Attended most of the 26 innings of baseball in Sarasota last night…some thoughts..

– I love FSL baseball. Cheap tickets, for 6 bucks, we were in the first row right past the Reds dugout. Have to stay in the game though…bad throw to the 1st baseman is in your lap. Concession prices are standard, expensive prices and the souvenir stand closed before the end of the first game.

– Must be strange for the Reds players. They get promoted from Dayton, where they’re playing in front of 10000 fans every home game to here where the crowds are sparse (at best).

– I hate that they don’t have their names on the back of their uniforms…but do like their uniforms better than Dayton.

– The games…we got there in the bottom of the 5th of the first game, as the Reds were tying the game. Eddy Perez had a nice start, but the bullpen was even better. 3 innings by Hendley, 4 by Edens, there was someone else, I think…and Morenko got the win.

The offense looked bad, but I think this is a traditionally offensively challenged league and Lakeland’s pitching staff is the best in the league (3.26 ERA) . The only guy that looked like a “professional hitter” was Joey Votto. Miguel Perez looked like a major league catcher to me.

In the second game, DJ Mattox gave the Reds a strong start (5 or 6 innings, by this point, it was about 11:30 and had been a long day). The Reds scored their only run in the second game on a WP. Plus they started the bench players in the second game (Perez and Himes didn’t play, Votto was the DH).

Heading for the GCL game in about an hour to see Jay Bruce. Probably catch another Reds game this week…and yes, Chad, I got some pictures, I’ll post them when I get home. Would take forever on this dialup modem.

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I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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6 Responses

  1. Chad

    I saw that they played all night, and I wondered if you were there.

    And I look forward to seeing those pictures. 🙂

  2. Jim McCullough

    How’s the temperatures? I lived in Florida for three years and hated summertime due to the intense heat and humidity.

  3. DevilsAdvocate

    League average ERA for the Florida State League is currently about 4.10. And teams also give up quite a few unearned runs (about 0.7 per game, per team), presumably due to the less polished fielding skills in the lower minors. I think this was just a bad night for the hitters in a slight pitcher’s league.

    Thanks for the report – that’s a baseball marathon you witnessed (26 miles/innings?)

  4. Bill

    Jim, it’s hot. We love Florida, even in the summer. It’s been in the 90’s with heat index around 100 (more today).

    We’ve been in 4 FSL ballparks over the years and the ball down here does not seem to carry like it does at Dayton…but that’s just from the games I’ve seen, no statistical analysis.

  5. DevilsAdvocate

    Didn’t mean to come off prickly – homerun numbers do seem to take a good-sized dive in the FSL. Homers don’t necessarily correlate directly to run totals, and I wonder if the younger players in the lower minors rely more on their speed and being aggressive on the basepaths to score more runs that way.

  6. Bill

    Didn’t take it that way at all, and I know that anecdotal evidence basically means nothing, just that the games we’ve seen over the years have all been a lot less offense than we’re used to seeing in Dayton.