Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had a much needed off day, after sweeping back-to-back doubleheaders. Meanwhile, Tampa was postponed due to rain, leaving just Trenton and Charleston in action on Wednesday, and both teams lost one-run games. Jose Ramirez put together a strong start but Evan Rutckyj was not as lucky, getting behind early and issuing six free passes. Jose Campos threw a mixed bag for Charleston, picking up seven strikeouts enroute to the RiverDogs’ loss.
Trenton lost to New Hampshire 2-1:
The Thunder had the first baserunner of the day, when Tyler Austin singled in the bottom of the first, but an infield pop fly by JR Murphy ended the inning. Adam Loewen drew a walk for the Fisher Cats in the top of the third and Jose Ramirez hit Sean Ochinko with a pitch. A single by Kevin Pillar plated Loewen and New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead. Reegie Corona, recently activated from the DL, started the bottom of the fourth with a double to right and Austin was hit by a pitch. Murphy, however, hit into a double play and Slade Heathcott flew out as Trenton came up empty again. New Hampshire threatened to increase their lead in the top of the seventh. Ryan Schimpf drew a walk and Clint Robinson singled. Danny Burawa replaced Aaron Dott and walked Brad Glenn, loading the bases with no outs. Kevin Nolan flew out to right and Neil Medchill got Schimpf out at the plate. Loewen then lined out to first to end the inning. Heathcott drew a walk and Medchill grounded a single to right. A wild pitch moved the runners over and Heathcott scored when Ali Castillo reached on an error, tying the game 1-1. The game was still locked up in the ninth, but the game was not destined to go into extra innings. Robinson drew a walk and Glenn singled. A single by Nolan plated Robinson and Trenton went down in order, falling 2-1 to New Hampshire.
Austin went 2-3 and Medchill went 2-4, accounting for the bulk of Trenton’s offense. Corona’s double was the only other Thunder hit as the rest of the lineup came up empty. Ramirez gave up one unearned run on one hit, a walk and six Ks in five innings. Dott allowed a hit and a walk, striking out one in his inning. Burawa threw a hitless inning, walking one. Kelvin Perez took the loss, allowing one run on three hits, two walks and a strikeout over two innings.
Charleston lost to Lakewood 4-3:
The BlueClaws took a quick lead, as Evan Rutckyj struggled in the first. He walked Roman Quinn and Angelo Mora off the bat. They pulled off a double steal and Larry Greene also took a free pass, loading the bases. William Carmona hit into a double play, as Dante Bichette got the runner at home. Unfortunately, his luck did not pan out, as Brian Porter knocked a single to center, plating two runs for Lakewood. Lakewood loaded the bases again in the fourth and Dietrich Enns took over on the mound, with one out. He got Quinn to ground out and struck out Angelo Mora to escape trouble. Charleston finally struck in the top of the fifth. Yeicok Calderon reached on a throwing error. Kelvin De Leon took a walk and Reymond Nunez drove a double to right, plating the first RiverDogs run of the day. A single by Claudio Custodio scored De Leon tied the game. Lakewood struck again in the bottom of the seventh, when Chace Numata started off with a solo homer to right. A walk by Greene and a double by Carmona put Charleston down 4-2. Gregory Bird drove a double to right to start the eighth, scoring on a single by Bichette, but the RiverDogs couldn’t keep the rally going and fell 4-3.
Bird went 2-3 with a run scored, a double and a walk. Custodio also went 2-4 with a RBI and a stolen base. De Leon went 1-3 with a double and a run scored. Bichette went 1-4. Rutckyj lasted just 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, six walks and two Ks. Enns threw a hitless 1.2 innings, picking up four Ks. Jose Campos finished out the day, throwing three innings and allowing two runs on four hits, two walks and striking out seven.