Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 5-3:
The Braves took an early lead as Tyler Pastornicky started the game with a single to right and stole second. Alden Carrithers bunted for a single, putting runners on the corners for Joey Terdoslavich, who connected with a three run homer. The RailRiders had a chance to chip away at Gwinnett’s lead in the bottom of the inning. Corban Joseph singled, but Curtis Granderson hit into a double play. Zoilo Almonte, Ronnier Mustelier adn Dan Johnson all singled, but Almonte was thrown out at home, leaving Scranton trailing 3-0 . The RailRiders got a couple runners in the second and third innings, but didn’t get on the board until the fourth. Melky Mesa grounded a single to left and scored on a double by Addison Maruszak. Jeff Farnham drew a walk. Joseph laid down a bunt, that the Gwinnett catcher fielded and threw to third for the out. Granderson struck out, but a wild pitch moved the runners over. A single by Almonte plated two more runs and the game was tied 3-3. The tie held until the bottom of the eighth, at which point Scranton pulled ahead. Joseph singled and Granderson followed with a two-run homer to left center, a score that held on for the 5-3 RailRider victory.
Joseph went 2-5 with two runs scored. Granderson went 1-5 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs. Almonte went 3-5 with a double and two RBIs. Mesa went 3-4 with a run scored. Dan Johnson went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Mustelelier went 2-5. Chris Bootcheck made the start, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk. He threw six innings and struck out four. Dellin Betances made his first appearance from the bullpen this season, throwing 2.1 innings and holding Gwinnett hitless. He walked one and struck out three. Same Demel finished out the game, going 0.2 innings and allowing one hit and striking out one.
Trenton beat New Hampshire 3-2:
The Thunder drew first blood, scoring in the third. Kevin Mahoney lined a single to center and Ramon Flores singled to left, putting runners on the corners with no outs. A sac fly by Jose Pirela plated Mahoney for the early lead. Mahoney started things for Trenton again in the bottom of the seventh, singling on a bunt and moving to second on an error. With two outs, Tyler Austin grounded a single to short, scoring Mahoney for the 2-0 advantage. Reegie Corona drew a walk in the eighth, moving to second on a wild pitch. A double by Nick McCoy put the Thunder ahead 3-0 as the game headed into its final frame. An error by Corona allowed Clint Robinson to reach. Ryan Schimpf drew a walk and a single by Adam Loewen scored Robinson, getting New Hampshire on the board. Sean Ochinko walked, putting the winning run on base. Aaron Dott replaced Branden Pinder and walked John Tolisano, pushing Schimpf across the plate before Trenton managed to get the final out of the game, preserving the 3-2 win.
Mahoney was the only Thunder player with multiple hits. He went 2-4 with two runs scored. Austin went 1-2 with a RBI and two walks. Flores went 1-4, as did Slade Heathcott. Mikey O’Brien scatered four hits over six innings, picking up five Ks. Fred Lewis and Danny Burawa both threw a one-hit inning, with the latter striking out two. Pinder gave up two runs (unearned) on one hit and two walks, striking out one.
Tampa beat Brevard County 7-3:
The Yankees took a quick lead, as Robert Refsnyder and Gary Sanchez hit back-to-back doubles with two outs in the first. A couple singles and a sac fly, plated the Manatees’ first run of the day, tying the game. A solo shot by Sanchez in the fourth put Tampa back ahead in the fourth and they started to pull away in the fifth. Dan Fiorito singled to center and Jose Toussen doubled. A walk by Mason Williams loaded the bases and Ben Gamel flew a double to right, plating three runs. Gamel stole third and scored on a sac fly by Refsnyder, putting Tampa up 6-1. Toussen singled in the seventh and Williams doubled to left. A sac fly by Gamel scored Toussen, leaving Brevard County with six runs to try to make up in the bottom of the ninth. Cody Hawn started the inning with a solo homer and T.J. Mittelstaedt singled in Yadiel Rivera with two outs before Rigoberto Arrebato struck out Gregory Hopkins to close out the 7-3 Tampa victory.
Sanchez went 2-4 with a double, a homer, two RBIs and a run scored. Gamel went 1-3 with a double, four RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base. Refsnyder went 1-3 with a double, a run scored and a RBI. Williams went 1-4 with a run scored, a walk and a double. Toussen went 2-4 with two runs scored and a double. Scottie Allen threw six innings and gave up one run on four hits, a walk and two strikeouts. Charlie Short pitched a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and striking out two. Manny Barreda went 1.1 and allowed two runs (one earned) on a hit, two walks and two Ks. Arrebato went 0.2, allowing two hits and striking out two.
Charleston beat Hickory 8-1:
The RiverDogs stormed out to a big lead in the first inning. Jake Cave drew a walk and Cito Culver lined a double to left. Gregory Bird struck out and Dante Bichette grounded out, but Cave scored and Culver moved to third. A single by Peter O’Brien scored Culver an O’Brien moved to third on an error. Yeicok Calderon and Kelvin De Leon hit back-to-back singles, scoring O’Brien. Taylor Dugas was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Claudio Custodio drew a walk, plating another run and Cave singled in two more for a 6-0 lead. Ryan Rua tried to get the Crawdads back in the game, starting the second with a double. He scored on a single by Jordan Akins, but Rafael De Paula gave Hickory few other chances to score. In the sixth, Cave lined a single to left, plating Custodio and a homer by Calderon in the eighth gave the RiverDogs a comfortable 8-1 win over Hickory.
Cave ended the day 2-3 with a run scored and two RBIs. Culver went 1-4 with a run scored and a double. Bird and Bichette both went 0-4, while Bichette had a RBI. Calderon went 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBIs. O’Brien went 1-4 with a run scored, a RBI and three Ks. De Paula threw six innings, allowing one run on three hits and one walk, picking up an impressive twelve Ks in the process. Dietrich Enns allowed one hit over two innings, striking out three. Ben Paullus allowed one hit in his inning of work, striking out one.