It was a good day for Scranton and trenton who both came away with solid victories Sunday afternoon. Things were not so good for Tampa and Charleston, however. Tampa came up short against Brevard County while Charleston lost both games of a doubleheader, despite a fantastic outing by Rafael De Paula.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Syracuse 5-1:
After four innings there was still no score, but Addison Maruszak connected with a single to start the bottom of the fifth and Corban Joseph doubled him in. A sac fly from Zoilo Almonte plated Joseph and the RailRiders had a 2-0 edge. Jerad Head drew a walk to start the sixth and an error by David Adams put two on with one out. Jeff Kobernus singled to left, plating Syracuse’s lone run of the day. Leading 2-1 in the eighth, Scranton added some insurance runs. Austin Romine grounded a single to left and David Adams doubled him in. A single by Thomas Neal plated Romine. Neal later scored on a grounder to short by Maruszak, giving the RailRiders a 5-1 victory.
Joseph went 2-5 with a run scored, a double and a RBI. Romine went 2-4 with a run scored. Neal went 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Vidal Nuno went 5.2 and gave up just one run on three hits, a walk and six Ks. Sam Demel pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, striking out two and allowing one hit. Cody Epply had a scoreless inning of work, allowing two hits and striking out one.
Trenton beat Erie 10-6:
Ramon Flores got the game started by lining a single to right. Jose Pirela dropped down a sac bunt and Tyler Austin drew a walk. A single by Kyle Roller scored Flores and Trenton had the lead. Erie responded with three straight singles to start the bottom of the inning. A ground out plated a run and the game was tied 1-1. Pirela hit a solo homer in the top of the third, giving Trenton the lead once again. Roller lined a single to right in the fourth and Rob Segedin drew a walk. A triple by Ali Castillo scored both runners and the Thunder held a 4-1 advantage. Jeremy Bleich relieved Zach Nuding in the seventh and immediately found himself in trouble. He issued walks to James Robbins and Jamie Johnson. An error by Castillo allowed Marcus Lemon to reach, loading the bases. A walk to Daniel Fields plated Robbins and Hernan Perez knocked a sac fly to center. A double from Tyler Collins plated two more runs and a single from Ramon Cabrera brought home Collins, giving Erie a 6-4 lead. The lead did not last long, however, as the Thunder rallied in the eighth. Slade Heathcott drew a walk and Segedin hit a ground-rule double down the left-field line. Neil Medchill lined a double to right, tying the game. A triple by Flores scored Medchill and the Thunder held a 7-6 lead. Roller started the ninth with a homer. Heathcott drew another walk and stole second. Segedin drew a walk and Medchill was hit by a pitch. A single by Castillo brought Heathcott home and a wild pitch allowed Segedin to score for a 10-6 Trenton victory.
Flores went 3-6 with a run scored, a triple and a RBI. Austin went 0-3 but took three walks. Roller went 3-5 with two runs, a homer and two RBIs. Heatcott went 0-3 with two runs scored, two walks and a stolen base. Medchill went 2-4 with a pair of runs, a double and two RBIs. Castillo went 2-5 with a triple and three RBIs. Nuding threw six innings, giving up one run on six hits, a walk and four Ks. Bleich only lasted 0.1 innings but gave up five runs (three earned) on one hit and three walks. Shaeffer Hall lasted 1.2 innings, allowing two hits and picking up a pair of Ks. Branden Pinder threw a hitless inning, striking out one.
Tampa beat Brevard County 8-3:
The Manatees drew first blood, as Cameron Garfield singled to left and Yadiel Rivera flew a single to right. An error by Jose Toussen loaded the bases and Garfield scored on a force out. A single by Adrian Williams scored Rivera and Brevard County had a 2-0 lead. They added three more runs in the top of the fourth and two more in the fifth for a 7-0 lead. Francisco Arcia drew a leadoff walk in the fifth and moved to third on Eduardo Sosa’s double. A ground out by Toussen allowed Arcia to score the first Yankee run of the day. Brevard County struck again in the top of the eighth, scoring once more and leaving Tampa with six outs to make up seven runs. Robert Refsnyder lined a single to center in the eighth. Ben Gamel singled and Gary Sanchez drew a walk, loading the bases. A groundout by Saxon Butler plated Refsnyder and Gamel scored when Anderson Feliz hit a grounder to second. Unfortunately, that was all that they could manage, as Tampa fell 8-3.
Mason Williams went 0-4, as did Butler and Feliz, who both had RBIs. Refsnyder and Arcia both went 1-3 with a run scored. Gamel went 1-4 with a run scored. Corey Black made the start, going 4.2 innings and gave up seven runs (four earned) on eleven hits. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out three. Joel De La Cruz threw 2.1 scoreless, hitless innings. He walked two and struck out two. Daniel Mahoney finished out the day, giving up one run on two hits and a walk.
Charleston lost to Hickory 10-2 in Game 1 (7 innings):
The RiverDogs drew first blood as Taylor Dugas took a leadoff walk. He moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Dante Bichette. Hickory got the run back on a Jordan Akins single in the second, but they took control of the game in the third. Luis Marte hit a solo shot to start the inning and Lewis Brinson grounded a double to left. Nick Williams followed with a single and Joey Gallo singled in Brinson. A sac fly by Jorge Alfaro would bring home Gallo and the Crawdads held a 4-1 lead. They kept pace, scoring another run in the fourth and two in the fifth. Charleston struck again int he top of the sixth. Dugas was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a wild pitch. Yet another wild pitch had Dugas on third and he scored on a single from Gregory Bird. Unfortunately, that would be it for Charleston, who watched Hickory add three more runs in the bottom of the inning before the RiverDogs came up empty in the seventh and took the 10-2 loss.
The RiverDogs only managed three hits, with Bird, Bichette and Reymond Nunez each getting a single. Cesar Vargas made the start and gave up seven runs (six earned) over 4.2 innings. He allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out four. Brett Gerritse went 1.1 innings and gave up three runs on five hits and a walk, striking out three.
Charleston lost to Hickory 1-0 in Game 2 (9 innings):
The RiverDogs had the leadoff man on first to start Game 2, after Dugas singled, but Cito Culver, Bird and Peter O’Brien went down in order, stranding the runner. Hickory went down in order and Charleston had a chance again in the second when Nunez singled, but he tried to turn it into a double and was tagged out. A double by O’Brien in the fourth would be the RiverDogs’ last chance at scoring, as the pitchers for both teams kept hitters guessing. Both teams had 1-2-3 innings in the seventh, typically the final inning in Minor League double header games, sending the scoreless game into extras. With Alex Smith on the mound for Charleston in the ninth, Nick Williams lined a single to center and stole second. Gallo drew a walk and a double by Ryan Rua gave Hickory the walk-off 1-0 win.
Dugas, O’Brien and Nunez were the only players who managed to get a hit, as Charleston once again only had three hits. They did not draw a walk and struck out fourteen times. Nunez was the only player to have a hit in both games and O’Brien’s double was the only extra base hit. Culver struck out three times, going 0-4. De Paula had a fantastic outing. He went five innings and did not allow a hit. He did walk three, but he struck out ten in the process. Taylor Garrison came in to relieve him and allowed just one hit in two innings, striking out four. Alex Smith threw one inning (and some, as he never recorded an out in the ninth) and allowed one run on two hits and a walk, striking out two.