About last night…
You may have heard there was a baseball game in Texas last night, and by all accounts, it seems to have gone to plan for the Sugar Land Skeeters who put on a great show. It definitely went to plan for the Revolution, who won their fourth consecutive season opener. Some other interesting factoids, and some photos:
- Corey Thurman registered the first strikeout in Constellation Field history in the first. Although he lives in York now, he graduated high school in Texarkana, TX, and Thurman made his first start in his home state in a decade last night in Sugar Land. The last time Thurm pitched in Texas, the year was 2002 and he was with the Toronto Blue Jays, taking on the Texas Rangers at The Ballpark at Arlington. This is what he looked like back then at age 23, his rookie season in the Majors:
- The first at bat, hit, run and home run in Constellation Field history all belong to Scott Grimes. After a gentleman’s agreement that he would take the first pitch allowing for an uninterrupted photo op, the count was 0-1. (The Skeeters actually allowed all photographers on the warning track for that first pitch to get the best shots possible, that was a nice touch.) After taking another pitch, Grimes launched Matt Wright’s 1-1 offering completely OUT of the facility, let alone the field, for a 1-0 Revs lead. Multiple eyewitness accounts I trust confirm the ball traveled out of the stadium. Randy Flaum from The York Dispatch captured this great photo of the homer, and that’s former Revolution catcher Octavio Martinez now playing for the Skeeters behind the plate:
- The first Skeeters hit came from former Somerset Patriot Josh Pressley, a leadoff double that Thurman worked around in the second. Pressley was the Atlantic League MVP back in 2008 for Somerset.
- The first Skeeters strikeout also came in the first inning, when Matt Wright caught Ramon Castro looking.
- The home run in Skeeters history was courtesy of former Southern Maryland Blue Crab OF Ben Harrison, who was selected by the team in the expansion draft. His two-run shot off Ricardo Gomez tied the game in the seventh 2-2, before Nowak hit the last of the Revs three solo shots in the eighth for a 3-2 lead that would stand with R.J. Rodriguez’s save in the ninth. Nowak’s homer came off another former Rev, Michael Nix. Salvador Paniagua mashed the other York home run, in the third. Coaches and players say the ballpark will play big for the pitchers, but there was a formidable wind blowing out last night, hence every run in the game being drivin in on a long ball. But hey, first game in franchise history at a brand new stadium, not too shabby to have four dingers. (Fans) dig the long ball, as guys who did steroids explained to us in some Nike commericals back in the late 90s.
- Constellation Field is nice…like really nice. Here’s a video from Randy Flaum about the York fans who traveled to Texas for the first game. Some nice shots of the ballpark in it. And here’s a GREAT slide show from The Dispatch’s website. In yesterday’s post, we commented on the cool stone exterior, here’s another photo by Flaum from outside the stadium, all lit up at night:
The Revolution front office staff in Sugar Land will continue to add photos to our facebook album. Click here to see the latest: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150720316118432.404847.6792608431&type=1
139 games to go before the post-season.