Wednesday, March 24, 2010

TUCSON TRIP

On Monday we took a bus trip down to Tucson for two days to play the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. The trip took us a little more than two hours, which for Spring Training is a really long trip, but would be considered a cross town rival if you're in single or double A. Our first game was against Arizona. Most of the game was a pitcher's dual as both teams went scoreless through 6 innings. I came into the game in the bottom of the 6th to play defense at second base. I ended the game going 0 for 1 with a walk and a fly out to center field. It was actually my first walk of the spring, which is odd considering I usually walk a decent amount. We added one run in the 7th, two in the 8th, and another one in the 9th, but they scored four in the bottom of the 9th to push the game to extras. They added a run in the bottom of the 10th for the win. It was a tough loss, but overall we played a pretty good game.

Yesterday we traveled over to the Colorado Rockies Spring Training facility for a 1:00 PM game. For some reason the weather didn't want to cooperate and we played most of the game in the low 60's and high 50's with rain and really heavy wind. It was a back and forth game with a lot of offense for a cold day. We ended up winning 9-6. I got into the game in the 7th and played the last three at second. I had one at-bat in the top of the 9th. At-bats late in the game are sometimes tough to get loose for, but when its cold and rainy it is especially tough. I walked to the plate just hoping I didn't let go out my bat on my follow through and hurt the opposing catcher. The rain was making my bat tough really tough to keep hold of, and the combination of rain and cold weather is never good on the grip. Luckily, I got an 0-1 fastball over the plate and hit a double to left-center and later scored on a single back up the middle. After the game we jumped on the bus and headed the two hours back to Peoria to get ready for a night game against the Mariners the next day.

6 comments:

  1. Haha yeah it was the same for me too...the buses are little bit nicer now than the yellow schoolbuses back then lol

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  2. i was there....too bad i didnt get to see you play

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  3. Sounds like a pretty cool road trip. Good luck!

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  4. It is funny to think of all you guys taking a bus to a game like you were in High School. Did you guys get to stop off at McDonalds on the way back because that was HUGE in High School for us? hehehe

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  5. Hey Matt,

    I'm a big Pads fan and fan of yours. I noticed you've been tearing it up this spring (I think your batting over .400 right now) and was wondering how much stock buddy black puts into players that are hot in the spring. Any chance you can ride this hot streak onto the 25-man roster? Or have they pretty much decided you'll go to Portland again to play everyday?

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