Fresno shows some hope for a good season. Back-to-back home runs by Chad Santos and Justin Leone helped power the team, but Nate Schierholtz came through with a three run home run with Fresno holding onto a tenuous one run lead. Starting pitcher Matt Palmer was solid, but Pat Misch relieved for two innings to pick up the win, striking out five and allowing just one hit, and Scott Atchison helped it stand up. Uh oh, sounds like bullpen controversy sweeping in from San Francisco.
Line(s) of the day: RF Nate Schierholtz - 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 HR (1), 3 RBI
RP Pat Misch - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, W (1-0)
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This is not how you should start a season. No make-up date has been announced, and the beat writer for the Norwich Bulletin says he doubts there will be games tomorrow. Yikes!
The good news was a shutout, led by starter Joe Martinez's five innings. The bad news was that the top five hitters of the lineup combined for two hits and four walks in 19 at-bats. Both hits were by Ben Copeland, and three walks were by Antoan Richardson, who did steal a bag and score two runs. The offense was led by No. 7 hitter David Maroul, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, but not surprisingly, no RBI considering who was hitting ahead of him.
Line of the day: SP Joe Martinez - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K, W (1-0)
So, with some golf being played back home, the GreenJackets got off to a good start. Tyler Graham led off the game by singling, stealing second, stealing third, and scoring on a passed ball. That bodes well. Adam Cowart, who may always face velocity questions, gave up one run in five innings, giving up four hits, no walks, and striking out four to get the win.
Line of the day: LF Tyler Graham - 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B (1), 1 BB, 2 SB (2)
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