Durham 3, Louisville 0 (Durham leads best-of-5 series 1-0)
Durham lefthander David Price struck out six over five innings of work for the win. He didn’t allow a run, working around three walks and three hits in the process. Jeremy Cummings, Dale Thayer and Scott Dohmann came out of the bullpen and slammed the door, combining for four scoreless innings of relief. Durham’s offense was fueled by three solo home runs. Second baseman Elliot Johnson hit one in the fifth inning and designated hitter Dan Johnson and first baseman Chris Richard went back-to-back in the bottom of the seventh.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7, Pawtucket 1 (Scranton leads best-of-5 series 1-0)
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s offense clobbered knuckleballer Charlie Zink, plating six runs on eight hits over Zink’s 5 1/3 innigns. Left fielder Justin Christian went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run, catcher Chris Stewart went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run and DH Ben Broussard hit a solo shot in the top of the ninth. Scranton lefthander Chase Wright was wild, walking five, hitting one and throwing a wild pitch in 4 2/3 innings, but he only gave up one run—a solo home run by Pawtucket shortstop Gil Velazquez. Pawtucket had other opportunities—ending an inning with runners in scoring position six times—but couldn’t scratch out any more runs.
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Iowa 10, Oklahoma 3 (Iowa leads best-of-5 series 1-0)
Despite having their best hitter (Micah Hoffpauir) recently called up to the big leagues, Iowa didn’t have any trouble scoring runs. The offense was led by first baseman Jason Dubois, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a home run. Second baseman Bobby Scales went 3-for-4 with two doubles, third baseman Luis Figueroa went 4-for-4 with a double and center fielder Felix Pie went 1-for-5 with two RBIs. Righthander Randy Wells started for Iowa, giving up two runs over six innings. He walked one and struck out six for the win.
Salt Lake 13, Sacramento 10 (Salt Lake leads best-of-5 series 1-0)
It wasn’t a fun day to be a pitcher, as the Bees and River Cats combined for 23 runs on 33 hits—seven of which left the yard. Sacramento third baseman Jeff Baisley had the most impressive day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double and two home runs. But he couldn’t do it all by himself and Salt Lake had two big innings, plating five runs in both the third and fifth frames. Salt Lake’s offense was led by first baseman Matt Brown who went 4-for-6 with two home runs. Second baseman Freddy Sandoval went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run, and catcher Bobby Wilson went 3-for-6 with a double and a home run.