Because I like watching baseball in the rain, and because it’s always been a dream of mine to be struck by lightening, I’m at Lake County and ready to blog about Hernandez’s first official start of 2012.

The tarp is on as of gametime and I’ll keep you posted!

Start time will be around 8 pm.

Lots of Carmona shirts un-altered. Hernandez wearing #48.

First batter smacked the ball into the ground and was out at 1st.

Great snag by Francisco Lindor at short…second out made at first.

He’s been a little wild on the 3rd batter and has run it to a 3-1 count. Now 3-2. Grounder to third that eats up Todd Hankins. Runner on first, so he’ll pitch from the stretch for the first time.

And it’s hammered to center and gone.  2-0 West Michigan.

Strikeout to end the inning.

Top of the 2nd

Leadoff single just smacked into left followed by a fly-out to center. Fielder’s choice at second for out number 2. Lindor makes a nice play on a sinking liner to end the inning. Much better than the 1st.

Top of the 3rd.

First out made with a little nubber that died in front of the plate. This was followed by a solid single that nearly took Hernandez’s arm off.

Now runner at third with two out. Hernandez got lucky – a sharp hit down the line went just foul.  With an 0-2, he threw what looked to be strike 3. With a 1-2 count, Hernandez gets the strikeout.

Top of 4th

Captains tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd.

With 2 outs the White Caps singled home a run to go up 3-2. What probably should have been a single that was stretched into a double. He was eventually singled home. Hernandez gets out of the inning without further damage.

Top of 5th

Leadoff single on an absolutely shattered batter. Runner moves to second when the ball goes to the backstop. Ground ball to short, they get the runner going to third.

Hernandez strikes out the final batter to end the inning and get out of trouble.

Top 6th

Hernandez’s night is over. He threw 66 total pitches, 46 of which were strikes. He allowed 6 hits and only one of the three runs scored by the White Caps was earned. I thought he looked decent. His control was good and he was pretty efficient. There were a few hard-hit balls, but he baffled some hitters too. I know it’s only low-Class A, but it’s a positive start.

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