It's a gloriously sunny day in Midland, Michigan, as the Lugnuts and Loons open up the home schedule for Dow Diamond.
Both teams are tired. The Loons returned from South Bend at 1 a.m. last night. The Lugnuts pulled in from Dayton at 3:45 a.m. Me, I finally got to sleep past 5 a.m. -- and then woke up at 10:30 in order to shower, eat breakfast, and catch the noon bus to the ballpark.
Tough series in Dayton, losing each game by a run. On the bright side, the team competed to the end in each game. The next step is shoring up that defense. I've already started to post the highlights from the season. Check them out here.
Next up: posting the pre-game interviews. I've already talked to Sal Fasano, Ryan Schimpf, Brad Glenn, and Eric Eiland (to be aired today), and so I'll get those up on the website for you to enjoy at your leisure.
Chad Jenkins makes his first professional start this afternoon for Lansing. The #1 pick is an easy-going good-natured guy, but you can tell he's nervous (and rightfully so, right?).
Happy 22nd birthday, Ryan Schimpf!
Finally, three Lugnuts hit safely in each game of the Dayton series. Any guesses? Eric Eiland, Sean Ochinko, and Kenny Wilson. Wilson and Ochinko both get the day off today, along with Balbino Fuenmayor.
The starting lineup this afternoon against Great Lakes right-hander Will Savage:
2B Ryan Schimpf
CF Chris Hopkins
SS Kevin Nolan
RF Brad Glenn
DH Ryan Goins
LF Eric Eiland
3B Mark Sobolewski
1B Jon Talley
C Karim Turkamani
SP Chad Jenkins