Apologies for being a little late with yesterday's Farm Report - it has been a very busy week. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Syracuse 5-3 in Game 1: The RailRiders drew first blood, as Fernando Martinez hit a double with two outs in the first. A single by Brent Lillibridge scored him giving them a 1-0 lead. Syracuse tied the game quickly, as Will Rhymes tripled and scored on a double by Chris Rahl. Scranton took the lead again in the second. Randy Ruiz singled to center and Addison Maruszak followed in kind, moving to second on an error. A single by Corey Patterson scored both runners and Scranton took a 3-1 lead. Back-to-back singles by Brian Bocock and Brian Jeroloman tied the game for the Chiefs in the bottom of the inning. Rhymes started the fifth inning with a triple to center, but was then ejected by the ump at third. A sac fly to center scored the pinch runner and gave the Chiefs the lead. Micah Owings hit a solo homer in the sixth for some insurance as Scranton fell 5-3.
Thomas Neal and Maruszak both went 2-3. Ruiz went 1-3 with a run scored. Martinez had the RailRiders' only extra base hit, going 1-3 with a double and a run scored. David Huff threw 5.2 innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits. He did not walk any and struck out six. Matt Daley got one out (a strikeout), but also allowed a solo homer.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Syracuse 6-3 in Game 2: Fernando Martinez got the game started with a two-out solo homer in the first inning, giving the RailRiders a quick lead. Randy Ruiz doubled that lead with homer of his own in the top of the second. Scranton added another run in the top of the fourth. Dan Johnson doubled to right, moving over on a single by Ruiz. Casey Stevenson then hit a sac fly to left, scoring Johnson. The Chiefs finally got on the board in the fifth, as Mike Costanzo lined a single to center and Micah Owings hit a two-run homer, cutting the Scranton lead to one. The RailRiders responded in the top of the sixth, however. Thomas Neal singled to right and Johnson knocked a homer to center. A solo shot by Stevenson rounded out the Scranton offense. Syracuse scored one more run, but Scranton held on for the 6-3 victory.
Johnson and Ruiz both went 2-3. Johnson scored twice and had a double, a homer and two RBIs. Ruiz also had a homer. Stevenson went 1-2 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs. Stevenson went 1-2 with a run scored, a homer and two RBIs. Chris Bootcheck made the start, he went 5.1 innings and gave up three runs on five hits, striking out two. Dellin Betances threw 1.2 innings, allowing just a pair of hits and striking out two.
Trenton beat Erie 8-2: The game was scoreless after three innings, but Erie broke through in the top of the fourth when Luis Castillo singled in two runs with two outs. Trenton wasted little time in getting those runs back, however. Jose Pirela drew a walk and Tyler Austin singled to left. A wild pitch moved the runners over and Kyle Roller singled them in. Carmen Angelini lined a single to left and Andrew Clark doubled in both runners, giving the Thunder a 4-2 lead. Angelini drew a walk in the sixth and scored on a ground out by Francisco Rosario. Once again, Angelini got the Thunder going in the seventh, doubling and scoring on a single by Clark. Trenton was able to add two more runs in the eighth, taking an 8-2 win over Erie.
Clark went 3-3 with a double and three RBIs. Angelini went 2-3 with three runs scored and a double. Austin went 1-5, while Roller and Rosario went 1-4. Ramon Flores went 0-2, but had a RBI and drew three walks. Nik Turley made the start, going 5.2 innings and giving up two runs on six hits, two walks and an impressive nine Ks. Danny Burawa threw two innings, picking up a pair of strikeouts. Cesar Cabral did the same in his 1.1 innings of work.
Tampa's game was postponed due to rain.
Charleston lost to Greenville 7-5: The RiverDogs drew first blood, as Cito Culver singled and stole second. A ground-rule double by Gregory Bird brought Culver home for the 1-0 lead. Jake Cave started the third with a double and scored on a single by Bird. The Drive got the run back in the bottom of the inning, as Charleston led 2-1. Cave reached first after striking out on a wild pitch in the fifth. Culver reached on an error and Bird continued his big night, smacking a three-run homer and putting the RiverDogs in front 5-1. The Drive started to chip away at the lead, however, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth. A pair of RBI doubles in the seventh tied the game and Greenville took the lead on a two-run single by Mookie Betts in the eighth. Jose Rosario singled in the top of the ninth, but Cave hit into a game-ending double play as the RiverDogs fell 7-5.
Cave went 1-5 with two runs scored and a double. Culver went 2-3 with two runs scored and a stolen base. He also got caught stealing. Bird went 3-4 with a run scored, a double, a homer and all five of Charleston's RBIs. Wes Wilson and Rosario both went 1-4. Jose Campos threw four innings, giving up one run on five hits and striking out six. Brett Gerritse allowed six runs on seven hits, a walk and five Ks over 3.2 innings. Derek Varnadore got the last out of the game.
Staten Island beat Hudson Valley 7-3 (10 innings): The Renegades took the early lead, as Pat Blair doubled in Oscar Hernandez in the bottom of the second. Johnny Field started the fourth with a solo homer, putting the Yankees down 2-0. The Yankees finally scored in the top of the sixth. Daniel Lopez started off with a single and Michael O'Neill singled with two outs. A double by Brandon Thomas plated two runs and tied the game. Bubba Jones doubled in the top of the seventh and scored on a single by Lopez, giving Staten Island the lead. Unfortunately, Hudson Valley tied the game in the bottom of the inning. The game was tied after the ninth, sending it into extra innings. The Yankees wasted little time in getting to work in the tenth. Lopez drew a walk and Derek Toadvine singled. O'Neill was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. A wild pitch allowed Lopez to score, giving the Yankees the lead. Thomas followed with a three-run homer to give the Yankees some extra room, as they went on to win 7-3.
Toadvine went 3-5 with two runs scored. Thomas went 2-5 with a run scored, a double, a homer and five RBIs. O'Neill went 1-4 with two runs scored. Lopez went 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Cale Coshow gave up one run on a hit and a walk in 2.2 innings. He struck out one. David Palladino threw 3.1 innings and gave up one run on a hit and a walk, striking out three. Sam Agnew-Wieland gave up a run on two hits, two walks and four Ks. Andy Beresford got one out and Tyler Webb threw one inning, giving up a walk and striking out one.