I was finally able to go to my first minor league baseball game in quite a while. I managed to get to Trenton on a day that was supposed to be nice and sunny, but started out with drizzle and cold. Richmond won the game, 5-3, behind a great performance by DH Mario Lisson.
I was excited for the pitching matchup as it featured the Giants #6 Prospect Ty Blach and the Yankees #12 Prospect Manny Banuelos (who missed last season due to Tommy John surgery). Banuelos only went into the 4th inning since he is still coming back to form.
The game also featured Giants #10 Prospect Derek Law who came on in the 9th, throwing a perfect inning for the save. The Yankees #1 Prospect Gary Sanchez was the Thunder’s catcher going 1 for 4 with a home run.
I was surprised to see Mario Lisson playing for Richmond since I remembered him playing for the Blue Rocks in 2007. He was a Carolina League All-Star that year, but seems to have settled at the AA level as he hasn’t played too many games at AAA. He showed me that he still has it as he went 2-2 with 2 home runs, 2 walks and a sacrifice fly accounting for 4 RBIs.
I was also able to add three autographs to my collection meeting Richmond Coaches Ross Grimsley and Jerry Cram, as well as Trenton Coach Orlando Mercado. I previously got Grimsley’s autograph in 2010 when I went to a game in Richmond. I really had no idea that Jerry Cram had a baseball card, but I’m glad that I checked and not only did he have a card, but I happened to have it on hand.
I’m planning on seeing the Wilmington Blue Rocks take on the Lynchburg Hillcats today.