First, a few Minor League notes/links to check out. Mikey O'Brien has been promoted to Trenton, while Shaeffer Hall has been released and Josh Romanski was placed on the DL. Pitchers Taylor Garrison and Charlie Short are headed up to Tampa. Josh Norris posted some random scouts notes from Trenton, Tampa and Charleston, which I would recommend checking out. Meanwhile, all four teams were in action today and they all came up short, though Scranton held on for eleven innings before taking their defeat. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Indianpolis (11 innings): The RailRiders drew first blood, after three scoreless innings against Gerrit Cole. Ronnier Mustelier lined a single to center and stole second. He moved to third on a ground out and scored when David Adams singled to left. A solo homer by Brett Carroll knotted up the score in the fifth. Curtis Granderson started the sixth with a single, but Scranton couldn't capitalize. They had a chance again in the bottom of the tenth. Dan Johnson and Adams both took walks to start. A walk by Bobby Wilson loaded the bases with one out, but Gil Velazquez struck out and Corban Joseph hit a ground ball to second to end the inning. Back-to-back doubles by Jerry Sands and Tony Sanchez in the top of the eleventh proved to be the difference in the end, as the Indians took the 2-1 win over the RailRiders.
No RailRider hitter had more than one hit. Granderson went 1-3, while Corban Joseph went 1-4 with a walk. Mustelier went 1-5 with a run scored and a steal. Adams went 1-3 with a RBI and a walk. Caleb Cotham made the start, going 4.2 innings and allowing one run on four hits, two walks and five Ks. Mark Montgomery went 1.1 and allowed one hit and one walk, striking out two. Cody Eppley and Jim Miller both struck out three over two innings. Eppley gave up a hit and a walk, while Miller allowed two hits. Kelvin Perez finished the game, allowing one run on a pair of hits and a walk in one inning.
Trenton lost to new Hampshire 8-3: The Fisher Cats scored first, as Kevin Pillar lined a single to left and crossed the plate on a Brad Glenn double. Adam Loewen doubled to center, scoring on a single by Brian Van Kirk, putting Trenton down 2-0. The Thunder cut the lead in half in the fourth. Tyler Austin grounded a single to right and Kyle Roller drew a walk. Neil Medchill connected with a single to left, plating Austin and making the score 2-1. Unfortunately, New Hampshire responded with a two-run homer by Sean Ochinko in the fifth. A RBI double by Roller scored JR Murphy for a 4-2 deficit. The Fisher Cats got some insurance with a big eighth inning. Pillar started it with a double. An intentional walk, two singles and two walks scored three runs for New Hampshire. Trenton got one run back when Casey Stevenson doubled and scored on a single by Austin, but New Hampshire scored a run in the top of the ninth and held on for the 8-3 win.
Ramon Flores went 2-3 with a double and two walks. Austin went 2-4 with a run scored, a RBI and a walk. Roller went 2-3 with a double, a RBI and a walk. Only Slade Heathcott and Jose Pirela went hitless, though Heathcott took two walks. Zach Nuding threw six innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits and one walk. He struck out eight. Matt Daley threw a hitless seventh, walking one and striking out two. Francisco Rondon struggled again, lasting just 0.2 innings and giving up three runs on three hits and three walks. Tommy Kahnle closed out the game with 1.1 innings of work with one run on two hits and a strikeout.
Tampa lost to Brevard County 5-0: The Yankees had a chance to score in the first inning, as Ben Gamel lined a single to right and Robert Refsnyder worked a walk, putting two on with one out. Gary Sanchez grounded into a double play, however, ending what would be Tampa's biggest threat. Brevard County also struggled to get on the board as the game progressed. A double by Cameron Garfield in the bottom of the seventh changed the game. Cody Hawn followed with a RBI single to right, giving the Manatees a 1-0 lead. Brevard County added some insurance in the eighth, as Yadiel Rivera led off with a single and Lance Roenicke doubled. An intentional walk loaded the bases with one out and a single by Gregory Hopkins plated another run. Another Garfield double scored two more runs and Hopkins scored on a wild pitch, propelling the Manatees to a 5-0 defeat of the Yankees.
The only Yankee player to get a hit was Gamel, who went 1-4. Mason Williams drew a walk and Robert Refsnyder went 0-2 with two walks, bringing his Tampa average down to .395. Sean Black pitched four hitless innings and struck out four. Joel De La Cruz allowed one run on two hits, a walk and two Ks in three innings. Zach Arneson gave up four runs on four hits, a walk and two Ks in one inning of work.
Charleston lost to Hickory 2-1: Charleston looked to score early, when Jake Cave doubled to left in the bottom of the first. A walk by Cito Culver put two on with no outs, but Gregory Bird struck out and Dante Bichette grounded into a double play. The Crawdads took the lead in the fourth, as Joey Gallo led off with a single to right. Jorge Alfaro lined a single to left, putting runners on the corners and Nomar Mazara grounded a ball through to right, plating Gallo and putting the RiverDogs behind 1-0. Charleston struck in the bottom of the sixth, as Claudio Custodio lined a double to left and moved to third on a ground out by Cave. Culver struck out, but Custodio scored as the Hickory catcher threw Culver out at first. The tie game did not last very long, however, as the RiverDogs virtually handed the lead back to Hickory. With a runner on second, Culver fielded a hit and got the runner at third, allowing Jordan Akins to move to second on the throw. A wild pitch by Derek Varnadore let the runner get to third and. Luis Marte struck out, but the ball got by Peter O'Brien and Marte was safe at first as Akins scored and put Hickory ahead 2-1. Charleston had a chance to tie again in the eighth. Taylor Dugas started the inning with a walk and moved to second on a balk. A sac bunt by Custodio moved him to third, but Cave and Culver both struck out and Charleston went on to lose 2-1.
Custodio went 1-1 with a run scored and a double. Dugas went 1-2 with a walk. Cave went 1-4 with a double and Bird also went 1-4, to finish off the Charleston hits. Cesar Vargas went 2.2 and struck out four without allowing a base runner. Dan Camarena gave up one run on three hits and four strike outs over 3.1 innings of work. Derek Varnadore gave up one unearned rune on a hit and a walk, striking out three. Phil Wetherell finished off the game, going two innings and allowing one hit, one walk and striking out three.