Tonight my father took me to see the Bradenton Marauders play against the Brevard County Manatees. My dads friend’s son (Ryan “Scooter” Gennett) plays for the Manatees, so we were rooting for the Manatees. Gennett is the 2nd baseman who was drafted in the 16th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft. In 2010, he batted .309 and had 55 RBIs with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Currently, he is batting .257.
I know you are probably thinking “Who would name a sports team after a slow, fat animal?” But, I was once attacked by manatees while jet skiing, so I know from experienced that Manatees can be terrifying. (My manatee story is exaggerated and no manatees were harmed. I love Manatees).
Anyways, the Marauders scored 6 runs in the first inning. The Manatee pitcher (who is rumored to have signed a 1.2 mil contract) Kyle Heckathorn, did not last the first inning. Ouch. He allowed the first 5 batters on and was throwing mostly balls the whole time since he walked 2 players. He even threw a wild pitch, which led to a run. That was all the offense the Marauders did through out the whole game. R.J. Seidel was called into pitch, and though he allowed a run, he managed to get the next 2 outs.
The Manatees scored in the 5th inning with a 2-run homerun thanks to Juan Sanchez being on base and Kentrail Davis being the power hitter. In the 7th inning, Gennett led-off the inning with a single. When the inning was over, the Manatees were now closing in on the Marauders with a 6-4 score. In the 9th inning, the Manatees scored one run, losing 6-5 to the Marauders. If Heckathorn did not have a bad inning, the Marauders probably would of won.
Tonight was my first minor league game I have ever seen. The game took place at McKechnie Field in Bradenton. I was impressed with the large number of people, the attendance was 5,053. The large attendance was probably due to the $5 all-you-can-eat wristbands McKechnie Field offers every Wednesday night. I already ate dinner, but thought this was a great idea to attract people. Baseball food can be so $$$$. In the middle of the game, the stadium played the Titanic Song due to the dark rain clouds. It ended up sprinkling for about 15 minutes, resulting in a large number of people leaving the game. Though the field usually has a roof, the roof was deemed unsafe earlier this year and removed.Follow @tbchick2011