Beautiful night in Cedar Rapids as the Beloit Snappers beat the Angel's Class A Kernels 7-0.
Two Snappers pitchers one-hit the home team in the first game of the second half of the Midwest League season.
My friends and I were in front row seats that turned out to be right next to the Beloit dugout. I spent the game BSing with Snappers' hitting coach Tommy Watkins. He was a gentleman, and gave me an official Midwest League ball, which I will treasure.
We were so close to the action that it was tough sometimes to see the Snappers' hitters through the men on deck. Every Snapper had ripped and/or patched pants. Maybe we should take a collection for replacement pants.
Miguel Sano got a lot of visitors before and after the game. He went 1 for 4 and handled the only chance he had at third. I didn't think he looked extra filled-out, honestly, like I kept hearing. Looked third-base size to me.
A "highlight" was when CF Jonathan Goncalves was hit between the shoulder blades by a pitch in the 4th. He looked like he took it personally, but all of the coaches immediately yelled at him to take first. "Nobody's trying to hit you out there!" That was the Snappers big inning. They scored 3 runs on 2 hits, 2 HBP and a walk.
Coach Watkins kept me current on the Twins score. He said another coach was tracking it. He also told me Terry Ryan was in the park. At one point a foul ball went right to the GM, but he seemed distracted and missed his chance.
Up at 5AM and on to Cincinnati. Go organization.