>> First of all, got to love the fighting spirit. It was a hallmark of last year’s team. A 3-run rally in the eighth to win the opener 4-3 is a very, very good omen.
>> Great first at bat of the game by Breland Almadova. When the leadoff batter sees nine pitches, that means his teammates see nine pitches, too.
>> Four errors (could have been three or five because of some close scoring calls) has to be an aberration if the Rainbows are to win consistently.
>> Matt Sisto was very sharp for most of his 6 1/3 innings. Great pitching effort all around by relievers Blair Walters and Lenny Linsky, too.
>> The Rainbows have gotten picked off base way too much in recent years. Tonight Almadova and Kolten Wong were both picked off. Sure, it’s going to happen now and then as the cost of doing business for an aggressive baserunning team. But twice a game is too much.
>> Great crowd
>> Great pace. The new rules for saving time between innings and pitches did their magic, without changing anything fundamentally important about the game.