Ex-Bulldog McGuiness promoted to Greenville
Last March, Chris McGuiness hit a ninth-inning home run to lift The Citadel to a 9-8 win over Davidson in the Southern Conference Tournament at Greenville's Fluor Field.
Now, the ex-Bulldogs standout is calling Fluor Field home.
McGuiness, a rookie first baseman, was promoted to Class A Greenville by the Red Sox last week after hitting .263 with six homers and 34 RBIs in 46 games with Lowell in the New York-Penn League.
A 13th-round pick last June, McGuiness set a Lowell franchise record with an extra-base hit in six straight games, part of a 13-game hitting streak.
McGuiness, from James Island High School, will not make a homecoming to Riley Park this season. Greenville plays in the South Atlantic League with the Charleston RiverDogs, but the Drive is not scheduled to visit Riley Park the rest of the season.
Around the bases
It was a good week for several former Lowcountry standouts:
--Shortstop Reese Havens (Bishop England HS/USC) batted .308 with eight RBIs in his last 10 games with St. Lucie in the Florida State League.
--Over his last 10 games, first baseman Justin Smoak (Stratford HS/USC) is hitting .324 with four doubles and four RBIs for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
--Pitcher Matt Crim (Stratford HS/The Citadel) ran his record to a remarkable 10-0 with Class A Danville. Crim worked six innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits, in a 4-1 win over Greeneville on Friday. He's the first Appalachian League pitcher to win 10 games in a season since 1997, and has a shot to be the first 11-game winner since 1976.
--Pitcher Michael Kohn (College of Charleston) has allowed only one earned run in his last 10 appearances, running his record to 6-1 with a 1.82 ERA and seven saves with Rancho Cucamonga in the California League. In 59 1/3 innings, opposing hitters are batting just .149 against Kohn this season.
--Outfielder Justin Greene (Straford HS/Francis Marion) is making the adjustment to high Class A ball at Winston-Salem. In his last 10 games, Greene is hitting .310 with two doubles and five RBIs.
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