Mike Stanton extended his hitting streak, Chris Parmelee had a huge night, and Craig Italiano followed his no-hitter with another strong showing.
South Atlantic League
Greenville (Red Sox) 7, Greensboro (Marlins) 0
Greenville first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 to lead the Drive over Greensboro. This was Rizzo’s sixth straight multi-hit game. Four other Drive hitters had multiple hits, including right fielder Josh Reddick‘s 2-for-4 effort. Greenville righthander Daniel Bard had another solid relief appearance, retiring the first five hitters he faced in working 2 2/3 innings while allowing only one hit, no walks, and striking out four. Grasshoppers right fielder Mike Stanton went 2-for-4 in the losing effort, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.
Lakewood (Phillies) 5, Lake County (Indians) 3
Righthander Julian Sampson pitched seven strong innings to help the BlueClaws down Lake County. Sampson allowed two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk. The decisive rally of the game came in the top of the fifth, when Lakewood used three consecutive doubles against Lake County starter Kelvin De La Cruz to score three runs, breaking a 2-2 tie.
Delmarva (Orioles) 6, Hagerstown (Nationals) 2, 7 Innings (Game 1)
Delmarva scored four runs, three of them coming with two outs, in the bottom of the first against Hagerstown starter Jeff Mandel and cruised from there to take the first game of the doubleheader. The Shorebirds’ offense was led by left fielder David Cash, who went 4-for-4 with a double, and second baseman Matthew Tucker, who went 3-for-3 with an RBI. Delmarva starter John Mariotti pitched six shutout innings, allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out three, for the victory.
Hagerstown 5, Delmarva 0, 7 Innings (Game 2)
Hagerstown earned a split of their doubleheader against Delmarva behind five shutout innings from starter Terrence Engles. Engles and reliever Martin Beno combined to hold the Shorebirds to only three hits, with one walk and three strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Suns piled up 11 hits, led by third baseman Steven Souza‘s 3-for-3 night.
Lexington (Astros) 6, Hickory (Pirates) 4
Lexington broke a six-game losing streak by downing first place Hickory. Legends second baseman Matthew Cusick led off the game with a home run against Hickory starter Michael Felix, and the Legends added two more runs in the first to take a lead they never relinquished. Lexington starter Carlos Ladeuth earned his first win of the year, going six strong innings allowing six hits, three runs (one earned), with one walk and six strikeouts.
Columbus (Rays) 6, Rome (Braves) 3
Columbus overcame an early 3-0 deficit to hand Rome its fifth straight loss. Catfish right fielder Maiko Loyola homered off Braves reliever Edgar Osuna to lead off the bottom of the sixth, breaking a 3-3 tie. Columbus starter Glenn Gibson struggled again, this time allowing three runs on five hits over four innings, to go with two walks and two strikeouts, although this outing was better than his first two. Three Catfish relievers combined to pitch five shutout innings, allowing only one hit, one walk, and striking out eight.
Kannapolis (White Sox) 2, Augusta (Giants) 0
Kannapolis starter Anthony Carter worked six shutout innings, allowing only two hits and striking out eight, as the Intimidators shutout Augusta. Orlando Yntema was the hard-luck loser for the GreenJackets, working 5 1/3 innings allowing only one run on four hits with five strikeouts. The two teams combined for 20 strikeouts and only seven hits.
Asheville (Rockies) 9, West Virginia (Brewers) 0
Righthander Cory Riordan pitched seven shutout innings with 10 strikeouts as Asheville routed West Virginia. Tourists shortstop Helder Velazquez went 2-for-4 with an RBI. West Virginia shortstop Brent Brewer committed his minor league-leading ninth error, a fielding error in the bottom of the second.
Kane County (Athletics) 3, South Bend (Diamondbacks) 2
Craig Italiano followed up his 5 2/3 inning no-hit performance with another solid outing, striking out 10 South Bend hitters in 4 1/3 innings and allowing only one unearned run on five hits and two walks. The game ended in the bottom of the ninth when Kane County’s Corey Brown drew a two-out bases-loaded walk from South Bend’s Evan Scribner.
Beloit (Twins) 8, Dayton (Reds) 6, 11 Innings
Dayton rallied from a late 6-3 deficit to send the game to extras, but ultimately fell in 11 innings. The Dragons scored twice in the top of the ninth to tie the game, the tying run coming in on a two-out wild pitch by Beloit’s Matthew Williams. However, the Snappers’ night was rescued when right fielder Chris Parmelee hit a walk-off two shot off Dayton’s Enerio Del Rosario, capping off a huge night for Parmelee in which he went 3-for-5 with seven RBIs. Beloit righthander Michael McCardell received a tough luck no-decision after working seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with no walks and nine strikeouts.
Lansing (Blue Jays) 5, Burlington (Royals) 1
Righthander Kyle Ginley pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings for Lansing, allowing eight hits, one walk, and striking out 10. Lansing shortstop Justin Jackson broke out of a 1-for-17 slump with a 2-for-4, 3 RBI night, including a key two-out, two-run triple in the top of the ninth that pushed Lansing’s lead from 2-0 to 4-0. Jackson then came in on a Raul Barron single. Burlington first baseman Clint Robinson hit his fourth home run of the year with one out in the bottom of the ninth to break up the shutout.
Great Lakes (Dodgers) 5, Cedar Rapids (Angels) 3
Great Lakes No. 9 hitter Jaime Ortiz hit a game-winning two-run home run with one out in the top of the ninth, breaking a 3-3 tie. Earlier, Loons left fielder Andrew Lambo hit his first home run of the year to give his team a brief 3-1 lead in the fifth before the Kernels’ Jeremy Moore hit a two-run shot of his own in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Third baseman Pedro Baez went 2-for-4 for the Loons as he tries to pull out of a lengthy slump.
West Michigan (Tigers) 5, Peoria (Cubs) 1
Whitecaps starter Alfredo Figaro went seven innings, allowing only one unearned run on four hits, while striking out eight and walking four. Catcher Jordan Newton and left fielder Joseph Tucker each went 3-for-4 for the Whitecaps as they broke a four game losing streak.
Fort Wayne (Padres) 5, Wisconsin (Mariners) 3
Fort Wayne catcher Luis Martinez hit a two-run double in the top of the second as the Wizards opened up an early 4-0 lead then held on for the victory. Martinez went 2-for-4 on the day with three RBIs.
Quad Cities (Cardinals) 10, Clinton (Rangers) 5
Quad Cites fell behind 5-2 early before scoring eight unanswered runs. Because they were outhit 14-4, the River Bandits needed plenty of help in making their comeback, which they received in the form of seven errors by the Clinton defense, including three by right fielder Miguel Alfonzo, and eight walks handed out by the Clinton pitching staff. Only three of the 10 runs Quad Cites scored were earned. Lefthander Nicholas Additon earned the victory in relief for the River Bandits, pitching four shutout innings, striking out four, and walking none.