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