Yesterday was just a typical early April day in the Midwest League. Six of the league’s eight games were postponed because of weather. But Josh Donaldson and Marquez Smith provided heroics in one of the few games that did play.
Dayton (Reds) 8, Fort Wayne (Padres) 1
Brandon Waring and Todd Frazier have given Dayton an extremely impressive 3-4 punch. Waring raised his average to .464 with two hits on Thursday while Frazier actually lowered his average to .440 with a 1-for-4 night. But Michael McKennon, who had struggled in the first week of the season, was the star for the Dragons with three hits in an easy win.
Peoria (Cardinals) 6, Beloit (Twins) 5
Marquez Smith and Josh Donaldson hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth off of Blair Erickson as Peoria rallied for a win.
SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE
Rome (Braves) 6, Columbus (Rays) 5
Freddie Freeman had three hits and Scott Diamond allowed one run in six innings for Rome. Diamond gave up a hit in the first then retired 15 straight.
Hickory (White Sox) 4, Greensboro (Marlins) 1
The Hickory pitching staff teamed up to shut down Greensboro. Four Hickory pitchers (Duke Welker, Michael Felix, Matt McSwain and Moises Robles) held the Bats to only four hits. Welker was the starter, and he was in command until he twisted his ankle avoiding a comebacker.
West Virginia (Brewers) 10, Augusta (Giants) 3
Jonathan Lucroy had four hits in his first six games. He doubled that on Thursday night. Lucroy’s four hits in an easy win over Augusta.
Lakewood (Phillies) 7, Hagerstown (Nationals) 5
Clint Everts was supposed to be in the big leagues by now. Instead, the fifth pick in the 2002 draft is back in low Class A, where he gave up two runs in the ninth to pick up the loss.
Kannapolis (White Sox) 3, Asheville (Rockies) 1
Anthony Carter held Asheville to four hits over six innings as Kannapolis topped Asheville to avoid being swept in a four-game series. Brian Rike hit his fourth home run of the season for Asheville.
Greenville (Red Sox) 5, Lexington (Astros) 2
Lefty Nick Hagadone baffled Lexington on Thursday. Hagadone had at least one strikeout in each of the first four innings as he struck out seven in five innings.
Lake County (Indians) 5, Delmarva (Orioles) 0
The Captains threw their second shutout of the young season as Ryan Morris, Mike Pontius, and Dallas Cawiezell held Delmarva to four hits.
Charleston (Yankees) 7, Savannah (Mets) 4
It took 70 games, but David Williams finally hit his first pro home run. Williams’ grand slam was the difference as Charleston beat Savannah. The Rutgers product was greeted with a shaving cream pie after the game in celebration.