The RailRiders swept their double-header against Charlotte. Chris Bootcheck was strong on the mound and Zoilo Almonte had a big second game, though he picked up hits in both. Tampa was beaten soundly by St. Lucie, while Trenton and Charleston were rained out. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Charlotte 5-4 in Game 1: The RailRiders threatened in the top of the first, as Melky Mesa and Dan Johnson both singled, but they came up empty. Charlotte scored in the bottom of the inning, as Brent Morel doubled in Carlos Sanchez. Corban Joseph tied the game with a solo shot in the third, and the RailRiders took the lead in the fourth. David Adams grounded a double to left, scoring on a single by Cody Johnson. Addison Maruszak drew a walk and Bobby Wilson bunted the runners over. A single by Joseph plated two more runs, but he was thrown out trying to get to second, ending the inning. The Knights got one run back in the bottom of the inning, making the score 4-2. A sac fly by Mesa in the sixth gave Scranton some insurance, which proved helpful as the Knights rallied in the seventh. Preston Claiborne gave up three straight singles, loading the bases. Another single by Morel scored a run and Lars Anderson brought home another on a ground out before Claiborne struck out Josh Bell to give Scranton the 5-4 win.
Joseph went 2-3 with a run scored, a homer and three RBIs. Mesa also went 2-3, hitting a double and picking up a RBI. Almonte and Adams both went 1-4, with the latter scoring a run and hitting a double. Dellin Betances went 3.1 innings and gave up two runs on five hits, three walks and six Ks. Sam Demel threw a hitless 2.2 innings and struck out three. Preston Claiborne gave up two runs on four hits and two Ks in one inning of work.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre blanked Charlotte 5-0 in Game 2: Maruszak got the first hit for the RailRiders on Monday, driving a double to left. Kevin Mahoney drew a walk and Jeff Farnham grounded a single to third, loading the bases. Almonte cleared the bases with a double to center and Scranton took the 3-0 lead. Scranton added to the lead in the fifth, as Mahoney drew a walk and Farnham singled. A single by Almonte brought home Mahoney for the 4-0 advantage. After making two quick outs in the sixth, Maruszak doubled to left and scored on a single by Mahoney, giving Scranton the 5-0 victory.
Only four players picked up hits for Scranton. Almonte went 2-4 with a double and four RBIs. Maruszak went 2-3 with two runs scored and a pair of doubles. Mahoney went 1-1 with two runs scored, a RBI and two walks. Farnham went 3-3 with a run scored. Chris Bootcheck threw six strong innings, allowing just a pair of hits and a pair of walks and striking out six. Josh Spence finished out the game, allowing one hit in his inning of work.
Tampa lost to St. Lucie 7-1: The Mets quickly took the lead, connecting with three singles in the first for the 1-0 advantage. Mikey O'Brien hit Charley Thurber with a pitch to start the second. O'Brien got the next two outs, but an error by Dan Fiorito allowed T.J. Rivera to reach. A single from Rylan Sandoval scored Thurber. Cam Maron knocked a triple in the third, scoring on a single by Thurber and giving St. Lucie a 3-0 lead. A grand slam by Sandoval put them ahead by seven in the sixth. Tampa finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning, as Anderson Feliz drew a walk and scored on a single by Fiorito, but that was all they could manage as they fell 7-1.
Robert Refsnyder, Saxon Butler and Fiorito both went 2-4. Feliz and Jose Toussen both went 1-3. Mason Williams went 0-4 and Gary Sanchez went 0-5. O'Brien went four innings and gave up three runs (one earned) on eight hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out five. Joel De La Cruz went three innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits and one strike out. John Brebbia finished the game, throwing a scorless two innings and giving up a hit and a walk.