After watching the Padres defeat Houston at Petco on Thursday afternoon (thanks to reader Lance for hooking us up with tickets), Mrs. Ducksnorts and I drove to Lake Elsinore to see the Storm’s opener for 2008. Before the game, the Storm retired Jake Peavy’s number 22.
Peavy was presented with a key to the city; had April 3, 2008, proclaimed Jake Peavy day; and got to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Future Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Trevor Hoffman offered video congratulations, as did Darren Balsley and Craig Colbert, both of whom worked with Peavy at Elsinore and work with him now in San Diego.
Oh yeah, and everyone wore number 22:
Other notes from the game will come a little further down…
Portland 8, Fresno 4
Matt Antonelli: 2-for-4, 3B, SB, E
Chase Headley (LF): 1-for-3, BB
Nick Hundley: 1-for-4, HR
Will Venable (CF): 1-for-4
Josh Geer: 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 4 SO (80 pitches)
Jared Wells: 1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 1 SO
More coverage at Clark County Columbian.
Northwest Arkansas 6, San Antonio 4
Chad Huffman: 1-for-4, BB
Craig Cooper (RF): 2-for-5
Kyle Blanks (1B): 1-for-3, BB
More coverage at San Antonio Express-News.
Rancho Cucamonga 9, Lake Elsinore 4
Cedric Hunter: 1-for-3, 2 BB
Jim Edmonds (rehab): 0-for-3
Mitch Canham: 2-for-4, BB
Hunter’s single was a soft liner over shortstop and came after he’d fouled off two 0-2 pitches. His walk came with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, on the seventh pitch of the at-bat.
Edmonds struck out looking in his first at-bat (on a questionable call), and then hit rainmakers his other two times up. We left after the fifth inning, and I’m not sure how long Edmonds remained in the game, but he didn’t record any putouts while we were there. He did make a nice off-balance throw on a single to left-center, almost nailing a runner at third base.
Canham’s singles couldn’t have been any more different. His first was a screaming liner off the right field wall. His second was a dying quail that handcuffed the second baseman.
Fort Wayne 7, Lansing 1
Luis Durango: 1-for-4, BB
Andrew Cumberland: 2-for-5, E
Yefri Carvajal: 1-for-4
Justin Baum: 1-for-3, 2B, BB
Bradley Chalk: 1-for 3, BB
Felix Carrasco (1B): 1-for-3, 2B, BB
Jeremy Hefner: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 5 SO
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