Saturday, April 18, 2009

Midland Rockhounds vs Arkansas Travelers: Opening night April 16

Opening night at Citibank Ballpark as Midland Rockhounds (Double-A A's affiliate) took on the visiting Arkansas Travelers (Double-A Angels affiliate). The starting pitchers for the night are:

Jason Fernandez

Jordan Walden
Angels #2 Prospect

It was gusty windy night with rain coming and going on and off. Both pitchers were shaky. Fernandez, despite pitching decent in the early innings, issue walks while Walden has control issues. In the bottom of the second with two outs he gave up a hit to Corey Brown then walked Yung-Chi Chen and hit Corey Wimberly with two strikes on him. Josh Horton drove in two-run single and walking Chris Carter before getting yanked after 1 2/3 inning. Bryan Rembisz entered only give up a two-run single to Tommy Everidge. Rembisz got out of the jam with Rockhounds leading 4-0. Travelers battle back trimming the deficit to 1 run when Ryan Mount hit three-run homerun in the 4th. In the 5th they took the lead for good for Mark Trumbo smacked a two-run homerun making it 5-4. Arnold Leon entered the game f0r Fernandez before the 6th and pitched well. Rockhounds' batters went silent as Travelers' pitchers kept them grounded. Before the 7th inning the winds quickly picked up as the storm about to hit. After the 7th I quickly left the stadium trying to beat the in-coming storm and listen the rest of the game. The results were the same when I left the ballpark. Final score Travelers 5 Rockhounds 4. Still got hundred more games to left and two halves for the Rockhounds to make the playoffs.

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