It was our first minor league game in a couple of years even though we live about an hour away from Springdale. We should go more as it was a fun time at the ball park, culminating in an excellent fireworks show.
It was an excellent baseball game through 8 innings with NW taking the lead 2-1 in the 8th after tying the game in the 6th. Scott Blewett pitched well for 6 innings before tiring and getting pulled with one out in the 7th. Khahil Lee impressed me as being "hitterish." He had two hits, one a bloop, the other a solid single. What I really liked was he looked like a hitter even when he made outs or fouled the balls off.
The 9th was a disaster. A double, then a strikeout gave us hope. A hard grounder to 3rd should have been the 2nd out, but the 3rd baseman, Kevin Gutierrez made a bad throw to put runners on 1st and 3rd. Then, I believe the ghosts of Wichita past (that being the town I grew up in) must have followed me as the next hitter hit what might have been a double play ball, or at least a force-out, but the ball hit 2nd base and bounced over the 2nd baseman into center field and the game was tied. Before the Naturals could get 2 outs, Corpus had scored 6 runs to take a 7-2 lead. Franco Terrero allowed 3 runs, only one of them earned before they brought in Bryan Brickhouse who gave up 3 more runs on 2 back to back home runs by Yordan Alvarez and Lorenzo Quintana.
A couple of interesting tidbist. The plate umpire, Justin Robinson had a liberal but fair strike zone.. My 20 year old grandson and I counted at least 12 players that he called out on strikes. Both teams seemed to believe that they could leave their bat on the shoulder with 2 strikes. And, the official attendance was 3.999. What, they couldn't find one more fan? (hahaha).
All in all, my wife, grandson and I had a good time at the ball park. I don't follow minor league baseball very closely, so I don't know which players are real prospects or not, but it was fun all the same.