Saturday night was a mixed bag for the Baby Bombers as they combined for a record of 3-2. This included the Tampa Yankees having to finish a game that was suspended due to rain from Thursday, Ian Clarkin‘s Charleston debut, a rough night for the Scranton bats, and Kyle Roller picking up three RBI’s for Trenton. Read more about tonight’s minor league games below:
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (12-15) lost to the Norfolk Tides (10-18) 14-6
After giving up ten runs to the Tides on Friday night, the Railriders continued their pitching struggles as they dropped their second straight game on Saturday. Earlier in the day, Alfredo Aceves was called up from Scranton to the New York Yankees due to the need for another arm in the bullpen. Due to that roster move, Scranton added two pitchers, which included the call-up of right hander Zach Nuding from Trenton. It was a rough night for Nuding as he gave up 10 runs (8 earned runs) on 11 hits over three innings. This included a six-run third inning against third innings and three home runs as a whole for the Tides against the Railriders’ pitching staff.
As for the Railriders’ offense, the star of the night was left fielder Adonis Garcia. Garcia had three RBI’s and was the only player to drive in more than one run in the loss.
Scranton will try to get a split of the series against Norfolk on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 PM ET. No starter has yet to be announced for Scranton. Suk-min Yoon (0-3, 5.24) will take the mound for the Tides.
Trenton Thunder (19-10) defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels (15-12) 6-4
The Thunder picked up their third straight win on Saturday night by scoring all of their runs in the first four innings. It started in the bottom of the 1st inning when first baseman Kyle Roller hit a RBI single to left field that scored center fielder Mason Williams and shortstop Brendan Ryan to give the Thunder a 2-0 lead. In the following inning, left fielder Ben Gamel would single home the designated hitter, Carmen Angelini, to make it 3-0. After Richmond countered back with three runs in the top of the 3rd inning, Trenton came back and scored two runs on a RBI triple from second baseman Robert Refsnyder. Roller would add another RBI via a sacrifice fly in the 4th to give him three RBI’s for the night and 21 RBI’s on the season.
As for the pitching staff, Charley Short (1-2, 8.53) picked up his first win of the season in relief of starter Jairo Heredia. Short gave up just one run on three hits in three innings while striking out two. Taylor Garrison and Branden Pinder combined for three hitless innings to finish the game with Pinder picking up his fourth save of the season.
Trenton will go for its fourth straight win on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 PM as Manny Banuelos (0-0, 0.00) will make his second start of the season for the Thunder. He will go up against Ty Blach (1-1, 1.54) for the Flying Squirrels.
Tampa Yankees (14-13) lost to the Brevard County Manatees (15-12) 7-4 - Game originally scheduled for Thursday
In a continuation of Thursday night’s game that was picked up with Brevard County leading 4-0, Tampa was able to get back into the game via the long ball. It started in the top of the 5th inning when catcher Peter O’Brien hit a leadoff home run to left field, his 9th home run of the season. In the top of the 7th inning, designated hitter Dante Bichette Jr. hit a home run to left field, his second of the year, to cut the lead to 4-2.
Despite the fireworks, Tampa would not cut into the lead any further than two runs. Brevard County answered the rally right back with three runs in the bottom of the 7th that were charged to Rafael De Paula. Eric Wooten (2-2, 2.97), Thursday night’s starter, took the loss in the contest. In the top of the 9th, third baseman Eric Jagielo would hit a solo home run to right field, his 5th of the season, to cut the lead to 7-3, but it wasn’t enough.
Tampa Yankees (15-13) defeated the Brevard County Manatees (15-13) 6-2
In the game that was originally scheduled for Saturday night, Tampa was able to pick up the win in a shortened seven inning contest. Brevard County would start the scoring in the third inning by picking up two runs off of Tampa starter Dan Camarena, including a solo homer by Manatees’ first baseman Garrett Cooper. Those would be the only runs Tampa’s pitching would give up. Camarena took the no-decision, but pitched well. He gave up just two runs (one earned) over five innings while striking out four batters and walking two. Zach Woods (1-1, 2.03) struck out three batters and give up just one hit in an inning of relief to pick up the win
After falling behind 2-0, Tampa came back in the top of the 4th inning when designated hitter, Dante Bichette Jr. , led off the inning with a solo home run to left field. It was his third homer of the season and his second of the night. Later in the inning, first baseman Reymond Nunez hit a RBI single to left field that scored Peter O’Brien to tie the game at 2. These teams would remain tied until the top of the 7th inning when center fielder Jake Cave hit a double to center field that scored second baseman Angelo Gumbs and Nunez to give Tampa the lead. Third baseman Eric Jagielo would later hit a two-run homer to right field to make it 6-2. It was the third baseman’s 6th home run of the season and his second in as many games.
The Tampa Yankees will begin a new series against the Dunedin Blue Jays on Sunday night at 5:00 PM. No starter has yet to be announced for Tampa. Jesse Hernandez will get the start for Dunedin (2-1, 3.27) in the series opener.
Charleston Riverdogs (14-14) defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds (13-15) 6-5
All the buzz in Charleston Saturday night surrounded around starting pitcher Ian Clarkin. Clarkin, the 33rd pick in last year’s draft, threw five innings of four-hit ball, giving up no runs and striking out five. His control was on point considering he did not walk a single batter in the victory and threw 42 of his 61 pitches for strikes. The only downside for the Riverdogs’ pitching staff was Omar Luis, who gave up five runs (three earned) on six hits in just 2.2 innings.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when the Riverdogs put up a three spot against Delmarva starter Luc Rennie. First baseman Mike Ford started the scoring with a RBI single that scored shortstop Abiatal Avelino. One batter later, third baseman Miguel Andujar would hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field that extended the lead to 3-0. After the Shorebirds cut the lead to 3-2, left fielder Michael O’Neill hit a RBI double to left field for Charleston in the bottom of the sixth inning. A wild pitch to the following batter, center fielder Jose Rosario, would make the lead 5-2. Avelino had a RBI single for Charleston in the win as well.
The two teams will continue their series on Sunday night at 5:05 PM. Caleb Smith (2-1, 0.84) will look to continue his impressive start for the Riverdogs against the Shorebirds’ Austin Urban (1-2, 6.89).