Be honest, how many people actually remembered that today was the open of full-season minor league baseball? It seemed from the many I talked to today, that it was either A) on the back of their minds or B) they had no idea.
In any case, I'm back this year to hopefully do more than just wrap up each game in the system. One idea is to do several profiles on specific players at the AAA level, another is a few player interviews. What I can assure is that Lookout Landing's minor league coverage will improve, something it's drastically needed for awhile now. With that, on to the wrap-up!
NOTE: As of this update (7:59am PDT), very few boxscores are available. Throughout the day I'll update if anything else becomes available.
Tacoma opened with a win over Fresno, 6-2. For some bizarre reason, there is no box anywhere yet. What can be said though is that Jorge Campillo had a stellar outing up until the 7th when he loaded the bases and gave way to Masao Kida, who threw six straight balls and walked in a run before inducing a Julio Ramirez groundout. Justin Leone also went yard with a solo shot. Notables when available.
San Antonio scored two in the 9th to topple Corpus Christi, 3-2. Jon Nelson was the hero in the Missions opener as he belted a walk-off two run shot off of Kevin Hodge. Bobby Livingston got the start and was effective for his six innings as he allowed only one run on five hits while not walking a batter. Other than Nelson's blast and a Nate Espy homerun, there really wasn't much Mission offense to write home about.
Bobby Livingston: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.
Yuniesky Betancourt: 1-3, 1 BB.
Nate Espy: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R.
Jon Nelson: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI.
Ismael Castro: 0-3.
Rene Rivera: 0-3.
Inland Empire beat up on Bakersfield, 13-9. No box yet. Notables and box when available.
Wisconsin edged Peoria in their opener, 3-1. Mark Lowe went six shutout innings and Matt Tuiasosopo drove in two as the Timber Rattlers start their season with a win. Notables when available.