The Farm Report: 5/2/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 4-1:The Braves threatened a couple times early in the game, but the RailRiders escaped both times and the game headed into the top of the seventh with no score. Melky Mesa started off with a single to left. Zoilo Almonte followed with a single, but Dan Johnson hit into a double play. Ronnier Mustelier drew a walk and Addison Maruszak flew a double to left, plating two runs. Luke Murton lined a single to left, plating Maruszak for a 3-0 lead. In the eighth, Mesa scored David Adams on a triple. Gwinnett got the run back in the bottom of the inning, but that was it, as the RailRiders took the 4-1 win.

Mesa went 2-4 with a run scored, a triple and a RBI, striking out twice. Mustelier didn't manage a hit in his first game of 2013, going 0-3 with a walk and a run scored. Almonte went 1-4 and Adams was 0-4 with a run scored. Brett Marshall had a strong start, throwing seven scoreless innings, scattering five hits and three walks, while striking out two. Josh Spence went 0.2 innings, allowing the Braves lone run on two hits. Cody Eppley finished the game with three Ks in his four outs of work, not allowing a hit or a walk.

Trenton beat New Hampshire 2-1: The Fisher Cats took the lead right away, as Kevin Pillar started the game with a triple to center, scoring on a John Tolisano single for the 1-0 advantage. Trenton got a couple base runners in the early innings, but couldn't bring them home. They finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Casey Stevenson lined a single to left and scored on a double by Nick McCoy. Ramon Flores lined a double to right and the Thunder held a 2-1 lead. Trenton had a chance to increase their lead in the eighth, when McCoy opened up with a double. Flores followed with a single and Jose Pirela drew a walk, juicing the bases. Austin hit into a double play, however, as New Hampshire pitcher Tommy Hottovy got McCoy out at home. A pop up to third by Kyle Roller kept the score at 2-1, but the Thunder held on for the victory.

Flores went -4 with a double and a RBI. Pirela went 0-2 but drew a pair of walks. McCoy went 2-3 with a pair of doubles, a run and a RBI. Austin and Roller went 0-4 and Slade Heathcott went 0-3. Nik Turley threw a strong six innings, allowing one run on two hits, three walks an eight Ks. Tommy Kahnle threw a hitless two innings, striking out two and giving one walk. Branden Pinder struck out one in his hitless inning.

Tampa is trailing Clearwater 8-0 in the eighth: I need to go to bed, so I will try to update this game tomorrow, but so far it isn't pretty. Follow the link to the box score until then.

Charleston was blanked by Lakewood 6-0: The RiverDogs drew a pair of walks in the first, but couldn't score first instead handing Lakewood an early lead. Roman Quinn drew a walk and stole second. Carlos Tocci grounded a single to short, putting runners on the corners. A passed ball by Peter O'Brien scored Quinn and another allowed Tocci to score, giving Lakewood a 2-0 lead. The BlueClaws continued to pour it on in the second. Mitch Walding flew a single to left and Brian Pointer was hit by a pitch. A ground out moved them over and Chace Numata singled in Walding. Another ground out brought Pointer home and an error by Cito Culver allowed Quinn to score, giving Lakewood the 5-0 advantage. They added another run in the fourth, while Charleston struggled to string together some hits. O'Brien and Reymond Nunez managed to hit back-to-back singles with one out in the ninth, but Taylor Dugas and Claudio Custodio both struck out, leaving the RiverDogs with a 6-0 defeat.

O'Brien and Nunez both went 2-4. Jake Cave went 1-3 with a double, the only Charleston extra base hit. Dante Bichette got the other RiverDog hit, going 1-4 with a pair of Ks. Daniel Camarena went four and gave up six runs (four earned) on five hits, a walk and three Ks. Brett Gerritse threw two scoreless innings, striking out two. Philip Wetherell scattered three hits over two innings, picking up a pair of Ks.