The RailRiders suffered a shutout loss to the Red Sox, but on the plus side, they were the only one of the minor league teams not to commit an error. That's something. Rob Refsnyder managed to hit a single to bump his hitting streak up to 14 straight games. The only batter with a multi-hit night was Donovan Solano who had three hits, including a double, and a walk. The RailRiders had their chances, but failed to capitalize, going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
Kyle Haynes was ultimately responsible for the loss after giving up a double to Rusney Castillo and allowing one run to score in the second inning. He only faced one batter in the fourth before he was removed from the game following a visit from the trainer, so he might be injured. Conor Mullee and James Pazos combined for five scoreless innings. The RailRiders were still down by just one run headed into the ninth until Anthony Swarzak gave up three hits in a row, including a single, double and triple.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 1-5 vs. Altoona Curve
Last night the Thunder lineup really struggled to get anything going at the plate, and ultimately strung together just three hits in this loss. In the fourth inning, Tyler Wade and Dustin Fowler hit back to back singles, then advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Wade made it home on a ground out by Tyler Austin, giving the Thunder their only run of the game. Aside from those hits, Dante Bichette Jr. also singled, Lane Adams drew two walks, and Austin also worked a walk.
Dietrich Enns started the game and gave up three runs on eight hits through six innings pitched. Tyler Jones pitched a clean seventh inning and was close to doing the same in eighth when he gave up a two-out double with a runner on first, followed by a single. Wade made a throwing error (his seventh of the season) that allowed two runs to score, so Jones was only responsible for one of them.
The Tampa Yankees were down early, but scored a run in three straight innings to tie things up in the sixth inning. It looked like this game was destined to go into extra innings, but the Yankees wrapped things up in the bottom of the ninth. Abiatal Avelino hit a leadoff double then Santiago Nessy moved him over to third on a ground out. Right fielder Jake Skole brought Avelino home with a walk-off single to right field, his third hit of the night. Billy Fleming and Cesar Diaz both doubled, and the latter also made his first fielding error of the season.
On the pitching side of things, Joey Maher had a solid outing. Through five innings he recorded four strikeouts, walked one batter and gave up two runs. Travis Hissong gave up a solo home run during his 1.1 innings of work, but James Reeves and Dillon McNamara finished the game without getting into further trouble.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 6-7 vs. Hickory Crawdads
Even though the RiverDogs lost, Hoy Jun Park still put together a heck of a game. He had three hits, and all three were doubles. Jhalan Jackson and Kendall Coleman were the only RiverDogs to go hitless, and Jeff Hendrix earned a golden sombrero.
The defense did not do starter Daris Vargas any favors, as he was responsible for two of the three runs that scored during his three and two-thirds innings of work. In the third inning, third baseman Thairo Estrada committed a fielding error--his eighth of the season--and a run went on to score.
Still, the RiverDogs weren't really doomed until Jose Mesa took over for Anyelo Gomez. Mesa gave up back to back singles, an RBI ground out, walked a batter then allowed runners to advance on a wild pitch. He was removed from the game after issuing another walk, and was responsible for the two runs that scored after Hobie Harris took over. The RiverDogs did mount a comeback in the ninth inning, but fell a run short of pushing the game to extra innings.