Former Stratford High School teammates Matt Wieters and Justin Smoak seem to be bringing out the best in each other as their teams battle in Seattle.
Wieters, the Orioles’ catcher, was 2 for 4 and stroked a two-run double in the first inning of Baltimore’s 7-2 win over the Seattle Mariners late Tuesday night. He’s 3 for 7 with a home run and four runs batted-in as the teams split the first two games of the series, raising his batting average to .227.
Smoak, Seattle’s first baseman, was 2 for 4 with a double Tuesday and in the series is 4 for 7, improving his average to .237.
The teams play the final game of the series tonight.
Elsewhere among Lowcountry players in pro baseball Tuesday:
• Centerfielder Brett Gardner (Holly Hill, College of Charleston) was 1 for 4 with a walk and a strikeout and scored a run in the Yankees’ 7-4 win over Houston. He’s batting .252.
In the minors:
• First baseman Chris McGuiness (James Island, The Citadel) belted his fifth home run and was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI. He’s batting .228 for Class AAA Round Rock.
• Pitcher Mike Cisco (Wando HS, USC) pitched 11/3 innings for Class AA Arkansas, allowing four hits and two earned runs with a strikeout. He’s 1-0 with a 3.00 earned-run average for the season.
• Catcher John Murrian (Stratford HS) was 1 for 5 with a double and two RBI for Class A Lakeland. He’s batting .167 with a homer and seven RBI.
Also, pitcher Michael Roth (USC) was demoted by the Angels to Class AAA Salt Lake. Roth was 1-1 with a 9.31 ERA in 92/3 innings in his first MLB stint.