Regular season is underway, with half the teams playing their openers in the PM cycle. Let's take a quick look at the opening games, starting in the AL.
In Cincinnati, Columbus spoiled the Waste Managers' home opener with a 6-2 win. Criminals' 2B Fernando Espada collected 4 hits, including a double and a homer, and starter Eduardo Pena fanned 6 and allowed just a run in 6 innings.
Scranton upended Pittsburgh as Rich Grace and Hal Maurer shut down the vaunted Alleghenies offense. CF Juan Lopez homered for the Stranglers in the 5-1 win.
Charlie Cosby and 5 relievers shut out Austin, 3-0, as Richmond opened its South title defense with a home win. Ernest Farr slammed his first AL homer to pace the offense.
Augie Fujiwara twirled a complete game shutout for Portland; they knocked off the defending World Champ Salem Goonies at home, 3-0. SS Hong-Gu Kim drove in all the Bar & Grillers' runs with a homer and a single.
Chicago nosed Ottawa, 5-4, in the Ice home opener. Wth the score tied at 4 in hte top of the 9th, Swingers' SS Julio Prieto singled, stole second, and scored on Theodore Beckett's single. Ottawa threatened in their half, getting a pair of hits, but Roger Lawson steadied and got the save.
Jacksonville blew open a 2-2 tie with 7 in the 9th for a 9-2 road win at Burlington. George Kipling drilled a bases-loaded triple to key the big inning for the Jinxed; Russ Guthrie got the win with 2 scoreless innings in relief.
Luis Redondo thanked Mexico City for his new contract with 6 strong innings - the Red Hot edged New Orleans at home, 3-2. LF Damaso Castillo delivered the game-winner - a 3-run homer in the 4th.
Vancouver opened at home in a promising way: back-to-back-to-back solo homers in the 1st inning (Carlos Cairo, Derek Walker and Sammy Reyes). But Vegas starter Luis Cortes and 2 relievers shut down the Victory on 4 hits the rest of the way, and the 69ers got a big 5-run 5th for a 5-3 road win. C Gabe Borland homered and drove in 3 for Las Vegas.