Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Rochester 6-3:
Chris Herrmann hit a solo homer in the first, giving Rochester the quick lead. They added another run in the third, when former Yankee farmhand, Doug Bernier, scored on a single by Deibinson Romero. Scranton broke through in the bottom of the inning. Derek Jeter lead off with a walk. JR Murphy followed with a single and Randy Ruiz singled in Jeter, as Scranton trailed 2-1. Rochester struck again in the top of the fourth, but Scranton rallied in the bottom of the fifth. Murphy doubled to left and Brent Lillibridge singled, putting runners on the corners. Murphy scored on a ground out by Ruiz. Dan Johnson scored Lillibridge with a single to center and Thomas Neal doubled. A single by Josh Bell scored two more runs and the RailRiders took a 5-3 lead. A solo shot by Bell in the seventh gave Scranton some added security as they went on to win 6-3.
Jeter went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk. Murphy had a big night, going 3-4 with a run scored and a double. Neal went 2-3 with a run scored and a double, while Bell went 2-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Chris Bootcheck made the start, giving up three runs on nine hits in five innings. He struck out five. Matt Daley threw two hitless innings, picking up four Ks in the process. Chase Whitley allowed one hit and struck out three in his two innings of work.
Trenton beat Reading 10-6:
Reading got on the board early, when Jim Murphy singled in Albert Cartwright in the top of the first. Jose Pirela hit a two-out single in the bottom of the inning, coming around to score on a single by Andrew Clark. Reading scored two runs in the top of the third and again in the sixth, taking a 5-1 lead, but the Thunder put together a huge bottom of the inning. Reegie Corona and Slade Heathcott both drew walks and Pirela doubled them in, cutting the Phillies’ lead in half. With two outs, Casey Stevenson drew a walk and stole second. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Cody Grice. Shane Brown singled in Grice, who had stolen second, giving the Thunder a 6-5 lead. Reading tied the game again in the top of the eighth, but Trenton took back the lead for good in their next at bats. Carmen Angelini started the inning with a solo homer, which was all they would need, but that didn’t stop the Thunder from getting a few insurance runs in. Stevenson doubled and scored on a sac bunt by Brown. Jeff Farnham singled, putting runners on the corners. A double by Corona scored Brown and Heathcott singled in Farnham, giving Trenton a 10-6 victory.
Farnham, Heathcott and Pirela all went 2-4. Farnham and Heathcott both scored once and Heathcott had a RBI. Pirela scored twice, had a double, two stolen bases and two RBIs. Everyone else in the lineup had at least one hit. Zach Nuding went 6.2 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits, two walks and five Ks. Danny Burawa went 1.1 innings and gave up one run on a hit and a walk. Tommy Kahnle pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Tampa lost to Brevard County 4-3:
The Yankees scored first, as Taylor Dugas drew a walk and Ben Gamel singled. Gamel was out at second on a grounder by Peter O’Brien. A double by Gary Sanchez scored two runs and Tampa took control. Brevard County got their first run of the day in the third. Saxon Butler started the fourth with a double , moving over on a bunt by Jose Toussen. Dugas hit a sac fly to center, scoring Butler and putting the Yankees up 3-1. Back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the sixth cut the lead in half. The Yankees got two quick outs in the bottom of the eighth, but three straight singles tied the game up, heading into the final inning. The Yankees went down in order, but T.J. Mittelstaedt singled and scored the walk-off win on a double by Mitch Haniger, handing Tampa a 4-3 loss.
Gamel went 2-4. Butler also went 2-4, scoring a run and hitting a double. Dugas went 1-3 with a run scored, a RBI and a walk. Sanchez went 1-4 with a double and two RBIs. Bryan Mitchell gave up two runs on six hits and four walks in 6.2 innings. He struck out three. Alex Smith gave up two runs on five hits and a K in two innings.
Staten Island beat Connecticut 7-6:
Connecticut scored right away with a run in the top of the first, but Staten Island got it back quickly. Michael O’Neill tripled and scored on a sac fly by Kale Sumner. Connecticut scored two more runs in the top of the third, taking the lead again. Jose Rosario hit a sac fly in the fifth, scoring Derek Toadvine, as Connecticut still held a 3-2 lead. Connecticut held a 5-3 lead as the game went into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Lopez reached on an error and Bubba Jones drew a walk. A throwing error allowed Lopez to score and a single by Radley Haddad scored Jones. Haddad moved to third on another error and he scored on a sac fly by Toadvine, for the 6-5 lead. Connecticut scored in the top of the ninth, tying the game. Eric Jagielo drove a single to right to start the bottom of the inning. Sumner drew a walk and Rosario laid down a bunt, moving Jagielo to third. Jones singled to right, scoring Jagielo and giving Staten Island the walk-off victory.
O’Neill went 2-5 with a run scored, a double and a triple. Jones went 3-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. Mikeson Oliberto went 2-4. Caleb Smith started the game, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits, three walks and two Ks in four innings. Philip Walby threw two innings and gave up a run on two hits, two walks and six Ks. Andury Acevedo allowed an unearned run on one hit and two walks. Charles Haslup got one out and Nick rumbelow finished the game, allowing an unearned run and striking out two.