The Yankees' farm system didn't have such a great day yesterday. Thankfully, Charleston saved them from a sweep across the levels. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost 7-6 to the Gwinnett Braves
The Railriders had a few chances to win the game in the bottom of the ninth but it was not meant to be:
- Addison Maruszak reached on a fielding error by Gwinnett right fielder Joey Terdoslavich.
- Reegie Corona struck out swinging.
- Curtis Granderson who ended the day 3-5, singled on a fly ball to left field and Maruszak advanced to 2nd.
- Zoilo(!!) Almonte walks - Maruszak advanced to 3rd and Granderson to 2nd.
- David Adams struck out swinging.
- Dan Johnson walks. Maruszak scores to make it 7-6. Granderson to 3rd. Almonte to 2nd.
- Thomas Neal struck out swinging.
Oh well. You can't do much when guys keep striking out swinging.
The teams were scoreless until New Hampshire scored three in the fifth inning which was more than enough to win. They added another run in the eighth. The Thunder actually had finished the game with hits than the Fisher Cats (6 to 4) but failed to capitalize on any scoring chances and Slade Heathcott was ejected from the game for arguing a call with the umpire. Oh boy.
Tampa was off.
The Riverdogs now have a three-game winning streak thanks to a 9-8 victory over the Hickory Crawdads.
Charleston starter Evan Rutckyj gave up four runs on four hits in the top of the first inning - Ryan Rua hit a three-run homer and Jordan Akins hit an RBI double. Despite that, Rutckvl actually made it through five innings.
Still down 4-0 in the bottom of the third, Charleston erupted for seven runs. A lead they wouldn't relinquish even though the Crawdads tried their hardest to ruin the night for the Riverdogs. They even scored three runs in the top of the ninth to cut the score to 9-8.
Luckily for Charleston, reliever Phil Wetherell got two huge outs with the tying runner at second base to finish the game and preserve the win for RiverDogs.