The RailRiders' offense exploded for 15 hits in their Thursday night win over Pawtucket. Jake Cave led the way, falling just a triple short of the cycle with three hits. He drove in three of the team's six runs. Scranton also got doubles from Aaron Judge, Donovan Solano, and Cesar Puello. Gary Sanchez had two hits and drove in a run, which is a nice spring board for him in his first taste of the big leagues this weekend.
On the pitching side, Brady Lail allowed five hits and three runs in six innings but none of the runs were earned. His teammates were a bit sloppy in the field with three errors. Johnny Barbato surrendered a run in 1.2 innings of relief before turning the game over to Anthony Swarzak to close it out with four outs.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 0-3 vs. Reading Fightin Phils
Trenton's offense only managed to pick up three hits against Reading Thursday night, even though they only allowed five hits themselves. Tyler Austin, Kyle Higashioka, and Cito Culver were responsible for the team's only hits, and only Culver's went for extra bases. It was a pretty uninspiring night all around.
Starter Cale Coshow hurt himself with two errors in his 5.2 innings of work. He allowed three runs on five hits and walked four batters. Alex Smith and Giovanny Gallegos were both strong out of the bullpen with only allowing one base runner via a walk in relief. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough when the offense failed to do much of anything.
Tampa scored two runs in the first inning Thursday night, and those two runs would stand up for the entire game even though the offense was able to tack on a few more insurance runs. Billy Fleming had two hits including his third home run of the season. The team only had four hits in the game, but they turned that into five runs for the win.
Ian Clarkin was the star of the show with ten strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. He allowed five hits and walked no one. James Reeves pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to preserve the shutout.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: Postponed for rain