|Syracuse||Lost, 5-4||@ Lehigh Valley,
|Lannan (0-1, 22.50) vs.
Cochran (1-0, 3.60)
|Harrisburg||Lost, 4-1||vs. Reading,
|Rosenbaum (1-0, 1.50) vs.
Buchanan (1-0, 0.00)
|Potomac||Lost, 1-0||vs. Lynchburg,
|Hansen (0-1, 18.00) vs.
Pacheco (0-0, 0.00)
|Hagerstown||Lost, 8-1||@ Lakewood,
|Turnbull (0-0, 6.75) vs.
Stewart (0-1, 1.69)
Lehigh Valley 5 Syracuse 4
• Maya (L, 0-1) 4IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, HR (GS)
• Severino 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Moore 2-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI
• Brown 1-3, 2BB, SB
Tyler Moore smacked his 3rd and 4th home runs in his first two at-bats to give the Chiefs a brief 3-0 lead after 3½ innings. But a grand slam in the bottom of the 4th gave the IronPigs a 5-3 lead that Syracuse couldn’t overcome as Lehigh Valley took the game, 5-4. Yunesky Maya suffered the loss, giving up all five runs on just three hits and two walks while striking out two. Three relievers combined for four scoreless innings to keep it close, but the offense ground to a halt in the late innings as the last 10 Chiefs to bat went down in order after Corey Brown’s two-out single in the 6th.
Reading 4 Harrisburg 1
• Mandel (L, 0-1) 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Perez 1-3, CS
• Leon 1-3, RBI
For the second straight outing, Jeff Mandel turned in a quality start, giving up two run on three hits and two walks over six innings. But unlike last Saturday, there was no offensive explosion late, as the R-Phils took Game One of the series, 4-1. Harrisburg was held to just five singles, and six baserunners total. Sandy Leon drove in the sole run with the last of three straight safeties with one out, but misjudged Josh Johnson’s warning-track flyout to right field and was doubled off to end the rally. Jeff Kobernus went hitless to end his streak at seven games.
Myrtle Beach 1 Potomac 0
• Winters 6IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Wort 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Taylor 1-4, 2B, CS(4)
• Sanchez 1-3, SB
• Nicol 1-3
The wind may have been blowing in, but there was a breeze blowing out as the two teams’ pitchers combined to strike out 23 batters as the Pelicans got the best of the pitcher’s duel with a 1-0 walkoff win in the 9th. Cameron Selik was the hard-luck loser, giving up a leadoff single, sacrifice and an intentional pass before fanning the #5 batter for the second out. Kevin Keyes was unable to track down the dying quail on the LF line that proved to be the gamewinner, a ball that some players argued was foul, as it went off his glove for an error and the runner on second scored. Potomac opens its home schedule with a three-game set this weekend against the Lynchburg Hillcats.
Lakewood 8 Hagerstown 1
• Meyer (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 2K, WP
• Holt 3⅓ IPm 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 2K, HR, IR-S 1-1
• Martinson 1-4, R, BB, 3K
• Skole 1-3, BB
Alex Meyer couldn’t make it out of the first inning, giving three hits and two walks while striking out two before he was lifted, as the Lakewood BlueClaws scored six en route to an 8-1 win. Greg Holt followed Meyer out of the ‘pen and was greeted with a two-run homer but shook it off to retire the next 10 batters he faced. The offense, however, was held to just six singles and stranded nine baserunners. Jason Martinson and Matt Skole each reached base twice safely via a hit and a walk, but Martinson whiffed three times to bring his total to 13 in eight games played. UPDATE ON GOODWIN: Citing a source, Byron Kerr is reporting that Brian Goodwin’s injury is to the quadriceps, not the hamstring. This is potentially good news since quads are generally quicker to heal.