Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Lehigh Valley 6-2:
The IronPigs drew first blood, as Cody Overbeck doubled in Cody Asche in the top of the first. Derek Jeter took a lead off walk to start the RailRiders’ half of the inning, but Brent Lillibridge struck out and Thomas Neal hit into a double play. They took the lead in the bottom of the second, however, as Addison Maruszak and Corey Patterson hit back-to-back homers. They got some breathing room in the bottom of the third. Walter Ibarra drew a walk and Jeter followed with a single to left. A homer by Randy Ruiz scored all three of them, giving Scranton a 5-1 advantage. Ibarra would single with two outs in the seventh. Jeter drew another walk and Lillibridge plated Ibarra with a single to center for the 6-1 lead. Lehigh Valley had a lot of room to make up in the ninth, and they started a bit of a rally right away. Leandro Castro started the inning with a single and Michael Martinez drew a walk. A single by Steven Lerud loaded the bases. The RailRiders finally got their first out of the inning, as Josh Spence struck out Tyson Gillies. A single by Cesar Hernandez scored another run, but a double play ball by Freddy Galvis ended the games with Scranton victorious.
Jeter went 1-2 with a run scored and two walks. Ibarra also went 1-2, scoring twice and walking once. Patterson, Ruiz, and Maruszak all went 1-4 with homers. David Huff made the start and gave up a single run on seven hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out six batters in six innings. Dellin Betances threw the next two innings, holding Lehigh Valley to just a walk and a hit, while he struck out five. Spence gave up one run on three hits, a walk and a strike out in the ninth.
Trenton beat Reading 3-2:
The first couple innings were scoreless, but the Phillies took the lead in the top of the third. Zach Collier bunted for a single and scored on a double by Maikel Franco. He came around on a ground out by Jim Murphy and Reading had a 2-0 lead. Tyler Austin started the fourth with an infield single. Carmen Angelini doubled and Austin came home on a sac fly by Reegie Corona. Jose Pirela singled in Angelini and the game was tied. The game stayed tied until the bottom of the ninth. Pirela doubled to right and Cody Grice was intentionally walked. A single by Jeff Farnham was all the Thunder needed to bring home Pirela and take the walk-off win.
Pirela was the only player with multiple hits, going 2-4 with a run scored, a double and a RBI. Ramon Flores, Slade Heathcott, Andrew Clark and Angelini all went 1-4. Austin was 1-3 with a run scored. Sean Black took the mound to start teh game, allowing just two runs on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four. Jeremy Bleich threw 2.2 innings and allowed just a hit and two walks, striking out three. Cesar Cabral got the final out.
Tampa beat Brevard County 2-1:
After four scoreless innings, Tampa got the game going with a run in the fifth. Robert Refsnyder drew a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch, then scored on a single by Saxon Butler for the. The Manatees didn’t stay down for long, however, putting together three consecutive singles in the bottom of the inning and tying the game. The Yankees had a chance to score in the sixth, but a double play ball by Alex Rodriguez and a wasted double by Peter O’Brien left the game tied. In the top of the ninth, Dan Fiorito led off with a single to short. Gary Sanchez reached on an error and a sac fly by Yeral Sanchez scored Fiorito, giving the Yankees a 2-1 win.
Rodriguez went 0-3, Fiorito pinch hit for A-Rod in the ninth. Yeral Sanchez, O’Brien and Butler each went 1-3, while the rest of the lineup was hitless. Corey Black started the game, throwing six strong innings. He gave up one run on four hits, a pair of walks and six Ks. Diego Moreno thew a hitless two innings, walking one and striking out one. Taylor Garrison finished off the game, giving up a hit but striking out two.
Charleston was rained out.
Staten Island beat Connecticut 6-2:
The Yankees drew first blood as Jose Rosario doubled in the second and scored on a sac fly by John Murphy. Connecticut tied the game with a solo homer by Dominic Ficociello in the fourth and took the lead when he grounded out to second in the sixth, allowing Austin Schotts to score. Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, the Yankees rallied big. Michael O’Neill singled and moved over to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Brandon Thomas singled in O’Neill. Rosario singled and Daniel Lopez drew a walk, loading the bases. A double by Murphy cleared the bases and he came around on a single by Isaias Tejeda for the 6-2 victory.
The whole lineup had a hit for the Yankees tonight. Rosario went 2-4 with two runs scored and a double. Lopez went 2-3 with a run scored, a double and a walk. Murphy went 1-3 with a double, a run scored and four RBIs. Giovany Gallegos went five innings and gave up one run on three hits, no walks and five Ks. Sam Agnew-Wieland gave up one run on one hit and two walks in his two innings. He struck out a pair. Dillon McNamara did not score, allowing one hit and one walk.