Chien-Ming Wang made his first out of the season, leading the RailRiders to victory as they went on to split their doubleheader against Syracuse. Trenton and Tampa both had good days, while Charleston gave up an early, big lead to Hickory.
Scranton beat Syracuse 5-3 in Game 1:
Chien-Ming Wang made his first start, since returning to the Yankees’ system. He gave up a single in the first, but Bobby Wilson gunned down Jeff Kobernus trying to steal and Wang retired the next batter to end the inning. Corban Joseph started the RailRiders’ offense with a lead off homer. With two outs, Dan Johnson drew a walk and Luke Murton, Thomas Neal and Wilson each followed with a single, plating two more runs. Wilson tried to get to second base on a throw to home, but was tagged out to end the inning. In the third, Johnson once again drew a free pass with two outs, moving to second on a single by Murton. Neal lined a single to left, plating Johnson, but Murton was tagged out at third. Wilson connected with a solo homer in the sixth, giving the RailRiders a 5-0 advantage. Syracuse put together a rally in the top of the seventh, after Zach Walters reached on a error by Joseph. Carlos Rivero and Jerad Head singled to load the bases. With one out, Will Rhymes singled in Walters and Kobernus grounded a single to left, scoring two more. Mike Costanzo hit a line drive to center, which Melky Mesa caught throwing in to second and doubling up Rhymes to end the game with a 5-3 Scranton victory.
Joseph went 2-3 with a homer, his first stolen base of the season and his first error of the year. Murton, Neal and Wilson all went 2-3 as well, with Neal and Wilson picking up two RBIs each. Wang threw 5.1 scoreless innings, scattering six hits, allowing no walks and striking out three. Preston Claiborne threw 1.2, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits with one strikeout.
Scranton dropped Game 2 to Syracuse 4-3:
With two outs in the top of the first, Rhymes lined a single to center and Chris Marrero knocked a homer over the wall in left for a 2-0 Chiefs’ lead. Joseph doubled to start the bottom of the inning. Almonte and Johnson drew walks, loading the bases and Austin Romine worked a walk that pushed Joseph across the plate for a 2-1 score. Rivero started the second with a single and scored on a Jeff Howell double, while Joseph went deep in the bottom of the inning, keeping the RailRiders one run down. Marrero hit another home run in the top of the third, giving the Chiefs a 4-2 lead. Scranton had a chance to take the lead in the fourth. Neal hit a one out double and Gil Velazquez reached on an error, allowing Neal to score. Joseph drew a walk and David Adams singled, loading the bases for Almonte who grounded out and ended the threat. Scranton wouldn’t make another rally, as they fell 4-3.
Joseph went 2-3 with a homer, a double and two runs scored. Adams went 1-4 and Neal went 1-3 with a double, while the rest of the lineup came up empty at the plate. Brett Marshall made the start and gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out five and gave up two homers. Mark Montgomery pitched a hitless inning of relief, walking one and striking out three. Cody Eppley allowed two walks, no hits and no runs in his inning of work.
Trenton beat Erie 3-1:
After two scoreless innings, the Thunder broke through in the third. Ramon Flores drew a walk and moved to third on a single to right by Tyler Austin. A single by Kyle Roller plated Flores and Trenton had the lead. It was short-lived, as Luis Castillo singled and scored on a double by Jamie Johnson in the bottom of the third. A solo shot by Casey Stevenson put Trenton in front again in the top of the fourth. Neil Medchill lined a single to center in the top of the eighth, scoring later on a single by Flores that gave Trenton a little insurance. Erie had a chance in the bottom of the ninth, putting runners on first and second with one out. Tommy Kahnle, however, answered by striking out Castillo and Johnson to seal the Trenton victory.
Flores went 2-4 with a run scored, a RBI and a stolen base. Austin went 2-3 with a pair of walks. Roller went 3-5 with a RBI and Medchill was 2-5 with a run scored. Nik Turley made the start for Trenton, throwing 5.2 innings and allowing one run on four hits and two walks. He struck out five. Danny Burawa went 2.1 with three hits and a strikeout. Kahnle ended the game, giving up a hit and a walk but striking out three.
Tampa beat Daytona 6-4:
Tim Saunders started the Cubs off with a single in the bottom of the third. He stole second and scored on a single by John Andreoli for a 1-0 lead. Tampa’s offense found its stroke in the top of the third. Francisco Arcia drew a walk and Jose Toussen singled, putting runners on the corners with one out. Mason Williams knocked a double to left, plating Arcia and tying the game. A single by Robert Refsnyder scored Toussen and Ben Gamel hit a sac fly that brought Williams home for a 3-1 advantage. Toussen started the fifth with a single and Williams bunted him over to second. A single by Refsnyder had runners on the corners and Toussen scored on a wild pitch, making the score 4-1. A two-run double by Jorge Soler in the bottom of the seventh brought the Cubs within one run of the Yankees who held a 4-3 edge heading into the ninth. Refsnyder drew a bases loaded walk, scoring Anderson Feliz. A single by Gamel scored another run and the Yankees were up 6-3. Daytona managed one run in the bottom of the inning, but that was it as Tampa took the 6-4 victory.
Toussen went 3-4 with two runs scored. Refsnyder went 2-4 with two RBIs. Williams, Gamel and Saxon Butler all went 1-4, Gamel had two RBIs and Williams had one. Bryan Mitchell gave up one run over five innings on four hits and four walks. He struck out seven. John Brebbia gave up two runs on four hits and a strikeout in two innings, while Zachary Arneson allowed one unearned run in two innings, on one hit and three Ks.
Charleston lost to Hickory 10-9:
The RiverDogs took a big lead right away, as the first four batters of the game, Taylor Dugas, Cito Culver, Gregory Bird and Peter O’Brien, each took a walk. Culver scored on a ground out by Dante Bichette and Bird and O’Brien scored on a wild pitch and an error. Kelvin De Leon followed with a solo homer giving Charleston a 5-0 lead before Hickory even picked up their bats. Nick Williams and Ryan Rua both hit solo shots of their own in the bottom of the first, keeping the Crawdads in the game. O’Brien singled in the third and later scored on another wild pitch. Bichette opened up the fifth with a double. Yeicok Calderon drew a walk and a single by De Leon scored Bichette. Danny Oh lined a single to center, plating Calderon and the RiverDogs held a commanding 8-2 lead. Hickory made its move in the seventh, however. Three walks and four singles led to three runs for the Crawdads, who found themselves inching closer to Charleston. A three-run homer for Williams in the eighth tied the game and Rua hit another solo shot to give Hickory their first lead of the day. Charleston tied the game in the top of the ninth. Oh drew a walk and Dugas was hit by a pitch. The bases were loaded with another walk to Culver and Bird hit a sac fly to right. Charlie Short took the mound for Charleston and he promptly gave up a single to Jordan Akins, who later stole second. He got Joe Maloney to strike out and Luis Marte to pop out, but a wild pitch allowed Akins to reach third. A single by Lewis Brinson brought in Akins and gave Hickory the walk-off 10-9 victory.
Dugas went 2-4 with a run scored and a walk. Culver went 1-3 with a run scored and three walks. Bichette went 2-5 with a run scored, a double and a RBI. De Leon went 2-5 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs. Daniel Camarena made the start, going five and allowing just two runs on three hits, two walks and four Ks. Ben Paullus went 1.2 and gave up three runs on two hits and four walks. He struck out three. Philip Wetherell gave up four runs (only one earned) on three hits over 1.1 innings, striking out five and allowing two homers. Short went 0.2 and gave up one run on two hits and a strike out.