Adam Warren lasted just three innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits, four walks and a homer. Pat Venditte came in for Warren and did a solid job in the middle innings. He threw three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, while picking up four Ks. Dewayne Wise had a big day, going 3-4 with a couple runs scored, a double, a homer and a RBI. Chris Dickerson and Steve Pearce were the other Empire State players to pick up multiple hits, but they were unable to bring in runs or score.
Trenton beat Portland 8-3:
The Thunder’s offense got to work early on Monday, as Abraham Almonte led off with a single and stole second. Jose Pirela doubled to left and David Adams and Zoilo Almonte hit back-t0-back singles. A single from Melky Mesa was followed by a walk to Cody Johnson. Gustavo Molina rounded out the scoring, as he drove a single to right and Trenton took a 4-0 lead. Portland got a couple runs back in the top of the second, as Dan Butler homered to left and Jonathan Hee doubled. Hee scored on a single from Heiker Meneses and the Thunder lead was cut in half. Zoilo Almonte started the bottom of the third with a solo homer, giving Trenton some breathing room. Portland added one more run in the top of the sixth, but the Thunder got it back on a double from Walter Ibarra and a RBI single from Abraham Almonte. Molina knocked a two-run homer in the eighth and the Thunder went on to win 8-3.
It was a good day to be an Almonte – Abraham went 3-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Zoilo went 3-4 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBIs. They both had a stolen base as well. Molina went 2-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Josh Romanski got the start and went 5.1 innings scattering seven hits for three runs. Chase Whitley closed out the game with two innings of scoreless ball, allowing just one hit and two walks.
Tampa fell to Clearwater 9-6:
Tampa was in for some excitement today, as Andy Pettitte made his first minor league appearance since returning to baseball. He gave up a double to start the second, allowing the runner to advance on a wild pitch. A sac fly scored Brandon Tripp and Clearwater had the first run of the day. The Yankees got the run back in the third, as Neil Medchill singled to start the inning. Jose Mojica hit into a force play at second, then moved up a base on a wild pitch. A fielding error allowed Mojica to score and Kelvin Castro to reach, tying the game at 1-1. Pettitte pitched a scoreless bottom of the third and was replaced by Brad Meyers in the fourth. Peter Lavin and Tripp hit back-to-back singles to open the inning. A wild pitch moved the runners up and Meyers then hit Jim Murphy with a pitch to load the bases. Jeremy Barnes singled, plating two runs as Clearwater retook the lead. Cameron Rupp then followed with a homer as the Threshers broke it open. At the end of the inning, Clearwater led 7-1. Tampa was able to get a couple runs back in the top of the fifth, but Clearwater answered with a pair of their own. In the top of the ninth, the Yankees were behind 9-3 and were able to get a rally going. Rob Segedin singled and moved to second when Kyle Roller grounded out. JR Murphy struck out, but Zach Wilson followed with a single, putting runners on the corners. A wild pitch allowed Segedin to score and Medchill followed with a homer to left. Unfortunately, Mojica grounded out, ending the Yankee threat as Clearwater walked away with the 9-6 victory.
Pettitte ended the day with three innings of work, two hits, a run and two strikeouts. 26 of his 32 pitches were strikes, which is darn impressive for a guy who just returned to baseball a month ago. Brad Meyers line told most of the story of the game, as he went 1.2 innings and gave up eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits. Zachary Nuding put together a solid relief appearance, throwing three innings and giving up just one hit and walk, while striking out six. Medchill was the highlight of the offense, going 3-4 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBIs. JR Murphy had a forgettable day, going 0-3 with a walk and three Ks, along with a throwing error.
Charleston lost to Augusta 7-4:
Augusta got to RiverDogs’ starting pitcher Scottie Allen quickly, as Kelby Tomlinson knocked a one out triple in the top of the first. A walk to Jose Cuevas was followed by a single from Ben Thomas. Cuevas scored on a force out and Elliot Blair singled before Brett Krill doubled in two more runs to give the GreenJackets a 4-0 lead before Charleston even got to the plate. Cito Culver and Gary Sanchez both worked walks. Culver scored on a RBI single by Ben Gamel to give the RiverDogs their first run of the day. Charles Jones hit a solo homer for Augusta in the third, but Charleston got the run back in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single from Reymond Nunez. Culver singled in the sixth and scored on a double from Sanchez, bringing Charleston within two runs of Augusta, who answered with another run in the top of the seventh. The RiverDogs trailed 6-4 as they headed into the ninth inning. Zachary Varce took the mound and walked Shawn Payne. A single by Tomlinson put runners on the corners and Payne scored some insurance for the GreenJackets. Charleston went down in order in the ninth, ending their win streak at three.