Scranton lost to Durham 6-4:
The RailRiders drew first blood as Russ Canzler knocked a solo homer to left in the top of the second. Jerry Sands did the same in the bottom of the inning, tying the game at one run apiece. Ramon Flores started the third with a walk and it was Zoilo Almonte’s turn to go yard, giving Scranton the 3-1 edge. They held that lead until the bottom of the fifth, when Durham put together a nice rally. Eddy Rodriguez singled to right and Justin Christian and Vince Belnome hit back-to-back singles, bringing home Rodriguez. A single from Wilson Betemit scored Christian and Sands hit a sac fly to center to plate Belnome for the 4-3 Bulls lead. The RailRiders went down in order in the sixth, but were able to tie the score in the seventh. Canzler drew a walk, but Austin Romine hit into a double play. Antoan Richardson was hit by a pitch and scored when Flores drove a double to left. Unfortunately, Betemit doubled to start the bottom of the inning and scored on a sac fly by Mike Fontenot, giving Durham the 5-4 lead. They picked up another run in the eighth for some insurance, but the RailRiders failed to put anything together in the final inning, taking the 6-4 loss.
Flores went 2-3 with a run scored, a double, a RBI and a walk. Almonte went 1-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Canzler went 1-3 with a homer and a walk. Richardson went 0-1 with a run scored. The RailRiders had four errors on the day, with Richardson, Flores, Romine and Dean Anna all picking up an E. Brian Gordon made the start, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He struck out seven. Cesar Cabral thew a scoreless 1.1 innings. He struck out four, giving up a walk and a hit. Jim Miller gave up one run on a hit and a walk. He struck out one in his inning. Mark Montgomery finished the game with one run on a hit and two walks.
Trenton beat Portland 6-5:
The Thunder jumped out to an early lead on Sunday afternoon. Ben Gamel connected with a one out double in the first and Rob Segedin followed with a walk. A double by Gary Sanchez plated Gamel and Segedin and Sanchez scored on a single by Kyle Roller for the 3-0 lead. Segedin drew another walk in the third and this time Gary Sanchez parked the ball over the fence in left field for a two-run homer. The SeaDogs got their first run in the bottom of the third, as Shannon Wilkerson singled to center with two outs. Mookie Betts doubled him in and the score sat at 5-1. The Thunder responded with three consecutive singles by Ali Castillo, Taylor Dugas and Gamel for another run, but Portland continued to work their way back into the game. Stefan Welch singled in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Henry Ramos singled. A walk to Heiker Meneses loaded the bases and a wild pitch from Graham Stoneburner allowed Welch to score. Derrik Gibson followed with a two-run single and the SeaDogs were within two runs of the Thunder. Wilkerson started the bottom of the fifth with a single and scored on a double by Travis Shaw, making the score 6-5. It looked like Portland would tie the game up in the sixth, as Blake Swihart singled and Ramos drew a walk, but the next three batters went down in order. The Trenton bullpen was able to keep the SeaDogs in check through the late innings and the Thunder took the 6-5 win.
Sanchez, Robert Refsnyder and Castillo all went 2-4. Sanchez scored twice, had a double, a homer and three RBIs. Gamel went 2-5 with a run scored, a double and a RBI. Dugas and Roller had the other Thunder hits. Graham Stoneburner lasted just 3.2 innings and gave up four runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out three. Jairo Heredia went 2.1 innings and gave up one run on three hits, a walk and two Ks. Manny Barreda threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out one. Branden Pinder picked up the save striking out two in his inning of work.
Tampa beat Lakeland 4-3:
The game stayed scoreless through three innings, but the Flying Tigers got on the board in the top of the fourth. Jeff Holm drew a walk and Connor Harrell drove a homer to left for the 2-0 lead. Harrell came up big in the fifth inning, driving a two-out RBI triple to left. Tampa got that run back in the bottom of the inning. Trent Garrison drew a walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Jake Cave drove a single to center, plating Garrison. Brendan Ryan singled, putting runners on the corners and Eric Jagielo drew a walk, loading the bases with just one out. Unfortunately, Dante Bichette struck out and Angelo Gumbs flew out to end the threat. Lakeland managed to load the bases in the top of the sixth, but were unable to capitalize on it. Tampa didn’t waste their chances in the bottom of the inning, as Jose Toussen lead off with a single and Reymond Nunez reached on an error. Toussen scored on a ground ball by Claudio Custodio, who stole second. Cave singled in Nunez and a single by Ryan plated Custodio to give the Yankees the 4-3 lead. Both teams got runners on in the late innings, but were unable to put up much of a threat as the Yankees held on for the victory.
Cave had an absolutely huge night, going 5-5 with two RBIs. He was caught stealing. Ryan, who is working his way back from injury, went 2-5 with one RBI. Toussen went 2-4 with a double and a run scored, while Garrison went 1-3 with a run scored and a walk. Jagielo went 0-1, drawing three walks. Rafael De Paula threw five innings and gave up three runs on eight hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. Phil Wetherell kept Lakeland scoreless over two innings, allowing three hits and a walk. He struck out one. Tyler Webb got the save, striking out two over his two innings of work.
Charleston was blanked by Delmarva 5-0:
The RiverDogs’ offense was very quiet Sunday afternoon, only managing three hits, while their defense committed a pair of errors. Delmarva scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third as Gregory Lorenzo singled in Mike Yastrzemski. They doubled their lead with another run in the bottom of the fourth, this time on a single by Federico Castagnini. Delmarva plated three runs in the seventh for some insurance, but they didn’t need it as Charleston continued to come up empty at the plate and fell 5-0.
Giovanny Gallegos threw five innings and gave up two runs (both unearned) on five hits and a walk. He struck out four. Jaron Long gave up three runs over 1.2 innings. He allowed five hits and a walk, while striking out three. Nick Rumbelow threw 1.1 scoreless innings and gave up just a hit and a walk, also striking out three batters.