Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The other half of the league opens

Highlights from the rest of the season openers:

National League:

In Fargo, Dirtbags 1B Rolando James went 3 for 4 with a home run and Javier Henriquez pitched 6 scoreless innings to lead Fargo to a 5-0 win over division rival Chicago.

In Houston, Riverdogs Matt Skinner yielded 2 solo homers in the ninth (one to Julio Mendoza and one to pinch hitter Cy Brunson) to the visiting Austin City Limits, but an Eddie Smith sacrifice fly in the 11th provided Houston with a 6-5 win.

In Salem, the Sacrifices could not figure out Vancouver Golden Otters ace Oswaldo Astacio, getting only 1 hit in 6 innings. Chris Jennings pitched a scoreless ninth to give Vancouver a 3-2 decision.

In Washington, Marino Coronado hit two homers and Eddie Greer drove in 4 for the Blue Coats as they smacked around Trenton ace Alex Sanchez en route to an easy 9-1 victory.

American League

The defending AL champions from Milwaukee were down 10 runs before scoring their first run of the season. The visiting Syracuse Simpletons got 2 homers from Max Rivera as they held off a furious charge from the Manic Maulers to win 10-6.

In Boise, Shadow Wolves ace Joey Hubbard outdueled Helena's Billy Nation, giving up just one run over 7 innings. Damaso Brogna's 6th inning homer erased a 1-0 deficit and gave the Wolves a 2-1 win.

In Louisville, Legends ace Carlton Fleming got shelled, giving up 7 runs in 3 2/3 innings. Boston Bambinos 1B Wilton Petrick hit 3 homers and drove in 6 to lead Boston to a 10-8 win.

In Oklahoma City, Jackson Vipers starter Fausto Almanza was very good, giving up only 2 runs (1 earned) in eight innings. But OKC starter Heath Caufield was better, pitching 8 shutout innings as the Obese Supermodels won 2-0.

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