This Week’s Promotions (4/1-4/10)

Well it is the start of another baseball season so the weekly promotion feature must start as well. This first one will be a little longer as I will cover about a week and a half as the season starts. I primarily do this for myself, but thought that if I am looking all of this up why not publish it? I cover mainly the teams in my area (Sox, Cubs, Silverhawks, Railcats). I also do try and get most of the Midwest League promotions as well as anything that I find of interest. The first couple of these will be filled with opening day promotions. I also have nothing for Monday the 4th. As always if you know of anything that didn’t make it on here let me know. If you know of a promotion for next week leave a description in the comments section. Here are this week’s promotions. Continue reading

The Cove Gets a Facelift

A panoramic view of the stadium in 2006

I just saw some pictures online today of the proposed changes to Coveleski Stadium in South Bend. I have always enjoyed Silverhawks games, and it will be awesome to see how this stadium looks this summer. You can read about the changes here, and then see them for yourself next summer.  Continue reading

Calling All Captains

Yesterday I was bored so I made the trip over to South Bend to see the Silverhawks play. They were playing the Lake County Captains who are a brand new team in the Midwest League. They are affiliated with the Cleveland Indians, and are the second new Lake County team that I have seen this season. The first was the Fielders that are from Illinois, and the Captains are from Ohio. Continue reading

Timber Rattlers Sneak By the Silverhawks

Game two of the doubleheader was eerily similar to the first game. The Timber Rattlers were ahead by two after the second inning. A home run by Chris Dennis and Cutter Dykstra scoring put them up 2-0. The Hawks scored one in the 4th when Matt Davidson hit a sac fly to score game one hero David Nick. The Hawks should have had more though with runners on second and third with nobody out. Bobby Borchering never made it past second that inning. They did score again in the fifth to tie the game up. A leadoff double by Matt Helm followed by an error by the pitcher plated the run with no outs. Tyson Van Winkle was standing on third with nobody out, and the Hawks could not get him in. Bradin Hagens came in for the Silverhawks in the ninth and gave up a leadoff hit. He then retired the next two batters before giving up back to back doubles that put Wisconsin up 4-2 with three outs left. The Hawks managed one run in the bottom of the seventh before bowing out. Continue reading

Silverhawks Are Not Rattled By Errors

Once again I have too much to talk about in one post so I will break it up into two. Part of the trouble with being the sports junkie is that I receive messages from ball clubs. One of those told me that their was going to be a doubleheader last night on dollar Monday. Two games for one dollar! Of course I was going. The problem with dollar Monday is that the crowd is usually their for everything but the game. Take this kid above. I think he may have had some brewskis earlier in the day. He had this popcorn hat on for most of the day. He did provide some entertainment to us though, and he was having a blast. That is what going to the park is all about. Continue reading

Charlotte at Indy Recap (Part 2)

Let me just start this off by saying that nobody was seriously hurt during the game on Saturday night. That is not saying that the players did not try though. In the opening at bat on the night Alejandro De Aza hit two balls over the first base dugout striking fans that must not have expected a ball to come at them. De Aza is a lefty, and to pull a ball by that much takes a perfect scenario.

This game was scoreless until the third inning when newly re-aquired first baseman Jeremy Reed led off the inning with a double. Jeremy was once tabbed as the centerfielder of the future, but was traded due to the depth on the team. We all know how that turned out. After being moved over by a sacrifice bunt he scored on a single by De Aza. De Aza is shown above watching his single go into the outfield grass. Things stayed calm until the fifth when De Aza had his second RBI single of the night. This one scored second baseman Rob Hudson. Continue reading

Charlotte at Indy Recap (Part One)

Last night I was in Indy to see the Charlotte Knights play. I have had fun the last couple of years getting an early look at some of the future White Sox players. A lot happened in a short period of time so I will break the game down into two parts. The first of those parts here will cover the events that happened before the game even started. Continue reading

Hawks Complete Comeback With Walkoff

Last night I was at the Cove once again to see the South Bend Silverhawks take on the Peoria Chiefs. When the Chiefs are in town you see fans that are normally Silverhawk fans rooting for the opponent. Both teams scored in the first. The Chiefs did it the hard way while the Silverhawks used a home run by Chris Owings to score the run. Owings ball almost left the stadium completely in left center. It was hit well, and off the bat you knew that the game was tied. The only reason the Hawks had the lead to start the eighth inning was because of the arm of right fielder Alberto Diaz. He gunned down two runners on the night with his cannon. The first of those is shown above from the first inning. Diaz had the ball at third so far ahead of the runner that third baseman Bobby Borchering had to wait on the tag. Continue reading

Late Fireworks at the Cove

Today I was in South Bend to see the Lansing Lugnuts and the South Bend Silverhawks play a Midwest League game. Except for A.J. Jiminez hitting a solo home run in the 4th inning it was a quiet game. A.J. is shown above fouling off the pitch before the home run. The score was 2-0 Lansing, and it looked like both pitchers were in control. That is until the bottom of the eighth. The Silverhawks scored once to cut the score to 2-1. Randy Rodriguez came in the game to pitch the top of the ninth for the Silverhawks, and started getting hit hard right away. Jimenez smoked the first ball to centerfield, and would have had extra bases if not for Keon Broxton. That kid can cover some ground out in center. The next batter Brad Glenn took a ball out of the stadium in left for a home run. Another long out was recorded before the ninth hitter in the lineup, Oliver Dominguez, hit another shot. Rodriguez finally got out of the inning, but the Hawks were down 4-1 by the time he was done. David Nick closed out the scoring by hitting a two run shot for the Hawks in the bottom of the ninth. His two out home run that hit the church in left brought the Hawks to within one, but they could not pull the game out. They fall to 23-27 on the season. Continue reading

Beautiful Day, Tough Game

I am way behind on this blog. I have been to two sporting events that I have written absolutely nothing about. The first of those was Wednesday night when I went to Coveleski Stadium to watch the Silverhawks take on the Fort Wayne TinCaps. This is only the second year that the TinCaps have existed (they previously were the Wizards), but I have seen them play five times already. Whenever I head to South Bend it always seems to be Fort Wayne or Lansing that is in town. Continue reading