Our second game in Springfield on Friday night had perfect weather. Sunshine and lower 70s for most of the game. Gates opened at 6:10 with the same magnet schedule giveaway as the night before. LMK if anyone out there needs one. My wife thinks it would look tacky to put all 8 on our refrigerator. Unlike the previous night, there were players at the gates to sign autographs as the fans entered.
Our seats were along the first base line. The rest of the guys signed before the game. I will show these in the ordered they signed for my son and I.
Mercado was a shortstop until last year when he shifted to centerfield. He made 3 great plays in the two games we saw.
The game itself was pretty exciting. The Cardinals were trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth until Jacob Wilson hit his second solo home run of the game. Later in the inning the tying run was on second with 2 outs, but the batter struck out. McKnight went out in the 10th for his third inning of work and gave up 5 runs. Wilson did get up in the bottom of the tenth and hit a long home run that was just foul. He did get a hit, but the Cardinals failed to score and lost 7-2.
There were fireworks after the game that were somewhat better than the previous night. After the lights went out, Wilson came out and signed autos for about 10 minutes. He also gave away 2 bats that he broke during the game (neither was used for his home runs).