Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Syracuse 7-2:
The RailRiders took the early lead as Jose Pirela singled on a soft grounder back to the mound. He stole second and later scored on a ground out by Zoilo Almonte. The lead lasted until the third, when Syracuse was able to put their first (and only) runs on the board. A two-run homer by Steven Souza gave the Chiefs a 2-1 lead, which is where the score stayed through five. The RailRiders got their bats going again in the bottom of the sixth. Almonte drew a one out walk, moving to second on a ground out. Ramon Flores drew a walk and John Ryan Murphy lined a single to center, plating Almonte and tying the score. An error allowed Adonis Garcia to reach, scoring Flores. Corban Joseph then lined a double to right, scoring Murphy and Garcia for the 5-2 advantage. Garcia connected with his first homer of the season, scoring Russ Canzler in the process and giving the RailRiders a 7-2 win.
Murphy went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Garcia, Joseph and Jose Pirela all went 1-4, with Joseph connecting with a double and getting two RBIs. Garcia homered and had two RBIs. Scott Sizemore and Carmen Angelini both went 1-3 to round out the hits for Scranton. Graham Stoneburner got the start on Thursday, throwing five innings and giving up two runs on four hits, two walks and five Ks. Danny Burawa and Mark Montgomery both pitched two innings of relief, each giving up one hit and one walk. Burawa struck out four and Montgomery struck out two.
Trenton beat Erie 6-4:
Mason Williams started the game by lining a single to left. Ben Gamel drew a walk and a fly out by Rob Segedin allowed Williams to move to third. A wild pitch scored Williams, but Erie got the run back in the bottom of the inning on a Wade Gaynor solo homer. Trenton retook the lead in the second as Taylor Dugas lines a single to left and scored on a single by Francisco Arcia for the 2-1 lead. The Thunder seemed to pull away in the top of the third. Tyler Austin singled to center and Dugas drew a two out walk. A single by Dan Fiorito plated Austin and a double by Arcia lined a double to right, plating two more runs for the 5-1 lead. Erie got those three runs back quickly, however. Jamie Johnson singled and scored on a triple by Gaynor. Eugenio Suarez then homered to center, and the Thunder lead was cut to one. It was Williams turn to triple in the fourth, scoring on a ground out by Segedin for the 6-4 lead that would hold through the remaining five innings.
Williams ended the day 2-5 with two runs scored and a triple. Austin went 1-4 with a run scored. Arcia went 2-3 with a double and three RBIs, he also got caught stealing and had a fielding error. Ali Castillo went 2-4 with a double. Fiorito went 1-3 with two runs scored. Jeremy Bleich allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk over five innings. He struck out five. Manny Barreda went two innings and allowed just one hit, striking out a pair. Diego Moreno threw two hitless innings, walking one and striking out two.
Tampa beat Clearwater 7-3:
Peter O’Brien started the scoring with a solo shot to start the bottom of the second inning. Dante Bichette followed with a double to right and he scored on a single to right by Reymond Nunez for the 2-0 advantage. Clearwater had a chance to get on the board in the top of the fifth, when the first three batters singled, loading the bases. Eric Wooten struck out the next two batters and a fly ball to Jake Cave got the Yankees out of danger. Art Charles drew a walk to start the seventh and KC Serna doubled to left. A ground ball by Logan Moore allowed Charles to score, cutting the Yankee lead to one. Tampa wasted little time in putting some distance between them and the Threshers. Bichette and Angelo Gumbs both singled and Jose Toussen bunted for a single, loading the bases with no outs. Nunez grounded a ball to short and Bichette was gunned down at home. Claudio Custodio was hit by a pitch, bringing Gumbs home and Cave reached on an error, allowing Toussen to score. A sac fly by Cito Culver plated Nunez and Eric Jagielo flew a single to center, scoring Custodio and Cave and putting the Yankees up 7-1. The Threshers got a pair of runs in the top of the eighth, but Tampa held on for the 7-3 victory.
Bichette was the only player to have multiple hits, going 2-4 with a run scored and a double. Cave, Jagielo, O’Brien, Gumbs and Nunez all went 1-4. Toussen went 1-3. Eric Wooten threw six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out six. Eric Ruth went 1.1 innings and gave up three runs (two earned) over 1.1 innings and allowed a walk and two Ks. Zach Woods finished the game with 1.2 innings, striking out three and allowing one hit.
Charleston lost to Augusta 5-1:
The RiverDogs drew first blood, striking in the bottom of the second. Michael O’Neill drew a walk and moved to second on a balk. O’Neill stole third and scored on an error by Augusta catcher, Leonardo Rojas. Charleston held the lead through five, but the GreenJackets found their offense in the sixth and seventh. Back-to-back doubles by Brandon Bednar and Matthew Chavez tied the score. A single by Ryan Tuntland gave Augusta the lead. They added three more runs in the top of the seventh, handing Charleston the 5-1 loss.
The RiverDogs only managed three hits on the day. Mikeson Oliberto went 1-2 with a double and a walk. Miguel Andujar went 1-4 with a double and Brandon Thomas also went 1-4. Aaron Judge drew a pair of walks. O’Neill went 0-3 with a run scored, a walk, two Ks and a steal. Luis Severino started the game, scattering three hits over 2.2 innings and striking out five. Jaron Long gave up five runs (two earned) over four innings. He allowed seven hits, no walks and struck out one. Cesar Vargas gave up one hit and two walks over 1.1 innings, striking out four. Nick Rumbelow finished the game, allowing one hit and striking out one in one inning.