On Saturday night down on the farm, the Baby Bombers struggled with the bats as their affiliates went 1-4 on the night scoring a combined eight runs. Read more about each game below:
Game 1: Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (3-5) lost to the Syracuse Chiefs (3-5) 7-1
In Game 1 at PNC Field, the RailRiders managed just two hits in a shortened seven-inning game. The only offense for the RailRiders came via a home run by right fielder Zoilo Almonte, his first home run of the season. The Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) scored four runs in the top of the 3rd inning off of starter Brian Gordon. Gordon took his first loss of the season as he went five innings, giving up the four runs on nine hits. Three of the RBI were from Syracuse catcher Jhonathan Solano.
Game 2: Scranton-Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (4-5) defeated the Syracuse Chiefs (3-6) 2-1
While the second game didn’t bring much more offense for the RailRiders, they were able to salvage a split of the doubleheader in dramatic fashion. It started with some great starting pitching from Caleb Cotham, who went five scoreless innings, giving up only one run on four hits. He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter in the no-decision. The RailRiders got on the board first in the fourth inning when a passed ball allowed Scott Sizemore to score during a Ramon Flores at-bat.
Syracuse would tie the game in the 5th on a RBI single from Jose Lozada. In the bottom of the 8th inning, Russ Canzler hit a walk-off single to center that scored Almonte to give Scranton the win. Matt Daley picked up the win in relief. Bruce Billings (1-1, 5.00 ERA) gets the start tomorrow in the series finale at 1:05 PM ET.
Trenton Thunder (4-5) lost to the Erie Seawolves (4-4) 3-2
The Trenton bats had a tough time finding their groove against Erie starter Kyle Ryan, who gave up only one run on two hits in six innings of work. He struck out six batters during his outing. After the Seawolves scored first in the second inning, Trenton countered back to tie it in the this inning on a RBI single by first baseman Ben Gamel that scored Mason Williams to tie the game. However, Trenton’s starter, Joel De La Cruz (1-1, 4.26) gave up a run in the both the fourth and fifth inning. Down 3-1 in the 9th, Tyler Austin had a RBI groundout to cut the lead to 3-2, but a Gary Sanchez pop out to first base ended the game. Matt Tracy (1-0, 1.69) gets the start for the Thunder in Erie tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 PM.
Tampa Yankees (5-4) lost to the Daytona Cubs (2-7) 7-1
Tampa’s four game winning streak was snapped on Saturday night to the reigning Florida State League champions. Daytona (Chicago Cubs) took the league right from the onset when their center fielder, Albert Almora, hit a two-run homer off of Dan Camanera (0-2, 5.19). Camanera had a rough outing as he gave up four runs on five hits in 4.1 innings pitched while only striking out three batters. Daytona had a four-run fifth inning that allowed them to pull away with a 6-0 lead. Tampa’s only run came in the sixth inning when first baseman Reymond Nunez hit his first home run of the season. It was a rough night for third baseman Eric Jagielo as he committed two errors in the loss. Tampa will try to get back on track on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM. All eyes will be on Manny Banuelos as he makes his third start of the season.
Charleston RiverDogs (3-6) lost to the Augusta Green Jackets (6-4) 8-2
The RiverDogs dropped their fourth straight game on Saturday night to Augusta (San Francisco Giants) and have lost the first three games of this series. It was a rough night for RiverDogs’ starter Brady Lail, as he gave up six runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings pitched. Augusta was up 8-0 after the top of the 6th inning, with the notable run producer being first baseman Brandon Bednar, who had two hits and two RBI. The only run scored by the RiverDogs was from first baseman Mike Ford, who had three hits, including a RBI double in the 6th inning. This was Ford’s fifth RBI of the year. Caleb Smith (1-0, 0.00) will try to snap the losing streak tomorrow night at 5:05 PM.