Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: L 4-5 vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs
The RailRiders lost last night after a disappointing start by Luis Cessa, who allowed five runs on six hits and three walks while only striking out three in 5.2 innings. The offense seemed to do well off IronPigs starter David Buchanan as Aaron Judge launched a two-run home run to start off the game. Judge also collected a walk and threw a runner out at second base, making for a pretty good game for him. Donovan Solano had a single, a double, and an RBI, and Gary Sanchez had a hit and an RBI to count for the team's runs for the day. Others laid it on Buchanan as well; Chris Parmelee collected three hits, Cesar Puello had a hit, and Slade Heathcott walked. Rob Refsnyder singled as he continued his 12-game hitting streak a common occurrence for him when he was a more promising prospect.
They reached the bullpen in the sixth inning, but was never able to get any more runs in, despite recording five hits off three different relievers. The Scranton bullpen, meanwhile, was just about lights out. Matt Wotherspoon, who is having a great year and could get the call at some point this season, allowed one hit and struck out three in 2.2 innings. After spending a day on the big league roster, James Pazos is back in the minors and struck out the two batters he faced.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 7-5 vs. Harrisburg Senators
The Thunder offense hit well yesterday, collecting 12 hits and scoring seven runs to get the win. Tyler Wade continued hitting by collecting a single, a double, and two RBI. Jake Cave hit his third home run of the season and also had a double, while Cito Culver had two hits and an RBI, Tyler Austin had a hit and two RBI, and Lane Adams had a hit, a walk, and an RBI. Meanwhile, Dante Bichette doubled, Jose Rosario had two singles, Sebastian Valle had one, and Juan Silva managed to walk three times.
Trenton starter Ronald Herrera had one of the weirdest final lines, allowing a total of 10 hits, but only allowing two earned runs, and striking out seven batters in 5.2 innings to get the win. Giovanny Gallegos allowed a hit and struck out three in 2.1 innings, and Jonathan Holder gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in one innings of work.
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Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 7-2 vs. Hickory Crawdads
The RiverDogs got blown out of the water thanks to some shoddy bullpen work yesterday. Nestor Cortes pitched his first game of the season, and he seemed to pick up where he left off last year. The 21-year-old left-hander allowed only one run on 4 H, while striking out six in 6.0 innings of work. He needed just 68 pitches to complete his outing and 51 of them went for strikes. It's too bad it all went to waste when David Palladino allowed five earned runs on four hits and three walks in just 1.2 innings. Claudio Custodio gave up an additional run on three hits in 1.1 innings.
The offense didn't offer much help, scoring only two runs on a total of nine hits as Connor Spencer had two hits and an RBI, and Angel Aguilar doubled in a run. Otherwise Chris Gittens and Kendall Coleman each had a single and a double, and Jeff Hendrix had a hit of his own. No Charleston hitter drew a walk.