Rob Refsnyder clubbed his first two home runs of 2016 as part of his three-hit day in the RailRiders' easy win over the Indians. Ben Gamel has retaken his place atop the Scranton batting order, and picked up two hits in Sunday's contest to bring his season average to .284. Gary Sanchez went hitless. Four of Scranton's seven runs were scored in the fourth inning after they fell behind early on an unearned run when Aaron Judge and Pete Kozma committed two errors in the same inning.
On the pitching side, Dietrich Enns made his Triple-A debut with six innings of ball without allowing an earned run. He gave up four hits and struck out six as he continued to impress this season. Johnny Barbato and Tyler Webb followed Enns in relief, allowing only one hit and no runs between them.
(Here is the link to the first homer.)
Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 2-7 vs. Reading Fightin Phils
The entire Thunder lineup except Lane Adams (who did walk twice) managed at least one hit on Sunday. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to prevent a loss. Dustin Fowler and Jose Rosario each picked up two hits to lead the way, but all the hits happened to come at the wrong time. Reading held Trenton scoreless until they found a way to push one run across in each of the eighth and ninth innings, but it was too late by that point.
Things fell apart for Matt Wotherspoon in the third inning, surrendering five of his six runs. He left the game after just three innings having given up five hits and allowing three walks. The bullpen was fantastic, particularly Matt Tracy who struck out five batters across three innings. Caleb Smith and Tracy held the Fightin Phils scoreless for five innings before Alex Smith was charged with the seventh and final run in the ninth.
Each batter in Tampa's lineup except Jorge Mateo and Bo Thompson recorded a hit. Only Austin Aune managed to work a walk. Devyn Bolasky was the only player to get a hit for extra bases with his second double of the season. Things just didn't work out right for the T-Yanks on Sunday, especially after they found themselves in an early hole.
Starter Joey Maher got absolutely rocked in his start, giving up five runs in the first inning and eight in total. He did strike out seven batters in 3.2 innings, but his nine hits allowed on top of the high run total kind of cancels that out. Philip Walby closed out the game with 2.1 innings of relief, surrendering one run along the way.
Reversing their earlier fortunes, it was the T-Yanks who jumped on the board first with a two-run first inning in their win over the Threshers. Abiatal Avelino doubled as part of his two-hit day, and Miguel Andujar drove in two of the team's runs also hitting his sixth homer of the season. Mateo had one hit to bring his season average to .333, and he also stole his 13th base of the year.
Will Carter allowed three runs on four hits in his 4.1-inning start. Fortunately, his bullpen didn't falter and the offense did just enough to make a meh start not result in a loss for the team.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 7-8 vs. Lexington Legends
Most teams will win games in which they have consecutive innings of three runs and four runs, respectively. There aren't going to be many times when a huge lead slips away like it did for the RiverDogs on Sunday. Chris Gittens' three-run homer was the biggest hit of the game for Charleston, but Connor Spencer and Kyle Holder also put together two-hit days. Thairo Estrada clubbed his fifth homer of the year, and Leonardo Molina drove in two runs himself with a single.
Things started off pretty well for the RiverDogs' pitchers. Yefrey Ramirez struck out nine batters in five innings, allowing just one run. Things got dicey from there. Hobie Harris allowed two runs in two innings to begin the Legends' comeback. Then things turned completely sideways and Charleston allowed five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning when Willie Gabay and Anthony Schwaab melted down. An incredibly tough loss to stomach for those guys.