Saturday, May 22, 2010

Seals win 2010 home opener

Can you say "First-place Victoria Seals?" Yes, the Seals are sitting on top of the North Division standings after last night's 5-2 win at RAP over the Strong Warriors of Maui. Terrence McClain was the hero of the night, hitting a pair of round-trippers and going three-for-four with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Starter Jason Kershner was solid on the mound, giving up only two runs in seven innings of work. The plate umpire, John DeLuca, was wildly inconsistent calling the balls and strikes and he had a very low strike zone.  Kershner did a good job of adjusting and he was able to strike out eight of the Maui hitters. Aaron Easton and closer Brandon Villafuerte also pitched a scoreless inning each to seal the win.

Bret Boone's troops looked very good on this night. He said they would be aggressive on the base paths and they definitely were. Wilver Perez turned a double into a triple with some solid hustling and he ended up scoring on the throw to third.  Boone's idea to put pressure on the defense is perfectly suited to the Golden League and it has already paid dividends. It should be a very exciting year at the ballpark this summer.