The RailRiders combined for 10 hits on the night, but they were only able to push one run across in a loss to the PawSox. Rob Refsnyder led the way with three hits, including a double, and Aaron Judge had a multi-hit game as well, singling and then doubling in Scranton's only run. Refsnyder's struggles at third base continued though, as while he was not charged with an error on an infield single to third, it seemed like a play he should make. That lone run came in the sixth inning, when Jake Cave (recently promoted from Trenton) hit a triple immediately followed by Judge's double. Gary Sanchez went 1-for-4, Nick Swisher was hitless, and their other hits came from former major leaguers Chris Parmelee and Pete Kozma.
Richard Bleier threw seven innings of two-run ball, striking out three but allowing six hits, one walk, and a two-run homer to Blake Swihart. Matt Wotherspoon and Mark Montgomery combined to cover the last two innings of the game with Wotherspoon recording four of the six outs. In off-the-field news, Slade Heathcott and Kyle Haynes were both placed on the seven-day DL. Heathcott hurt his knee sliding into third on Monday and he should hopefully be back in "about a week or so." Classic Slade.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 4-5 vs. Altoona Curve
Trenton fell in a one-run loss yesterday, too. There were big nights all around the lineup. Tyler Wade and Dustin Fowler both had multi-hit games at the top of the order, with Fowler's knocks both going for extra bases (a double and a triple). It wasn't the best of days were Wade though, who while stealing a base and having a good day at the plate committed two errors in the field. Fowler also committed a throwing error, his first of the year. Jared Mitchell and Dante Bichette Jr. had the other multi-hit games with Mitchell throwing in a pair of stolen bases and Bichette recording another error at third base. The other hits came from Tyler Austin and Cito Culver; Cito's hit was a double but he also joined in the error parade at second base with his seventh of the season.
Jordan Montgomery got the start for Trenton, only lasting four innings before departing with four hits, two walks, three runs (two unearned), and six strikeouts on his record. Obviously that's not a terrible pitching line, but it took 93 pitches just for him to make it through four innings. Although his season ERA is 2.61, he is going to have to be much more economical if he wants to make it to the majors. Matt Tracy gave up two runs in three innings of relief, and Jonathan Holder pitched a scoreless eighth inning prior to the Thunder going down in the ninth.
A huge eighth inning keyed the T-Yanks to a huge victory over the Flying Tigers. Jorge Mateo went 1-for-5 with a double, and each of Miguel Andujar (single and a triple), Billy Fleming (two doubles), and Jake Skole registered multi-hit games. The center fielder Skole blasted a three-run homer in the fourth inning, but most of Tampa's fireworks came later. The eight-run eighth was pretty wild, as after one out, nine consecutive T-Yanks reached base, including five against a human being ostensibly named Confesor Lara:
Not bad. (Gage Smith is a pretty awesome name, too.)
On the mound, Vicente Campos allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in his 5 1/3 innings of work. However, he did strike out eight batters and slightly lower his season ERA to 4.85. Reliever Matt Marsh surrendered a game-tying solo homer but ended up with the victory after pitching an otherwise perfect 1 2/3 innings with three strikeouts. Caleb Frare struck out the side in the eighth and Philip Walby threw the final inning, allowing a run but securing the 11-4 victory.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: Off