Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 15-12 vs. Columbus Clippers
This game turned into an absolute slugfest, and even though the Clippers out-hit the RailRiders 16-15, the RailRiders were able to hang on for the win. The offense jumped all over Ross Detwiler in the first inning after Ben Gamel hit a lead-off single, and Nick Swisher and Aaron Judge walked to load the bases. Detwiler then walked Tyler Austin to allow a run to score. Kyle Higashioka came through with a two-run double, and Jonathan Diaz hit a two-run single.
Three more runs scored in the fourth inning after Aaron Judge launched his eighth home run of the season. Nick Swisher hit a solo shot in the seventh inning, then the RailRiders tacked on six more in the eighth after the team hit six singles and a double in that inning alone. Gamel ended the night with four hits, while Swisher had three. It was a two-hit night for Judge, Higashioka and Diaz, including a second double for Higashioka.
Starter Kyle Haynes was roughed up for seven runs on eight hits through three and one-third innings. Mark Montgomery was the only pitcher to have a clean outing. Giovanny Gallegos and Neal Cotts surrendered two runs apiece, but luckily the offense already had a large lead.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 5-2 vs. Erie SeaWolves (seven innings)
The Thunder took the first game of this doubleheader and really lucked out pitching-wise as Dietrich Enns stayed in for the entire game. The SeaWolves only run came in the first inning when Enns gave up a two-run homer to Dean Green. After the first inning, Enns gave up just one more hit through the rest of the game. He finished the night with ten strikeouts and did not walk anyone. Enns was also charged with a throwing error.
The offense wasted no time getting on the board, as Tyler Wade homered in the very first at-bat of the game. He finished the night with two hits and a walk. It was a two-hit night for both Billy Fleming and Lane Adams, with a double for Fleming. Dustin Fowler also hit his third home run of the season, and Michael O'Neill hit an RBI triple.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 5-6 vs. Erie SeaWolves (seven innings)
Trenton had one big inning in this game, but it wasn't enough to sweep the doubleheader. Although the offense only managed five total hits, four of them were doubles. With one out in the second inning, O'Neill and Sebastian Valle drew back-to-back walks then Lane Adams and Dante Bichette Jr. smacked back-to-back doubles. Cito Culver also worked a walk then Fowler doubled to clear the bases. Strangely enough, Bichette Jr. hit another double in the fourth inning but was left stranded. Wade had the only other hit of the night.
The Thunder pitchers had a hard time keeping the ball in the park. Through four innings, starter Eric Ruth gave up three runs, all thanks to a three-run bomb that he surrendered in the first inning. He also walked four batters and notched three strikeouts. Caleb Smith took over in the fifth inning and gave up a lead-off home run, followed by another solo homer two batters later. The game was tied headed into the bottom of the seventh, but Smith issued a lead-off walk then gave up a walk-off RBI single.
It seems like the Tampa Yankees have been racking up the errors lately, and this game was no different. Starter James Reeves committed the first error of the game when he made a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Through two and one-third innings, Reeves walked three batters and hit two batters, and was finally removed from the game having surrendered one run. Jonny Drozd pitched two and two-thirds clean innings before handing the ball to Angel Rincon with a one-run lead. Rincon immediately gave up two runs and earned his first blown save. Another run scored with Travis Hissong on the mound, after Santiago Nessy was charged with a passed ball and a throwing error.
It was a rough night for Nessy, who was also charged with catchers interference earlier in the game, and went 0-for-4 at the plate. Devyn Bolasky led the offense with four total hits. Another player with a multi-hit night was Abiatal Avelino, who had three hits, including a double. Thairo Estrada also picked up a hit, and Vicente Conde hit a triple. The fourth error of the game was a throwing error charged to Jake Skole.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 3-0 vs. Asheville Tourists
The RiverDogs combined great pitching with solid hitting to shut out the Tourists last night. Through seven innings, starter Luis Cedeno surrendered just two hits, didn't issue any walks, and struck out 10 batters. Cody Carroll pitched two scoreless innings and gave up just one hit to pick up his second save of the season. Offensively, just about everyone in the RiverDogs' lineup picked up a hit except for Kyle Holder. Cesar Diaz had two hits, including a double, while Austin Afenir also recorded two hits. Another big hit came off the bat of Alexander Palma when he hit a solo home run to left field.