- Moves Up To AA Springfield Cardinals… Good news for former LDHS Raider baseball player Allen Staton as he has been promoted to the St. Louis Cardinals AA club in Springfield MO…. Allen started this season being promoted to the Cardinals Advanced A Palm Beach team where he started off slow due to back injury that caused him to go to the injured list for a while… He has recuperated and was batting .219 with 3 homers and 26 RBIs in just 49 games … Springfield is a member of the AA Texas League… Guess Tony & Joye will have to take some long weekend trips now…. Congratulations to Allen!
Braves … As you may recall, the Braves started a 4-game series with the Marlins in Atlanta last Thursday night with an 8-5 win over The Fish… Let’s see how they did in the other 3 games:
- Friday: Marlins 7 – Braves 5 (12)…The Braves trailed 5-4 going into the bottom of the 9th inning when Tyler Fowler had a solo homer to tie the game and send it into extra innings… The Marlins scored 2 in the top of the 12th inning and then kept the Braves off the board in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-5 win… For more information on this game, click here.
- Saturday: Braves 9 – Marlins 1…. The Braves rebounded on Saturday taking a 9-1 win over the Marlins… The game stood 2-1 Braves going into the bottom of the 6th inning when the Braves erupted for 7 runs and never looked back… Freddie Freeman had a 2-run homer in the 1st inning and Jace Peterson a 3-run shot in the big 7th inning…. For more information on this game, click here.
- Sunday: Marlins 5 – Braves 2… Then yesterday the Marlins took the last game of the series by a score of 5-2 to earn a split of the 4-game series… The game was scoreless until the 5th inning when the marlins scored 2 runs and then added single runs in each of the last 3 inning while the Braves tried to rally scoring 2 in the 9th but it was too little too late… The game was significant in MLB history for something other that its final score… The game was not played in Atlanta but at Fort Bragg, NC… This was the first time a MLB game was played on an active military post… It took a lot of cooperation between the Braves, the Marlins, MLB, the MLB Players Association and the Army to pull this off but everyone worked together with a “make it happen” attitude… All the 12,500 tickets were made available to the troops and their families at no cost and by the looks of what I saw on ESPN last night everyone including the players for both teams loved it… Hats off to all those who came up with the idea and executed it…. Would love to see more games like this…. For more information on this game, click here… By the way the Braves start a road trio that will keep them on the road for the next 7 days all the way to the all-star game break… Fittingly their first stop on this 4th of July is in Philadelphia where the Declaration of Independence was drafted.
Drive… The Greenville Drive finished up their 4-game home series with the Ashville Tourist yesterday… You may remember the started the series with a 5-4 loss to the Tourist on Thursday:
- Friday: Tourist 6 – Drive 0… On Friday night the Drive pitching staff gave up 6 runs on 15 hits while the Tourist staff limited the Drive to just 3 hits and no runs as the Tourist won 6-0… For more information on this game, click here.
- Saturday: Drive 12 – Tourist 2… On Saturday the Drive bats got about as hat as the weather as they scored 12 runs on 12 hits taking a 12-2 win over the Tourist… The Drive scored 7 runs in the 6th inning to break open a 3-2 game…. For more information on this game, click here.
- Sunday: Tourist 5 – Drive 2… Yesterday the Tourist took a 5-2 win over the Drive allowing them to win the series 3-1… Greenville outhit the Tourist 10-6 but that is not what counts and the Drive had 2 errors that did not help their cause… The Drive now start a week long road trip with the first stop being in Rome to take on the Braves tonight. … For more information on this game, click here.
Countdown to Kickoff… Well its only 53 days until Laurens and Clinton open their football season as the Raiders travel to Clinton to take on the Red Devils in the opening game of the season for both teams on August 26th… Now PC fans have to wait until Sept 1st which is 59 days away for the Blue Hose to open their season on the road at Central Michigan and 82 days (Sept. 24th) for the home opener with Florida Tech.