards for a score. The VooDoo’s next possession ended with a safety. After the safety kickoff, Grady found Goard for another TD. On the VooDoo’s very next offensive play, the Power brought the QB down for another safety. An the ensuing safety kickoff, Rodney Wright returned the kick 56 yards for a TD. After all of that, the 4th quarter finally came around. Pittsburgh scored two more TD’s before New Orleans finally scored again with 53 seconds left to play. The Power pulled out a convincing victory 65-26. Grady finished 20-36 for 230 yards and 7 TD. Tyrone Goard had 7 catches for 76 yards and 5 TD. For New Orleans, Ryan Perrilloux only went 15/29 for 193 yards, 1 TD and 3 INT.

Ready for the National Anthem in Akron

Ready for the National Anthem in Akron


Portland Sea Dogs vs Akron RubberDucks @ Canal Park – June 15, 2014
This was my first RubberDucks game. I have family right outside Akron that I went to visit for the weekend, but all of these years, I never made it to an Akron Aeros game, so why not make my first Akron minor league game a RubberDucks game in their first year after the change from the Aeros to the RubberDucks? It began as a pitcher’s duel between Brian Johnson of Portland and Cody Anderson of Akron. Anderson really only threw two bad pitches and both were taken out of the park by Keury De La Cruz. One was a solo shot in the 2nd and the other a 2-run shot in the 4th. Anderson did only last 4 2/3 giving up only those 3 runs on only 3 hits, but he struggled with control by walking six. Outside of those three runs, Portland tacked on four in the 7th, three of which came on a Sean Coyle 3-run shot to left. They would add one in the 9th to finalize the scoring at 8-0 Portland. Coyle finished 2-4 with that 3-run homer, a walk, and 2 runs scored. De La Cruz went 2-4 as well, with his 2 HR, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored. Their starter Brian Johnson pitched a gem. He went 6 innings giving up only 4 hits and a walk with 5 strikeouts. Akron only garnered six hits in the game. The only multi-hit game came from Jordan Smith, as he went 2-3 with a walk. Highly-touted prospect Francisco Lindor finished the game 0-4.