Trenton lost to New Hampshire 5-3:
The Thunder leapt out to an early lead, as Abraham Almonte and Ronnier Mustelier started the bottom of the first with back-to-back doubles. David Adams drew a walk and Melky Mesa drove a single to center, plating Mustelier for the quick 2-0 edge. The Fisher Cats struck back in the top of the third, as Mark Sobolewski and Justin Jackson both singled. Sobolewski scored on a wild pitch and a throwing error by Trenton catcher Jose Gil. Another single by A.J. Jiminez tied the game. Hall found himself in trouble again in the fourth, giving up another two runs as New Hampshire took the lead. They added another run in the seventh, for a 5-2 advantage. Trenton tried to scrape together a rally in the bottom of the eighth. Mustelier reached on an error and Robert Lyerly worked a walk. A RBI single from Mesa put the Thunder within two, but that was as close as they got, taking a 5-3 loss to start 2012.
Mustelier ended the day 2-4 with a pair of runs, a RBI and a double. He also got caught stealing. Mesa went 2-4 and had a pair of RBIs, both with two outs. Hall’s first start only lasted four innings, he gave up seven hits, four runs and two walks. Preston Claiborne pitched a scoreless, hitless 1.2 innings out of the bullpen picking up two Ks.
Tampa gave up an early lead to Lakeland and lost 8-5:
The Yankees drew first blood in the third, as Jose Mojica lead off with a double to right. He moved to third on a ground out by Eduardo Sosa. A sac fly from Kelvin Castro plated Mojica and the Yankees had their first run of the season. A RBI single by JR Murphy scored Kyle Roller in the fourth and the Yankees were up 2-0, but Lakeland responded with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. The Flying Tigers took a 4-2 lead in the sixth. Murphy started the bottom of the seventh with a walk and moved to third when Dixon Machado, the Lakeland shortstop, committed two errors on the same play. Murphy scored on a groundout from Mojica and the Yankees were within one run. Manuel Barreda took the mound for the top of the eighth and immediately got into trouble. He hit Tyler Collins with a pitch, gave up back to back singles, a sac fly, a walk and then another pair of singles, and suddenly the Yankees were facing an 8-3 deficit. Tampa was able to pick up another run in the bottom of the eighth and ninth, but it was not enough as they took a loss. JR Murphy started his season strong, going 1-3 with a RBI, a walk and a run scored. He committed one throwing error, but caught all three baserunners who tried to steal. Kelvin Castro was the only player to have multiple hits. He went 2-3 with a run scored, a RBI and a walk. Nik Turley had a great first start of the season, giving up just one earned run in five innings, allowing four hits, two walks and picking up nine strikeouts.
Charleston’s first game was postponed due to lightning in the area:
Rome had a 1-0 lead, but the Yankees had Mason Williams on third with no outs when the game got called in the bottom of the first. It looks like the game will be continued on May 18th.