DARWIN 5, YUMA 3 (1st game of DH)
WP: Josh Johnson (1-0, 1.96)
LP: Carlos Zambrano (6-4, 3.65)
SV: Hoffman (16)
YUMA 9, DARWIN 3 (2nd game of DH)
WP: Roger Clemens (1-1, 3.07)
LP: Tom Glavine (9-5, 4.56)
Young Josh Johnson finally got his first win of the year in his first outing off the disabled list, getting help from Aaron Rowand, who singled, doubled and hit an RBI triple to pace the Finches offense in the first half of a doubleheader in Yuma. In the nightcap, Roger Clemens got HIS first win of the year to help the Firebirds earn a split of the twin bill. Clemens pitched into the seventh having allowed only one run and Ryan Zimmerman, given a start in the second game, had three hits, including his 10th HR of the season to lead Yuma’s 12-hit attack. The loss drops Darwin a season-high four games out of first place.
BROOKLYN 9, BLACK MESA 4
WP: Jeremy Bonderman (6-4, 2.95)
LP: Jamie Moyer (1-3, 10.89)
Jeremy Bonderman pitched eight strong innings and scored three times on a pair of hits, including his first homer of the year and only the third homer of the year hit by a BARB pitcher (Black Mesa’s Jon Garland has the other two!) With the win, the Moabs stayed within seven games of first place, but couldn’t pick up any ground on hot Worcester, which won its fourth straight.
POTTSYLVANIA 11, OAKEYLAND 8
WP: Derrek Turnbow (2-2, 7.96)
LP: Kevin Millwood (4-5, 4.48)
SV: Wagner (9)
Billy Wagner got a rare save opportunity thanks to the Creepers bullpen, which bailed out Mike Mussina (0.2 IP, 6 runs, 4 earned) on a day where neither starter had it and Nick Swisher had homered twice (in a losing cause, as it turns out) in the first two innings. Chad Tracy doubled in the go-ahead run in the third, and Chone Figgins later added a two-run triple to give the Creepers something they hadn’t seen in a while....a win.
LAS VEGAS 8, S-MART 5
WP: Scott Olsen (7-0, 3.22)
LP: Jason Schmidt (0-6, 5.89)
SV: Rivera (16)
Two pitchers going in opposite directions hooked up on Game Day 75, but neither was impressive. Olsen remained unbeaten, largely because Jason Schmidt was clearly not 100 percent and after the game Schmidt was placed on the DL for the second time this season and he may miss the rest of the campaign. On the offensive side, Alfonso Soriano drove in four runs to the lead the Luchadores, while Nady, Encarnacion and Sexson all homered in a losing cause for the Boom Sticks, who now boast the league’s worst W-L record to go with the dubious title of ‘most pitchers on the DL’.
WORCESTER 6, ARIZONA 3
WP: Danny Haren (8-6, 3.42)
LP: Neal Cotts (0-2, 7.22)
Dionner Navarro hit a game-winning three-run homer off Oscar Villareal in the top of the ninth to crush the D-Backs. In what is a perfect microcosm of their whole season, Brandon Webb pitched brilliantly, departing with a 3-1 lead after seven innings, only to watch the D-Backs pen of Greinke and Cotts put the Elims offense in a position to win the ballgame—which they did, the fourth straight for the streaking East leaders.
SAN JOSE 1, FROSTBITE FALLS 0
WP: John Lackey (6-9, 4.29)
LP: Ben Sheets (5-5, 4.22)
John Lackey doubled as part of the only inning leading to a run and, for good measure, went all the way, scattering just five hits and allowing only one Squirrel to even reach second base (Michael Young) in his best start of the season, a completely dominant performance, and a shutout win for the host Rockets. With the loss, Frostbite Falls ‘fell’ back to .500 (39-39), and nine games out of first place. The three-time champs have a lot of pride, so don’t expect them to become ‘sellers’ anytime soon, however.