Sunday, February 27, 2011

AL Season Openers

Anaheim Chiles @ Seattle Killer Whales
Anaheim pulled out to an early lead going up 4-0 in the third inning. That was all they needed as Mateo Batista only allowed three hits and one run over seven innings. Greg Niemen shut Seattle down for two innings in relief as Anaheim takes it 5-1.

Boston Bambinos @ Cincinnati Reds
Kevin Pong went seven innings giving up two runs for Boston, as Anaheim's starter Adam Byrne is pulled early after only four innings and one run against. Carrasco gives up a run in the sixth to allow Boston to tie it up at two. The eighth inning made all the difference, however. Tom Sanders came into the game for Cincinnati with two outs already down and nobody on base. Hernandez drives a ball to Ichiro Kojima that should have ended the inning, but Kojima mishandles it and Hernandez reaches on the error. It must have rattled Sanders a little, as he proceeded to walk the next two batters, loading the bases. Bob Koplov stepped up to the plate and crushed a grand slam, essentially ending the game. Cincinnati added a run in the bottom of the eighth, but still lost 6-3.

Buffalo Blue Cheese @ St. Louis City River Rage
This one wasn't even close. Buffalo goes through seven pitchers giving up sixteen hits and nine runs as St. Louis wins by committee with four players picking up a couple RBIs each. Even on the mound for St. Louis Yogi Anderson and Jose Mesa split the work pitching four and five innings respectively for the shutout giving up only two hits each.

Monterrey Sultans of Swat @ Charleston Chew
Monterrey's big guns were just too much for for Ron Lincoln as he gave up four HRs and six runs total in 6.2 innings for Charleston. That was more than enough for Luther Brush to get the win as he gave up only two runs in eight innings, both solo shots. Daniel Williams closed it out as Monterrey won 7-2.

Cheyenne Frozen Ropes @ Helena Shadow Wolves
Einar Crespo gave up two solo shots and three runs total in six innings for Helena. That was all Cheyenne needed as Bob Delaney only allowed four hits and no runs in six innings. Bennett carried it through the next two and star closer Coco Hines finished the job as usual closing it out for a 3-0 Cheyenne win.

Mexico City Chupacabras @ Montgomery Alibamu
In another tight game, Fausto Almanza went eight innings for Mexico giving up five runs. Stone Curtis for Montgomery is pulled after only three innings and two runs against. Herman gave up one in two innings of relief. Then Cora stepped in for the sixth and gave up a three run homer that would end up being the difference maker. Cole and Logan shut down Mexico for the last three innings, but Montgomery just couldn't get the tying run across home plate. Wright closed it out for Mexico's 6-5 win.

Ottawa O-Jays @ Milwalkee Manic Maulers
Another blowout. Andres DeLeon was stellar for Ottawa, going eight innings allowing on four hits and no runs while striking out nine. Jimmy Cole wasn't so stellar for Milwalkee giving up four HRs and six runs total (five earned) in 6.2 innings as Ottawa rolls to a 7-0 win.

Scranton Janitors @ New York Knickerbockers
Alex Samuel started for Scranton, giving up a two run shot and a solo HR for three runs against in five innings. New York had five pitchers sharing short inning duty combining to allow only two hits and no runs. Hunt's two run shot in the first was enough for the win, but they added three more as New York cruised to a 5-0 win.

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