Palmetto Pros: Stratford HS alums Wieters, Smoak square off in Seattle

Stratford High School alum Justin Smoak squared off with former Knights teammate Matt Wieters in Seattle on Monday night. (File photo)


Former Stratford High School teammates Matt Wieters and Justin Smoak held a reunion in Seattle on Monday night, and it was memorable for both.

Wieters hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning for the Orioles, but Smoak went 2 for 4 with a double, and his Mariners won by 6-2 before 9,818 fans, the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history.

Smoak, plagued recently by back and leg stiffness, played designated hitter and raised his average to .223. Wieters was 1 for 3 and is batting .214.

Elsewhere for Lowcountry players in pro baseball on Monday:

• Centerfielder Brett Gardner (Holly Hill, College of Charleston) went 2 for 4 and scored a run, but the Yankees gave up 17 hits and were pounded, 9-1, by the Astros.

In the minors:

• First baseman Chris McGuiness (James Island, The Citadel) was 0 for 2 but walked three times in Class AAA Round Rock’s 10-9 win over Iowa. McGuiness is batting .214.

• Pitcher Drew Cisco (Wando HS) pitched seven innings and got the win in Class A Dayton’s 6-5 win over Burlington. Cisco gave up six hits and four earned runs, walking none and striking out three. For the season, he’s 2-1 with a 3.000 ERA and just one walk against 30 strikeouts.

• Pitcher John Cornely (Bishop England HS, Wofford) pitched one inning against Winston-Salem, giving up three hits, two earned runs and a home run. He’s 0-0 with an 8.10 ERA in three appearances for Class A Lynchburg.

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