The Express opened its AAA season with a nice mix of rehabbing veterans, like Khris Davis, and young prospects against the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Wes Benjamin was the opening day starter and he told FOX 7 Sports that he likes playing in front of real fans a lot more than cardboard cutouts. He struck out eight Dodgers in five shutout innings.
24-year-old Charles LeBlanc made his AAA debut memorable with the first Express hit in two years and it was a two-run homer!
The Express won 6-0 but for the Express leadership, just getting back on the field was the real win.
"It's been fun to get back into it. Like I told our staff, we're in a much better position this year than we were at this time last year. We hosted 40 or so events last season, some people challenged us on what we were doing but I don't ever want to go through another day like I did on May 27th when we had to lay off 40% of our staff. We're going to be a little bullish but we're going to keep people safe," says Chris Almendarez, Express President.
Express General Manager Tim Jackson says, "This is a special place to a lot of people for a lot of reasons. Last season hurt a lot of people. Our family is back home and Dell Diamond is back doing what it was made to do."
The first 12 games of the season will be at Dell Diamond.