Tuesday night, June 9, 2009, we attended a baseball game in Myrtle Beach, SC, the Kinston Indians were at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Braves Affiliate). It was a nice night to begin with around 80 degrees. My four year old son was excited, he was going to see baseball in live action for the first time. He wore his Indians hat to the game, that his step grandpa had sent him after he attended a game at Jacobs Field last Summer. The Pelicans' Field is very nice. The park is ten years old, but the appearance of the park looks like it just opened up this season. The ushers did an excellent job as well. We had no problem finding our seats, however those they led to their seats, the ushers would make sure each seat was clean before the person they saw to their respected seat sat down.
At 6:15pm, two Pelicans players sat behind home plate to sign autographs for about 20 minutes. My son got autographs from Braves prospects Donell Linares and Chad Lundahl. Both players seemed very nice, spoke to my son asking him how he was and they seemed happy to sign for all the fans that lined up for their signatures. Being beside the Indians bench, my son wanted to meet some of their players as well. He did get autographs from Nate Recknagel and manager Chris Tremie, however they were obtained after the game as the Kinston Indians have a no autograph policy until after their game is over.
As the first pitch neared, my son was not the only person there wearing Indians gear as about 300 were there wearing their Tribe gear. Myrtle Beach is a popular vacation spot for the midwest as well, and behind the visitors dugout were a lot of vocal Indians fans. The game went 10 innings, Kinston won the game 3-2. It was only one game, but here were the few players that played well on that night.
Lonnie Chisenhall went 2 for 5 with a double
Tim Fedroff went 1 for 4 with a home run and a walk. He scored two of the three runs
Adam Davis went 1 for 3 with the 10th inning homerun and he also had a walk.
Paolo Espino went 6 1/3 innings giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 7.
Garrison Campfield pitched the 9th and 10th innings getting the win. He gave up 1 hit, walked 2 and struck out 4. He was pretty consistent on the radar right at 94 mph.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Freddie Freeman went 2 for 5 with a double.
Michael Fisher went 2 for 4 with a two run homerun.
Jacob Thompson went 6 2/3 innings giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits, 2 walks and struck out 1.
Benino Pruneda who got the loss giving up the homerun to Davis went 2 innings giving up 1 earned run, 1 hit, striking out 3.
My son enjoyed the game, he is looking foward to going to another game this Summer. His only disappointment was the ballboy right infront of him got a foul ball. My son had his glove up asking for it to be flipped to him but the ballboy refused. Whether he kept the ball for himself who knows, there were a few other fans disappointed my son was not given the foulball as well, even booing the ballboy. What my son enjoyed most about the game was running the bases after the game, and knowing the team he was rooting for won.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans have a very nice stadium, an excellent staff of ushers, and they give out quite a few free coupons as well. We each left with coupons for a free doughnut, a free sandwich, and my son left with a free kids meal to a restaurant. If you vacation to Myrtle Beach and want to see a ballgame, you might want to check out the Pelicans and their ballpark out. Afterall since 1999, they have sent 67 players to the majors including Tommy Hanson, Kelly Johnson, Brian McCann and Rafael Furcal.