A lot can change in a week. Last Friday, Oswald Peraza was hitting .063. Today, he’s the focal point of a resurgent Hudson Valley attack that just hung a nine-spot on Aberdeen. Scranton also stayed hot, and Tampa got back to winning ways.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (8-2): It’s now eight wins in nine games for the RailRiders, who rallied from an early 3-0 deficit with a five-run third inning and held on for a 6-4 win.
- Star of the Game: Armando Alvarez – 1-for-4, 1 home run (1), 2 RBI. Alvarez’s one-out, two-run shot gave Scranton a 3-2 lead and set the pace for a big inning
- Ryan LaMarre: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
- Chris Gittens: 0-for-2, 1 run scored, 3 walks, 1 strikeout
- Zack Zehner: 0-for-0, 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 4 walks, 1 stolen base. Along with Estevan Florial, who didn’t play, Zehner and Cristian Perez were also promoted from Somerset
- Brian Keller: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 3 K, 66 pitches (32 strikes)
- Kyle Barraclough: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 31 pitches (16 strikes). Barraclough picked up his first Scranton win
- Albert Abreu: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 37 pitches (18 strikes). Control issues reared their ugly head per usual for Abreu, who managed to work around the trouble
- Adam Warren: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 36 pitches (24 strikes)
- Luis García: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 17 pitches (10 strikes). García pitched out of a second-and-third, one-out jam to earn his third save
Somerset Patriots (6-4): Glenn Otto could not build on a solid first outing of the year, as he was lit up for seven earned runs and Somerset fell to New Hampshire 7-3.
- Star of the Game: Dermis Garcia – 1-for-2, 1 home run (1), 2 RBI, 1 run scored, 1 walk, 1 strikeout. It’s been a difficult start for the once-heralded Garcia. He’s hitting just .100 overall, but he hit his first home run of the year on Friday, a solo shot in the ninth inning
- Oswaldo Cabrera: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
- Isiah Gilliam: 1-for-4, 1 double, 2 strikeouts
- Glenn Otto: 5.1 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 91 pitches (70 strikes). Otto’s ERA ballooned to 5.56. Much of the damage was done in his final inning of work, when he loaded the bases and then was yanked for Stephen Ridings, who gave up a run on a wild pitch and then two more on a bases-clearing double
- Stephen Ridings: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 17 pitches (11 strikes). Ridings’ own stat line doesn’t look bad, but he surrendered the aforementioned three inherited runs in his brief appearance
- Keegan Curtis: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 29 pitches (22 strikes)
Hudson Valley Renegades (5-5): Oswald Peraza had the night off on Friday. But after entering as a pinch-hitter, he crushed two home runs in three innings to lead Hudson Valley to a 9-4 win.
- Star of the Game: Oswald Peraza – 2-for-2, 2 home runs (4), 4 RBI, 2 runs scored. With the Renegades down by two runs in the seventh, Renegades skipper Dan Fiorito called on Peraza to pinch hit for Steven Sensley with a runner on base. Peraza’s monstrous blast tied the game at four, and his second of the night, with two outs and one on in the eighth, helped put the game out of reach
- Oliver Dunn: 2-for-5, 1 home run (1), 1 double, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored. Dunn, an 11th-round draft pick in 2019, took Peraza’s traditional place at the top of the lineup and had a great night himself
- Ezequiel Duran: 0-for-4, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
- Josh Breaux: 1-for-5, 2 strikeouts
- Isaiah Pasteur: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
- Frederick Cuevas: 2-for-3, 2 runs scored, 1 walk
- Luis Medina: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 80 pitches (46 strikes). Medina struggled somewhat with his command, but he’s still racked up 21 strikeouts in 13 innings this season
- Josh Maciejewski: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 44 pitches (27 strikes). Maciejewski picked up his second win of the season
- Nick Ernst: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 25 pitches (16 strikes). Ernst ran into very little trouble during his two-inning save
Tampa Tarpons (7-3): The Tarpons were having another quiet night at the plate until a five-run outburst in the fifth inning propelled them to a 7-4 win at Lakeland.
- Star of the Game: Austin Wells – 2-for-5, 1 triple, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 strikeout. Wells’ one-out triple in the fifth put the Tarpons on top to stay
- Anthony Volpe: 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 run scored. Volpe’s lone hit was a crucial one – it put the first two runs of the game on the board for Tampa and Wells followed it up with his go-ahead three-bagger
- Trevor Hauver: 0-for-2, 2 walks
- Max Burt: 2-for-4, 1 double, 1 run scored. The 24-year-old Massachusetts native is working on a six-game hitting streak and is batting .423
- Elijah Dunham: 1-for-3, 2 runs scored, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 1 stolen base. Dunham’s stolen base was his seventh of the season
- Matt Sauer: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 75 pitches (41 strikes)
- Sean Boyle: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 40 pitches (29 strikes). Boyle’s three innings of stable relief were sorely needed and he got a well-deserved win
- Nelvin Correa: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 39 pitches (24 strikes). Correa has been quietly brilliant in the bullpen. It’s now four appearances without an earned run allowed for the 24-year-old
- Kevin Milam: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 10 pitches (7 strikes). Likely the first save of many for the 14th-round pick, who grew comfortable in the closer’s role in the GCL two years ago