The weather wreaked havoc with the Rays minor league games, causing two to be postponed and leading to the Renegades – Yankees matchup to be shortened to a six inning game. However, the Renegades were the recipients of the first two home runs of the season for Ty Young, the Rays seventh round selection this year, in their victory over the Yankees.
Durham Bulls v. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies) – postponed
Last night’s game between the Bulls and the IronPigs was rained out, and will be made up as part of a double header on Friday. J.D. Martin is slated to start the opener for Durham, with the starter of Game Two to be determined.
Chattanooga Lookouts (Dodgers) 8, Montgomery Biscuits 3
Based on the top of the first, it appeared that if the game was going to turn into a blowout, the Biscuits may well end up on top. Kevin Kiermaier homered to lead off the game, and Mikie Mahtook got hit by a pitch with one out. Cameron Seitzer followed with a base hit, and Mahtook was thrown out at third. That out would turn out to be costly when Todd Glaesmann followed with a double, putting runners on second and third with two outs, only to have Kyeong Kang strikeout to end the threat. The Lookouts roared back in the bottom of the inning, as they hammered starter Victor Mateo. After a leadoff walk, Joc Pederson hit a two run home run to put Chattanooga on top. Three batters later, Angelo Songco followed with a three run home run, as the Lookouts scored five runs before an out was recorded. Mateo settled down from that point, and the Biscuits began the process of trying to climb back into the game. Robi Estrada doubled in the second to plate a run, but was thrown out at third to essentially end that threat. Estrada hit his second RBI double in the fifth, following a leadoff triple off the bat of Mark Thomas, cutting the lead to 5-3. However, that was as close as Montgomery would get. The Lookouts put the game away against reliever Austin Hubbard in the seventh, as Pederson greeted him with his second home run of the game, and J. T. Wise followed with a two run shot two batters later. The Biscuits had a couple of potential threats in the eighth and ninth, putting runners on first and second with one out, but were unable to push any more runs across as they fell 8-3. Mateo took the loss, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks over six innings, but he pitched well after his disastrous start to the game. Estrada was 3-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Seitzer also contributed three hits in the loss.
Charlotte Stone Crabs v. Bradenton Marauders (Pirates) – postponed
The game between the Stone Crabs and the Marauders was postponed last night, due to heavy rains and unsafe field conditions. The game will be made up as part of a double header on Friday, with the first game starting at 5:05.
South Bend Silver Hawks (Diamondbacks) 4, Bowling Green Hot Rods 2
The Hot Rods were not able to generate much offense against Silver Hawks starter Daniel Watts. In fact, the RBI single by Brandon Drury in the bottom of the first appeared as though it may be all the offense that South Bend needed, as Watts held the Hot Rods to two hits into the fifth. There, Bowling Green doubled their offense to that point in the game, as Leonardo Reginatto singled with one out, and Joey Rickard followed with a home run to put the Hot Rods on the board. However, that would be all for the Hot Rods offense for the rest of the game, as Watts and two relievers shut them down the rest of the way. South Bend tied the game in the sixth, as Drury doubled with one out, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch. Solo home runs by Michael Lang and Fidel Pena in the eighth put the Silver Hawks on top, and they held on for the 4-2 victory. Matthew Spann took the loss in relief, allowing three runs on four hits in three innings. Reginatto was the offensive star for the Hot Rods, going 2-3 with a run scored.
Hudson Valley Renegades 10, Staten Island Yankees 8 (Six Innings)
Last night’s game between the Renegades and the Yankees was truly a back and forth affair. The Renegades started off the game with a bang, scoring four times in the first inning, highlighted by a three run home run off the bat of Ty Young. After the Renegades and Yankees traded runs in the second, Staten Island had an offensive explosion of their own, plating six runs in the bottom of the third, scoring all of the runs with two outs. After putting runners on first and third, the Yankees used six consecutive RBI singles to jump out to a 7-5 lead. Yet, the Renegades were not done, loading the bases with no outs in the fourth. After a strikeout, Johnny Field hit a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to one. Oscar Hernandez followed with a two run ground rule double to put the Renegades in front, and scored on the second home run of the game by Young. Michael O’Neill had an RBI double in the bottom of the frame, but the Renegades held on to a rain shortened 10-8 victory. Jordan Harrison struggled, but picked up the win, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk, striking out five in 3.1 innings. Young was 2-4 with two home runs and five RBIs.
Elizabethton Twins 6, Princeton Rays 3
The Rays jumped out on the Twins early, as Bralin Jackson led off the game with a home run, and Hunter Lockwood had an RBI double three batters later. With runners on second and third and no outs, it appeared as though a big inning was in the works. However, Princeton only got one more run that inning on an RBI groundout, and the Twins came to life thereafter. Elizabethton got one run back in the bottom of the first, then Javier Pimentel had an RBI double in the second, scoring on another sacrifice fly to tie the game. The Twins took the lead in the fifth, as Bryan Haar hit a solo home run to give Elizabethton a 4-3 lead. An RBI single by Dereck Rodriguez in the sixth and another sacrifice fly in the seventh gave the Twins a 6-3 lead that they would not relinquish. The Rays had scoring threats in the eighth and ninth, but were unable to push any runs across, falling to the Twins. Nolan Gannon took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings. Jackson was 2-5 with the solo home run. Lockwood was 1-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI in the loss.