A front row seat in Fort Wayne

Quad Cities catcher Cody Stanley stands on deck in the top of the 8th inning.

I went back to Parkview Field for a second game Monday night, and thanks to TinCaps season ticket holder Ryan Bond, I got to sit in the front row of Section 111. As you can tell from the above photo, I was sitting right by the River Bandits’ on-deck circle!

My thanks to Ryan for letting me use one of his tickets, and for some great baseball conversation throughout the game. Our seats were so close to home plate you can see the dirt kicked up by a pitch to TinCaps pinch-hitter Wes Cunningham in this photo I took:

TinCaps pinch-hitter Wes Cunningham watches a pitch hit the dirt.

The game was a high-scoring affair, which the River Bandits won 11-10. At one point the River Bandits led 8-1, but the TinCaps rallied to make it a much closer game in the later innings.

Kolten Wong, the St. Louis Cardinals’ top draft pick (22nd overall) this year, was the only River Bandits starter held hitless. (He went 0-for-6.) Wong, however, gets kudos from me for giving his broken bat to a boy sitting in the row behind me. The boy and his family were wearing Cardinals hats and shirts, so I’m sure that meant a lot to them — and Wong gave the kid his bat without being solicited for it.

River Bandits 2B Kolten Wong lifts his right leg as he prepares to swing at a pitch in the 5th inning.

I’ll be seeing more River Bandits action in the Quad Cities next weekend, on Saturday and Sunday against the Kane County Cougars. There are quality giveaways both days: Lee Smith bobbleheads on Saturday and cowbells on Sunday. I always thought the fans at Modern Woodmen Park needed more cowbell.

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