After rain postponed their original opening date on Thursday, the Wilmington Blue Rocks finally got their season underway on Friday.
On a cold dreary day the Blue Rocks pitching and hitting for the most part was not that as they were able to give the hometown fans a 6-2 win vs the Potomac Nationals.
The two stars of this game for the Blue Rocks were first baseman Roman Collins and starting pitcher Foster Griffin who led the way for a Wilmington win. Both Collins and Griffin were with the Rocks last season. Griffin is the only returning starting pitcher from last season.
The Blue Rocks had a slim 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning but that all changed when Collins came to the plate and hit three-run home run to make the score 6-2. Left Fielder Anderson Miller and Catcher Chase Vallot were the men that Collins sent home in his 1st home run of the season.
Before Collins broke them game open for the Rocks, Anderson Miller grounded out in a forced out to score Shortstop Nicky Lopez for the Rocks first run of the game in the fourth inning. Then in the next inning Right Fielder Elier Hernandez was walked to score Designated Hitter Travis Maezes in the fifth inning.
Wilmington was 1 for 4 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base in Friday’s 6-2 win.
The other star of the night was pitcher Foster Griffin who dominated on the hill Friday going five innings and only giving up one run on the night.
Griffin’s final stats were: pitched 5 innings, 2 hits, 1 Run, 1 Earne Runs and 8 Ks.
This was Griffin’s first Opening Day game as a starter as a Blue Rock.
Griffin told the press before the season started about the opening day honor and what it could mean for his career:
“It’s a huge honor.,” Griffin says. “I’m the only returning starter to the rotation and I didn’t have the best year last season, but I’m looking to grow on it. After they named me the Opening Day starter I really started to notice how much they emphasize it on MLB Network for the big leagues. It makes you realize that even for the minor league level and in A-ball it’s an honor. It’ll be my first one, so there might be some initial nerves getting out there, but when you throw pitch one, you kind of get locked in, adrenaline kicks in and you block everything out and just play baseball.”
After Griffin’s exit, the bullpen did their job only giving up 3 hits and 1 run in 4 innings of work.
Blue Rocks look to make it two straight wins vs the Nationals tomorrow at 7:05 pm ET.