Let's see... 5 teams - 5 runs scored - 31 runs allowed - all losses. Bad night for the entire organization.
Los Angeles Angels - 10-1 L
Salt Lake Bees - 2-0 L
Arkansas Travelers - 11-1 L
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes - 6-3 L
Cedar Rapids Kernels - 2-0 L
Be that as it may, this is the minor league report and there were some nice performances tonight down on the farm. Let's take a look at some of them.
Salt Lake Bees
The Good: Trevor Reckling opens up the 2010 minor league season much like he did with Rancho last season, with a 0.00 ERA. Trevor threw six scoreless innings, striking out 3, walking 2 and giving up five hits.
The Bad: Peter Bourjos opened the season going 0-4 with two strikeouts out of the leadoff spot. The entire Salt Lake Bees lineup notched just three hits on the night.
The Noteworthy: Hank Conger opened the season as the DH, with Ryan Budde behind the plate. Mark Trumbo who was supposed to see some time in the outfield started the first game of the season at first base.
The Good: Double play combo (SS) Andrew Romine and (2B) Ryan Mount combined to get on base seven times for the season opener.
The Bad: The rest of the club had just two hits and failed to drive them in. Travs starting pitcher Tim Kiely gave up six runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings of work.
The Noteworthy: Jeremy Moore who hit third in the lineup on opening day for the Travelers will be looked upon as the slugger in what is a pretty impotent lineup power-wise. Moore hit 11 home runs in 470 at bats in the California League last season, two home runs in 21 at bats with the Travelers.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
The Good: Tyler Chatwood pitched five scoreless innings, giving up just one hit, while fanning six. Alexi Amarista coming off a stellar season in Low-A Ball with the Kernels picked up where he left off by going 3-5 on the night with two stolen bases.
The Bad: Chatwood walked four batters on the night, something he needs to work on going forward. Chatwood walked 66 batters in 116 1/3 innings in 2009. The bullpen gave up six runs after Chatwood departed with the lead.
The Noteworthy: Jose Perez is back on the hill. He missed most of the 2009 season with an arm injury. Dillon Baird played third base like Abe Flores said in our last interview with him last November. Dillon Baird is skipping a level after killing it in short season A ball with the Orem Owlz last season.
Cedar Rapids Kernels
The Good: Garret Richards started the season off in fine fashion hurling five scoreless innings while striking out seven along the way. Richards gave up just two hits and an impressive no walks.
The Bad: As a whole, the entire Cedar Rapids lineup struck out 16 times on opening day, including Carlos Ramirez and Randal Grichuk who both struck out three times a piece.
The Noteworthy: The Cedar Rapids Kernels is stacked. With Luis Jimenez and Jean Segura back in action after coming off injuries in 2009, the Kernels lineup could boast up to six of their nine hitters in the lineup with double digits in home runs.