On Friday night, the Baby Bombers went 3-2. This included a doubleheader in Charleston and an extra-inning thriller down in Tampa. Read more about the night’s games below:
Scranton-Wilkes Barre Railriders (20-20) defeated the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs (22-19) 5-3
The Railriders snapped their four-game losing streak on Friday night and they did it in comeback fashion. It didn’t start well for Scranton as starting pitcher Matt Tracy gave up three runs in the first two innings of the game. Tracy would settle down as he went five innings, but three walks hurt his outing. In the top of the fifth, the Railriders cut into that deficit with a sacrifice fly by shortstop Dean Anna and a RBI double by right fielder Adonis Garcia to make the score 3-2. After an RBI single by center fielder Antoan Richardson tied the game in the sixth, Scranton took the lead in the seventh inning via a RBI single by third baseman Scott Sizemore. First baseman Russ Canzler added an insurance run in the ninth inning on a RBI single to make it 5-3.
It was the Scranton bullpen that got the job done as three relievers combined to give up three hits in three innings. Diego Moreno picked up the win in relief with Jim Miller picking up his second save of the season. Scranton will begin a four-game series tomorrow night in Pawtucket at 6:05 PM ET where they will face the Red Sox. Brandon Workman (2-1, 5.34) will start for Pawtucket against Brian Gordon (2-3, 4.06) for the Railriders.
Trenton Thunder (23-18) lost to the Portland Seadogs (24-14) 2-0
The Thunder’s offensive woes continued as they were shutout by the Seadogs on Friday. Over the course of this four-game losing streak., they have scored a combined total of eight runs. For starter Caleb Cotham (0-1, 2.35), it was the 2nd inning that was his downfall. In that inning, Peter Hissey started the scoring for Portland with a RBI double to center field, which was followed by a RBI single by Shannon Wilkerson. Cotham went 4.2 innings, giving up the two runs on six hits and walked five batters. While the Thunder didn’t score, center fielder Slade Heathcott managed to get two doubles in the loss. The two hits were Heathcott’s first hits since returning to the Thunder on Thursday.
Trenton will try to stop its losing streak on Saturday afternoon as they continue their series against Portland at 1:05 PM. Miguel Pena (2-0, 4.83) will take the mound for the Seadogs against a starter yet to be determined for the Thunder.
Tampa Yankees (20-20) defeated the Palm Beach Cardinals (18-23) 7-6 in 18 innings
In a game that extended into Saturday morning on the East Coast, the Tampa Yankees found a way to win a five-hour marathon against Palm Beach and pick up their fourth straight victory. This game was unique in the fact that the pitchers of record did not start the game on the mound. For Tampa, it was catcher Wes Wilson. Wilson caught the first 14 innings of the game, then took the mound for the final four innings. Wilson wasn’t bad on the mound as he gave up just one hit and struck out three over those innings to get the win.
Palm Beach had the lead 5-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth. That is when the Yankees had the first of their two big rallies. In the inning, second baseman Angelo Gumbs hit a two-run double to left field that scored Dante Bichette Jr. and Eric Jagielo to tie the game at five. After Palm Beach took the lead in the top of the 12th inning on a RBI single by first baseman David Washington, Tampa would come right back with a sacrifice fly from right fielder Zach Wilson to tie the game at six. Wilson was the only player on Tampa to have two or more RBI’s in the game.
The game would later end on a walk-off single to right field by Bichette Jr when the Cardinals employed the five-man infield strategy. In the win, Jagielo picked up another RBI to bring his total up to 27 on the season and left fielder Anderson Felix had three of the team’s 14 hits.
Tampa will go for its fifth straight victory on Saturday night at 6:00 PM ET. Conner Kendrick (0-1, 4.66) gets the start for Tampa against a starter yet to be determined for Palm Beach.
Game 1: Charleston Riverdogs (21-18) defeated the Hickory Crawdads (17-22) 4-2
In Game one of the doubleheader, The Riverdogs’ initial offensive spark was enough to get them the win. In the bottom of the 1st inning, Jose Rosario led off with a solo home run to left field. This was Rosario’s first home run of the season. After the Crawdads added a run in the top of the second inning, Charleston would tack on more runs in the bottom of the inning on another leadoff homer, this time by center fielder Brandon Thomas. The solo shot to left field was Thomas’ second of the season. Rosario would later add a RBI single in the inning with a Michael O’Neill RBI groundout making the score 4-1.
That is all the runs that starter Brady Lail would need. Lail (6-1, 3.30) was masterful in his outing as he threw six innings, giving up two runs on four hits. He struck out 11 batters and did not walk a single one. Chris Smith came on in the seventh inning to get the save.
Game 2: Charleston Riverdogs (21-19) lost to the Hickory Crawdads (18-22) 3-0
In Game 2, Charleston starter Caleb Smith did not get the benefit of any run support in his outing. Smith (3-3, 0.70) went six innings in the loss, giving up only one run on two hits. He struck out eight batters while only walking one. Hickory got the scoring started in the top of the third inning on a RBI groundout by Michael De Leon. In the seventh and final inning, the Crawdads had back-to-back home runs hit by designated hitter Nomar Mazara and second baseman Travis Demeritte to make the score 3-0.
As for the Riverdogs’ offense, the team did not manage to get an extra-base hit in the loss. On Saturday night at 6:05 ET, the Riverdogs will begin a four-game series on the road against the Savannah Sand Gnats. Jaron Long (2-1, 2.59) gets the start for the Riverdogs against Robert Gsellman (2-2, 1.48) for the Sand Gnats.