The Bakersfield Train Robbers' history is a week old, but the Pecos League baseball team has yet to experience its first loss.
The Train Robbers completed a perfect first week with an 8-6 win against High Desert on Wednesday night at Sam Lynn Ballpark and are 7-0 entering Thursday's late game against Monterey.
And we're not just talking perfection; this has been utter dominance. The Train Robbers, an unaffiliated low-level minor league team who filled the void left when the California League contracted the Bakersfield Blaze after last season, have only trailed at the end of two innings. They've won games by scores of 13-3, 15-3 and 18-7.
The Train Robbers are hitting .374 as a team, with five hitters better than .400. At the top is Rupert Watson, who is 11 for 17 (.647). Jay Stout is batting .552, Abraham Arias .478, Bakersfield native Nick Vehlewald .414 and Kyle Ulandy .400.
The team ERA is 2.00. Garrett Alvarez sports a 1.12 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 16 innings in four appearances, including one start. Scot Hoffman is 2-0 after two starts and hasn't allowed an earned run.
In a four-game sweep of Monterey to open the season and a three-game sweep of High Desert, Bakersfield has racked up cumulative score of 69-23. The Train Robbers will play two more against Monterey and a Saturday game against California City before finally hitting the road Sunday at Cal City.
That's one secret to the fast start: Bakersfield has 15 of its first 16 games at home and 45 of 64 overall. The franchise is suddenly something of a flagship for the Pecos League, which has a six-team Pacific Division with five brand-new teams (the holdover is Tucson, which is 7-1).