Day 3 of Minor League action for the Baby Bombers saw its fair share of the dramatics and yet another postponement from its Triple-A affiliate. While there was no game for the Railriders, they did see one of their catchers get called back up to the major leagues. Read more about the day’s games below, along with a link for the box score of each game:
Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (1-0) vs. Syracuse Chiefs (0-1) - POSTPONED!!!
For the second straight day, the RailRiders were not able to take the field against the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals due to inclement weather. Instead of playing two games today, the RailRiders will play a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon. Chase Whitley will start Game 1 of the doubleheader at 1:00 PM ET while Graham Stoneburner will get the ball in Game 2. The big news in Scranton today was that catcher Austin Romine was called up to the big club due to Mark Teixeira going on the disabled list.
Trenton Thunder (1-2) defeated the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (2-1) 6-5
The Thunder captured their first win of the Eastern League season on Saturday afternoon vs. the Blue Jays’ Double-A affiliate via a walk-off two-run single by center fielder Mason Williams. Williams had two hits, including a double out of the lead-off spot in the victory. Third baseman Rob Segedin also had two hits in the ballgame. Trenton’s starter, Zach Nuding, gave up just two earned runs on five hits in 6.2 innings while walking three and striking out seven batters.
Segedin drove in the first run of the game in the first inning on a sacrifice fly that scored Williams from third base. Down 4-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning, Trenton scored four runs in the bottom half , including two that were scored by a wild pitch. Sanchez tied the game later in the inning on a RBI double. Even though closer Diego Moreno blew the save in the top of the 9th, Trenton was able to rally on Williams’ game-winning hit. Joel De La Cruz gets the start tomorrow in the series finale at 1:05 ET at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey.
CLASS A ADVANCED
Tampa Yankees (1-2) lost to the Lakeland Flying Tigers (2-1) 3-0
In the much anticipated Tampa pitcher Rafael De Paula, the Tampa Yankees lost their second game in a row to the Tigers’ class A affiliate. De Paula had issues with his control in this one as he walked four batter in just 3.1 IP. He would strike out six batters despite giving up three runs on five hits. The damage was done in the third inning on a RBI double by Jeff McVaney and in the fourth inning on a Eric Ruth wild pitch and a sacrifice fly hit by Dixon Machado.
The offense could not muster anything against Lakeland starter Jake Thompson, who threw a two-hit shutout over five innings while striking out seven batters. Tampa hitters combined to strike out 15 times in the loss. Tampa will finish the series at home on Sunday as Daniel Camarena will be the starting pitcher.
Charleston Riverdogs (1-2) lost to the Augusta Green Jackets (2-1) 6-3
For the second straight night, the Charleston Riverdogs lost to the Giants’ single A affiliate by giving up six runs in a game. The Riverdogs got on the board first in the second inning on a RBI single by catcher Luis Torrens that scored center fielder Brandon Thomas, who tripled earlier in the inning.
Unfortunately, starter Giovanny Gallegos gave the lead back to Augusta by giving up four runs in the bottom half of the inning on RBI singles from Matthew Chavez and Tyler Horan and a two-run triple by Randy Ortiz. Augusta got two additional runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Charleston added two runs in the top of the 9th on a RBI double by Abiatal Avelino and Aaron Judge reaching on an error
For Gallegos, he finished the game by going five innings, giving up four runs on five hits. He walked one batter and struck out seven in his outing. Thomas had three hits for Charleston, including a double and the aforementioned triple. Judge, one of last year’s first round picks, had two hits in the loss. Brady Lail will get the start in Augusta tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 PM ET as Charleston goes for the split in the series.