Reds vs Braves 8/3/19
The Game: Boy, what a game it was to watch for the finale of my trip! Braves scored early in two different innings. The new rookie for the Reds that went off late in the season (Aquino) hit his first ever home run to tie the ball game up 3-3 later in the 7th. It was Trevor Bauer’s 1st ever game pitching for the Reds after he was traded from the Indians. It was also the 1st game with the newer Braves bullpen of Martin, Melancon, and Greene. Their reliever Lorenzen walked 3 straight players to allow the Braves to go up in the 8th, however Greene blew his 1st save opportunity for the Reds to tie it 4-4 in the 9th. I was able to witness Acuña Jr hit his 1st ever walk off hit. Man what a close game! Braves win 5-4!
My highlights: The whole day. It was sort of a dream. I got to see my cousins and their kids in the morning with one playing a high school softball game. David and I arrived in the early afternoon for a free tour of the stadium. I have a friend I grew up playing ball with back in my home town who happens to have a pretty good position in the Braves organization who really helped me out and treated me well. We got on-field batting practice access which allowed me to finally get a Braves player’s autograph...Charlie Culberson. It was so cool to finally for the first time ever be on the field for batting practice at an MLB game. We got tomahawks, I got a game used ball, and just absolutely loved the whole game. We even got to take pictures on the field after the game. My dad and old college roommate came up to attend the game with me! So fun...and absolutely relieved to finish the trip. Whew!