I was able to see another Wilmington Blue Rocks game last Sunday. One of the most exciting things for me was that I was going to be able to the Royals #21 prospect RHP Pedro Fernandez. And unlike the last game I attended with high expectations on the prospect pitcher, this one delivered. Fernandez went 7 shutout innings giving up 4 hits and striking out 7 while issuing 2 walks.
The game went as many Blue Rocks home games do as there is never much offense in what is considered one of the ballparks that favors pitchers most in all of minor league baseball, although I still haven’t figured out why it is so extreme. I mentioned that Fernandez went 7 shutout innings, but Potomac starter Wirkin Estevez went 5 shutout innings of his own. The game was scoreless until the 8th when the Nationals got to the Blue Rocks bullpen and scored with a sacrifice fly. The Blue Rocks answered in the bottom of the 8th with an unearned run.
The game stayed that way until the 12th when the Nationals put up two and won the game, 3-1. The Blue Rocks managed just 4 hits in the 12 innings. While it may sound like a long game, it only lasted 3:16 and since it was a Sunday afternoon, it was nice to enjoy some extra baseball.