The Lugnuts opened up their 18th Midwest League season last night losing 5-4 at Lake County.
On the bright side... Welcome back, Balbino Fuenmayor! The great Balbino scored two runs, walked, singled, and hit a mighty home run to left field.
|pitcher Javier Avendaño|
Most Impressive: Lugnuts starting pitcher Javier Avendaño who limited Lake County to just two hits and one unearned run, striking out six Captains in five innings, and setting down the last seven batters he faced. "El Mayor" departed the game with a 4-1 lead, with everything looking good in the Lugs' favor. But then...
Not as Impressive: Lansing relievers Daniel Norris and Wil Browning struggled, allowing four runs in the 6th and 7th innings, as the Lugs' lead disappeared. Neither one had command of his pitches, which -- to be honest -- is expected of pitchers in their first outing of the year on a cold night in April. Expect both to be far better as the season goes on.
Don't Overlook: Left fielder Ronnie Melendez was injured on his very first at-bat, leading off Vancouver Canadians Opening Day 2012, breaking his ring finger, and causing him to miss the rest of the season. Last night, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI single. What a difference a year makes!
Intriguing: 6'4 shortstop Emilio Guerrero also collected a pair of hits in four at-bats yesterday, including a ringing double to left-center. This could very well be a breakout year for the 20-year-old.