Trenton beat up on New Hampshire taking an 11-2 win:
The Fisher Cats jumped out to a quick lead, when Kevin Howard started the game with a single and Brett Marshall issued back-to-back walks to load the bases. A sac fly from Mike McDade scored the first run of the game, but the Thunder got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Jose Pirela knocked a triple and scored on a single by Zoilo Almonte. A solo homer by Cody Johnson in the second gave the Thunder the lead. Jose Gil worked a walk and Addison Maruszak singled. The runners moved over on a sac bunt by Pirela and Gil scored when Ronnier Mustelier grounded out, giving Trenton a 3-1 edge. New Hampshire was able to pull within a run of Trenton, but the Thunder responded with back-to-back-to-back homers to start the bottom of the third, as Almonte, Robert Lyerly and Melky Mesa all went yard. The Thunder’s offense never let up, knocking the Fisher Cats for eleven runs on sixteen hits. Almonte went 3-5 with two runs scored, a homer and a pair of RBIs. Johnson was 3-4, including two homers, one of which traveled over 480 feet and landed in the parking lot. Gil, Pirela, Lyerly and Dan Brewer each had two hits in the game. Marshall ended the game going five innings and allowing just two runs on two hits. Kelvin Perez, Lee Hyde and Preston Claiborne each pitched hitless, scoreless innings in relief. Trenton’s seven homers set a franchise record and the last time Thunder players knocked back-to-back-to-back homers was in 2004 (with the help of Robinson Cano).
Tampa lost to Lakeland 5-2:
Lakeland took a quick lead, as Hernan Perez tripled to center in the first and scored on a throwing error by Zach Wilson. The score stayed 1-0 through five innings, as Tampa failed to string together hits. The Flying Tigers broke away in the bottom of the sixth, starting the inning with four straight singles. By the end of the inning they held a 4-0 lead over the Yankees. Tampa put together a rally in the eighth, as Jose Toussen walked and moved to second on a ground out by Kelvin Castro. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly from Ramon Flores. Rob Segedin knocked a solo homer and the score sat at 4-2. Lakeland got one run back in the bottom of the inning and the Yankees went down in order in the ninth, giving the Flying Tigers the 5-2 victory. Segedin went 2-4 with a run scored on a solo homer. Jose A. Ramirez went 5.2 innings and gave up four runs on ten hits. He did not issue any walks and struck out eight.
Charleston edged out Rome 2-1:
After two quick outs to start the first, Dante Bichette, Jr. got the RiverDogs rolling with a single to second. Tyler Austin followed with a RBI triple and Charleston was on the board. Gary Sanchez led off the second with a double to center and moved to third on an error. Angelo Gumbs worked a walk and Reymond Nunez grounded out to second, plating Sanchez for a 2-0 lead. Rome put together a quick rally in the top of the third getting their first and only run of the game, as Charleston held on for a 2-1 victory. Sanchez was 2-3 witha run scored, a double and a stolen base. He also threw out the only Braves player who tried to steal. Bichette went 2-4 with a run scored and a pair of strikeouts. Caleb Cotham threw four innings of one hit, one run baseball. He walked three and picked up four Ks. Wilton Rodriguez pitched three perfect innings, collecting five strikeouts.