Homestand Recap: July 28th-29th

After a five-game road trip, the ‘Cats returned home on Sunday for a two-game home stand against the Connecticut Tigers! Sunday was Breast Cancer Awareness Night at “The Joe,” which promoted early detection of the disease. Before the game, those who have battled breast cancer were honored with the “Parade of Pink” survivor and caretaker lap around the field!

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A number of breast cancer awareness organizations, including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer group, were on hand to communicate with fans about their role in helping those battling the disease in the area . John Ray & Sons showed up to the ballpark with a pink truck to promote awareness!

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The ValleyCats wore pink jerseys modeled after the Astros jerseys from the 1980’s during Sunday’s action. After the game, the jerseys were auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Fans who bid the highest for each jersey were able to get it signed and take a photo with that player or coach!

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It was also Faith and Family Night on Sunday! The gates opened at 3 pm for a “Baseball Chapel” in the Picnic Pavilion, featuring Rip Noblin as the main speaker. ValleyCats all-time saves leader Blake Ford was in attendance for the festivities! Blake also threw out a ceremonial first pitch!

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Our 5th inning drag on Sunday had a pink theme to it, as an all-ladies squad performed the drag to perfection!

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On the field, the ‘Cats lost for the third consecutive night, losing 3-0 to the Tigers. Andrew Thurman pitched well, but picked up his first loss of the season. The team only had four hits, two of which came from Brett Booth, making his home debut. Booth went 2-for-2 with a walk, and played spectacularly behind the plate.

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Monday night was Texas Night at The Joe, as we honored the Lone Star State! TD Bank was the game sponsor, and handed out lots of great giveaways!

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A decade ago, the Astros had the “Killer B’s” of Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, and Lance Berkman. Last night, a different trio of B’s were showcased: Boots, BBQ, and Baseball! The Texas theme was on display the whole night, starting in the pregame, as The Boothill Band performed outside the gates and thrilled the crowd!

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Before the game on Monday, the Astros announced that 2013 ValleyCat Chia-Jen Lo had been promoted to the big leagues! Lo appeared in six games for the ‘Cats earlier this year as part of a rehab stint, and becomes the 27th former Tri-City player to reach the MLB!

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On the field, the ValleyCats were shutout again, as the Tigers won 2-0. As the ‘Cats start a six-game road trip tonight, their current scoreless streak stands at 27 innings, the longest span of time without a run since 2010. Chris Cotton pitched well, but was handed his second loss of 2013.

After the final out, the crowd of 4, 350 was treated to another great fireworks show presented by Price Chopper! The ‘Cats will return home on Tuesday, August 6th against the Williamsport Crosscutters. That six-game home stand promises to be a very exciting one and one you won’t want to miss out on! Call the stadium box office at 518-629-2287 to get your tickets now!

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