Joe Benson homered, Jesus Montero and the rest of the Charleston RiverDogs stayed hot, and there were several dramatic games in the Midwest League on Wednesday night.
SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE
Delmarva (Orioles) 6, Lake County (Indians) 3
Delmarva used a five-run fourth inning to avoid a sweep at the hands of Lake County. The big inning was keyed by a bases-loaded double by second baseman Pedro Silveren off Captains reliever Garrison Campfield, who came on when starter Christopher Archer was pulled after walking the bases loaded and giving up an RBI single to Brendan Monaghan. Delmarva starter Luis Noel allowed only one run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings to pick up his first win of the year. Archer has the early lead on the Jason Neighborghall award for wildest pitcher–he now has 18 walks in 17 innings.
Lakewood (Phillies) 4, Hagerstown (Nationals) 1
Lakewood starter Drew Naylor tossed six shutout innings, allowing only two hits, two walks, and striking out six, to pick up his first win of 2008. BlueClaws DH Karl Bolt went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, including a solo home run in the second off Hagerstown starter Colton Willems.
Greenville (Red Sox) 5, Asheville (Rockies) 3
Greenville starter Felix Doubront improved 4-0 on the season by pitching five innings, allowing one run on four hits, walking none, and striking out seven. Drive catcher Luis Exposito‘s three-run shot in the bottom of the fourth broke a 1-1 tie and gave Greenville a lead it held the rest of the game. Tourists starter Bruce Billings struck out 10 in just 4 2/3 innings of work, but was still tagged for the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) on four hits and walking three. Tourists DH Darin Holcomb hit two home runs, both solos, giving him five on the year.
Kannapolis (White Sox) 3, Greensboro (Marlins) 1
Four Kannapolis pitchers combined to hold Greensboro to one run on three hits, with 12 strikeouts. Kannapolis starter Nathan Jones struck out seven in four innings of work, and three relievers pitched five no-hit innings to secure the win. Grasshoppers right fielder Mike Stanton went 1-for-4, getting his first hit in five games.
Hickory (Pirates) 6, Augusta (Giants) 3
Hickory center fielder Marcus Davis hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the third, as Hickory scored all six of its runs in the first four innings to beat Augusta. All three Augusta runs came on solo home runs, by Jackson Williams, Thomas Neal, and Ramon Corona.
Charleston (Yankees) 4, Savannah (Mets) 0
Charleston won its fifth straight and improved to 17-3 on the season. With the score only 1-0 through six, the RiverDogs put the game away with three runs in the top of the seventh, the key hit being a two-run single by shortstop Carmen Angelini. RiverDogs starter Zach McAllister pitched six shutout innings, allowing on two hits and one walk. Charleston catcher Jesus Montero went 1-for-4 with a double and collected an RBI for the third game in a row.
Columbus (Rays) 5, Rome (Braves) 2
Columbus third baseman Greg Sexton hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the first, giving the Catfish a lead they held the rest of the way. Catfish starter Jason Ragan (5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO) improved to 4-0.
West Virginia (Brewers) 12, Lexington (Astros) 2
West Virginia scored in six different innings and piled up 22 hits against the Lexington pitching staff. Legends starter Colt Adams had the roughest night of all, permitting 13 hits and seven runs in 3 2/3 innings of work. West Virginia catcher Jonathan Lucroy went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs.
Clinton (Rangers) 5, Fort Wayne (Padres) 0
Clinton first baseman Ian Gac hit his Low Class A-leading eighth home run, a two-run shot in the top of the eighth as the Lumberkings shutout Fort Wayne. Three Clinton pitchers combined to hold the Wizards to only four hits, all singles, and no Fort Wayne baserunner got farther than second base.
Great Lakes (Dodgers) 3, Kane County (Athletics) 1
Kane County has lost consecutive games for the first time all year after dropping their second in a row to Great Lakes. Loons DH Jaime Ortiz hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth, giving the Loons a 2-1 which they held the rest of the way. Kane County starter Jamie Richmond held the Loons to only two runs on four hits over six innings, but didn’t get any support as the Cougars offense, after being shutout on Tuesday, managed only one run on Wednesday.
South Bend (Diamondbacks) 10, Wisconsin (Mariners) 2
After scoring eight runs in one inning on Tuesday, South Bend scored nine in the fourth inning on Wednesday. Silver Hawks shortstop Taylor Harbin led the way with a 3-for-5 effort, with a double and a two-run home run. South Bend starter Christian Beltre pitched six shutout innings, allowing only three hits and striking out five.
Lansing (Blue Jays) 2, Peoria (Cubs) 1
Trailing 1-0 after seven, Lansing scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to knock off Peoria. Lansing shortstop Raul Barron‘s two-out, two-run single off Peoria’s Dustin Sasser was the winning hit. Lugnuts reliever Randy Boone retired all six hitters he faced in the eighth and ninth to pick up the win.
West Michigan (Tigers) 5, Beloit (Twins) 4, 13 Innings
West Michigan center fielder Kyle Peter‘s RBI single in the bottom of the 13th ended a long night between the Whitecaps and Snappers, in which the two teams combined to strike out 23 times and leave 24 men on base. Peter went 4-for-6 with two RBIs on the night. Snappers center fielder Joe Benson hit his second home run of the year, a solo shot in the fifth.
Cedar Rapids (Angels) 7, Dayton (Reds) 2
Cedar Rapids starter Michael Anton struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings of work, while allowing one run on four hits, to pick up his second win of the year. Dayton third baseman Todd Frazier went 1-for-4.
Quad Cities (Cardinals) 6, Burlington (Royals) 4
Quad Cities scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to come from behind and beat Burlington. Quad Cities shortstop Pete Kozma went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, one of which was the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth on a sac fly.