Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 11-10 vs. Charlotte Knights
The RailRiders came away with a wild one after they collected 18 hits and needed to send it into the bottom of the ninth before they could win the game. Everyone in the lineup did something. Kyle Higashioka hit a two-run home run during the team's five-run first inning, and he went on to collect three more hits on the evening. Tyler Austin drove in three with two hits and a double, as well as a walk, while Nick Swisher knocked in two on two singles and two walks. Jake Cave had a single and a double with two RBI and a walk, Aaron Judge had three singles, an RBI, and a walk, and Ben Gamel had two hits and two walks. Donovan Solano had an RBI of his own, as Pete Kozma doubled, and Jonathan Diaz collected a hit and a walk.
It was a weird evening for Scranton pitching as the bullpen pitched all nine innings. They asked Tyler Webb to go four innings, but it turned out to be a disaster. The left-handed reliever allowed five earned runs on six hits and three walks in just 4.0 inning, yet he still managed to strike out five batters. Diego Moreno allowed three runs on three hits and two balls, with three strikeouts in 1.1 inning, and Conor Mullee struck out a batter and walked one in 1.2 innings.
Heading into the eighth inning, the RailRiders led by two, and Mark Montgomery was brought into the game. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to hold the lead and the Knights tied the game 10-10 heading into the ninth. Overall, Montgomery struck out two in 2.0 innings, but also allowed two runs on two hits and a walk. This went extremely well for them, though, when Pete Kozma doubled with one out in the inning. After getting a second out, Knights pitcher Brad Goldberg was ordered to intentionally walk Ben Gamel to get the force out at second or third, but as many often experience, he was unable to find the strike zone. He walked Aaron Judge to walk the bases, and then walked Jake Cave to bring in the winning run.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 4-6 vs. Binghamton Mets
Things didn't work out so well for the Thunder when a reliable arm fell flat last night. Ronald Herrera, who has pitched very well this year so far, pitched a clunker, allowing six earned runs on seven hits and three walks over 5.0 innings. The bullpen kept Binghamton off the board as Eric Ruth and Cale Coshow teamed to strike out three and walk one in 3.0 innings of work, however, that success was not enough for the offense to overcome.
Trenton scored on a Mark Payton two-run home run, and a Billy Fleming two-run double. Other than that, Tyler Wade had a hit, walk, and stolen base, and both Lane Adams and Cito Culver collected a single and a walk. Sebastian Valle had a double, while Dustin Fowler, Matt Snyder, and Dante Bichette all singled.
Tampa squeaked out with a victory thanks to a two-run shot in the fifth inning off the bat off Zack Zehner. The offense wasn't able to do much, as Miguel Andujar, Ausin Aune, and Thairo Estrada all had one hit on the night, Wes Wilson walked and singled, and Jorge Mateo had a stolen base. Other than that, it came down to the pitching. Josh Rogers pitched well, allowing only one run on five hits and two walks, while striking out three over 5.0 innings. James Reeves kept Clearwater to three hits and a walk over 3.1 innings, and Dillon McNamara got the last two outs of the game.
The RiverDogs got the win last night thanks to big night from a few of their hitters. Connor Spencer had two singles, a double, and an RBI, Austin Afenir doubled and drove in two, and Cesar Diaz singled, drove in a run, and stole a base. Leonardo Molina had a hit of his own, Angel Aguilar and Gosuke Katoh each walked once, and Chris Gittens managed to walk three times. The starting pitching last night was incredibly impressive, as Yefrey Ramirez struck out seven in 7.0 innings, while only allowing one run on three hits. He was followed by solid efforts from Jose Mesa, who struck out two, but allowed a run on two hits over an inning of work, and Andrew Schwaab, who struck out one in one inning.