Trenton beat Portland 10-1:
After three scoreless innings, Trenton broke through in the bottom of the fourth on a solo homer from Ronnier Mustelier. Portland answered with a run in the top of the fifth, but Gustavo Molina led off the bottom of the inning by reaching on an error. Jose Pirela was hit by a pitch and Walter Ibarra connected with a RBI single to put the Thunder on top again. Cody Johnson started the sixth with a single to right. Back-to-back doubles by Jose Gil and Addison Maruszak put Trenton up 4-1. The Thunder ran away with the game in the bottom of the eighth. Three straight singles were followed by another double by Maruszak. Abraham Almonte walked and Mustelier doubled as the Thunder added six more runs for a 10-1 victory. Mustelier ended the day 2-4 with two runs scored a double, a homer and two RBIs. Maruszak went 2-4 with a run scored and two doubles and Jose Gil was 2-2 with two runs scored, two doubles and three RBIs. Shaeffer Hall had a strong outing, going seven innings and allowing just one run on four hits and a walk while picking up five Ks.
Note: David Adams is having trouble with a stiff neck (which is good, since it’s not his ankle…) and Jose Pirela got hit in the head with a pitch last night, so it looks like Kevin Mahoney could be headed up to Trenton.
Tampa beat Clearwater 2-1:
Ramon Flores started the fourth inning with a double to left. He moved to third on a groundout and scored on a single from Kyle Roller giving Tampa a 1-0 lead. It was a short-lived lead as Peter Lavin started the bottom of the inning with a solo homer for Clearwater. The score stayed knotted at 1-1 through the ninth inning, with neither team making much of a threat. Rob Segedin then started the top of the twelfth with a solo homer to right, giving the Yankees the lead again. Mark Montgomery came in to close out the game and issued a walk to Jeremy Barnes and allowed a single to Cody Asche. A sac bunt moved the runners and gave Tampa the first out. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, D’Arby Myers grounded the ball back to the mound, where Montgomery got the force at home before striking out Albert Cartwright to end the game and give the Yankees the 2-1 win. Segedin was 2-5 with the game-winning homer. Nik Turley went six innings and gave up one run on seven hits and three walks, picking up four strikeouts. Francisco Rondon threw three scoreless, hitless innings and striking out seven hitters.
Charleston beat Augusta 11-5:
Augusta was the first to draw blood, plating a run in the top of the first inning, but the RiverDogs took the lead in the second, when they scored three runs on a bases loaded Anderson Feliz triple. Charleston’s bats exploded again in the fourth, as Casey Stevenson singled to start and Reymond Nunez lined a single to right. A fielding error put Feliz on safely and juiced the bases. Mason Williams reached when the catcher missed the throw at the plate, allowing Stevenson to score. Dante Bichette then tripled to right and scored on a double from Tyler Austin. With an 8-1 lead, Charleston added a few more runs in the late innings and survived a sixth inning rally by Augusta to hold on to an 11-5 win. Austin was 2-5 with a double, a triple and two RBIs. Anderson Feliz was 3-4 with two runs scored, a double, a triple and three RBIs. Jose Campos put in another strong outing for the RiverDogs, going five innings and allowing an unearned run on no hits and two walks, while striking out eight.