Trenton 4, Portland 3 (Trenton leads best-of-5 series 2-0)
Through the first five frames of the game, Portland righthander Clay Buchholz (Red Sox) was dominating Trenton’s lineup, giving up just two hits and striking out nine. In the bottom of the sixth, however, Trenton center fielder Austin Jackson (Yankees) came up huge with his first hit of the series—a game-tying three-run home run. Trenton scratched out another run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. The series now heads to Portland with the Sea Dogs up against the ropes.
Bowie 11, Akron 3 (The best-of-5 series is tied 1-1)
Bowie right fielder Nolan Reimold chose a good night for the first three-homer game of his professional career. The Orioles’ second-round pick in the 2005 draft went nuts, going 4-for-5 with three home runs and eight RBIs. After hitting 25 in the regular season, Reimold now has four home runs in the playoffs. Bowie scored in all but two innings, putting 11 runs on the board to tie the series at one game apiece.
Carolina 11, West Tenn 2 (Carolina leads best-of-5 series 2-0)
Carolina first baseman Gaby Sanchez (Marlins) had another big night at the plate, pacing the Mudcats offense by going 3-for-5 with a double and a home run. Shortstop Chris De La Cruz also had another solid performance, going 2-for-3 with a double. The switch-hitter is now batting .714 over the first two games. Carolina lefthander Aaron Thompson wasn’t particularly sharp, giving up two runs on four hits and walking five in as many innings, but still earned the win. Diamond Jaxx right fielder Mike Wilson (Mariners) provided the majority of West Tenn’s offense, going 2-for-4 with two doubles. With a .500 batting average, Wilson is the only West Tenn player hitting above .300 for the series.
Mississippi 1, Birmingham 0 (Mississippi leads best-of-5 series 1-0)
Things were looking grim for Mississippi heading into the top of the ninth inning. With the game tied 0-0, Mississippi had managed just one hit all day—a fourth-inning double by center fielder Jordan Schafer (Braves). But first baseman Kala Ka’aihue led off the inning with a single and was replaced by speedster Quentin Davis. Schafer promptly bunted Davis to second base and then right fielder Willie Cabrera came through, driving in Davis with a double. Mississippi righthander Todd Redmond, the Southern League’s Pitcher of the Year, worked around five hits to go eight scoreless innings, striking out nine in the process.
Frisco 6, San Antonio 1 (Frisco leads best-of-5 series 2-0)
Frisco righthander Neftali Feliz (Rangers) was lights out against San Antonio (Padres), scattering three hits and striking out 11 over seven scoreless innings. The seven-inning stint was the longest of Feliz’s career and the 11 strikeouts tied a personal best. The bottom third of Frisco’s lineup packed all the punch. Left fielder Steven Murphy went 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs, DH John Whittleman went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs and third baseman Thomas Berkery went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Arkansas 4, NW Arkansas 1 (Arkansas leads best-of-5 series 1-0)
Northwest Arkansas righthander Dan Cortes (Royals) didn’t have his best command, walking five hitters and hitting another over 5 2/3 innings. He didn’t get into a jam, however, until the sixth inning when he was taken out after giving up the tying run and then loading the bases with two outs. Naturals lefthander Tim Hamulack got out of the inning unscathed and threw two scoreless innings. After getting two quick outs in the bottom of the eighth, Hamulack was pulled in favor of righthander Chris Hayes, who gave up a double, a walk, a single, another walk and another single before getting the final out of the inning. But, it was too late—three runs had come in and that was the difference in the game.