In a pitcher's duel, the Scranton staff emerged victorious thanks to their catcher. Gary Sanchez delivered the only scoring of the day when he launched a two-run homer off Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow that went way over the right-center field wall. The dinger was Sanchez's sixth of the season, and he is now hitting .287/.331/.529 in 33 games with Scranton. He even stole a base at one point, though he did commit his fourth passed ball of the young season. Aaron Judge went 0-for-3 with a walk, but almost everyone else in the lineup had at least one hit.
Richard Bleier pitched six innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits and two walks before the bullpen stepped in. Veteran lefty reliever Neal Cotts made his organizational debut in a perfect seventh. Both James Pazos and Mark Montgomery threw zeroes as well to secure the slim win.
It was a tough day for the Thunder, as they dropped both halves of a doubleheader to Reading. Ronald Herrera was smoked in the opener for six runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings. Jonathan Holder stemmed the tide with 2 1/3 innings of one-run ball in relief, but Trenton could not overcome the deficit. The nightcap was more well-fought, as Jordan Montgomery was steady over five innings with seven strikeouts and just one walk despite allowing three runs on four hits. Down to their last out, a three-run rally keyed by wild pitches helped Trenton force extra innings. Giovanny Gallegos was brilliant preserving the tie with three hitless innings and five strikeouts, but a walk-off sacrifice fly against Tyler Jones gave Reading the sweep.
Tyler Wade did not have the prettiest of afternoons at second base; he went a combined 1-for-8 with two errors. In fact, only three Trenton batters registered more than one hit on the day. Tyler Austin had singles in each game, Lane Adams went 2-for-7 with a double, and Mark Payton had a single and a double in the second game alone. Payton also threw a runner out at home, adding an outfield assist. Dustin Fowler was hitless in the second game but went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk in the opener.
The T-Yanks were shut out for the first seven innings of their afternoon tilt, but a couple late rallies keyed them to victory over Fort Myers. Vicente Campos was quite good, striking out four batters and allowing just one unearned run over seven innings, though he did give up five hits and three walks. A surprising two-run triple from Vicente Conde put Tampa ahead 2-1 in the eighth, though reliever Matt Marsh blew the advantage in the home half by surrendering a game-tying homer. The game pressed on into extras, where Tampa scored two runs in the 11th on four singles, with the decisive blows coming from Zack Zehner and Austin Aune. Chad Christensen shut the door for the save.
Jorge Mateo went 1-for-5 with his 15th stolen base of 2016 but his teammates were the leading hitters on this day. Miguel Andujar went hitless, but Bo Thompson had three hits in five at bats (all singles). Both Aune and Abiatal Avelino had multi-hit games as well, though Avelino was also picked off at one point. The 11 Tampa hits were enough for them to come out on top in extras.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 4-3 vs. Columbia Fireflies
Jhalan Jackson blasted his fourth homer of the season, and a three-run fifth keyed Charleston to a 4-3 win. Jackson has not been hitting too well early on with a .193/.268/.356 triple slash, but his solo shot at least kept power in his game. The three-run fifth was a "death by a thousand paper cuts" two-out rally. Nathan Mikolas and Kyle Holder were on base with walks when Charleston smacked three singles in a row: one from Chris Gittens, one from Connor Spencer, and the last from Jackson, who had a 2-for-4 evening.
Those aforementioned hits were Charleston's only knocks in the game aside from a Leonardo Molina double. The pitching was good enough to keep Columbia down. Daris Vargas threw six innings of two-run ball, and the bullpen trio of Anyelo Gomez, Willie Gabay, and Andrew Schwaab allowed one run on a mere two hits over the last three innings to preserve the victory.