The first game of my trip was to see the Buies Creek Astros play at Jim Perry Stadium located at Campbell University. I made seeing this team a priority because I wanted to see a game in their temporary home before they moved to Fayetteville in 2019. This was also stadium #119 for me and the only stadium on the trip that I hadn’t seen a game in previously.
Even though the game was at a college field with less seating, and the paid admission was only 413, I thought it was a great experience. It was an opportunity to focus on baseball instead of the between-inning entertainment. I also know that the lack of alcohol sales impacts the turnout. I do realize that teams generally focus on drawing in the occasional fans because the diehard fans will come out no matter what, but it’s nice to see a well maintained stadium holding a professional baseball game that it wasn’t designed for.
The game itself was a close low scoring one. The Buies Creek Astros scored two in the bottom of the first and that was enough to hold on to a 2-1 victory over the Potomac Nationals. Franklin Perez, the Astros #6 prospect, pitched five scoreless innings for the victory. On the Nationals side, I was excited to see center fielder and leadoff hitter Victor Robles, who is their top prospect. He drove in the Nationals only run with an RBI double in the 6th.