Nightly Recaps: July 8th & July 9th

On Monday, the ‘Cats and Aberdeen Ironbirds played the second game of a three-game series on “Bark in the Park Night” at The Joe. All fans were invited to bring their four-legged friends to the park. A record number of dogs, 400, were in attendance for the action!

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In honor of the promotion, displays from local animal hospitals, groomers, daycares, and supply companies were on hand. “Bark in the Park Night” was truly a can’t-miss night for any dog-lovers! We thank all of our fans who came to the game with “man’s best friend”!

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Our Mayor’s Race had some added guests on Monday night, as some of our canine fans participated in the festivities! Check out the results of the race here. 

On the field, the ‘Cats went into extras with the Ironbirds, with the score 1-1 in the 12th inning. With one out, ValleyCats third basemen Ryan Dineen “let the dogs out” with a solo home run to right field to win the game! For Dineen, it was his first home run of the season, and his first home run ever at The Joe! The ValleyCats improved to 14-8 with the dramatic victory.

Tuesday’s game got started just a little bit earlier than usual…11 AM to be exact. Why the early start? Well, it was one of the best days on any ValleyCats schedule: Camp Day! Over 4000 kids from many different summer camps in the area came out for what is definitely one of the loudest crowds of the season so far. All of the camps wore color-coded t-shirts, which created a very colorful atmosphere in the crowd!

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From the moment they arrived, all of the campers kept the energy going in the unusual morning start-time, chanting “Vamos Gatos” and “Let’s Go ‘Cats” throughout the entire game!

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During our 5th inning drag across the infield, our draggers performance was interrupted by the Tri-City Mayors! The draggers got cooled off by the Mayors, who came fully prepared with water-soakers. View the craziness here.

On the field, 2013 #1 overall pick Mark Appel made his second start for the ValleyCats. In three innings, the righty did not allow a run, only gave up three hits, and had five strikeouts! After the game, Appel was promoted to Class-A Quad Cities. We wish Mark all the best as he progresses towards making it to the Major Leagues, and are glad that his first stop in his professional career came with the ValleyCats!

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Unfortunately, the ‘Cats couldn’t capture their extra-inning magic for the second straight game, as they fell in 10 inning to Aberdeen by a final of 8-2. The ‘Cats will return home on Wednesday, July 17th, against the Auburn Doubledays, which will kick off another exciting six-game home stand!

Michael Martinez hit a two-run home run in the ValleyCats 8-2 loss on Tuesday

Michael Martinez hit a two-run home run in the ValleyCats 8-2 loss on Tuesday

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