Long Beach, Calif. -
Brock Lundquist hit a pair of home runs over a temporary outfield fence, spearheading an impressive offensive performance for the Dirtbags in a 17-9 win over the Long Beach State alumni team. San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Duffy was among the alumni in attendance to watch the game, which featured a handful of former MLB players and current minor leaguers.
The excitement for the upcoming season centers, in part, around the new dimensions at Blair Field, and the fans in attendance got an exaggerated preview of what could be in store for the Dirtbags. With a temporary orange construction fence serving as the outfield wall, outfielders were often forced to watch balls land in the construction zone at the base of the old wall. In total, there were seven “de facto” home runs that did not clear the original confines of the ballpark.
Junior Lucas Tancas did deliver a legit, old school home run for the Dirtbags, drilling one over the wall in the left field power alley to drive in three runs.
Of the other seven homers, it was estimated that about two or three would have cleared the new outfield fence that will be installed before the start of the season. The new fence will be further back, and much taller than the construction barricade used on Saturday.
One of those home runs was from Lundquist, who put one off the wall in deep right center. It was the second of his home runs, both coming against lefthanded pitching. Luke Rasmussen also drilled one out to centerfield approaching the 400 sign, but it fell just shy of the wall. David Banuelos was the other Dirtbag to homer, giving the current players a total of five.
The alumni offense also enjoyed the makeshift dimensions. Mike Marjama, Juan Favela and Richard Prigatano all hit homers, with Marjama’s getting the closest to leaving the park, bouncing off the left field wall.
Junior righthander Dave Smith started the game for the Dirtbags, allowing three runs in his three innings of work, all via the long ball.
Major Leaguer Adam Wilk, who is a recent member of the Tampa Bay Rays organization, started the game for the alumni team, striking out three in two innings of work. Former big leaguers Mike Gallo and Bob Cramer also toed the rubber for the alumni.
Prigatano made one of the best defensive plays of the afternoon, making a terrific throw from right field to cut down Jarren Duran who was trying to turn a double into a triple. Brennan Metzger also made a nice diving grab in center and had multiple hits at the top of the order.
Long Beach State opens its regular season Feb. 19 at home against Holy Cross.
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