So perhaps the era of Aderlin Rodriguez, third baseman is over already. Rodriguez played first base while 25-year old Rylan Sandoval lined up at third. I suspected that Rodriguez would move to first eventually, I just did not think it would be this soon. At the plate, Rodriguez was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
From the official play-by-play in the top of the fourth inning:
- With Austin Nola batting, throwing error by Hansel Robles on the pickoff attempt, Noah Perio to 3rd.
- St. Lucie Mets pitcher Hansel Robles left the game due to an injured arm.
Uh-oh. More on this as soon as we can get it. Robles’ line pre-injury is odd: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.
C Cam Maron had a nice night as well from the #9 hole: 2-3, 2B.
We’ll start right at the top, and by top, I mean this team’s top prospect: Brandon Nimmo. Nimmo (pictured) was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored and reached on an error with good hustle down the line. His two hits were both singles. The first was a liner up the middle that almost decapitated the Braves starter Rafael Briceno. The second was shot hard but closer to the ground in the sixth inning. Hey, he’s ahead of last year’s pace. In 2012, he did not have a two-hit game until his 12th game.
1B Jayce Boyd had a nice night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a two-run double on a liner to center and a run scored. You can hear the double here. And yes, I’m pleased by the way my call came out, especially for Opening Night, thanks for asking.
Philip Evans had a rough night. At the plate, he was 0-for-3 with a walk and he committed two errors in the field. In the sixth inning, on a relay throw to second he airmailed the throw above Boyd who was trailing the play and was covering at second and throw sailed out of play against the Gnats’ bat rack. The problem was not only that the throw was high and offline, but that he should never have made the throw in the first place. He had no chance to get the batter/runner. In the eighth inning, he had a ball bounce over his shoulder on a backhand attempt. He did make a nice turn on a double play to end the fourth. Hey, he’s 20 and playing his first game in a-ball.
Matt Bowman struck out four of the first six batters. Working out of windup that’s Tim Lincecum-lite, he showed four pitches Thursday, fastball, slider, curve and his split-fingered that he’s using as a changeup. The slider was a particularly good weapon for him early. He seemed to lose a little edge on his stuff by the third inning. To wit, all five of his strikeouts came against the first 13 batters he faced. His final 11 adversaries all either put the ball in play or walked.
Bret Mitchell, who missed all of 2012 following surgery on his right hip labrum, took the loss, but the good news is that he made it back to the mound post-surgery.