Scranton sweeps a doubleheader against Buffalo, Trenton drops one to Binghamton, Charleston splits a doubleheader with Greenville and Tampa beats Charlotte. Scranton beats Buffalo 6-5 in seven innings (Game One) This one was a makeup of yesterday's rainout. Ivan Nova made the start for the RailRiders and after Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune tweeted Nova's line: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, I joked that it was a typical Nova outing.
Thomas Neal finished 3-4 in this game with one RBI, Ronnier Mustelier collected two RBI and Melky Mesa had an RBI before leaving the game with an injury. He actually hit a homer after making a great catch, crashing into the wall but eventually left the game. My man, Zoilo Almonte was 2-4 (he's my man because I love his first name) and Chase Whitley picked up the save in this game.
Buffalo actually had a 3-0 lead before Scranton came up in the bottom of the second. The RailRiders scored one run in the second, three in the third and three in the fifth to get the win in seven innings.
Scranton beats Buffalo 6-2 in seven innings (Game two) David Huff started this game (4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 WP) but Dellin Betances picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Scranton exploded for five runs in the third inning.
- Addison Maruszak singled on a ground ball to left.
- Jeff Farnham singled on a ground ball to center. Maruszak to 3rd.
- Thomas Neal singled on a ground ball to right. Maruszak scored. Farnham to 2nd.
- Zoilo Almonte singles on a line drive to center. Farnham and Neal scored. Almonte to 2nd.
- Dan Johnson homered (his 8th of the season). Almonte scored.
Buffalo answered with two in the top of the fourth but that's all they'd get.
Trenton drops one 6-5 to Binghamton Mikey O'Brien took the loss in this one. He lasted four innings, gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits, walked three, struck out three and gave up one home run.
Jeremy Bleich pitched two innings in relief and only gave up one hit, didn't walk a batter and struck out three batters.
Tampa helped their cause by scoring their six runs in the first inning of the game.
Shane Greene started the game but only lasted three innings. It wasn't because of his performance: 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. It was more than likely weather related. Joel De La Cruz picked up the win for Tampa after pitching four innings of two hit ball, he gave up one run (unearned) and struck out three batters. Charley Short also pitched well in his one inning of work. He gave up a hit but struck out three.
Charleston loses to Greenville 6-3 (Game one) Cito Culver, who was born on my 18th birthday so I feel like I have a special bond with him, homered for the fourth time this season. You may be thinking, "Big deal." Yeah, well, it is a big deal because he only hit six home runs in his previous three seasons combined. There's the positive about the game.
Cesar Vargas picked up the loss. He lasted four innings and gave up five runs on seven hits (four earned). He walked two batters and struck out four. (That almost sounds like a Nova start.)
Charleston beats Greenville 8-4 (Game two) The RiverDogs rebounded nicely in this one, earning a split against Greenville.
Jake Cave hit his first home run and finished 3-4 with one RBI. He also hit a double. Kelvin DeLeon was 2-3 with a home run and four RBI.
Dan Camarena made the start and threw four innings of two hit ball, he gave up a home run, walked one and struck out two. Alex Smith picked up the win, his third of the season and Charleston is now 10 games over .500 on the season.