It was a major travel day around baseball on Thursday, with only 7 games in the major leagues, and a light schedule in the minors was made lighter by the weather.
In Colorado Springs, the SkySox won both ends of a doubleheader from Tucson with runs in the final frame in both contests. In Game 2, Josh Outman pitched the final 2 innings and was the winning pitcher when the Sox scored 3 in the bottom of the 7th to win it. Josh allowed just 1 hit and has allowed just 1 UNearned run in 8 innings of work so far. Jesus Merchan was 0 for 4 in the doubleheader for Tucson.......In Fresno, Travis d'Arnaud had 2 hits, 2 RBI and scored 3 runs for Las Vegas, as the 51s ripped the Grizzlies, 14-3. Travis is off the a .300 start in the first 8 games...........In Kodak, the Chattanooga Lookouts topped the Smokies, 6-3. Brian Schlitter tossed a scoreless inning (1 hit, 1K) for the Smokies in his 3rd appearance in their 8 games........In Midland, Darren Byrd threw 2.2 inning for the Rock Hounds, allowing a run on 2 hits, NO walks, and 2 Ks, but the Naturals rallied for a 7-5 win after he left. Byrd has made 3 appearances for a total of 6.2 innings and has given up just the 1 run overall...........In Springfield, Domingo Santana hit his 2nd home run of the year, and walked 2 times, to help the Corpus Christi Hooks to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals. The Hooks are now 6-1 in the first week.
In Toledo, the Louisville Bats beat the Mud Hens again, this time 4-1. Jason Donald (LOU) and Quintin Berry (TOL) were each 0 for 4, but "JD" had a walk and scored a run for Louisville............In Sacramento, the River Cats snapped their losing streak with a 5-4 win over Tacoma, but Michael Taylor was 0 for 4 (still .371) for the Cats.
In Daytona, the Threshers hit 4 home runs, taming the Cubs, 12-2. Chris Serritella, Bob Stumpo, Aaron Altherr and Maikel Franco all went deep for Clearwater. Altherr also had a single and a double and raised his average to a robust .393! Serritella, Stumpo and Franco each drove in 3 runs, and Kyrell Hudson had 2 hits and stole a base. Luis Paulino threw 3 scoreless frames (2 hits, 1 walk, 3 Ks) to notch his 2nd save. In Greensboro, the BlueClaws lost again, depite 2 hits from Willie Carmona, and home runs by Art Charles and Brian Pointer. Pointer's 8th inning blast gave the Claws a 4-3 advantage, but the Grasshoppers got to Jeb Stefan for 3 in the bottom half to steal a 6-4 victory. Shane Watson started and went 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk, striking out 5. The Claws have lost 5 straight and are now 1-7.
Lehigh Valley and Reading were off, and the Fightin Phils have their home opener tonight.