Guilmet’s all-star outing is short and sweet

The Oakmont graduate faces two batters in front of dozens of family and friends in Modesto
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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MODESTO — Cameras and camera phones clicked away as Preston Guilmet jogged from the bullpen along the left-field line to the pitcher’s mound at John Thurman Field on Tuesday night.

The Oakmont High School graduate had a fan club estimated at 50 in the stands behind the third-base dugout. They waited until the bottom of the eighth inning to see the right-hander pitch in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game.

Guilmet landed at Sacramento International Airport on Monday and had time to have lunch with his family before they drove him to Modesto.

“The new terminal looks great,” he said.

Guilmet also had breakfast with them Tuesday morning. At the ballpark, he talked to friends and family before the game.

He knew his dad, Roger, was by the bullpen watching him get loose. Guilmet, who’s second in the Carolina League with 16 saves, headed toward the mound between innings, threw his warmup pitches, and 10 pitches later, it was over.

Guilmet faced two batters, striking out Mike Zuanich of the hometown Modesto Nuts on an 88-mph fastball and allowing a single by Bakersfield’s Josh Fellhauer that eluded the Carolina League first baseman and could have been ruled an error.

Because the California League led 6-1 — the eventual final score — Guilmet was lifted to give Winston-Salem reliever Andre Rienzo some action.

“It was just awesome to come out here in the middle of the season to get the opportunity to play in front of family and friends, just to get back to California.
It’s good to be back out here,” Guilmet said. “It’s nice to be able to give everybody an opportunity to get in there. And I got in there and got to throw to two hitters. It was fun.”