Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Lehigh Valley 3-1:
The IronPigs drew first blood with a run in the bottom of the second. Cesar Hernandez lined a single to left and Leandro Castro singled to right, with Hernandez scoring on an error by Ronnier Mustelier. Lehigh Valley held the lead through the fourth, but the RailRiders struck in the top of the fifth. JR Murphy started the inning with a double to left, scoring on a single by Mustelier. Brent Lillibridge grounded into an out at second and Alberto Gonzalez lined a RBI single to right for the 2-1 lead. Dan Johnson singled in the sixth and scored on a double by Randy Ruiz, as the RailRiders held on for the 3-1 victory.
Mustelier went 3-4 with a RBI and an error. Johnson and Murphy both went 2-4 with a run scored. Murphy had a double. Lillibridge went 1-4 with a run scored, a double and a stolen base. Chase Whitley made the start, throwing five innings and allowing one unearned run on five hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out four. Dellin Betances threw three innings of relief, allowing just one hit and also issuing no walks. He struck out four. Jim Miller did not allow a hit or a walk (though he did hit a batter) and he struck out two.
Trenton lost to New Britain 6-4:
With two outs in the top of the first, Gary Sanchez drew a walk and Kyle Roller followed with a homer for the quick 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, New Britain responded with a double by Brad Boyer and back-to-back doubles by Nate Hanson and Miguel Sano, tying the game. A sac fly by Evan Bagley put the Rock Cats in front 3-2. Reynaldo Rodriguez started the bottom of the second with a solo homer and Boyer singled in Angel Morales, putting New Britain ahead 5-2. They added another run in the sixth and the Thunder had some room to make up in the late innings. Yeral Sanchez started the seventh with a double to right, scoring on a single by Mason Williams. Roller singled to start the eight and Ben Gamel followed with a double. A ground out by Yeral Sanchez plated Roller, but that was the only rally Trenton had left, as they fell 6-4.
Roller went 2-4 with a pair of runs scored, a homer and two RBIs. Ramon Flores also went 2-4 and had a double. Williams went 2-5 with a triple and a RBI. Gamel went 1-4 with a double, while Yeral Sanchez went 1-3 with a double, a run scored and a RBI. Gary Sanchez was 0-3 with a run scored. Mikey O’Brien went 5.2 innings and gave up six runs on eight hits, two walks and six Ks. Zach Nuding threw 2.1 innings and allowed just one run, striking out four.
Tampa got clobbered by Clearwater 11-2:
The Yankees had a chance to take an early lead, as Taylor Dugas lined a single to left and Robert Refsnyder drew a walk in the first, however, both runners were caught trying to steal. Clearwater managed to score the first run of the game when Jiwan James singled in Harold Martinez in the third. The Threshers broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth, plating six runs. An inning that included back-to-back triples gave Clearwater four more runs and a commanding 11-0 lead. Tampa finally broke through in the top of the ninth. Dugas and Refsnyder both drew walks and Peter O’Brien struck out (and was then ejected by the home plate ump). Saxon Butler loaded the bases with a walk and Cody Grice hit a sac fly to center. Jose Toussen drew a walk, once again juicing the bases. A single by Jeff Farnham scored Refsnyder, but Ali Castillo hit into an out to end the game with Tampa losing 11-2.
The Yankees only managed three hits, with Toussen and Farnham both going 1-2 with a pair of walks. Dugas went 1-3 with a run scored and a walk. Refsnyder went 0-2 with two walks and a run scored. Cesar Vargas gave up six runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out one. Jaron Long allowed one unearned run on two hits and two Ks. Ben Paullus gave up four runs on six hits and a strike out in two innings of work.
Charleston beat West Virginia 3-2 (11 innings):
The game was scoreless through three, but the RiverDogs broke through in the bottom of the fourth when Greg Bird hit a solo homer to left. West Virginia tied the game in the top of the fifth. Luis Urena hit a ground-rule double to center and scored on a single by Francisco Diaz. Charleston quickly got the run back, however, as Angelo Gumbs started the inning with a single and stole second. He managed to steal third as well, scoring on the throwing error by Diaz. Urena tripled for the Power in the top of the seventh, before crossing the plate on a double by Diaz and tying the game once again. Charleston had a chance to score in the ninth. Bird singled and Dante Bichette drew a walk with two outs. A walk to Gumbs loaded the bases, but Danny Oh grounded into a force out to end the threat. Both teams went down in order in the tenth, but the RiverDogs took over in the eleventh. Jose Rosario drew a walk and Bird drove a double to left, plating Rosario and giving Charleston the 3-2 walk-off win.
Bird went 3-5 with a run scored, a double, a homer and two RBIs. Gumbs went 1-3 with a run scored, a walk and two stolen bases. Rosario also went 1-3 with a run scored and a walk. He was caught stealing. Luis Niebla started the game, holding West Virginia to one hit, no runs or walks and striking out three in four innings. Kelvin Castro gave up one run on two hits and a walk in one inning. John Brebbia allowed one run on two hits and two Ks in two innings. Tyler Webb walked two in his two innings, picking up four Ks, while Jose Campos threw two hitless innings to end the game, striking out three.
Staten Island lost to Brooklyn 2-0:
The Yankees got a couple runners on in the first, as Michael O’Neill walked and Eric Jagielo was hit by a pitch, but they were unable to score. They threatened again in the second, as Kale Sumner drew a walk and tried to score on a two-out single by Hector Crespo, getting thrown out at home. In the third, Abiatal Avelino bunted for a single and stole second. Walks to Jagielo and Mike Ford loaded the bases, but once again Staten Island came up short. The game was still scoreless after six, but Brooklyn finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Jared King, James Roche, Alex Sanchez and Matt Oberste hit consecutive singles, plating two runs. Jagielo started the eighth with a double, but Staten Island continued to struggle and in the end fell 2-0.
Avelino went 2-4 with a walk and a stolen base. Jagielo went 1-1 with a double and two walks. Trent Garrison and Crespo both went 1-4. David Palladino threw six hitless innings, allowing one walk and striking out five. Andy Beresford gave up two runs on four hits in his two innings of work.