I was able to attend the final Blue Rocks home game of the season and it turned out to be a pretty good one. I’m used to the low scoring Carolina League games, unless there are some top pitchers that I’m looking forward to seeing because that’s when they decide to have their off day. And in that respect, the game didn’t disappoint because Myrtle Beach Pitcher Erick Leal is having a good season with 10 wins and a sub-3.00 ERA going into the game and Wilmington Pitcher Foster Griffin who has struggled at this level but is the Royals #16 prospect both didn’t make it deep into the game. I was wondering if the pitchers were excited about two California League teams joining the Carolina League and wanted to give up a lot of runs, but since there weren’t any home runs, I really can’t say that. The two teams did manage to put together 27 hits and the Pelicans held off a Blue Rocks comeback for an 8-7 victory.
Some other interesting notes are that every batter did reach base at least once (if only by an error in one case) and the numbers 8 and 9 batters in both lineups all managed multiple hits. The Pelicans did spread the offense around in having 8 different players score their 8 runs, and managed to do so with only 4 RBIs. The hitter of the day was Blue Rocks Catcher Luis Villegas who went 3-5 with 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored. He did have the opportunity to be the big hero of the day when he came up in the bottom of the 9th with 2 on (2nd and 3rd) and 1 out, but somewhat inadvertently hit the ball towards first base where he was an easy out without advancing the runners.