The Roadrunners’ home opener may have become the first game in baseball history to be delayed at the start due to a stalled motorcycle parked in center field. But once the action got under way at Edinburg Baseball Stadium Monday, over 3,500 people watched Edinburg begin with a Memorial Day flourish, scoring three times in the first two innings en route to a 9-4 win over Harlingen.
The win placed the team at 4-1 as the first week of the ULB season got rolling, with the team banging out 14 hits in support of starter and winner Wardell Starling, who went 6.2 innings and threw hard with a solid breaking ball.
Outfielder Vincent Blue had two hits and two walks for Edinburg and says that although it’s early, he likes what he sees so far from the club.
“Right now we are still working some of the soreness out, playing our way into shape,” said Blue, among the best all-around ballplayers on last year’s playoff entry. “I did OK tonight, I’m still getting settled in, though. So far we seem to have a good group out here and I hope we can win a lot of games this year.”
Leadoff man Wilmer Pino collected three hits with four other teammates getting two each; catcher Osiel Flores jerked a line-drive home run into the bullpen in left in the fourth to give the ‘Runners a 4-2 lead.
They got three more in the fifth to put away the first match of a three-game series at the Stadium. The team will be home through June 13.
Offensively Edinburg was strong, as it continues to put runs on the board in bunches, with 41 in five games. In the field, first baseman Carlos Hereaud made a nice pair of catches on foul pops while third baseman Melvin Perez dived to snare a shot and start a double play that capped the win in the ninth.
Tuesday night it will be righty Tim Haines going for Edinburg, with Mark DiBernardo Wednesday and Eric Montoya on Thirsty Thursday.