Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Smokies win over the Mudcats - Monday

On Monday I took the day off of work.  There was a day game for the Tennessee Smokies.  They were hosting the Carolina Mudcats.  The Smokies are the AA club for the Cubs and the Mudcats are tied to the Reds.

Mariano Duncan, Marty Mason, and Brian Harper
Four World Series rings between these three guys. They would be the batting coach, pitching coach and manager.  Harper is channeling some kind of Gorman Thomas thing.

Matthew Spencer, RF

Spencer hit a two run shot in the 7th.

Josh Vitters, 3B
Vitters hit a solo Home Run in the 8th inning.

Robert Whitenack, Pitcher
Good to see the pitchers batting.  Whitenack went 0 for 2 at the plate, but he picked up the win, pitching 5 innings.  This was his first win this season for the Smokies.  In fact Whitenack was called up just 5 days before from High-A Daytona.  Welcome to Tennessee.  Unfortunately, Whitenack's arrival meant the release of Luke Sommer from the Cubs' organization.  That's baseball.

Hung-Wen Chen, Pitcher
Chen came in to pitch in the 6th inning.  He stayed on the mound through the 7th.

Hung-Wen Chen, Pitcher
Again, nice to see the pitchers batting.  Chen hit a solid grounder down the 3B line and was narrowly thrown out at first.

Baseball in the south is not complete without Funnel Cakes.

My dad and my brother
They didn't read the Funnel Cake sign and opted for ice cream in the mini batting helmets.

And the final score.  Another win for the Smokies, who are now 16-10 for the season.

A bit of sunburn.  A Polish sausage and a lemonade.  Spending time with my dad and my brother at a ballgame.  A very good day.

1 comment:

  1. A very good day indeed. The mini batting helmets both held twist ice cream. I think another visit is warranted to see if the chocolate and vanilla both hold up as solo flavors.

    And I missed the funnel cakes. Next time . . .