Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Lehigh Valley 4-2:
After three scoreless innings, the RailRiders broke through in the top of the fourth. Ronnier Mustelier drew a lead off walk and Dan Johnson followed with a double to right. A sac fly scored Mustelier and the recently promoted JR Murphy drew a walk. A single by Addison maruszak loaded the bases and Johnson scored when Alberto Gonzalez drew a walk, giving Scranton a 2-0 lead. Lehigh Valley got one run back in the bottom of the inning on a grounder by Steve Susdorf. A solo homer by Cody Overbeck in the bottom of the sixth tied the game, and the IronPigs took the lead in the seventh. Darin Ruf hit a solo shot to right and they added some insurance when Cameron Rupp singled in Leandro Castro for the 4-2 win.
Murphy went 0-2 in his first Triple-A start, picking up a pair of walks. Johnson went 3-5 with a run scored and two doubles. Walter Ibarra, Mustelier and Maruszak each had one hit for the RailRiders. Brett Marshall made the start and went 5.1 innings, giving up two runs on five hits, six walks and four Ks. Josh Spence gave up one hit and picked up one strikeout in one inning of work, while Jim Miller threw 1.2 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits. He struck out five and walked no one.
Trenton was rained out.
Tampa beat Charlotte 2-1 in Game 1:
Mason Williams started the game with a single to left. Robert Refsnyder drove the ball to right, putting runners on the corners. A sac fly scored Williams and Tampa took the early lead. Drew Vettleson lined a single to right with two outs in the first. A double by Richie Shaffer plated Vettleson and the game was tied 1-1. The game stayed tied through the sixth. Dan Fiorito singled to start the seventh, moving over on a sac bunt by Williams. Refsnyder singled him in and the Yankees held on for the 2-1 win.
Williams went 2-3 with a run scored. Refsnyder went 2-2 with a RBI, a walk and a stolen base. Fiorito went 2-3 with a run scored. Gary Sanchez and Angelo Gumbs both went 1-3, while Yeral Ssanchez went 1-2. Sean Black made the start and gave up one run on six hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out five. Taylor Garrison gave up one hit in his inning of work, while Branden Pinder pitched a perfect seventh with a strikeout.
Tampa lost to Charlotte 6-4 in Game 2:
The Stone Crabs drew first blood on a solo homer by Curt Casali in the second. Saxon Butler was hit by a pitch in the top of the third and Ali Castillo singled. Refsnyder was hit by a pitch, loading the bases and Ben Gamel drove a bases clearing double to center, giving the Yankees a 3-1 advantage. Taylor Motter started the bottom of the inning with a homer to left and Vettleson scored after a single and a pair of wild pitches by Scottie Allen, tying the game 3-3. Charlotte took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, on a single by Vettleson, giving the Stone Crabs the lead. Williams singled in the fifth and Refsnyder drew a single to center. A ground out by Gamel scored Williams and the game was tied once gain. It did not last long, however, as Jeff Malm hit a two-run homer for the Stone Crabs in the bottom of the inning, handing the Yankees a 6-4 loss.
Williams went 1-4 with two runs scored. Refsnyder, Gamel and Castillo each went 1-3. Gamel and a double and three RBIs. Allen went just three innings and gave up three runs on five hits, four walks and two strike outs. Zach Arneson went two innings and gave up three runs on four hits and a walk. Diego Moreno struck out one and walked one in his inning of work.
Charleston lost to Augusta 1-0:
The RiverDogs put together very little offense in this game, scattering three hits and failing to score a run. A pair of back-to-back doubles by Mitchell Delfino and Joseph Rapp in the sixth gave Augusta the only run they needed to take the win. Jake Cave, Peter O’Brien and Kelvin De Leon each went 1-3 for Charleston. O’Brien had a double and De Leon had a stolen base. Cave and O’Brien each drew walks, along with Danny Oh, who went 0-2. Evan Rutckyj threw six innings and allowed one run on five hits and a walk. He struck out five. Derek Varnadore scattered three hits over 2.1 innings and struck out a pair. Alex Smith ended the game getting two outs without a base runner.