Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 6-2:
The RailRiders jumped out ahead early. David Adams and Zoilo Almonte hit back-t0-back singles in the top of the first and scored on a double by Addison Maruszak for a 2-0 lead. A solo homer by Brian McCann in the bottom of the fourth brought the Braves within one run, but Scranton got the run back in the top of the fifth. Luke Murton grounded a single to second and scored on a single by Corban Joseph. Ronnier Mustelier connected with his first hit of the season, driving a double to left in the top of the sixth. Marusazk laid down a sac bunt, but was safe after an error by Gwinnett pitcher, Yohan Flande. Melky Mesa doubled in the runners and scored when Bobby Wilson hit into a double play. A homer by Joey Terdoslavich gave the Braves a little life in the seventh, but the RailRiders held on for the 6-2 victory.
Everyone in the Scranton lineup had one hit, except Bobby Wilson (0-4) and Luke Murton, who went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk. Adams, Almonte and Mustelier went 1-4 with a run scored. Maruszak went 1-3 with a run scored, a double and two RBIs. Mesa went 1-4 with a run scored, a double, two RBIs and three Ks. Graham Stoneburner went five innings and allowed one run on three hits and a walk. Mark Montgomery went 1.1 with a run scored, two hits and three Ks. Same Demel and Ryan Pope both pitched an inning, allowing one hit.
Trenton beat Richmond 3-1:
The Flying Squirrels drew first blood, scoring a run in the bottom of the second on a single by Brett Krill. The Thunder took the lead in the top of the fourth. Jose Pirela tied the game, starting the inning with a solo shot to left. Tyler Austin drew a walk and Kyle Roller was hit by a pitch. A single by Neil Medchill plated Austin, and Trenton led 2-1. Austin started the sixth with a walk and JR Murphy doubled to center. Slade Heathcott hit into a double play, but not before Austin scored, giving Trenton some breathing room. Richmond was unable to put up much of a threat and Trenton held on for the 3-1 win.
Murphy went 2-4 with a double. Austin went 0-2 with two runs scored and a pair of walks. Ali Castillo went 2-4. Slade Heathcott continues to struggle, going 0-3. Zach Nuding went six innings, allowing one unearned run on six hits, three walks and three Ks. Aaron Dott gave up one hit and struck out two in 0.2 innings of work. Danny Burawa went 1.1 hitless innings, striking out a pair. Branden Pinder closed out the game, allowing a hit and striking out one.
Tampa lost to Clearwater 4-2:
Despite picking up ten hits, the Yankees couldn’t keep up with the Threshers on Friday. Mason Williams got the day started with a solo shot to right, but Clearwater tied the game with a run in the bottom of the second. Both teams stranded some runners in the middle innings of the game, as it stayed tied 1-1, Clearwater broke through in the bottom of the seventh. Carlos Alonso singled to center and scored on an error by Ben Gamel. Tampa got the run back in the top of the eighth. Dan Fiorito doubled to right and scored on a single from Williams. Unfortunately, Clearwater responded with back-to-back solo homers to start the bottom of the inning, handing Tampa a 4-2 loss.
Williams went 2-4 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs. Gamel went 2-4 with an error. Fiorito went 3-3 with a double and a run scored. Butler went 2-4. Gary Sanchez went 0-3 and Robert Refsnyder went 0-4. Shane Greene scattered eight hits and a walk over six innings. He allowed just one run and struck out three. Manny Barreda threw two innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and three Ks.
Charleston blanked Lakewood 6-0:
The RiverDogs stormed out to a solid lead before Lakewood even picked up their bats. Jake Cave drew a walk and Cito Culver knocked his third homer of the year. Gregory Bird drew a walk, but Dante Bichete hit into a double play. Peter O’Brien grounded a double to left and Yeicok Calderon took a free pass. A single by Reymond Nunez plated O’Brien and Calderon later scored on a balk. A single by Taylor Dugas brought Nunez home and Charleston had a 5-0 lead. The RiverDogs had a few times to increase their lead throughout the game, while Lakewood rarely threatened. Charleston added one more run in the ninth, when Claudio Custodio doubled and scored on a single by Bird for the 6-0 win.
Culver went 3-5 with a homer, a stolen base and two RBIs. He was also caught stealing. Bird went 2-4 with a double and a RBI. O’Brien went 2-5 with a pair of doubles and a run. Nunez went 3-4 with a run scored and a double. Only Calderon and Cave were unable to get a hit for the RiverDogs. Meanwhile, Rafael De Paula continues to progress on the mound. He went five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Alex Smith gave up three hits over two innings, striking out three. Charlie Short did not allow a base runner in his two innings, striking out four.