Justin Maxwell; Austin Krum; Dellin Betances; Tim Norton; Abraham Almonte; Gary Sanchez; Ramon Flores; Nik Turley

Today: Charleston remains hot; Andrew Brackman does not; Trenton wins in dramatic fashion; Tampa splits a DH ———————————————– Scranton:

Andrew Brackman’s season is getting ugly.

Brackman lasted only four innings today, giving up seven runs on eight hits while walking five as Scranton got crushed by Pawtucket, 9-3.

Brackman fell to 2-3 with a 6.69 ERA in seven starts (35 IP, 42 H, 27 R, 26 ER, 24 BB, 24 K, 5 HR).

At the plate, Justin Maxwell connected for his 13th home run of the season, while Jesus Montero went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. (.336/.369/.443) ———————————– Trenton:

Some excitement in Trenton today, as they used a three-run ninth inning to defeat Binghamton, 3-2.

Austin Krum (.248/.359/.291; 13-for-13 stealing) hit a two-run “walk-off” triple with two outs in the ninth inning for the victory.

The other run was driven home by the suddenly hot Melky Mesa, who went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He is now hitting .208/.280/.377 with 14 XBH in 35 games. He has a .944 OPS in the month of May.

Dellin Betances had one of those “effectively wild” days. Betances lasted 5.2 innings, giving up one unearned run on three hits. He walked five, but also struck out six as his ERA dropped to 0.76 (23.2 IP, 15 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 11 BB, 24 K, 1.27 GO/AO). Betances allowed four runs in 4.2 innings in his first start of the season – he has allowed two runs total in his last four starts, totally 19 innings of work.

Tim Norton struck out the side in the ninth to get his first win of the season. (1.93 ERA; 18.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 HR, 6 BB, 30 K) That’s right – the guy has 30 strikeouts in 18.2 innings. ——————————————- Tampa:

A double-header for Tampa today against Palm Beach.

Game 1 didn’t go their way in a 5-3 loss.

Robert Lylerly (I’ve been typing that name a lot this year) went 3-for-3 with a double, walk, and all three runs batted in as his average has climbed all the way to .326. He has multi-hit games in each of his last four games played.

Abraham Almonte contributed a 2-for-4 game with a double and two runs scored.

Sean Black’s rough stretch continued: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K as his ERA has ballooned all the way up to 6.47 as his record dropped to 1-5. After three strong starts to start the season (5 runs in 17 innings), Black has allowed 28 runs in his last 23.1 innings.

In Game 2, Abraham Almonte was up to it again – going 2-for-3 with a double and a run batted in as Tampa earned the split, 5-4.

Robert Lylerly went 0-for-2 but had an RBI and a run scored. Meanwhile, Neil Medchill hit his 4th home run of the season (in 32 at-bats).

Jairo Heredia earned the win by going five innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He walked nobody, struck out three, and allowed a home run to improve to 2-1 but with a 6.87 ERA (18.1 IP, 19 H, 15 R, 14 ER, 3 HR, 5 BB, 16 K). ——————————————————— Charleston:

It looks like the brawl on Friday night has really awakened the Riverdogs’ bats.

Today, it was a 10-run, 16-hit performance as they again took care of Greenville, 10-6.

Gary Sanchez may be starting to heat up. Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a home run, three runs batted in, and two runs scored in the win. Ramon Flores only went 1-for-5, but the one was a big one: A three-run home run. Kelvin DeLeon had three hits, including a solo shot of his own.

Rob Segedin went 1-for-3 with a run scored and was hit twice by the “wild” Greenville pitchers (who hit three more batters in this game). I don’t believe there were any brawls today though.

JR Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double, run batted in, and a walk while Eduardo Sosa went 2-for-5 with a double.

Sanchez is now hitting .229 with eight doubles and three home runs in 105 at-bats. He has a .632 slugging percentage in 38 May at-bats. Murphy is hitting .322 with 12 doubles.

On the hill, Nik Turley gladly accepted all of the run support, but didn’t need it. He lasted seven innings, giving up one run on five hits. He walked three, struck out seven, and allowed a home run. Turley improved to 2-3 with a 3.18 ERA in eight starts (45.1 IP, 41 H, 21 R, 16 ER, 5 HR, 15 BB, 46 K for the big 21-year old left-hander)

Thomas Kahlne had a rough outing, allowing five runs in the final two innings of the game.

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