Portland 1, Trenton 2 (Trenton leads best-of-5 series 1-0)
Trenton’s runs came without any extra-base hits. Their first run, in the bottom of the first inning, came as the result of a throwing error, one of two Portland made in the game. The Sea Dogs tied it up in the top of the second, but Trenton scored again in the bottom of the fourth in what turned out to be the last run scored all day. Trenton’s pitching was lights-out. Starter Eric Hacker went 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits and striking out six for the win. Lefthander Michael Dunn threw a scoreless inning and Jhonny Nunez threw 2 1/3 perfect innings with four strikeouts for the save.
Akron 6, Bowie 5 in 12 innings (Akron leads best-of-5 series 1-0)
Left fielder Matt LaPorta carried the Aeros on his back, going 4-for-5 with two home runs as Akron topped Bowie in 12 innings. Catcher Wyatt Toregas hit a home run in the top of the ninth, giving Akron a 5-4 lead, but Bowie battled back and scored a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. The game stayed knotted up until the top of the 12th when Bronson Sardinha led off the inning with a single. Wes Hodges followed that up with another single, bringing LaPorta to the plate. Bowie pitched to the 6-foot-2 slugger and he made them pay, hitting a groundball single into left field that scored Sardinha from second base. Neil Wagner was clutch out of the Aeros bullpen, throwing three scoreless frames in relief to close out the game. In the Carolina League this year, he struck out 81 batters over 62 innings before being promoted to Akron in mid-August.
Carolina 7, West Tennessee 1 (Carolina leads best-of-5 series 1-0)
Center fielder Cameron Maybin’s three-run blast in the third inning off of Diamond Jaxx starter Joe Woerman put the Mudcats up 4-0, and they never looked back. Carolina ended up scoring three more runs, knocking off West Tenn 7-1. First baseman Gaby Sanchez went 2-for-3 and DH Chris De La Cruz went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Carolina righthander Willie Glen struck out seven over five innings, allowing West Tennessee’s only run of the game. Ryan Tucker threw two innings of relief, striking out three in the process.
San Antonio 1, Frisco 5 (Frisco leads best-of-5 series 1-0)
Center fielder Julio Borbon and left fielder Steven Murphy led the Rough Riders offense yesterday. Borbon, hitting leadoff, went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base. Murphy also went 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run. Derek Holland, a 21-year-old lefty who started the season in low-A, started for Frisco and held the Missions to just two hits and one run over 7 1/3 innings of work. He walked one and struck out five for the victory.
NW Arkansas, Arkansas ppd., rain