Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Buffalo 2-1 in Game 1 (9 innings):
The RailRiders got a runner on base in each of the first two innings, but it wasn’t until the top of the third that they managed to score the first run of the game. Antoan Richardson drew a walk, moving to second on a sac bunt by Carmen Angelini. Richardson stole third and scored on a single by Jose Pirela for the 1-0 lead. Scranton held onto the slim advantage through the top of the seventh, but Buffalo managed to score their first run of the day on a RBI single by Chris Getz, tying the game and sending it into “extra” innings (MiLB doubleheader games go seven innings). Both teams took a pair of walks in the eighth inning, but were unable to capitalize on them. Ronnier Mustelier drew a walk in the top of the ninth, moving to second on a sac bunt. Angelini lined a single to center, plating Mustelier for the 2-1 lead. Danny Burawa struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the inning, but walked Getz and Steve Tolleson. Mark Montgomery replaced Burawa on the mound and struck out Brett Carroll for the 2-1 Scranton victory.
Both teams only managed four hits. Pirela, Adonis Garcia, Austin Romine and Angelini each picked up a single for Scranton. Ramon Flores went 0-2, but drew three walks. Brian Gordon made the start, allowing just two hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out two and walked four. Matt Daley gave up one run on two hits, striking out three in his 1.1 innings. Burawa walked four and struck out three in 1.2 innings and Montgomery got the save, striking out the lone batter he faced.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Buffalo 7-2 in Game 2:
While both teams struggled to find their offense in Game 1, Scranton had plenty of it in the second game of the day. Flores started the game by lining a single to left, scoring on a double by Pirela. Corban Joseph hit a solo homer to start the second and the RailRiders held a 2-0 lead. Zoilo Almonte likewise started the third with a solo shot and Garcia followed with a double to left. A single by Joseph plated Garcia and Scranton was up 4-0. It was Pirela’s time to park the ball on the other side of the fence in the fourth and an RBI single by Richardson put the RailRiders ahead 6-0 after five. Scranton finally came up empty in the sixth, going down in order, and Buffalo managed to pick up their first run of the game after Kevin Pillar singled and scored on a line drive to right by Dan Johnson. Almonte connected with his second homer of the day in the top of the seventh. Buffalo got the run back with a homer by Jared Goedert, but Scranton held on for the 7-2 win.
Flores, Pirela, Almonte and Francisco Arcia all went 2-4. Flores and Pirela both scored one run, while Pirela had a double, a homer and two RBIs. Almonte hit a pair of homers. Joseph went 2-3 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBIs. Only Jose Toussen came up empty at the plate. Garcia went 1-4 with a double and a run scored and Richardson and Angelini both had hits. Chase Whitley made the start, throwing five scoreless innings. He scattered two hits and two walks, striking out five. David Herndon went two innings, allowing a pair of runs on three hits.
Trenton beat Erie 5-3:
After three scoreless innings, the Thunder broke through in the bottom of the fourth. Kyle Roller hit a one out single to left and Robert Refsnyder lined a single to right. A wild pitch allowed the runners to move up a base and Taylor Dugas cleared the bases with a triple to right. He scored on a double by Dan Fiorito and the Thunder held a 3-0 lead. Erie looked like they were going to be able to add some runs as well, as Dean Green doubled and Corey Jones singled, putting runners on the corners with just one out. Jamie Johnson hit a grounder to second, which Refsnyder fielded for the inning ending double play. In the bottom of the fifth, Gary Sanchez reached on an error and Roller followed with a homer, for the 5-0 advantage. Aaron Dott was on the mound for Trenton in the seventh and quickly got into trouble. He walked Wade Gaynor and Green before striking out Jones. Johnson drew a walk, loading the bases and Jason Krizan lined a single to right, plating two runs. Johnson scored on a force out to second, but Trenton held on for the 5-3 win.
Roller went 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBIs. Refsnyder went 2-3 with a run scored and a stolen base. Dugas went 1-3 with a run scored, a triple and two RBIs. Mason Williams and Sanchez both went 0-4, though Sanchez scored a run. Joel De La Cruz threw 5.2 innings and scattered six hits and two walks, striking out three. Dott lasted just 0.2 innings and gave up three runs on three walks and no hits. He struck out one. Jairo Heredia threw 0.2 innings, allowing one hit. Branden Pinder and Diego Moreno both threw hitless, walkless innings in relief, notching one and two Ks respectively.
