Sunday, February 27, 2011

NL Season Openers

Norfolk Destroyers @ Atlanta Bandits
Atlanta went up 1-0 in the first inning, and the score stayed that way until the top of the seventh. Perez was great for Atlanta through 6.1 innings until Tony Gutierrez smacks a two run shot over the center field wall to give Norfolk a 2-1 lead. Wilson went six innings for Norfolk allowing just the one run. Aquino took over shutting down Atlanta for the next two, with Craig Sherman closing it out for a 2-1 Norfolk win.

Boise Bulldogs @ Salem Sacrifices
A couple solo shots in the second by Sanchez and Taylor help Salem take the early lead. That was enough for Sammy Garrido, as he only allowed three hits and one run in eight innings for Salem. Sanchez cracked another solo shot in the seventh and picked up a pop-out RBI in the eighth for insurance, but Vega didn't need the extra help as he closes out the game and Salem wins 4-1.

Chicago Cows @ Washington D.C. Blue Coats
Alex Clayton smacks a two run shot in the first inning giving Washington a 2-0 lead. Jeremi Gant closed the door on Washington for the next seven innings, but the damage was already done. Carter Leonard went eight innings for Washington giving up only two hits and no runs, and Alex Javier closed it out for a 2-0 Washington win.

Minnesota North Stars @ Fargo Dirtbags
Yorrick Cannon gives up a couple in the second to Fargo as he goes six innings for Minnesota. Minnesota's Molina gave up another two in the eighth, but with their offense absent, it made little difference by that point. Cy Young king Henriquez went six innings for Fargo giving up no runs with Cone, Price and Davis preserving the shutout in relief. Fargo takes it 4-0. And on an a side note, there are rumours that the MLB is considering changing the name of the Cy Young award to the Javier Henriquez award.

Louisville Woodies @ Huntington Riverdogs
Fred Carter loads the bases to open the forth inning setting up a Clayton Olson grand slam giving Louisville a 4-0 lead. They would add another in the top of the eighth to take a commanding 5-1 lead. But Huntington wasn't ready to throw in the towel. Black crushed a two run shot in the bottom of the eighth to pull Huntington within two. Louisville turned to all-star closer Matt Skinner in the bottom of the ninth. Skinner gave up a HR off the first hitter, Jiminez, making it a one run ballgame. Fortunately Skinner relied on his experience to regain his calm and finish the job, as Louisville takes it 5-4.

San Juan Dead Bunnies @ New Orleans Voodoo
Vin Espinosa gave up two HRs and five runs total in just five innings for San Juan. The bullpen only gave up one run in the final four innings, but it wasn't enough. New Orlean's Warren Pagnozzi gave up a couple of two run shots in 6.2 innings and Rodriguez gave up another one in the eighth to let San Juan pull to within one, but Miguel Estalella came in and closed it out to preserve the 6-5 New Orleans win.

San Francisco Sabercats @ Salt Lake City Shakers
San Francisco gets out to an early lead with a run in the second and third. It takes Salt Lake until the seventh with a two run shot by Fuentes to catch up. Still tied going into the top of the ninth, Armando Lopez entered the game to pitch for Salt Lake. He proceeded to load up the bases. With San Francisco's pitcher up next, they called out a pinch hitter, Orlando Diaz. Diaz hit a double to center field, allowing all three men on base to score. Leon Dunn closed it out in the bottom of the ninth for San Francisco as they won 5-2.

Syracuse Sandmen @ Vancouver Grizzlies
In a pitcher's duel, Alberto Vidal of Syracuse goes seven innings allowing only one run. Unfortunately for Syracuse and Vidal, Vancouver's Ossie Acker shut the door completely for eight straight innings. Heath Rollins came in to close it out and secure the 1-0 Vancouver victory.

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