CAROLINA ON MY MIND
Oh sorry, was that too obvious a title?
Defending Carolina League champion Kinston Indians opened on the road at Winston-Salem (White Sox) with a nice matchup of top 2006 draft picks and both were living up to draft billing. David Huff for Kinston had allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit in four innings while White Sox pick Kyle McCulloch scattered five hits without allowing an earned run in five in the 2-2 tie mid-six.
The Potomac Nationals scored early and often, putting a six-spot on the board en route to an 8-0 lead over Lynchburg (Pirates) in the fifth. Craig Stammen had allowed just two hits in four scoreless innings for the Nats.
In Myrtle Beach, the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals) had a 1-0 lead over the host Pelicans (Braves) through three, as Wilminton mascot Mr. Celery no doubt watched at home from his La-Z-Boy recliner, nibbling on veggies as he waits for his team’s home opener.
Orioles fans were rejoicing as their young pitching prospects were doing well across the board on Thursday night, with Frederick’s Brandon Erbe dazzling in his six innings of work against the host Salem Avalanche (Astros). Erbe and his Keys held a 2-1 lead heading into the seventh innings as the right-hander had allowed one run on three hits over six.