Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Durham 8-5:The Bulls jumped out to an early lead in the first. Rich Thompson grounded an infield single and stole second. Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch and Vince Beinome tripled them both in. A two-run homer by Shelley Duncan put the Bulls in front 4-0. Durham doubled their score in the top of the fourth. Rich Thompson grounded out, but allowed Cole Figueroa to score and Wil Myers hit a three-run shot for an 8-0 advantage. Scranton finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Brennan Boesch singled to center, scoring on a double by Josh Bell. Thomas Neal lined a RBI double to right for the RailRiders' second run of the day. Mustelier started the sixth with a double, moving to third on a wild pitch. Bell hit a sac fly to center, bringing Mustelier home. Down 8-3 in the ninth, Scranton had a lot of room to make up. Melky Mesa jump started the offense with a triple to center. Alberto Gonzalez doubled him in and - with two outs - Boesch doubled in Gonzalez. Unfortunately, that was as close as the RailRiders would get, taking an 8-5 loss.
Boesch went 3-5 with a run scored, a double and a RBI. Mustelier went 1-3 with a double, a run scored and a walk. Bell went 1-3 with a run scored, a double and two RBIs. Neal was 2-3 with a double, a RBI and a walk. Mesa and Gonzalez both went 1-4 with a run scored, as the former picked up a triple and the latter a double. Brett Marshall took the loss, giving up eight runs on eight hits, two walks and two Ks in four innings. Kelvin Perez allowed just two hits and one walk over three innings, while Josh Spence struck out three in his two innings of work.
Trenton lost to Richmond 9-4: The Thunder fell behind in the bottom of the third. Joe Panik singled and Adam Duvall and mark Minicozzi drew walks, loading the bases. A force out allowed Panik to score and a single by Andrew Susac gave the Flying Squirrels a 2-0 lead. Jose Pirela got one run back, starting the fourth inning with a solo homer to left. Trenton took the lead in the top of the sixth. Tyler Austin singled and JR Murphy followed with a double. Slade Heathcott doubled in Austin and Murphy for the 3-2 advantage. It was short-lived, however, as Richmond quickly loaded the bases on a pair of walks and an error. A double by Javier Herrera gave the Flying Squirrels the lead again, and a double by Ryan Lollis added some insurance, as Richmond went up 6-3. Reegie Corona scored on a sac fly by Austin in the seventh, but Richmond added three more runs and took the 9-4 win over Trenton.
Murphy went 2-3 with a run scored, a double and a walk. Neil Medchill went 2-4 with a double. Pirela and Austin both went 1-3 with a run scored, a RBI and a walk, the former picking up a homer. Heathcott went 1-4 with a double and two RBIs. Nik Turley gave up two runs in three innings. He walked five and gave up three hits, striking out five. Francisco Rondon went 2.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits, three walks and three Ks. Danny Burawa allowed three runs on six hits and two walks, striking out a pair. Matt Daley finished out the game, allowing one run on two hits and a strikeout.
Tampa got crushed by Bradenton 12-4: The Yankees drew first blood, as Angelo Gumbs singled in the first and Robert Refsnyder reached on an error. Gumbs scored on a double by Gary Sanchez and Refsnyder crossed the plate on a sac fly by Carmen Angelini for the 2-0 edge. Unfortunately, Brandenton used some small ball to plate three runs in the second before adding five more runs in the bottom of the third. Heading into the sixth inning, the Marauders held a 10-2 lead. Jose Toussen connected with a double to left, moving to third on a single from Mason Williams. Toussen scored on a ground out by Gumbs and Williams came home when Refsnyder lined a double to right. Brandenton got those runs back in the bottom of the eighth, and the Yankees went down in order in the ninth, taking a 12-4 loss.
The Yankees wasted a lot of opportunities on Thursday, picking up fourteen hits but only scoring four times. They were 3-15 with runners in scoring position and left eleven runners on base. Williams went 3-4 with a run scored. Toussen also went 3-4 with a run scored and a double. Sanchez went 2-5 with a double and a RBI. Ben Gamel went 2-4 with a double and a walk.
Charleston beat Greenville 12-7: First place Charleston saved the day by beating the Greenville Drive 12-7 last night. This one was over in the first inning when the Riverdogs plated six runs. They scored at least a run in nearly every inning they came to bat, minus the second and fifth innings and they pounded Greenville's pitching for 12 hits with Jake Cave and Kelvin De Leon both finishing with 3-4 nights. Cave finished with four RBI while DeLeon's lone RBI came on a solo home run in the seventh inning.
Jose Campos started for the Riverdogs but only pitched four innings and didn't earn the win. He gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits with three strikeouts. Luis Niebla came in and pitched five innings of relief and picked up the victory. He gave up three runs on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
Greenville cut the lead to half in their half of the third inning but Charleston answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame. They halved the scored again in the fourth to 8-4 but Charleston, once again, added a run to make it 9-4. That's when Campos exited the game. The Drive tried to make it a game again in the top half of the eighth by scoring three runs and cutting the lead to 11-7 but Charleston scored an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth and held Greenville scoreless in the top of the ninth to secure their 27th win of the year.