Hey everyone, as some of you know, I have been waiting to go to a Snappers game for a while, and tonight, I got to go watch them win against the Cedar Rapids Kernels 7-0. I was lucky enough to be sitting in the row right behind the Snapper's dugout. That worked to my advantage when in either the second or third inning a ball was hit into the Snapper's dugout by a Kernel's player, and when one of the Snappers players (I'm almost certain it was Tim Atherton but I could be wrong, I only got a quick glimpse of his face and no number, but it's my best guess) popped up on the opposite side of the dugout looking for someone to give it to and was ignored by everyone else, I popped up my glove and he tossed it to me, which I find a lot more exciting than a normal person would... Oh well :)
As for the play, I was actually pretty impressed. I figured that there wold be perhaps a few miscues in the field, but there was only one error in the game by a Kernel's player (I'm sorry, I didn't notice in time that they gave you something to keep book with until the 7th inning stretch so I don't know who it was) committed an error. There were nice catches deep to center field by both teams, I think 2 or 3 went all the way to the warning track by the 400 feet signs.
On the offensive side of things, the Snappers scored in each of the first 4 innings, and had some very nice hits. One guy, (again, I wasn't keeping book so I couldn't tell you for sure, but he had a black mustache...) stole second tonce (maybe twice? my brother says twice) but was caught the second (third?) time (or at least I'm almost positive it was the same guy). Our guys seemed very patient at the plate, the game started with a 4 pitch walk, and their starting pitcher seemed erratic almost the whole time he was out there, and I was impressed with the discipline some of the batters showed waiting for a strike to be thrown. We did hit into either 2 or 3 double plays, one of them driving in a run in the first when the bases were loaded, but it was overall a very good night batting.
On defense, our guys made some nice plays, never seeming to fumble it and always knowing where to throw in what situation, even judging some high hops correctly to get at least one out from them. I don't believe that we turned any double plays, but that is probably because between 3 pitchers, David Hurlbut, Tim Atherton, and Corey Williams, there was only one hit allowed and only 2 or 3 walks between the three if I'm remembering correctly.
This was my first Minor League game, and I absolutely loved it. I encourage any of you to go to a game of any MiLB team near you or that is playing where you are on vacation or whatever, because it was a very fun experience. Even my brother and parents enjoyed it despite not being baseball fans. Perhaps my favorite thing before the game was getting to the end of the dugout to try to get autographs, I ended up getting 6, A.J. Petterson, Matt Koch, Tim Atherton, Tyler Grimes, Clinton Dempster and Miguel Sano. The guys were great about signing and it was funny to watch some of the little tricks they played on each other and snoop on their conversations a little bit being so close to the dugout :)
I'm not at home right now and don't have my cord to put my pictures on the computer and then on here, but when I do I will get them up and post a link to see them either in this post itself or in the comments below.