Michael Bowden has a good day on the mound. Adam Brett Walker II hits his thirtieth homer. Chad Christensen, Kohl Stewart, and Luke Westphal lead the Miracle to a sweep. A solid outing for Sam Clay. An excellent game for Dereck Rodriguez.
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 2, ROCHESTER 1 IN ROCHESTER
Batting star: Carlos Paulino was 2-for-3.
Pitching stars: Michael Bowden struck out eight in seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks. Alex Meyer struck out three in two shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks.
Opposition stars: Kyle Davies pitched six innings, allowing one run on four hits and no walks with five strikeouts. Gregorio Petit was 2-for-4 with a home run. Ali Castillo was 3-for-5 with a double.
The game: Petit homered in the second to put the RailRiders up 1-0. An error allowed the Red Wings to tie it in the fourth. A sacrifice fly put the RailRiders back up 2-1 in the seventh. The Red Wings put the tying run on second with two out in the seventh but their last seven batters were retired.
Of note: Aaron Hicks was 1-for-4. James Beresford was 0-for-4. Reynaldo Rodriguez was 0-for-4 with a run. Josmil Pinto was 1-for-4. Oswaldo Arcia was 0-for-4.
CHATTANOOGA 7, BIRMINGHAM 1 IN BIRMINGHAM
Batting stars: Adam Brett Walker II was 2-for-4 with a home run (his thirtieth) and a walk, scoring twice and driving in two. Levi Michael was 3-for-4 with two runs. Max Kepler was 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs.
Pitching stars: D. J. Baxendale pitched six innings, giving up one run on four hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Nick Burdi struck out three in a scoreless innings, giving up one hit and two walks. Corey Williams pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Robinson Leyer struck out three in two shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks. Ryan Leonards was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run.
The game: The Lookouts scored four in the third to break a 1-1 tie and take control of the game. The runs came on two sacrifice flies and RBI singles by Walker II and D. J. Hicks. The Lookouts added to more in the fourth to go ahead 7-1.
Of note: Stephen Wickens was 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs. Niko Goodrum was 0-for-4 with a walk and a run. Travis Harrison was 0-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs. Hicks was 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.
FORT MYERS 5, JUPITER 2 IN JUPITER (GAME 1--7 INNINGS)
Batting stars: Chad Christensen was 3-for-4 with two triples and two RBIs. Mitch Garver was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs. Logan Wade was 1-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Pitching stars: Kohl Stewart pitched six innings, giving up two unearned runs on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts. Jake Reed pitched a perfect inning.
Opposition stars: Brian Anderson was 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. Justin Bohn was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run. Victor Araujo struck out two in two shutout innings, allowing three hits.
The game: Christensen had a two-run triple in a three-run third that put the Miracle up 3-1. Rodrigo Vigil had an RBI single in the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2. It stayed there until the seventh, when Wade had a two-run double to put the Miracle in control of the game.
Of note: Engelb Vielma was 1-for-4 with a run. Aderlin Mejia was 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs.
FORT MYERS 6, JUPITER 1 IN JUPITER (GAME 2--7 INNINGS)
Batting stars: Zach Granite was 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Logan Wade was 1-for-4 with a triple, scoring once and driving in one. Chad Christensen was 0-for-1 with two walks and two runs.
Pitching stars: Luke Westphal struck out five in five shutout innings, giving up four hits and two walks. Todd Van Steensel pitched a perfect perfect inning, striking out all three batters he faced.
Opposition stars: Felix Munoz was 2-for-3 with a home run (his fifth) and a double. Jose Urena struck out two in two perfect innings. C. J. Robinson pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit with one strikeout.
The game: The Miracle scored five runs in the fourth inning, pretty much winning the game right there. They batted nine, getting two walks, three singles, a triple, and a double steal of second and home. The lone Hammerhead run came when Munoz homered with one out in the seventh.
Of note: Engelb Vielma was 0-for-4. Tanner Vavra was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run. Mitch Garver was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
PEORIA 5, CEDAR RAPIDS 4 IN CEDAR RAPIDS
Batting stars: Sean Miller was 2-for-4 with two doubles, scoring once and driving in one. T. J. White was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Alex Real was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk, scoring once.
Pitching star: Sam Clay pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
Opposition stars: Nick Thompson was 3-for-4 with a home run (his twelfth) and a walk, scoring twice and driving in two. Brian O'Keefe was 1-for-2 with a double and two walks, scoring once and driving in one. Harrison Bader was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs.
The game: It was tied 2-2 after five. Miller doubled in a run in the sixth and Brett Doe singled one home in the seventh for a 4-2 Kernels lead. The Chiefs tied it in the eighth, scoring twice on only one hit, with both runs scoring on wild pitches. The first two batters in the ninth went out, but a single and a walk put men on first and second and Thompson then singled home the winning run.
Of note: Nick Gordon was 1-for-5. Edgar Corcino was 0-for-4.
ELIZABETHTON 6, BRISTOL 1 IN ELIZABETHTON
Batting stars: A. J. Murray was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, scoring once and driving in one. LaMonte Wade was 2-for-4 with a triple and a walk, scoring twice. Nelson Molina was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Pitching stars: Dereck Rodriguez struck out eleven in six innings, giving up one run on seven hits and no walks. Onesimo Hernandez struck out two in two shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk. Kuo Hua Lo pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Gage Hinsz struck out six in five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks. John Bormann was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Nick Buckner was 3-for-4 with a double.
The game: The Pirates scored one in the first and still led 1-0 through four. Molina singled in a run in the fifth to tie it, a single and three walks brought home a run in the sixth to give the Twins a 2-1 lead, and the Twins scored three in the seventh to take control of the game. Two of the runs scored on a Murray double.
Of note: Jermaine Palacios was 1-for-5. Daniel Kihle was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Zander Wiel was 0-for-2 with two walks and a run.