Cameron Childs drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday as Elk Grove opened its 2012 baseball season with a 7-6 come-from-behind win over Rocklin.
The Herd entered the final frame down, 6-5. Dom Nunez, who pitched the top of the seventh inning and thus earned the win, opened the bottom of the inning with a screaming line drive that ricocheted off the right field fence. Rowdy Tellez was intentionally walked and then Matt Aday followed with a sacrifice bunt.
After Andrew Horne was walked intentionally, Nunez then scored the tying run on a wild pitch to D.J. Mico. Two batters later and with two outs and the bases loaded, Childs worked the count full, fouled off a pair of pitches and then took a pitch high and outside to earn the win.
“We got a long ways to go and got a lot of things to work on,” Elk Grove head coach Jeff Carlson said afterwards. “It was a rough day for both teams here, trying to play in those wind conditions.”
The game was played in chilly 52-degree weather with a brisk northerly wind.
Nunez also had a two-run double in the third inning that kept Elk Grove in the game after the Thunder scored five runs in the opening two innings.
Carlson said he also saw some good at-bats in the first game of the season.
“It was nice to see some guys step up in some pressure at-bats,” he said. “I think the nerves got the better of us early in the game.”