With last week’s Opening Day rainout in Myrtle Beach and a six-man rotation had me excited about the Wilmington Blue Rocks home opener. The main attraction was who was starting the game for the Blue Rocks. That would be the KC Royals first pick in last June’s draft, Kyle Zimmer.
What I liked best about Zimmer (besides his stuff) was that he works quickly. That is great on a blustery night like Friday. He survived a couple of defensive miscues in the first inning to leave the game with the lead after six innings (6IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 8K). Zimmer did not allow his first hit until Nick Delmonico doubled in the 4th inning.
Here’s some video of Zimmer facing Delmonico in his first at-bat (which was a four-pitch walk):
Meanwhile, Frederick Keys starter Tim Berry was just as filthy. The Blue Rocks did not have a base runner until Lane Adams walked in the bottom of the fifth. Justin Trapp picked up the Blue Rocks first hit with one out in the sixth. His infield single scored a run to tie the game at 1-1. They would score another run to take the lead on Jack Lopez‘ single (and an outfield error).
However, the Keys came back against Cody Fassold to take the lead heading into the bottom of the 8th inning when the rains came. When the umps finally called for the tarp, it had been pouring for at least one hitter. It didn’t stop pouring until after I exited Frawley Stadium following postgame interviews. The fairly large crowd left a little disappointed as the fireworks show was cancelled.
This came will be completed on Saturday with the Keys leading 4-3 in the bottom of the 8th inning with the Blue Rocks having two men on base and two outs.
Lopez had a few Web Gem plays at shortstop, which Zimmer talked about in his postgame interview. He is going to be exciting to watch this season.
You can check out the postgame interviews with Zimmer and manager Vance Wilson on my Facebook page.
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