Port Orchard’s Willie Bloomquist got the start at shortstop on
Opening Day because of an inury to Stephen Drew. He was 3 for 6,
including a single to the right side that moved the eventual
winning run to third base in the 11th inning of a 7-6 win at
Colorado on Friday.
“Willie just saw the hole. He puts the bat on the ball. He’s
been great all spring. He’s very scrappy. He takes what’s given to
him. He’s a very smart ballplayer,” manager Kirk Gibson said.
Two pitches later, Bloomquist took off for second. Colorado’s
Matt Lindstrom threw a low-inside fastball that the catcher could
not handle and the winning run scored from third.
Bloomquist played mostly second base during the
spring, but has played 150 games at shortstop over his eight-year
career, including 38 in 2009 for the Royals.
“We’ll find out,” Bloomquist said before the game. “It’s one of
those things where when you bounce around as much as I do, you
really never get completely comfortable in one spot before you’re
off to the next spot. So it’s just one of those things where you
learn to deal with it and be comfortable being uncomfortable. I’m
just going to go out and play as best I can.”
Of course, the Willie haters are already taking shots at him.
Read this post.
In case you missed it, outfielder Aaron
Cunningham will start the season at Triple-A
Tuscon. The South Kitsap grad was among the last player
cut by the San Diego Padres. Tucson visits Tacoma May 2-5. …
Bremerton’s Glenn Carden has reached the finals of
the U.S. Handball Association’s Veteran Golden (55-over) singles
tournament in Tucson, Ariz. Carden, the No. 2 seed, will
face No. 1 seed Vern Roberts in Sunday’s finals. Carden’s been
destroying his competition, allowing just 29 points while
steamrolling his first three opponents (21-5, 21-5; 21-4, 21-4;
21-4, 21-7). .. Western Washington softball
pitcher Erika Quint, a senior
from Central Kitsap and Olympic College, improved to 17-0
with two wins in a tournament in Turlock, Calif., on Friday. I’m
currently working on a story on Quint. Look for in the next day or
two. … It was only one game, but you had to like what you saw out
of Felix Hernandez and the Mariners in their 6-2
win at Oakland on Friday. Felix was really on as he threw the first
complete game on Opening Day in franchise history. Looked like he
could hit any spot. I liked the way catcher Miguel
Oliva handled him, too. He’s a major upgrade at that
position. And now you know why Oakland lived with all of
Jack Cust’s strikeouts. The guy walked three
times and those walks are as good as a single.
Finally, the Final Four
As I wrote in an earlier post, I like Butler. Got to. I’ve got
the Bulldogs in a poll. Do I think they’ll win it all? No.
I think Kentucky beats UConn and Butler holds off Virginia
Commonwealth today. In Monday’s finals, the blue bloods make it
look easy and Butler finishes second for the second straight