How quickly things can change … one minute your team is tossing a no-hitter, the next they’ve lost the game …
That was the case in Durham where the Bulls lost the no-no (see, now I can say it) and the game, 2-1, to the Syracuse Chiefs (Blue Jays).
First John-Ford Griffin broke up the no-hitter with his leadoff single in the top of the eighth inning, coming around to score to tie the game at 1-1. One inning later it was Griffin the Bull Killer again as his double brought home Mike Vento with the winning run for Da Chiefs.
in frigid Scranton (Moosic, Moosic, must remind self it’s Moosic) it’s a slugfest with the Norfolk Tides leading 7-5 heading into the ninth thanks to a five-run eighth inning. That frame was highlighted by a two-run homer by new Orioles farmhand Luis Montanez (always a favorite of Jonathan Mayo). Tyler Clippard, who started for Scranton, gave up two runs in five innings while Tides pitcher Hayden Penn was yet another in a line of successful Baltimore farmhand pitchers on Opening Night with his five innings of two-hit ball, striking out six.
Two-time defending International League champions the Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers) scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning at Louisville (Reds) to knot that game at 2-2. Ryan Raburn hit a two-run homer for the Hens (and let this stand as my own correction on my earlier Southern League wrapup that it was his brother, Johnny, who drove in a pair for the Mudcats. No, Ryan was not actually in two places at one time)
Bomby is back in the International League but his team was trailing late in the game … but with his history of success that shouldn’t be the case too often. Bomby, of course, is Charlotte Knights manager Marc Bombard who returns to the Minors after a year as the Phillies’ first base coach with a ******** 1,556 victories as manager, by far the most of any active manager in the Minors. He replaced popular Knights skipper Razor Shines who is now the White Sox third base coach. The Knights trailed visiting Pawtucket Red Sox, 5-2, in the eighth thanks largely to a first-inning grand slam by PawSox outfielder Brandon Moss off of Knights ace Heath Phillips.