Sunday, July 4, 2010

Long day ends Tijuana series with a bang!

Sunday afternoon at RAP was full of action and excitement as the Seals and Cimarrones played the fifth and final game of their first-ever series together. It seemed like they played a double header on Sunday. At close to five hours of baseball, fans saw 27 runs, and 35 hits. Follow that up with having the kids run around the bases after the game, and a BBQ for season ticket holders, and it really was a full day at the ballpark.

The score seems closer than the actual game was. After giving up two early runs (Tijuana managed to score at least a run in the first inning of all five games of the series), the Seals exploded for their 17 runs over the first 5 innings. Every Seal starter registered at least a hit, as did pinch hitter Charlie Strandlund. Starting pitcher Anthony Pluta helped his own cause chipping in with a solid RBI single and scored two runs.

The true hero of the day however, was Wilver Perez. Wilver went 4 for 6 on the day in the leadoff spot including a third inning grand slam that put the game away for good. He finished with six RBI on the day and a pair of runs scored. He also swiped a bag giving him 30 on the year.

Pluta pitched four solid innings before giving Tijuana four runs and some life back in the fifth, thanks in part to a Perez error that would have ended the inning only giving up one.

The Seals played soprtsman ball the last 4 innings or so, playing station to station ball without attempting steals, scoring on singles, etc. The Seals likely could have scored 20+ runs had they have kept the pedal down. Perez missed the opportunity for a couple more steals when Cimarrones first baseman Mark Samuelson didn't bother to hold him on, and the Seals didn't run out of respect for the situation.

Streaks continued at the park as well, with Josh Arhart reaching 12 games on his hitting streak, and Colin Moro making it to 20 games reaching safely.

A strong showing of fans were in attendance as well, helped on by both the kid-friendly matinee, and a sudden clearing of the skies just prior to game time.

The Seals leave town now for most of the month, playing seven games in Maui, three in Chico, and three in St. George. The mid-season All-Star break is this month as well, in-between the Maui and Chico series. The Seals don't play at home again until Yuma visits RAP on the 23rd.

The Seals travel first thing tomorrow, touching into Maui around 11:00am, and plan to have the rest of the day to relax on the beach. Have fun in the sun boys!
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