With 16 teams scattered over three time zones, it’s never a dull moment in the Pacific Coast League …
The Fresno Grizzlies (Giants) played some long ball including a four-run seventh to top the Portland Beavers (Padres), 9-4. Nathan Schierholtz delivered the biggest blows, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a homer. The Grizzlies also got home runs from Chad Santos and Justin Leone.
Mets prospect Phil Humber got the win in his Triple-A debut as the New Orleans Zephyrs topped the Nashville Sounds, 4-1. They added an insurance run in the eighth on a solo homer from second baseman Ruben Gotay. And for Brewers fans who may be wondering, it was Zach Jackson with the Opening Night start, not Yovani Gallardo.
Former first-rounder Eric Munson was 3-for-4 with a double and a homer to lead the Round Rock Express to a 6-2 victory over the Iowa Cubs. In relief, Stephen Randolph picked up the win with two innings of one-hit ball, striking out five.
The Salt Lake Bees rallied for the 4-3 win over Las Vegas scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth when a Nick Gorneault RBI single brought home Kendry Morales.
It was a good night for Dee Browns of the baseball world. One wielded the big bat in the Potomac Nationals’ victory over Lynchburg, while this one had a pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the eighth that was the difference in the Tucson Sidewinders’ 5-4 win over Colorado Springs.
Former Mets outfielder Victor Diaz may find new life in Texas if he keeps up the good work at Oklahoma, where he not only homered early in the game but also delivered the game-winning RBI double in the ninth for a 5-4 victory over Memphis. The Redhawks scored two in the top of the ninth and hung on for the win.
The Albuquerque Isotopes exploded for a seven-run fifth inning en route to a 9-3 win against Omaha. Some familiar names to long-time fans did the damage including Chad Hermansen, who was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Todd Sears, Paul Hoover and Reggie Abercrombie also chipped in by driving in two runs apiece.
And finally, the Sacramento RiverCats (Athletics) couldn’t have made it much more exciting in their 8-7 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners). Leading 7-4 heading into the ninth, they gave up the lead when Rainiers outfielder Adam Jones hit a game-tying three run homer. But Sacramento won when Kevin Melillo drew a bases-loaded walk to score Kurt Suzuki.