Melky Mesa certainly did his part, but in the end it wasn’t quite enough as Trenton continued their early season struggles, dropping to 3-6 with another loss in Akron. Mesa went 3-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two stolen bases in the game, but the Trenton bullpen would come up the goat on this day. The Thunder actually jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the middle of the third inning, but Akron scored one run in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to cut the lead to 4-3 before exploding for four runs in the seventh to give them the lead for good. They even added a home run in the eighth for good measure.
The Yankees’ offense went off in a big way tonight, combining for a total of 11 hits and five walks in addition to the eight runs scored. Rob Segedin led the way, going 2-5 with three runs batted in, though he also struck out twice. Jose Toussen and Ramon Flored both went 2-5 as well with an RBI a piece, while shortstop Jose Mojica went 2-4 with a double. Mojica is hitting .346 on the season. From a pitching standpoint, Zachary Nuding started this game for the Yankees, hurling five shutout innings and striking out six batters along the way against three hits and a walk. Mark Montgomery pitched the final two innings of the blowout, allowing just one base runner on a walk to the first batter he saw while striking out three. With the victory, Tampa has now won four of their last five games after starting the season 0-4.
The Riverdogs jumped all over the Braves in this one, scoring five runs in the first two innings. Rome starter Carlos Perez managed to get the first two outs under his belt quickly in the first inning, but the back end of the Charleston order exploded with two outs, after Perez walked Dante Bichette, Tyler Austin, and Gary Sanchez. Ben Gamel and Angelo Gumbs would make him pay with RBI doubles bringing all three home, and the Riverdogs were staked to an early 3-0 lead. They would add two more in the second when Mason Williams hit a one out triple and was subsequently brought home by a two out single from Bichette. Bichette would go to third base on a double by Austin and then score on a wild pitch to give the Riverdogs their fifth run of the ballgame. Austin has just crushed the Rome pitching staff in this series, including a two home run performance Thursday night, but tonight he’d have to settle for a mere 4-4 outing with a walk and two doubles. He’s hitting .429/.448/1.000 through his first seven games even as he transitions to right field.
The Braves would keep it close, however, tacking on a few runs of their own to keep the game competitive at 5-3, and then brining it back to 6-4 via an RBI triple in the fifth inning, but the Riverdogs had another two-out rally in their bones in the seventh, when Reymond Nunez and Kelvin De Leon plated Austin and Bichette, respectively, with RBI singles.
In addition to Austin’s big night, Mason Williams went 2-5 with the aforementioned triple, Bichette finished 2-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored, Gary Sanchez went 1-4 with a walk, two strikeouts, and two runs scored, and De Leon went 2-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a runs scored.