Scranton 4, Lehigh Valley 0 (LP: Happ 0-1, 6.75)
In their first ever official game, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs were almost on the bad end of a perfect game. Scranton starter Kei Igawa (1-0) threw six perfect innings before handing over the game to the Yankees bullpen, who promptly lost the perfect game bid when Brandon Watson singled to lead off the seventh inning. Watson's hit would be the only one of the game for the 'Pigs.
J.A. Happ worked four innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out four hitters and suffered the loss. He allowed a solo home run to Jason Lane in the second inning as the Yankees took a 2-0 lead.
Reading 8, Altoona 3 (WP: Carpenter 1-0, 3.60)
Drew Carpenter allowed two earned runs over five innings and got a lot of offensive support as Reading opened the year with a win on the road. Carpenter allowed eight hits and didn't issue a walk in the outing. Will Savage came on with no outs and runners on first and second in the sixth and worked out of the jam before throwing another shutout inning.
Both teams banged out 12 hits in the game, with Reading led by Jeremy Slayden, who collected two singles and a triple. Jason Donald, Juan Tejeda and Lou Marson each had two hits, with Tejeda launching his first home run of the season.
Dunedin 2, Clearwater 1 (LP: Cruse 0-1, 6.75)
Phillies closer Brad Lidge, who is on a rehab assignment, started the game for Clearwater and gave up two hits, including a solo home run in his first outing against hitters this spring. The Phillies have talked about activating Lidge in time for Saturday's game against Cincinnati. Last year's first round pick Joe Savery followed Lidge to the mound and threw five strong innings allowing three hits and striking out seven. The down side to his performance were the five walks that he issued in the game. Andrew Cruse came on to start the seventh and gave up one run in 1.1 innings of work to suffer the loss.
Adrian Cardenas had two doubles and a single for Clearwater. The Threshers got their only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth when Matt Spencer and Gus Milner singled to open the inning and each moved up a base on a wild pitch. With one out Welinson Baez lifted a sacrifice fly to score Spencer and tie the game at one.
Lake County 4, Lakewood 0 (LP: Naylor 0-1, 5.40)
Lakewood picked up eight hits, but couldn't push any runs across the plate in losing their opener to Lake County. All eight of the 'Claws hits were singles, with Dominic Brown the only multi-hit BlueClaw of the night, picking up two hits in the losing effort. In all, the BlueClaws stranded eight runners in the game.
Drew Naylor lasted five innings, but allowed three earned runs on five hits and a walk. He also struck out six hitters.