Fourteen teams — all but the Lansing Lugnuts and the Lake County Captains — opened the Midwest League season last night, and some teams, fans and news organizations shared Opening Day photos via social media. Here are some of them:
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers start stretching on the newly-renamed Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
Here is a shot of the line to get into Bowling Green Ballpark: Those people were kept entertained as they waited, as you can see in the next two photos.
Hot Rods players signed autographs for fans outside Bowling Green Ballpark.
A fire juggler entertained people outside Bowling Green Ballpark. (Photo sent to me by Hot Rods fan Jeff Miller)
The next photo is from a promo tweet by the Fort Wayne TinCaps, but I’m including it because I like the “Don’t Text & Drive” gloves that fans got at Parkview Field. It’s a message I wholeheartedly endorse. At Fox Cities Stadium, all fans received a bobblehead version of 2010 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2B/SS Scooter Gennett, who now plays second base for the Milwaukee Brewers. Here the Kane County Cougars are taking batting practice before their game against the Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park: Baseball wasn’t the only thing Dayton Dragons fans saw on the field Thursday. There also were monster trucks. And, of course, baseball games were played.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers SP Taylor Williams gave up only one hit and one walk (no runs) while striking out 7 Peoria Chiefs in 5 IP. (Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers)
The final scores for each Opening Day game, accompanied by a highlight or two:
West Michigan Whitecaps 5, Dayton Dragons 4 (Box score) Dragons 1B Sebastian Elizalde hit a 2-run HR.
Great Lakes Loons 9, Fort Wayne TinCaps 0 (Box score) Loons SP Jonathan Martinez struck out 11 and gave up only two hits (no runs or walks) in 6 IP.
Burlington Bees 5, Beloit Snappers 1 (Box score) Bees DH Mike Fish went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a stolen base.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, Clinton LumberKings 3 (Box score) Kernels 1B Bryan Haar hit a solo homer to win the game in the 10th inning.
Peoria Chiefs 8, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4 (Box score) Chiefs 2B Mason Katz went 2-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and a walk. Timber Rattlers CF Omar Garcia went 3-for-4 and was 1-for-2 on the basepaths.
Kane County Cougars 8, Quad Cities River Bandits 4 (Box score) Cougars RF Yasiel Balaguert went 4-for-5 with three doubles and two RBI.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 5, South Bend Silver Hawks 2 (Box score) Silver Hawks SP Aaron Blair struck out 10 but gave up five runs on six hits in 6 IP. Hot Rods C Oscar Hernandez hit a grand slam.