AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre fell to the brink of elimination after blowing a multi-run lead for the second straight night with a 3-2 loss to Pawtucket. Ramon Ortiz turned in a solid outing, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits in 6.1 innings, but errors by Kevin Russo and Cole Garner would do damage that the Yankees could not recover from. At the plate, Luke Murton, Cole Garner, and Ramiro Pena had two hits each as they led the offense. RBIs for the night came off the bat of both Garner and Austin Romine. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre now heads “home” down two games to none, and is just one game from being knocked out of the running for the Governor’s Cup.
AA: Trenton Thunder
Coming back from Tommy John Surgery, David Aardsma made a rehab start with the Thunder in the game two of the Eastern League Division Series, bumping presumed starter Shaeffer Hall to the bullpen. Aardsma struggled mightily, allowing a run on three hits and a walk in his lone inning of work, and overall did not look very sharp as he topped out at 90 MPH. After Aardsma left, Shaeffer Hall entered and dominated the Phillies through 5.2 shutout innings, allowing just a hit and two walks. Surprisingly, Hall was lifted after just 63 pitches leading the way for Tony Franklin to mix and match the rest of the way with the likes of Graham Stoneburner, Lee Hyde, and Branden Pinder before the door was slammed shut by Ryan Pope.
At the plate, the Thunder first got on the board in the 5th inning thanks to an Addison Maruszak home run. However, the real hero was Rob Segedin. After struggling at the plate since being promoted on July 4th, Segedin got the call tonight over top prospect Tyler Austin at the DH spot despite hitting just .188 in the regular season. After starting the day 0-for-3, Segedin came up when Kevin Mahoney was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs in the top of the 9th inning. Segedin would play the role of the unlikely hero, hitting a triple to right field, scoring all three runners and giving the Thunder a 4-1 lead that they would win by just a few minutes later.