In his Fish debut last season, Heisler was a rock on both offence and in the outfield, though his polished and consistent play didn’t always attract the same attention as a flashier player such as, oh, Josh Mazzola. Rest assured, that will be changing this year.
Consider his performance Monday night. Heisler — or, as a couple of fans dubbed him, “Heis, Heis Baby” — snapped the Goldeyes’ first hit of the game, as the leadoff hitter in the first inning. In the bottom of the third, he strolled up perfectly prepared to deliver a two-out RBI single, and did it. He finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, and now holds a .439 average.
Plus, the outfielder had a sweet moment after the fourth inning, when he was surprised on the field by his girlfriend Payton. Apparently, he didn’t know she was in the crowd, so that was a Goldeyes’ game-day surprise. The couple then went head-to-head in a trivia game; Payton won.
Other Goldeyes standouts Monday: in the fourth, second baseman Casio Grider flung himself to the ground to make a brave third-out snag. In the seventh, reliever Shimo combined with first baseman Jacob Rogers to pick off Canaries runner Frank Martinez — then Shimo turned around and finished what he had started, striking out catcher Cameron Garfield. Pretty sweet outing.