Modesto (Rockies) 9, Lancaster (Red Sox) 5
First baseman Lars Anderson hit his third home run of the year, but the JetHawks couldn’t keep up with Modesto catcher Michael McKenry. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs. McKenry picked up his first double and two RBIs in the first inning, putting the Nuts in front early, 2-0. He picked up another two-run double in the second inning to make it 5-0. His home run came in the fourth with one man on, making the score 8-2.
San Jose (Giants) 4, Stockton (A’s) 2
The Giants’ starting pitchers remained perfect on the season after righthander Kevin Pucetas outpitched Henry Rodriguez. Rodriguez went six innings, giving up three runs on four hits, but couldn’t get enough help from his offense to get the win. He also struck out seven and walked none. The Ports offense was held to two runs on five hits, all singles. Pucetas also went six innings and gave up just two runs on four hits while striking out four.
High Desert (Mariners) 7, Lake Elsinore (Padres) 2
Third baseman Matt Mangini went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs to help the Mavericks win. High Desert now sits alone atop the Southern Division standings.
Inland Empire (Dodgers) 3, Visalia (Diamondbacks) 1
The 66ers may have won, but the Oaks provided most of the entertainment. Three Visalia members, manager Mike Bell, shortstop Perdo Ciriaco and righthander Wes Roemer, were all ejected in the same inning. In the third inning, with the game tied 1-1, Ciriaco was out trying to steal home. It was the third out and he disputed the call. Bell also argued the call and both were tossed. In the bottom half, Roemer got the first batter to ground out and then hit outfielder Trayvon Robinson. Roemer was ejected and went out in style, throwing a bag of balls onto the field.
Kinston (Indians) 7, Wilmington (Royals) 5
Kinston third baseman Beau Mills spoiled Jeff Howell’s grand slam with a two-run double in the eighth, helping to end the Indians’ losing skid. It was Mills’ only hit of the night. The Blue Rocks pitching staff didn’t do much to help the offensive effort however. Three pitchers combined for 11 walks in the game, five of which were drawn by outfielder John Drennen. Righthander Blake Wood started for Wilmington and went three innings, walking five and allowing three runs on three hits. Kinston shortstop Carlos Rivero is still swinging a hot bat. He went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. He’s now hitting .452/.452/.613 in 31 at-bats.
Frederick (Orioles) 5, Salem (Astros) 4
Jake Arrieta struck out seven in 5 2/3 and five different Keys drove in a run in the win over the Avalanche. Arrieta only gave up two hits in his start and the offense managed to manufacture runs despite being without the core of their lineup. Catcher Matt Wieters missed the game to attend the funeral of Michael Hutts, a Georgia Tech teammate who was recently found dead in his apartment. Brandon Snyder, Billy Rowell and Chris Vinyard all missed the game with injuries. Wieters will be back for tonight’s game and the three injured could all be in the lineup.
Myrtle Beach (Braves) 5, Winston-Salem (White Sox) 4
The Pelicans held off a late rally and managed to give righthander Tommy Hanson his first win of 2008. It’s a wonder it took this long after he dominated in his first two starts. Last night wasn’t much different, as he threw five innings while striking out six and giving up only three hits. Warthogs lefthander John Ely took the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out five. Gorkys Hernandez had two hits and two RBIs.
FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE
Sarasota (Reds) 9, Lakeland (Tigers) 4
Sarasota shortstop Chris Valaika broke a 2-2 tie in the third innings with a two-out, three-run homer off righthander Duane Below and the Tigers couldn’t match the Reds offense. Below was hit with the loss after giving up seven runs on 12 hits in 4 2/3. Lakeland shortstop Cale Iorg went 2-for-3 with his first professional home run.
Vero Beach (Rays) 10, Daytona (Cubs) 6
The Rays broke the game wide open in the eighth thanks to a series of singles. DH J.T. Hall led the team with three hits and four RBIs. Righthander Heath Rollins struck out seven and gave up five runs in four innings, but was let off the hook after the Vero Beach offense came alive.