Trenton rallied to beat Portland 6-3:
The Thunder scored early, as Abraham Almonte started the game with a single to right. He stole second and moved to third when Dan Brewer grounded out. Almonte scored on a single from Cody Johnson, and Trenton had the first run of the game. Portland tied the game in the fourth, when Graham Stoneburner was pulled for Michael Dubee. Trenton responded in the top of the fifth. Ronnier Mustelier singled to right with two outs and moved to third on a single from Johnson. The bases loaded when Melky Mesa was hit by a pitch and Luke Murton singled Mustelier in to give Trenton a 2-1 edge. Portland got the run back in the bottom of the inning, but the Thunder responded in the sixth. Addison Maruszak reached on an error by the Sea Dogs’ shortstop. Yadil Mujica singled to center and Almonte walked to load the bases. Maruszak scored on a ground out from Mustelier and the Thunder took the lead once again. Portland once again tied the score in the bottom of the eighth, as Kolbrin Vitek knocked a solo homer to center, but the tie did not last long. Brewer started the top of the ninth with a single and Mustelier homered to left. Mesa followed with a homer of his own and the Thunder took a 6-3 victory. Murton was 3-4 with a double and a RBI. Mustelier went 2-5 with two runs scored, a homer and three RBIs. Stoneburner, making his first appearance since April 6th, threw three innings and allowed just one hit, while striking out four.
Tampa beat Dunedin 6-4 in ten innings:
Eduardo Sosa started the game by bunting for a single. Kelvin Castro followed by lining a single to left and Rob Segedin worked a one out walk to load the bases. Kyle Roller grounded out to first, allowing Sosa to score and giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. J.R. Murphy started the fourth with a double to center. Tyson Blaser singled and Murphy scored on a groundout from Garrison Lassiter. Jose Mojica singled to center, plating another run and the Yankees had a 3-0 lead. Dunedin came back in the bottom of the inning, however. Castro committed a fielding error, allowing Ryan Schimpf to reach. Gabe Jacobo worked a walk and Kevin Nolan singled to push the Blue Jays’ first run across the plate. Sean Ochinko doubled to right, allowing two more runs and the game was tied. Dunedin started the fifth with a double and a triple, giving them a 4-3 lead, but the Yankees were able to stop the bleeding. Blaser doubled to start the sixth and scored on a triple from Mojica, once again tying the game. The score held, sending the game into extra innings. Murphy drew a walk in the top of the tenth and Blaser singled to right. Lassiter bunted into a force out at third, but Mojica singled, loading the bases. Sosa drew a walk, plating a run and Castro singled to left, giving the Yankees a 6-4 victory. Flores went 3-6. Blaser went 3-4 with three runs scored and a double. Mojica went 3-4 with a triple and two RBIs. Zachary Nuding went six innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk. He struck out four. Mark Montgomery picked up the win with two innings of hitless baseball. He walked one hitter and struck out two.
Charleston lost 6-4 to Hickory:
The RiverDogs got on the board early, as Angelo Gumbs started the second inning with a single to third. He stole second base and scored on a single from Reymond Nunez. Cito Culver started the third with a double to right and scored on a single from Tyler Austin, putting Charleston up 2-0. Unfortunately, the Crawdads only needed one big inning to pull of a victory today. Bryan Mitchell walked Luis Sardinas to start the bottom of the sixth. A single from Christopher Grayson was followed by another walk, loading the bases with no outs. Hanser Alberto drove the ball to left, tying the game 2-2. Ben Paullus replaced Mitchell and immediately gave up a single and a double. A wild pitch and sac fly allowed more runs and Hickory had a 6-2 lead by the end of the inning. The RiverDogs tried to rally in the eighth, as Austin drew a walk and Nunez knocked a two-run homer. It was all Charleston could manage, however, as they lost 6-4. Culver had a good day, going 3-4 with a run scored, a double and a walk. Nunez also went 3-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Mitchell went five innings and gave up four runs on two hits, three walks and three strikeouts. As Brien pointed out earlier, Mason Williams was pulled in the second inning, there is no indication of any injury but we will update you if we find out otherwise.