Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Columbus 5-4:
The Clippers drew first blood when Mike McDade hit a RBI single to left in the top of the second. Tim Fedroff started the third with a solo shot to right and Columbus took a 2-0 lead. Cody Johnson got the RailRiders on the board with a homer in the fourth.Bobby Wilson started the fifth by driving a double to center, scoring on a single by Addison Maruszak to tie the game at 2-2. Columbus threatened in the top of the seventh, as McDade singled and Juan Diaz lined a double to left, putting two on with no outs. Cody Eppley managed to escape the inning without giving up a run, as Roberto Perez hit into a fielder’s choice, Fedroff struck out and Matt Lawson grounded out to third. Scranton took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the inning. Corban Joseph drew a one-out walk and Maruszak lined a single to right. Maruszak got picked off, but Zoilo Almonte and Dan Johnson both took walks, loading the bases for David Adams who lined a single to center, scoring two runs for the 4-2 lead. The lead was short-lived, however, as Columbus rallied in the top of the eighth. A two-run homer by Jeremy Hermida tied the score and Columbus took the lead back when Cord Phelps scored Matt Carson on a ground out. The RailRiders came up empty in the eighth and ninth, taking the 5-4 loss.
Maruszak went 2-4 with an RBI. He came in for Thomas Neal, who went 1-1 with a double. At this point, I’m not sure what prompted Neal’s removal from the game. Cody Johnson went 1-2 with a homer. Adams went 1-4 with two RBIs. Joseph went 1-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Ryan Pope went 3.1 innings and gave up two runs on five hits, a walk and three Ks. Mark Montgomery went two innings and did not allow a hit or run, though he walked three and struck out one. Josh Spence threw 0.2 innings and had zeroes across the board. Cody Eppley gave up three runs on five hits and a K in over 1 innings of work. Sam Demel finished out the game and gave up one hit and two walks over two innings.
Trenton lost to Akron 5-4:
The Thunder scored first, as Kyle Higashioka knocked a solo homer to center in the top of the second, but the Aeros took over in the bottom of the third. Caleb Cotham gave up a single to Delvi Cid and Jose Ramirez drew a walk. A sac bunt loaded the bases when Cotham made a fielding error. Chun-Hsiu Chen flew a double to right, clearing the bases and moving to third on the throw. A single by Chris Wallace plated Chen and Akron held a 4-1 advantage. Trenton started to chip away at Akron’s lead right away. Rob Segedin was hit by a pitch and Slade Heathcott bunted for a single. Higashioka doubled to left, plating Segedin. A single by Ali Castillo scored Heathcott and the Yankees trailed by one. Austin and Kyle Roller hit back-t0-back singles in the fifth and Segedin doubled in Austin to tie the game. The game stayed knotted until the bottom of the seventh, Branden Pinder gave up a walk to Ramirez and Chen doubled him in, giving the Aeros the 5-4 win.
Austin and Roller went 2-4, with Austin picking up a double and a run. Higashioka went 2-4 with a double, a homer and two RBIs. Ramon Flores went 0-5. Slade Heathcott went 1-4 with a run scored. Cotham threw four innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks. He had an error and three Ks. Danny Burawa pitched a pair of hitless innings, striking out one. Pinder threw two and gave up one run on a hit and two walks, striking out three. Trenton was sloppy in the field, committing four errors in the game.
Tampa lost to Clearwater 9-7:
Scottie Allen got off to a tough start right away, giving up singles to Matt Tolbert and Aaron Altherr before Carlos Ruiz hit a three-run shot. Gary Sanchez went yard in the bottom of the inning, but Clearwater got the run back in the second. Brock Stassi and Tolbert hit back-to-back singles and a single by Altherr plated Stassi for a 4-1 lead. The Yankees put together a nice rally in the botto of the inning, as Fu-Lin Kuo started them off with a homer to left. Anderson Feliz drew a walk and Dan Fiorito was hit by a pitch. A sac bunt by Jose Toussen was followed by a throwing error on the Clearwater pitcher, Nick Hernandez, loading the bases. Cody Grice grounded out, plating one run and Robert Refsnyder lined a single to right, scoring two more and giving Tampa a 5-4 edge. The lead was short-lived, however, as Chris Serritella singled to leadoff the third and Cameron Perkins followed with a triple, scoring on a sac fly by Carlos Alonso. Francisco Arcia tied the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the third. Anderson Feliz reached on an awful fielding error by Altherr in center, allowing Feliz to reach third and score on a grounder by Fiorito for a 7-6 lead. The scoring quieted down finally during the fourth, but Clearwater plated another run in the fifth, tying the game yet again. The game stayed even through seven, but Harold Martinez started the eighth with a double to center. A single by Stassi moved him over and he scored on a sac fly, putting the Threshers up 8-7. They got some insurance on a double by Alonso in the ninth, but the Yankees went down in order and took the 9-7 loss.
Robert Refsnyder went 2-5 with two RBIs. Gary Sanchez went 2-5 with a homer. Feliz went 0-2, but scored two runs on two walks. Ben Gamel went 1-3 with two walks and a stolen base. Allen ended the day giving up seven runs on eleven hits and one walk, picking up three Ks. John Brebbia gave up one hit and a walk in his inning of relief, striking out one. Joel De La Cruz allowed one run on two hits and two Ks, while Manny Barreda gave up a run on two hits and a strikeout in one inning of work.
Charleston beat West Virginia 6-5:
The game was scoreless after three innings, but the Power struck first. Josh Bell hit a two-run homer to start the fourth. Stetson Allie grounded an infield single and stole second. He scored on a sac fly and West Virginia took the 3-0 lead. The RiverDogs didn’t wait long to get the runs back, however. Peter O’Brien lined a single to left, moving to second on a wild pitch. A ground-rule double by Yeicok Calderon scored O’Brien. Reymond Nunez and Taylor Dugas both took walks, loading the bases. Claudio Custodio hit into a force out at home. A wild pitch scored Nunez and Jake Cave took a walk, keeping the bases juiced. Cito Culver took a free pass, pushing another run across the plate. A single by Gregory Bird scored two more runs and Charleston had a 5-3 advantage. West Virginia plated another run in the fifth, but Charleston got the run back as Dante Bichette singled and later scored on a bunt single by Dugas. The Power added one more run in the ninth, but Charleston held on for the 6-5 win.
Everyone in the RiverDogs’ lineup had one hit, with the exception of Nunez who went 0-3 with a run scored and a walk. Calderon had the only extra base hit, going 1-4 with a double and a RBI. Bird went 1-4 with two RBIs, a walk and two Ks. Culver, O’Brien and Bichette went 1-4 as well. Jose Campos made the start, throwing three innings and giving up three runs on four hits, no walks and a strike out. Evan Rutckyj went three and gave up one run on two hits, three walks and a strikeout. Philip Wetherell went 1.2 scoreless, hitless innings, allowing a pair of walks and striking out two. Taylor Garrison finished the final 1.1 innings of the game, allowing a run on one walk, as the RiverDogs continue to struggle with errors, making three in today’s game.