Trenton kicked off a homestand with a disappointing 6-2 loss to Harrisburg, getting just five hits in the game. Starter Josh Romanski allowed four runs in the first inning before settling down to pitch six more scoreless innings and finishing with six strikeouts to just one walk, but the Thunder were unable to overcome the early deficit with their anemic performance at the plate. First baseman Luke Murton went 2-4 with a double and a home run, but he was pretty much the lone offensive stand out of the game. Abraham Almonte, Zoilo Almonte, and Melky Mesa were all held hitless with a strike out each. Zoilo Almonte was removed after his second at bat with an injury to his leg and was replaced by Neil Medchill, who was just called up from Tampa today.
The Tampa Yankees had a mirror image start to Trenton’s, as Eduardo Sosa tripled to lead off the game and the Yankees jumped out to 4-0 lead after the top of the first. Daytona, on the other hand, was held to five hits and did not draw a single walk in the game, though Tampa did commit two errors. Jose Ramirez drew the start for the Yankees, pitching six innings and allowing just one run on four hits with five strikeouts. Offensively it was Sosa leading the way, going 2-3 with a double to go along with that leadoff triple. Kyle Roller and Shane Brown also picked up two hits each, both going 2-4. Roller also added a walk while Brown had two RBI.
This was the definition of an up and down game, with a lot of offense, some questionable pitching, and atrocious defense. Charleston committed a total of five errors in the game and starter Bryan Mitchell didn’t last two full innings, but they were still able to come back to beat West Virginia in a shoot out.
Mitchell gave up as many runs, five, as he got outs, but only two of them were earned runs. Mitchell allowed four hits and walked two hitters in his 1.2 innings, while Gary Sanchez and Angelo Gumbs both made errors before he was taken out in the second inning. Things were looking dire for the Riverdogs when, halfway through the game, they trailed 6-0, but their bats finally broke out in the bottom of the 5th as they scored six runs to tie the game. Angelo Gumbs provided the big blow with a one out grand slam, while Tyler Austin added an RBI double and scored on a subsequent throwing error. The two teams both scored runs in the sixth, but Charleston finally took the lead with a two run 8th. West Virginia scored a run in the top of the 9th and had the go ahead run on second with two outs, but Pedro Guerra got a strikeout to end the game and preserve the dramatic victory.
Speaking of Guerra, he had a huge game in relief, finishing the game by pitching three innings, collecting seven strikeouts along the way while giving up one run on two hits and a walk. It was Gumbs who was the unquestioned hero of the game, however, finishing the night 2-4 with a home run and a double and five total RBI between the grand slam and a sacrifice fly. Tyler Austin stretched his hitting streak to 10 games with that 5th inning double, but by going just 1-4 his streak of consecutive multi-hit games ends at seven. Gary Sanchez went 2-4 with an RBI, but most notably he stole three bases on the night. He’s not stolen five bases on the season. Mason Williams, however, collected his seventh steal of the season while going 2-4.