Opening Day for Season 9 is upon us, and another exciting season is in the works. As usual, half the teams open in the afternoon session, and the other half will open tonight. Here's what happened in the opening session:
We start in Washington D.C., where the Blue Coats hooked up in a pitcher's duel with Norfolk. Cy Young award winner Carter Leonard was spectacular, but Norfolk's Bobby Davenport matched him pitch for pitch over 7 innings. The game was won in the tenth, when Willis Biddle hit an RBI double with two outs to give Washington a 1-0 win.
In Fargo, Philadelphia's Bernard Robinson struck out 12 Dirtbags but took the loss, as Javier Henriquez pitched 6 shutout innings and Alex Lim (2-run inside-the-park homer) and Ricardo Martinez (solo shot) provided the offense in a 3-1 win.
In New Orleans, Huntington pitcher Lonny Gates gave up 4 runs in seven innings, but made up for all four with a fourth inning grand slam to chase opposite number Jerome Oliver and help fuel a 7-4 Riverdogs win.
In Salem, Los Angeles starter Enrique Gutierrez outdueled Salem ace Sammy Garrido and catcher Yeico Solano drove in three to give the Poseidons a 4-1 victory over the Salem Sacrifices.
In Louisville, surprise starter Cookie Camacho pitched seven shutout innings for the Scranton Janitors and SS Dante Shumpert drove in four as the Janitors thumped the Legends 10-1.
In Boise, Anaheim Chiles Cy Young award winner Mateo Batista was outdueled by Shadow Wolves starter Hector Manto and Barry McEnroe finished a triple short of the cycle as Boise won 3-0.
In Milwaukee, Buffalo Blue Cheese starter Miguel Hernandez threw a complete game, giving up only one run and 1B Sammy Lee drov in a pair to help pace Buffalo to a 5-1 win over Barry Rader and the Manic Maulers.
In Charlotte, Mel Messner and Tony Stieb each drove in a pair of runs and the bullpen pitched 7 1/3 innings, yielding only one run, to lead the Lions to victory over the visiting Montgomery Alibamu.