Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Lehigh Valley 2-0:
Both teams had chances to score early on in the day, but neither team would break through until the very end. The RailRiders had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the first. David Adams drew a walk and Dan Johnson hit a two-out double, but a strikeout by Randy Ruiz kept the game scoreless. It was Lehigh Valley’s turn to threaten in the top of the third, as Leandro Castro hit a ground-rule double to left center. Caleb Cotham threw him out at third on a fielder’s choice and the RailRiders were able to escape unscathed. Both teams had more base runners as the day went on, but they continued to come up empty. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Melky Mesa knocked a double to center and Johnson followed with a walk-off homer to right, giving Scranton the 2-0 win.
Mesa went 2-5 with a run scored and a double. Johnson went 2-4 with a homer, a double, two RBIs and a walk. Ronnier Mustelier also went 2-4, while Adonis Garcia and Brendan Harris both picked up one hit for Scranton. Harris drew three walks.Cotham threw 6.2 innings, allowing four hits and two walks, while striking out five. Yoshinori Tateyama gave up one hit over 2.1 innings, striking out one.
Trenton lost to New Hampshire 2-1:
Much like Scranton, the Thunder had to wait until the late innings to see a score in their game. Unfortunately, Trenton was the victim of the walk-off win in their game, as the Fisher Cats took the series sweep. Both teams got runners on early, but they were unable to capitalize. The game was still scoreless as it headed into the eighth inning. Recently promoted Mason Williams came through with his first homer in Double-A, driving a solo shot over the wall in right. The Thunder lead was short-lived, however, as Kenny Wilson hit a solo homer off Pat Venditte to start the bottom of the inning. Venditte walked Jack Murphy in the ninth and Danny Burawa came in to replace him with one out. He gave up a single to Lance Zawadzki and a RBI double to Amadeo Zazueta, giving New Hampshire the walk-off win.
Williams went 1-4 with a homer. Ramon Flores and Carmen Angelini both went 1-4, while Reegie Corona went 1-2 to round out the Trenton offense. Scottie Allen made the start and gave up just two hits in 6.1 innings. He did allow four walks, however, and struck out two. Pat Venditte went two innings and gave up two runs on two hits, two walks and two Ks, while Burawa gave up two hits and did not record an out.
Tampa beat Lakeland 3-2:
After two scoreless innings, the Flying Tigers drew first blood with a solo homer by Luis Alberto Sanz. Tampa wasted little time in responding, as Ali Castillo drew a walk and stole second. He moved to third on a ground out by Cito Culver and scored when Taylor Dugas singled a line drive to right. Lakeland retook the lead in the top of the seventh, as Francisco Martinez started the inning by drawing a walk. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Jason Krizan for the 2-1 advantage. The Yankees trailed by one as they headed into their last at bats of the day. Robert Refsnyder started the ninth with a single to center and Peter O’Brien followed with the same. A single by Cody Grice brought Refsnyder home and O’Brien moved to third. With one out, Dan Fiorito flew a single to center and O’Brien crossed the plate for the 3-2 walk-off victory.
Dugas went 2-3 with a double and a RBI. Refsnyder, O’Brien and Grice all went 1-4, while Fiorito went 1-3 with a RBI and a stolen base. Rafael De Paula went four innings and gave up three hits and one run. He walked no one and struck out three. Zach Woods threw 2.1 innings and allowed one run on one hit, one walk and a K. Charley Short pitched 1.2 hitless innings, striking out one, while Taylor Garrison pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Charleston lost to Rome 5-4:
The RiverDogs struck first, as Angelo Gumbs was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Greg Bird. The Braves quickly took the lead, however, as Eric Garcia singled with two outs in the first and Edison Sanchez followed with a homer to left. Charleston tied the game in the top of the third. With two outs, Bird singled to right. He moved to second on a passed ball and scored when Ericson Leonora rounded a single to left. Unfortunately, Leonora tried to get to second and was thrown out to end the rally. Rome retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. Jose Peraza reached on an error by Dante Bichette and stole second. Sanchez drew a walk and a walk to Carlos Franco loaded the bases. Chase Anselment flew a single to right, plating two runs. The inning ended similarly for Rome, however, as Leonora threw the ball in to Wes Wilson at home, who threw out Anselment trying to reach second. Rome added another run in the fifth, taking a 5-2 lead. Charleston got a rally going in the top of the eighth, as Ty Afenir and Jake Cave started the inning with walks. A single by Bird scored Afenir and Leonora followed with a sac fly to center. Bichette singled, but Reymond Nunez hit into a force out, ending the inning with the RiverDogs trailing by one. Wilson drew a walk in the top of the ninth, but Afenir and Jake Cave couldn’t bring him home, taking the 5-4 loss.
Bird went 3-4 with a run scored, a double and two RBIs. Leonora went 1-3 with two RBIs. Bichette went 2-3 with a double, a walk and an error. Derek Varnadore took the loss, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits, three walks and one K in four innings. Kelvin Castro allowed one run in two innings, allowing three hits, a walk and three Ks. John Brebbia threw the last two innings, allowing just one hit.
Staten Island beat Tri-City 3-2 (11 innings):
After four scoreless innings, the Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Eric Jagielo doubled to right with two outs and scored on a single by Mike Ford. They added another run in the bottom of the eighth, as Hector Crespo singled and scored on an error on a ball hit by Trent Garrison. Daniel Lopez followed with a double and Derek Toadvine walked, loading the bases and giving Staten Island a chance to break the game open. Unfortunately, a ground out by Abiatal Avelino held the Yankee lead to 2-0. Tri-City finally struck in the top of the ninth, as Conrad Gregor singled and Michael Martinez tied the game with a homer to left. Ford singled with one out in the ninth and Michael O’Neill reached on an error. Crespo and Kale Sumner couldn’t bring either of them home, however, and the game went into extra innings. The Yankees escaped some trouble in the top of the eleventh, as Tri-City had two runners on with one out. Jagielo then ended the game with one swing, knocking a homer over the wall in right for the 3-2 walk-off victory.
Jagielo went 4-6 with two runs scored, two doubles, a homer and a RBI. Avelino went 2-6 with a double. Ford went 2-3 with a RBI and two walks. Lopez went 2-5 with a double. Conner Kendrick threw 3.2 innings and allowing one hit and a walk, striking out two. Charles Haslup went 4.1 and allowed two hits, a walk and struck out three. Nick Rumbelow gave up two runs on two hits in his two innings of work, while Dillon McNamara allowed one walk in his inning of work.