September 2009

A bit late, a photo gallery and links on Game 4

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Sept. 18, 2009: Anthony Gose, left, and Jeremy Hamilton of the Lakewood BlueClaws hug after winning Game 4 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series against the Greenville Drive 5-1 at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Lakewood won the series 3 games to 1. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
A 35-minute rain delay, an overcast evening that means everything will be shot at 3200 — what I call f-dark-30 —  and a game that finally ends after 10 normally don’t make for good night. But it turned out that way anyway.
It was a disappointing night for the local Greenville Drive, however, as they dropped Game 4 to lose the South Atlantic League Championship Series to the visiting Lakewood BlueClaws.
But I got the photos that I wanted, filed them kinda sorta almost on time, and then slept late on Saturday, feeling less than perfect.
So now, a little bit late, here are my photo gallery and some links about the game.

BlueClaws take SAL championship with 5-1 win

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Sept. 18, 2009: Lakewood BlueClaws players display the league championship banner after winning Game 4 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series against the Greenville Drive 5-1 at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Lakewood won the series 3 games to 2. Photo by: Tom Priddy

The Greenville Drive couldn’t produce enough power Friday night as they lost the South Atlantic League Championship Series to the Lakewood BlueClaws, 5-1. The BlueClaws won the series 3 games to 1.

It’s the final game of the year for me, the last of three 18-hour days in a row . . . another late night . . . and this is all I’m posting for tonight. I’ll do the photo gallery tomorrow.

Photos, links from Drive-BlueClaws Game 3

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Pitcher Jeremy Kehrt (18) of the Greenville Drive throws in relief in Game 3 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series between the Drive and the Lakewood BlueClaws Sept. 17, 2009, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by Tom Priddy.
The Greenville Drive picked up a win Thursday night to stay alive in the South Atlantic League Championship Series.
Drive pitcher Jeremy Kehrt (above) picked up the win following a three-run sixth inning in which the Drive scored all of its runs for a 3-2 victory.
The teams play again tonight in Game 4 of the best-of-five series, with Lakewood leading 2-1.

Giants pitching prospect makes his big league debut

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       June 5, 2008: Pitcher Madison Bumgarner (5) of the Augusta GreenJackets, 
       Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, prior to a game against the 
       Greenville Drive at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo 
       by: Tom Priddy.
Madison Bumgarner, a lefty who’s been on the radar screens of every Minor League photographer for a couple of years, made his Major League debut last night. Oh, yeah, the scouts were keeping track of him, too.
I had one shot at him last year in Greenville when he was the starter for Augusta, and I got quite a bit of mileage out of those photos, from Web site use and print to at least one baseball card that I know of.
He’s been the No. 1 pitching prospect for the San Francisco Giants, and he didn’t disappoint last night as he became a last-minute sub for Tim Lincecum.
“Making a surprise start for Tim Lincecum, who was scratched with back spasms, Madison Bumgarner displayed his heralded potential while surrendering two runs in 5 1/3 innings,” wrote Chris Haft of MLB.com. 
“Bumgarner left with a one-run lead and a chance for a victorious Major League debut,” he wrote. But San Francisco’s usually reliable bullpen softened in a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres that dented the Giants’ postseason hopes.”

Jim Rice can teach as well as he can hit

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       Sept. 3, 2009: Outfielder Kade Keowen (47) of the Greenville Drive is 
       congratulated in the dugout after hitting a home run in a game at Fluor Field 
       at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
I just love this story. Greenville Drive outfielder Kade Keowen is taking swings in the batting cage under Fluor Field last evening before the game when Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice passes by.
Rice is hanging out under the stands, waiting for his cue to go onto the field and throw out the first pitch on Jim Rice Night.
So Rice goes over to Keowen, sees something he’s doing, gives him a batting tip, and it’s all over in about five minutes. They go on about their business.
So what happens when Keowen comes to bat for the first time? He smacks a huge homer to center field.
Keowen was grinning when he got back in the dugout. Lesson learned. That Jim Rice can teach as well as he can hit.

Jim Rice gets his special night in Greenville

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       Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame player Jim Rice acknowledges the applause 
       of the crowd after being presented a Greenville Drive jersey during Jim 
       Rice Night at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C., Sept. 3, 2009. 
The Greenville Drive recognized recent Hall of Fame inductee Rim Rice with 
“Jim Rice Night” Thursday in Greenville, S.C.
Rice, who grew up and played ball in nearby Anderson, played left field for the Boston Red Sox from 1974 to 1989, and was elected to the Hall in his 15th and final year of eligibility. 
Rice was an eight-time all-star and American League MVP in 1978. 
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       Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame player Jim Rice laughs with Ty Weeden after 
       throwing out the first pitch during Jim Rice Night at Fluor Field at the West 
       End in Greenville, S.C., Sept. 3, 2009. Photo by Tom Priddy.
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       Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame player Jim Rice clowns with Greenville Drive 
       mascot Reedy Rip’It during Jim Rice Night at Fluor Field at the West End in 
       Greenville, S.C., Sept. 3, 2009. Photo by Tom Priddy