Former Stratford High School star Matt Wieters dropped an opposite-field double just inside the foul line for the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Orioles beat the Royals, 4-3, on Tuesday night.
“I was leaning it,” Wieters told reporters after the game. “And I was pretty excited when the umpire made the fair signal.”
Wieters was 2 for 4 with two doubles and three runs batted-in, boosting his average to .234 and giving him 18 RBI for the season.
Elsewhere among Lowcountry players in pro baseball Tuesday night:
• Reliever Bobby Parnell (Charleston Southern) got the win after Matt Harvey’s nine-inning, one-hit performance for the Mets. Parnell (3-0) worked a perfect 10th, striking out two, in the Mets’ 1-0 win over the White Sox. Harvey struck out 12 and walked none over nine innings, but was pulled when the game went into extra innings.
• Justin Smoak (Stratford HS, USC) was 1 for 4 in the Mariners’ 4-1 loss to the Pirates, and his batting .236.
• Brett Gardner (Holly Hill, College of Charleston) was 0 for 1 with a walk and a strikeout in the Yankee’s 2-0 loss at Colorado, and is batting .269.
In the minors;
• Chris McGuiness (James Island, The Citadel) was 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored for Class AAA Round Rock, and is hitting .263.
• Justin Greene (Stratford HS) was 0 for 4 for Class AA Mobile, and is hitting .265.
• Reese Havens (Bishop England HS, USC) was 1 for 4 for Class AAA Las Vegas, and is hitting .274.
• Pitcher Mike Cisco (Wando HS, USC) worked one inning of hitless relief for Class AA Arkansas. He’s 1-0 with a 2.57 earned-run average in 12 appearances.
Here’s a complete list of Palmetto Pros from the Lowcountry and from The Citadel, Charleston Southern, College of Charleston, Clemson and USC.