Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: L 3-5 vs. Buffalo Bisons
Scranton lost last night when the bullpen couldn't hold on. Luis Cessa allowed three runs on four hits and three walks over 5.0 innings. He struck out two and managed to collect eight ground balls against only two flyouts. Daniel Camarena pitched two innings of relief, allowing two hits and a walk, but pitched to two batters in the eighth inning and was pulled after allowing a hit and a walk. Tyler Webb entered, but couldn't hold the Buffalo offense, allowing a sac fly to score the go-ahead run, and then a double for insurance.
It's unfortunate because the offense managed nine hits on the evening. Eddy Rodriguez led the way with two hits, one of which was a two-run shot, and a walk. Aaron Judge doubled, brought in a run, and walked, while both Rob Refsnyder and Donovan Solano each collected a single and a double. Cesar Puello walked and stole a base, while Nick Swisher and Jonathan Diaz both had hits.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 1-2 vs. Akron RubberDucks
The Thunder lost a tough when after Cale Coshow shut out Akron for six innings, striking out four, and allowing only one hit and three walks. He managed to induce nine ground balls against only four flyouts in a performance that should have gotten him the win. Unfortunately, the offense couldn't break through, only scoring one run off six hits and three walks before the bullpen faltered. After taking the lead, Alex Smith immediately gave it right back when he entered in the seventh and allowed a solo home run. After a hit and a walk, he surrendered another run to doom Trenton. Giovanny Gallegos held the RubberDucks in the eighth with three strikeouts, but the offense couldn't make a comeback.
Kyl Higashioka doubled and drove in their only run, bringing in Lane Adams who doubled himself and also walked. Tyler Wade walked, continuing his ability to get on base this season. Dustin Fowler singled and stole a base, Dante Bichette had a hit and a walk, Cito Culver doubled, and Tyler Austin got a hit. Plenty of hits, but it just wasn't enough.
Another loss for the baby bombers and it might be all Jorge Mateo's fault. A day after leaving the game early for unknown reasons (rumored for discipline reasons), the star shortstop prospect had a hit and an RBI, but he also committed two fielding errors that led to several unearned runs scoring. Joey Maher struck out four in 4.1 innings, but he also allowed two unearned runs on three hits and two walks. Eric Ruth allowed three unearned runs on five hits and a walk over 3.1 innings, while Philip Walby allowed a hit and the only earned run of the game in 1.1 innings.
The offense was kept at bay. Miguel Andujar had two hits and a walk, Austin Aune had a double and an RBI, and Mark Payton singled and walked. Abiatal Avelino doubled, Francisco Diaz singled, and Billy Fleming and Zack Zehner had a walk apiece.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs:
Game 1 - L 0-5 vs. Delmarva Shorebirds:
In the first game of a doubleheader, the RiverDogs only managed four hits in seven innings. Thairo Estrada had two of them, while Hoy Jun Park and Chris Gittens each singled. Gittens, Connor Spencer, and Eduardo Navas all walked once. That was all they managed. Pitching prospect Domingo Acevedo struck out five hitters, but allowed five runs–only two of them earned thanks to a Jhalan Jackson error–on eight hits and a walk over 5.0 innings. David Palladino pitched an inning and struck out three.
Game 2 - W 7-2 vs. Delmarva Shorebirds:
Game Two was much more favorable as the offense broke out for seven runs on eight hits and five walks. Kendall Coleman broke out, hitting two home runs and driving in five RBI with a walk added in for good measure. Chris Gittens continued a productive night with a double and two walks, scoring three runs during the game. Jeff Hendrix had a hit, RBI, and a walk, while Kyle Holder singled to drive in a run. Hoy Jun Park singled and walked, and Austin Afenir collected a hit.
The pitching did their job as Cody Carroll allowed one run on one hit and three walks, while striking out two in 4.0 innings. Simon De la Rosa pitched two clean innings, picking up four Ks, and Andrew Schwaab finished out the evening allowing one run on two hits and a walk in one inning of work.