A Cold but Victorious Day

If we had to play a crazy game, at least we were on the winning end of it. It took us 11 innings, but we were able to pull out an 8-7 win after overcoming deficits twice.

Today was a brisk, cool day in Cedar Rapids with a reported game-time temperature of 59 degrees, although the chilling wind and blankets in the stands would have had you believing otherwise. This was a continuation of yesterday’s weather which was sunny and 75 degrees when I arrived at the stadium around 1pm, and 48 degrees and windy by game time after a cold front and thunderstorms came through. Tomorrow is not looking much better with a high of only 50 and showers likely. We thought we were finished with playing in this cold weather, coupled with the rain and sleet when we left for our six-game road trip to South Bend, IN, and Dayton, OH, last week.

We had a 2pm start today. After a night game last night, this made for an early morning and I was at the stadium by 9am. Our roving catching and pitching instructors are in town for the three-game series and they provide position-specific instruction throughout the time they are there. Other rovers include hitting, infield, and outfield/base running. They will visit our team four times during the season, as well as the three other full season minor league teams in the L.A. Angels organization. Lately, I have been a little slow with my times on throws to second base, but after a little work with Tom (catching rover), I was able to improve my mechanics to where they were coming out of spring training and I made good throws in between innings of the game today.

I caught today’s game and we had Fish on the mound. He did not have his best stuff today, but he battled through five innings for us and left the game with a 5-3 lead. After West Michigan tied it at 5-5, we took a one-run lead in the 8th, only to see them retake the lead in the 9th. We were able to tie it in the bottom half, and then win it on a 2-out double and single in the 11th. I did not have anything to show for my four at bats today but I did hit two balls well. Hitting is difficult enough as it is, and even more so when you are only playing once every three or four games as a backup. My hitting coach keeps telling me my swing is there, I just need to be patient and try to hit everything back through the middle. So, I’m still confident about things and just taking things one game at a time. The hitting will come around, I just need to keep catching well and working with the pitchers to keep winning us ballgames.

The win takes us to 12-9 on the year, and we’ve won our last three in row. We have another 2pm game tomorrow, but we are not taking full batting practice on the field, so we can sleep in a little, even though the catchers will be putting in extra work with Tom at 10:45am. So, hopefully we can keep the winning streak going and sweep the Whitecaps.


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