The first couple weeks out here in Clinton have been nothing short of a whirlwind. When we first arrived out here we practiced for one day and left the next morning for a 7 game road trip to face the Burlington Bees (Angels) and Kane County Cougars (Cubs). In the second game vs Burlington I was part of a back to back to back home run sequence in the top half of the first inning. I hit the 3rd homerun in the sequence and that is actually the 2nd time in my professional career I have hit the 3rd home run of a back to back to back sequence. It happened last year in the Northwest League vs the Spokane Indians when Mike Zunino, Taylor Ard and myself did it.
Once we returned home from that road trip is when all the craziness began. Not only did we have baseball to worry about but we also had to find a place to live and going through the process of finding an apartment and signing the lease and getting settled in. One of the reasons it has taken me so long to finally update you guys on the season is that we finally got internet and cable yesterday.
We played the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Twins) on our opening day series and the first two games of that series were cancelled due to rain. We played 2 7-inning double headers the next two days. This would become the norm the next week as the rains poured down on us and caused 2 games at Quad Cities (Astros) to get cancelled and 2 more vs Wisconsin( Brewers). We had to make up all these games with 7 inning double headers. As of today we have played more 7 inning games than 9 inning games.
As a team it is tough with these circumstances to get on a hot streak because we never knew if we would be playing that day. It seems as if the rain has finally come and gone which is good and hopefully the cold weather will be on its way out soon also and we can get some warmer weather and play some games on an every night basis.
We finish up a home series against the Beloit Snappers (A’s) this Tuesday then it is off on a road trip to play the Lake County Captains (Indians) and Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres). Ill do another post when we return from road trip and let you guys know how it went.