It was nice to see a team I haven’t seen in a while in that of the Tampa Bay Rays, and nice to put on my Evan Longoria shirt again.
Things got off to a nice start while the Pirates batted, I was able to come away with three hit ball scrums, for Ball #1-2-3 early. Ball #4 via Heberto Andrade.
Then on to the Tampa Bay Rays, who put on a good show overall.
Tampa Bay’s Wilson Ramos was the best right handed bp batter, I came away with a scrum and a caught homer off his bat during the first round, and another scrum home run from an unidentified Rays batter. Ball #5-6-7.
During the Rays second group I came away with another hit ball scrum for Ball #8, and to finish things, a caught homer off the bat of Evan Longoria, Ball #9.
Things slowed down with the Pirates and Rays in terms of hit balls, and the crowd was a bit more, a tough one overall coming away with a Jordy Mercer hit ball scrum, a Rays scrum and a caught homer on the LF crosswalk hit by Tim Beckham. Ball #1-2-3.
Things heated up again in terms of hit balls on both sides for the finale of this interleague series.
In what I believe was Gregory Polanco’s first bp at bat he sliced one down the left field line that made it into the stands on a ground rule double, Ball #1.
Andrew Mccutchen is raking again in bp, I made a quick turn and run up the steps out of the LF bleachers and onto the LF crosswalk to track down one of his bp homers for Ball #2, followed soon after by two hr scrums from Mccutchen for Ball #3-4.
Heberto Andrade toss up Ball #5.
Over toward the North Side notch of PNC Tony Watson badly overthrew a fan he picked out for a toss up which bounced right to me off the bleacher for Ball #6, I gave it to the intended target in the front row.
Ball #7 was a scrum of a bp homer by a Ray, and Ball #8 a toss up from Mallex Smith.