LOUISVILLE LIONS AT TORONTO KIDS IN THE HALL
Toronto, Canada: In there fourth straight game of seven matches against Toronto, the Louisville Lions won their third of four matches Friday afternoon with a 7-3 victory over the Kids in the Hall in Toronto.
Diego Martin scored the first run of the game with a rare solo inside-the-park home run into left field. The ball was hit down the third base line and bounced off of the wall which directed the ball towards center field. While Martin is not known for his speed, he was on his horse on this play, eventually completing his run around the bases.
The Lions would make it 2-0 in the top of the third inning when Lion SS Joseph Lee scored on a Toronto CF Juan Lee error.
With Toronto scoring a run in the bottom of the third, Louisville DH Chan Martin would put the game out of reach with a three-run home run to right center field off of Toronto starter Felix Gardner (3-3). Gardner was pulled after allowing his sixth earned run of the game.
Louisville starter Wayne Barker (2-0) pitched five innings and gave up only one earned run while striking out six to earn his second win of the season.
AUGUSTA TIMBERMEN AT AUSTIN HEALEYS
Austin, TX: Vincenzo Gordon (3-2) threw eight strong innings and CF Edgar Borges drove in four runs as the Timbermen defeated the Healeys, 5-2, at the Dell.
With the game knotted at two in the top of the seventh inning and two men on base, Borges hit a flyball three-run home run straight away to center field to put the Timbermen ahead for good.
Gordon threw eight strong innings, giving up only two earned runs while striking out five and walking two for his second straight win. Gordon has been on fire in his last four starts going 3-1 with a 1.28 ERA.
HARTFORD POSSE AT SEATTLE EARTHQUAKE:
Seattle, WA: The Hartford Posse earned their fourth win in five games on Thursday, taking down the Seattle Earthquake, 6-3, at Safeco Field in front of 28 fickle sports fans.
With the Posse up 2-1, C Justin Paige crushed a solo shot to centerfield to tie the game. All 28 fans went wild.
After Posse CF Sergie Sanford knocked in two runs on a double down the leftfield line, fourteen fans left the stadium... little did they know (or care) that Seattle LF Russell Girardi would bring the Earthquake back to within one run on a solo homer to left center field.
Though the Eartquake stayed within one run for most of the remainder of the game, Posse LF Justin Clark put the game out of reach with a linedrive two run home run to left center field.
Posse starter Wallace Moore (4-2) earned his third win in four games while Micah Smith earned his league-tying tenth save of the season.
NEW YORK METROS AT ALBUQUERQUE APACHES
Albuquerque, NM: The Apaches got on the board early and often, scoring seven of their 11 runs by the third inning, on their way to an 11-7 victory over the New York Metros at Isotopes Park. Four players accounted for two ore more RBI's in the game. Albuquerque has won six of their last eight games.
The Apaches played small ball in the first inning, scoring four runs on four individual hits. CF Mitch Rivera, the first batter New York faced, hit a flyball solo homerun to left field to start the scoring. After a walk to C Rob Costello and a single by SS Sammy Cruz, LF Luis Rincon hit a groundball single to bring in Costello. 1B BC Rivera scored Cruz on a line drive single. 2B Juan Prieto capped off the first inning with a double to score Rivera.
Though the Metros scored their first run in the top of the third inning on a solo home run by 3B Pedro Johnson, Albuquerque answered in the bottom of the third with a two-run home run by RF Jocko Ducey and a solo shot by Prieto.
Though New York would add three more runs to their total in the sixth, seventh, and ninth innings, Albuquerque scored four more runs to take the game, 11-7.
*NOTE: Luis Rincon now has 10 RBI's in his last five games.