Minor League Recap - April 7th Games

Mike Porzio made his 2003 debut Monday, pitching five hitless innings to lead the Charlotte Knights past the Norfolk Tides, 2-0.

Porzio (0-1), who was looking to beat Kelly Wunsch out for the lefty specialist job in spring training, was very sharp, retiring the first ten batters he faced. Porzio kept the Tide hitters off balance, and struck four. After Porzio departed, the no-hitter remained intact until the seventh inning, when Matt Ginter gave up a single.

Edwin Almonte entered the game in the ninth inning with a 2-0 lead and looking for his third save. After a scoreless inning, in which he struck out the side, he earned that save. After everything was said and done, Knights pitching had combined to throw a two-hitter and strikeout eight Norfolk batters.

Willie Harris and Scott Morgan each had RBI singles to pace Charlotte. Morgan, who went 1-3 on the day, has been swinging a hot bat, and his average currently stands at .600, with two home runs and four runs driven in.

Blair Barbier of the West Tenn. Diamond Jaxx singled home the winning run in an 11-inning game, as the Birmingham Barons lost, 3-2.

The winning run came off Royce Ring (0-1), who was drafted in the first round by the White Sox in this past year's draft.

Left-hander Jim Bullard, a frequent visitor of www.soxnet.net, started for the Barons and didn't fair that well. Bullard went only 3 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out two.

On Offense, Scott Bikowski, who went 3-for-5, and Danny Sandoval, who had two singles, were standouts for the Barons who lost their third straight game after winning two to start the season.

The game between the Kannapolis Intimidators and the Hagerstown Suns was postponed due to rain.

The Intimidators and Suns game for Monday night was postponed due to rain damage on the field. Monday's scheduled game will be made up as part of a double header on Tuesday with the first game scheduled at 6:00 p.m.

The Winston-Salem Warthogs had the day off and will resume play today against Lynchburg Hillcats.


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