Trenton beat New Hampshire 3-2 in 14 innings:
Finishing up their game from yesterday, the Thunder and FisherCats played a minor league doubleheader in one game. Scoreless after five innings, Trenton broke through in the bottom of the sixth. Kevin Mahoney singled to left, scoring on Addison Maruszak’s double. Maruszak stole third and scored on a single from Jose Pirela, giving Trenton a 2-0 lead. The FisherCats answered by tying the game up in the eighth and the game went into extras. Each team had a chance to score, but neither really threatened much as the innings went on. Finally, in the bottom of the fourteenth, Pirela hit a walk-off homer to give the Thunder a 3-2 victory. Pirela ended the day 3-7 with a homer and two RBIs. David Adams went 2-5 with a double, while Mahoney went 3-5 with a run scored.Vidal Nuno threw seven innings giving up just two hits and a walk, striking out five.
Trenton won Game 2 against New Hampshire 6-5 in 15 innings:
braham Almonte drew a walk to start the bottom of the first. Zoilo Almonte singled, putting Almontes on the corners. Cody Johnson struck out, but the Almontes pulled off a double steal, as Abraham crossed home. Luke Murton drew a walk and Damon Sublett singled to right, plating Zoilo. Unfortunately, the rally died as Murton was thrown out at third. Sean Ochinko homered to start the third for New Hampshire, who tied the game with another run making it 2-2. The FisherCats rallied in the fourth, taking a 5-2 lead. Murton reached on an error in the bottom of the sixth, moving to third on a passed ball. Sublett drew a walk and Pirela singled in Murton to bring the Thunder closer. Trenton used the long ball in the eighth to tie the game up as Johnson and Sublett both knocked solo shots to make the score 5-5. The game stayed tied through fourteen innings, as Saturday turned into Sunday and th teams continued to battle it out. Abraham Almonte led off the bottom of the fifteenth with a single to left. Mahoney laid down a bunt and Almonte was thrown out at second. Zoilo flew out, but Addison Maruszak lined a single to left, moving Mahoney to second. Shane Brown, who had come into the game as a pinch runner before the outfielder actually pitched a scorless top of the fifteenth, lined a single to center and Mahoney scored, giving the Thunder a 6-5 win over the FisherCats.
Abraham Almonte went 2-5 with a run scored, a double, a stolen base and two walks. Sublett went 2-5 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs. Pirela was 3-5 with a RBI and a stolen base. Michael O’Brien went six innings and gave up five runs on ten hits, no walks and five Ks. Shane Brown not only had the winning hit in his one at bat, but he actually got the win, throwing a scoreless inning of relief. He allowed two hits and a walk but struck out two. While the game was exciting for many reasons, the win also gave Trenton Manager Tony Franklin his 1,000th career victory, so a big congratulations to him.
Tampa was swept by St. Lucie in a doubleheader:
In the first game, St. Lucie scored two runs in the second inning, which was plenty to take the victory over the Yankees in the seven-inning game. Tampa had four hits, with Ramon Flores, Rob Segedin and Zach Wilson each going 1-3 with a double. Tyson Blaser had a single for the other Yankee hit. Zachary Nuding went three innings and gave up two runs on three hits, two walks and four Ks.
In the second game, a makeup from yesterday’s rain out, the Yankees put up more of a fight but still came up short. St. Lucie scored first with a run in the bottom of the first, but Kyle Roller tied the game with a solo homer in the top of the second. They took their first lead of the day in the third, as Flores doubled to right and Kelvin Castro singled. Segedin doubled to left, plating Flores and Castro scored on Neil Medchill’s groundout for a 3-1 lead. St. Lucia got one run back in the bottom of the fourth, but Kyle Higashioka singled in Castro in the fifth and Castro singled in Eduardo Sosa in the sixth for a 5-2 Yankee lead. St. Lucie put together a strong rally in the bottom of the sixth, using a double, four singles and an error by Castro to tie the game 5-5. Cory Vaughn drew a walk to start the bottom of the seventh and Blake Forsythe was hit by a pitch. An error by Jose Mojica allowed Vaughn to score and St. Lucie took the 6-5 win. Castro went 3-4 with two runs scored, a RBI and an error. Flores, Segedin, Roller and Mojica all had two hits, with Flores and Segedin picking up doubles and Mojica having two errors in the field. Caleb Cotham went 5.1 innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits, a walk and four Ks.
Charleston lost to Greenville 10-4:
The Drive busted open the game right away, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. They added three more in the third for a 7-0 lead. The RiverDogs seemed to find their offense in the fourth, as Tyler Austin hit a two-out single. Gary Sanchez knocked a homer (he has definitely found his power stroke lately) and Angelo Gumbs tripled. A single from Reymond Nunez scored Gumbs and the RiverDogs trailed 7-3. Austin tried to get the Charleston bats going again in the sixth, starting the inning with a single. Sanchez lined a single to right and Austin scored on a ground out by Nunez. Unfortunately, that was all Charleston could muster, as Greenville added three more runs and the RiverDogs took a 10-4 loss. Austin was 2-3 with a pair of runs scored and a walk. Sanchez was 2-4 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs. Scottie Allen went six innings, gave up nine runs on eight hits, four walks and two strikeouts.
Quick note on the DSL Yankees:
The DSL is underway, and Rafael De Paula made his long awaited debut for the Yankees. He threw three innings and gave up three runs (only one earned) on four hits, two walks and six Ks.