Chris Dwyer took the loss, as he allowed seven runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out six. After George Sherrill allowed two runs in the seventh, Buddy Baumann pitched two hitless innings of relief. He was just promoted from Double-A.
Orlando Calixte got the Naturals on the board in the first with a two-run homerun, his first of the season. Matt Fields hit his tenth homerun of the season, a solo shot in the fourth. Brett Eibner hit his first homerun since returning from the DL, a two out, two-run shot in the Naturals five run 7th inning. Eibner also threw a runner out at the plate in the 6th inning with the bases loaded.
Brooks Pounders earned the win, as he pitched to two batters in the sixth. He did not allow a run on three hits and two walks while striking out four. He threw 70 pitches, 43 for strikes.
The Drillers got their four runs in the 8th inning against reliever Andy Ferguson.
*Outfielder Carlo Testa was activated off the DL and his return to the lineup will be his first action of the season.
In a back-and-forth affair across the middle innings, Wilmington beat visiting Myrtle Beach, 5-4. The Blue Rocks took the lead for good in the bottom of the 6th inning on Kenny Swab‘s two out, two-run homerun (he also drove in two runs in the second with a two out triple).
Outfielder Alex Llanos picked up his first hit with the Blue Rocks in just his second game with the team. He also threw a runner out at third base.
Lexington split their doubleheader in West Virginia. The Legends lost Game 1 by a 3-2 score. They scored two runs in the top of the first inning on Fred Ford‘s homerun. It was their only hit of the game.
Daniel Stumpf was the hard luck loser, as he pitched the complete game. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk. He struck out six.
In Game 2, the Legends won 6-4. Their runs came between the third and fifth innings and five different players drove in runs.
Adalberto Mondesi, Humberto Arteaga, and Alex Marquez each picked up two hits.
Aroni Nina picked up his first win of the season, as he allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out two.
Manager Brian Buchanan was ejected in the 5th inning.