It was a rough night on the farm for the Baby Bombers as the teams combined for an 0-4 record. Read about the games below that included a Charleston doubleheader that had one game suspended, a 15-inning marathon, and a Yankees’ affiliate being on the wrong side of history:
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (10-11) lost to the Durham Bulls (16-8) 5-0
History took place down in Durham on Saturday night as Bulls’ starter Mike Montgomery and reliever Brad Boxberger combined to throw a no-hitter against Scranton. Montgomery threw 106 pitches over 8.1 innings and struck out nine batters. The only runner to reach base for Scranton was first baseman Russ Canzler, when he drew a walk to lead off the top of the second inning. Scranton starter, Caleb Cotham, fell to 0-2 on the season as he gave up two earned runs on six hits over four innings. Cotham struck out five batters, walked two, and gave up a solo home run to first baseman Vince Belnome in the bottom of the third inning. The Railriders will try to snap their two-game losing streak tomorrow afternoon against Durham at 5:05 PM ET. They have a tall task ahead of them as they will face starter Durham starter Merriill Kelly (4-0, 1.50 ERA). Scranton’s starter will be Brian Gordon (0-1, 2.57).
Trenton Thunder (13-9) lost to the Portland Sea Dogs (13-6) 9-8 in 15 innings
This series between the Thunder and the Sea Dogs has seen its fair share of offense as the teams have combined to score 41 runs over these first two games. Saturday’s game had many twists and turns as both teams seemed to exchange runs. After falling behind 1-o in the first inning, Trenton would score two runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings to take a 4-1 lead. In that third inning, second baseman Robert Refsnyder hit a two-run home run to right field, his second of the season. Trenton starter Jeremy Bleich had a quality start in his outing, giving up three runs on seven hits over six innings.
However, it was the bullpen who gave this game away. After Portland tied the game with two runs in the 8th inning to send the game to extra innings, the Thunder ‘pen blew leads in the 10th, 14th, and 15th inning. The game ended on a walk-off two run single by Portland right fielder Henry Ramos in the 15th inning. Peter Hissey, Portland’s starting left fielder got the win, while Trenton pitcher Charley Short (0-2) took the loss. Trenton catcher Gary Sanchez had two RBI in the loss. These two teams will conclude their series Sunday afternoon at 1:05 PM when Graham Stoneburner (0-0, 13.50) takes the ball for Trenton against Portland’s Henry Owens (3-0, 2.28).
Tampa Yankees (12-10) lost to the Lakeland Flying Tigers (13-9) 9-2
Tampa’s offense could not help out a great pitching performance by Eric Wooten in Saturday’s loss to the Flying Squirrels. Wooten (2-1, 2.30) went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, and recorded three strikeouts. The only runs Wooten gave up came in the first inning via a sacrifice fly from first baseman Jeff Holm and a RBI single by center fielder Connor Harrell. Tampa had a tough time against Lakeland starter Kevin Eichorn, who gave up just one run on five hits over five innings. The only run Tampa scored off of Eichorn came on a RBI single by first baseman Reymond Nunez in the bottom of the 5th. That RBI was Nunez’s 10th of the season. Even with the game still in reach, Tampa pitcher Evan Rutckyj gave up four runs in the top of the 7th inning that allowed Lakeland to pull away. Trent Garrison tried to start a rally for Tampa with a RBI single in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough. Catcher Peter O’Brien, left fielder Zach Wilson, Nunez, and Garrison all had multi-hit games in the loss.
The series finale will be Sunday afternoon at 1:05 PM when Tampa starter Rafael De Paula (1-1, 2.33) will face Jake Thompson (2-1, 1.05) for Lakeland. Shortstop Brendan Ryan is expected to begin his rehab assignment in this game. Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that manager Joe Girardi wants Ryan to get 50 at-bats during his rehab stint.
Game 1: Charleston Riverdogs (11-10) lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds (10-11) 5-4
The Riverdogs had their two-game winning streak snapped in Game 1 as the offense came up one run short in the final inning. Charleston got the scoring started in the top of the 2nd inning when center fielder Jose Rosario hit a double to left field that drove in left fielder Michael O’Neill and third baseman Miguel Andujar to give the Riverdogs a 2-0 lead. Rookie Davis had a strong outing, but could not maintain the lead in the 5th inning when the Shorebirds scored three runs on a pair of RBI singles. Davis (2-1, 3.70) took his first loss of the season despite striking out six batters over 4.2 innings. Charleston rallied with two runs in the 7th inning on a RBI triple by second baseman Gotsuke Katoh and a sacrifice fly by catcher Eduardo de Oleo, but it wasn’t enough in the end.
Game 2: Charleston Riverdogs vs. Delmarva Shorebirds SUSPENDED at 3-3 in the 8th Inning
Due to lightning down in Maryland, Game 2 for Charleston has been suspended at 3-3 in the 8th inning (minor league doubleheaders have seven regulation innings). The only scoring in this game for both teams thus far has been the first and third innings. Charleston scored two runs right out of the gate via a two-run single by O’Neill to give the Riverdogs a 2-0 lead. However, Charleston starter Luis Severino gave them right back in the bottom of the inning on a fielding error by third baseman Miguel Andujar and a fielder choice. In the top of the 3rd inning, O’Neill had another RBI single to drive in second basemanTyler Wade to make it 3-2 Riverdogs. Delmarva would add a RBI single by center fielder Josh Hart in the 3rd to tie the game. It was still a well-pitched game by Severino, giving up the lone earned run on six hits while striking out six over five innings. The star pitcher of the game has been reliever Phillip Walby. Walby had two perfect inning while striking out five Delmarva hitters.
These two teams will finish this game at 2:05 PM before playing the originally scheduled series finale. In that game, Charleston starter Giovanny Gallegos (0-2, 5.31) will look for his first win of the season against Delmarva’s Austin Urban (0-2, 10.13)