The Farm Report: Memorial Day Edition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre blanked Norfolk 8-0:The RailRiders used a big second inning to storm out ahead of the Tides. Ronnier Mustelier got it started by lining a single to left. Dan Johnson followed with a ground-rule double and Josh Bell singled in Mustelier for the first run of the game. With two outs, Bobby Wilson drew a walk to load the bases. Corban Joseph was hit by a pitch, pushing another run across the plate. Thomas Neal lined a single to left, plating Bell and Zoilo Almonte singled in Wilson and Joseph, putting Scranton ahead 5-0. Johnson and Bell drew walks to start the third, with the former scoring on a single by Addison Maruszak. The RailRiders added a run in the seventh and the ninth, with Mustelier playing a role in both as he was swinging a particularly hot bat en route to the Scranton 8-0 victory.

Mustelier ended the day 3-5 with two runs scored and a RBI. Almonte went 3-4 with a pair of RBIs and a walk. Johnson went 2-4 with two runs scored and a double. Thomas Neal went 2-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Chien-Ming Wang threw a strong seven innings, allowing just two hits and two walks and picking up one K. Josh Spence finished out the game with two hitless innings. He walked one and struck out two.

Trenton beat Bowie 7-4: Ramon Flores started the game with a walk and Slade Heathcott lined a single to left. A passed ball let the runners move over and Tyler Austin hit a sac fly to left, plating Flores for a 1-0 lead. Ty Kelly drew a walk in the bottom of the first and Caleb Joseph hit a two-out homer, giving the Baysox a 2-1 lead. Trenton wasted little time in retaking the lead. Jose Pirela drew a lead off walk and Walter Ibarra singled to right. A single by Kevin Mahoney plated Pirela, tying the score. Ali Castillo lined a single to left, scoring Ibarra. Mahoney scored on a ground out by Heathcott and Austin hit a two-run homer, giving the Thunder a 6-2 lead. Brandon Waring hit a solo homer for Bowie in the bottom of the fourth. Mahoney answered with a solo homer of his own in the top of the sixth. Waring singled in the bottom of the seventh, scoring on a double by Aaron Baker, but that was all Bowie could muster as Trenton held on for a 7-4 win.

Austin went 3-4 with a run scored, a double, a homer and three RBIs. Heathcott went 2-4 with a double and a RBI. Mahoney went 2-5 with two runs, a homer and two RBIs. Pirela went 0-1, but drew four walks and stole a base (getting caught once). Jose Ramirez gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in 5.2 innings. He struck out six and allowed a pair of homers. Aaron Dott threw 2.1 innings and allowed one run on three hits and two Ks. Tommy Kahnle ended the game with a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.

Tampa had the day off.

Charleston beat Rome 11-5: After two scoreless innings, Charleston broke through in the top of the third. Jose Rosario drew a walk and scored on a double by Danny Oh. With two outs in the top of the fourth, Dante Bichette singled to center. Kelvin De Leon was hit by a pitch and Reymond Nunez drove a homer to center, putting the RiverDogs ahead 4-0. Rome got a couple runs back in the bottom of the fourth, cutting the lead in half. Levi Hyams scored on a sac fly by Casey Kalenkosky, and the Charleston lead was just 4-3. De Leon lined a single to right to start the sixth and Nunez doubled. A ground out by Rosario grounded out, allowing De Leon to score. Nunez came home on a wild pitch, giving Charleston some breathing room. Once again, the Braves drew within one run, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Charleston, however, pulled away in the top of the eighth. Nunez singled and Wes Wilson was hit by a pitch. A passed ball allowed the runners to move over and another passed ball allowed Nunez to score. Oh drew a walk and a double by Taylor Dugas scored two more runs. He crossed the plate after a single by Claudio Custodio, putting Charleston ahead by five. They added one more run in the top of the ninth, giving Charleston the 11-5 win.

Nunez went 3-5 with three runs scored, a double, a homer and four RBIs. De Leon went 2-4 with three runs and a double. Bichette went 2-5 with a run scored. Oh went 2-2 with a run scored, a double, a RBI and a walk. Evan Rutckyj made the start, allowing three runs on eight hits, a walk and five Ks. Derek Varnadore went two innings and gave up two runs on two hits, a walk and two Ks. Phil Wetherell pitched a hitless ninth, striking out a pair.