Tampa beat Daytona 6-5 (10 innings):
The Yankees got off to a quick start as Cito Culver singled to left in the first and Dante Bichette lined a single to right, putting two on with two out. A double by Peter O’Brien plated Culver and the Yankees held the early lead. Zach Wilson started the second with a single to left and Jake Cave tripled him in for another run. Eric Jagielo was hit by a pitch in the third and Bichette singled. Wilson lined a single to left, plating Jagielo and the Yankees were up 3-0. Daytona finally got their first run of the day in the bottom of the inning, when Tim Saunders hit a solo homer to left. Bichette kept his hot hitting going in the fifth, doubling to right. O’Brien drew a walk and Angelo Gumbs singled in Bichette. Cave tripled again in the sixth, scoring on a sac fly by Culver for the 5-1 lead, however, the Cubs worked their way back into the game in the bottom of the inning.With the bases loaded, Dan Camarena walked in a run before being replaced by Evan Rutckyj. Rock Shoulders (my new favorite name) lined a single to left, scoring another Daytona run. A passed ball by O’Brien allowed another run to score and the Yankees lead was cut to one run. Back-to-back singles and another passed ball by O’Brien set up a sac fly by Saunders to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth. The game was still tied after nine, but Tampa got their bats going again in the top of the tenth. Wilson, Reymond Nunez and Cody Grice hit consecutive singles, giving the Yankees a 6-5 lead. Shoulders drew a walk, but a double play and a ground out gave the Yankees the 6-5 victory.
Cave went 3-6 with a run scored, an RBI, a double and two triples. Culver went 2-5 with a run scored, a double and a RBI. Bichette, who is off to a really hot start this year (.364/.508/.568), went 3-4 with a run scored, a double and a walk. Wilson went 3-5 with two runs scored and a RBI. Camarena gave up four runs (two earned) over 5.1 innings. He allowed four hits and four walks, striking out three. Rutckyj went 1.2 and allowed just one hit and two walks, striking out one. Phil Wetherell gave up one unearned run on two hits in one inning and Kyle Haynes ended the game, throwing two innings and giving up just one hit and one walk, striking out one.
Charleston beat Rome 8-7:
The RiverDogs got off to a good start in the first, as Abiatal Avelino singled and promptly stole second. Tyler Wade lined a single to left, putting runners on the corners, but he was caught stealing second. Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar both drew walks, loading the bases and Michael O’Neill cleared the bases with a triple to left. Rome started the second with a solo homer by Joey Meneses and scored another run with the help of a throwing error by Charleston backstop, Eduardo de Oleo and a wild pitch by Brady Lail, cutting the Charleston lead to one. Gosuke Katoh was hit by a pitch and stole second. A pair of walks loaded the bases again and Katoh scored on another walk to Judge for the 4-2 lead. Rome added a pair of runs in the fifth, tying the game and took the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth. Charleston started to work their way back in the bottom of the inning. John Murphy singled to center and moved to second on a wild pitch. De Oleo drew a walk and both runners moved over on a wild pitch. A throwing error allowed Murphy and de Oleo to score, cutting the Rome lead to one run. Judge homered to start the bottom of the seventh, tying the game at 7-7. With two outs in the eighth, de Oleo singled to left. Avelino followed with a single to center and de Oleo scored on a single by Wade, for the 8-7 Charleston victory.
Avelino went 2-4 with a run scored, a walk and a stolen base. Wade went 2-4 with a RBI and a walk. Judge went 1-3 with two runs scored, a homer, two RBIs and two walks. O’Neill went 1-4 with a triple and three RBIs. De Oleo went 1-3 with two runs scored. Brady Lail lasted 5.1 innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks. He struck out four. Cesar Vargas went 1.2 and gave up one run on two hits and two walks. Stefan Lopez and Nick Rumbelow both pitched hitless innings in relief. Lopez struck out one, while Rumbelow walked one and struck out two.