Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Two Games, Many Hits

We just got back from a jolly outing to Raley Field in West Sac. We were wearing shorts and t-shirts and were beginning to get a wee bit cold, and the home team was up 7-0, so we split after 6 innings, because we're all old fogeys who just want to get to bed at a reasonable hour.
Either the A's AAA team is a hitting juggernaut or the pitchers for The Oklahoma City Redhawks suck.
Raley Field is a swell ballpark, modern and clean. It was my 3rd game there; #1 for Brother Jon.
The right fielder for O.C. made a spectacular catch early when the sun was still glaring into that field. He was running almost straight out and snagged a ball over his head right out of the sun.
In the afternoon of course we had watched the Giants romp in Houston. I haven't checked the box score yet but it seemed like everyone was hitting. Pablo's still hot, FSanchez also. Rowand's doing well, and how about that grand slam by Eli Whiteside?
And I say that a meaningless single late in a one-sided game counts as a CLUTCH hit when it keeps alive a 12 game hitting streak. Hooray for Eugenio Velez.
And the return of Joe Martinez guaranteed a big feel-good day. He's our 5th starter until someone else is.


JC Parsons said...

Many thanks to Bro and Steve for taking me out to the ballpark. The Raley Field experience was quite nice; a little too wholesome for an old Candlestick Bleacher Bum like myself, but a slick venue with a quality product. As soon as I entered I was struck with a definite similarity to our gem at Mays Field, but as the night wore on it felt more like Chavez Latrine (but not in a bad way). Boring color scheme and completely characterless playing field. Good food; I had a tasty "Ball Tip" BBQ sandwich and draft Tecate. Our seats were 16 rows above the visitor on deck circle, behind the screen. Prices were a little more than I expected ($8 parking in Sactown is rare) but a bargain by big city standards. The level of play was quite good and featured a couple excellent plays by a speedy RF. The interesting prospect on the field, Smoak, gave me little to assess as he swung at 3 of the 4 pitches I saw him face. Made solid contact, I guess. A bunch of RiverCats smacked it around, including a Denofria(?) HR that got into the jetstream blowing out to left. All in all, a classic minor league experience, probably a lot more high end than most.
Jon Bob sez check it out.

Bob said...

BTW the final score was 7-1. The Okies got a run in the top of the 9th. Winning pitcher James Timmons recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts in 6 innings.

Zo said...

What kind of promotions/give aways/contests did they have? The minor leagues always has the best. I once saw a contest where they spun people around with a bag over their heads and if they could run without falling down they could win furniture.