Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Buffalo 7-1:
Brett Marshall made the start and gave up a run in the first and second innings, giving Buffalo a quick lead. He kept them scoreless over the next two innings, but it fell apart in the fifth. Mike Nickeas was hit by a pitch and Mike McCoy drew a walk. A one-out single loaded the bases and an error at first by Dan Johnson allowed three runs to score. A sac fly by Andy LaRoche brought another run in for the Bisons, giving them a 6-0 lead. Sean Ochinko homered in the sixth to round out Buffalo’s offense for the day, while Scranton finally got on the board in the top of the seventh. David Adams drew a walk and scored on a two-out double by JR Murphy. A fly ball by Melky Mesa ended the RailRiders’ threat as they went on to lose 7-1.
Murphy went 2-3 with a double and a RBI. Mesa and Walter Ibarra both went 1-3, while the rest of the lineup came up empty. David Adams had the lone walk for Scranton. Marshall went six innings and gave up seven runs (four earned) on four hits, five walks and three Ks. Chase Whitley threw two hitless innings, walking a pair and striking out one.
Trenton lost to New Britain 1-0:
The Thunder offense was even more apathetic than Scranton’s on Sunday. They went down in order the first two innings and New Britain capitalized on a triple by Daniel Ortiz in the bottom of the second, taking a 1-0 lead. It was the sixth inning before Trenton finally saw their first base runner. With two outs, Shane Brown reached on an error by the Rock Cats’ third baseman and Ramon Flores followed with a walk, but neither reached home plate. New Britain managed to load the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning, but Trenton escaped the inning. Jose Pirela started the seventh by lining a single to center, picking up the lone Thunder hit of the day. Shane Greene made the start, giving up one run on five hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out three. Graham Stoneburner pitched two hitless innings. He walked no one.
Tampa beat Bradenton 4-3:
The Marauders drew first blood with a pair of singles in the first, holding a 1-0 lead through four innings. Tampa, however, broke through with a bit fifth inning. Tyson Blaser drew a two-out walk and stole second. A double by Ali Castillo scored Blaser and tied the game. Mason Williams singled in Castillo and he stole second. Alex Rodriguez then flew a double to center, scoring Williams for a 3-1 lead. Peter O’Brien followed with a single to left, putting runners on the corners, but Gary Sanchez grounded out to first to end the inning. Bradenton managed to tie the game with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, but the tie was short-lived. Castillo and Williams hit back-to-back singles. Castillo scored when Rodriguez hit into a force out at second and the Yankees held on for the 4-3 win.
Williams went 2-4 with a run scored, a stolen base and a RBI. O’Brien also went 2-4. Rodriguez went 1-3 with a double and two RBIs. Ben Gamel and Sanchez both went 1-4, with Gamel knocking a double. Castillo went 2-3 with two run scored, a double and a RBI. Joel De La Cruz allowed one run on seven hits, a walk and four Ks in five innings. David Herndon gave up two runs on five hits and two Ks in two innings. Manny Barreda struck out two in his two innings of work.
Charleston beat Augusta 5-4 (10 innings):
Augusta scored a run in the top of the first to get the game started, but Charleston took the lead in the second. Angelo Gumbs drew a walk and Dante Bichette followed with a homer to right, giving the RiverDogs a 2-1 advantage. Augusta struck again in the top of the sixth, with one run scoring on a wild pitch and three singles leading to a 3-2 GreenJackets lead. Greg Bird hit his eleventh homer of the season in the bottom of the inning, however, tying the game. It was Reymond Nunez’s turn to go deep in the seventh, knocking a long fly ball to center and giving Charleston the lead once again. Unfortunately, Ben Paullus gave up a lead off triple in the top of the ninth, and Matt Duffy scored on a sac fly by Ben Turner, sending the game into extra innings. Nunez wasted little time in giving the RiverDogs the walkoff victory, driving his second homer of the game over the wall in right for the 5-4 win.
Nunez went 2-4 with two homers. Aaron Gates went 2-3. Bichette went 1-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Bird went 1-4 with a homer. Jose Campos gave up one run on two hits in four innings, striking out five and walking none. Brett Gerritse allowed two runs on four hits and two Ks in three innings. Tyler Webb struck out one in his inning of work and Ben Paullus allowed one run on two hits over two innings. The RiverDogs pitchers did not walk anyone.
Staten Island beat Auburn 7-6:
The Doubledays jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings, but Staten Island got their first runs in the top of the fourth. Michael O’Neill and Eric Jagielo hit back-to-back doubles, scoring the first Yankee run. A single by Brandon Thomas scored the second run, cutting the Doubedays’ lead in half. O’Neill started the rally again in the top of the sixth with a single to center. He stole second and Jagielo singled him over to third. A walk by Yeicok Calderon loaded the bases. O’Neill scored on a grounder to second and Jose Rosario knocked a sac fly to center, tying the game. Isaias Tejeda and Hector Crespo both drew walks in the seventh. A wild pitch moved them over and a single by Jagielo scored two more runs, giving Staten Island a 6-4 lead. Auburn got one run in the bottom of the inning, but a RBI single by Daniel Lopez in the eighth got the run back for Staten Island. Auburn scored once more, but the Yankees held on for the 7-6 win.
O’Neill went 2-5 with two runs scored, a double and a stolen base. Jagielo went 3-5 with two runs scored, a double and three RBIs. Rosario went 1-3 with a RBI, while Thomas and Lopez both went 1-4 with two and one RBIs respectively. Jairo Heredia threw four innings and gave up four runs on six hits. He walked no one and struck out three. Conner Kendrick threw 3.2 innings and allowed two runs on six hits and two walks, striking out one. Kelvin Castro got one out and Nick Rumbelow finished up the game with a 1-2-3 ninth.