Lehigh Valley: Zach Eflin vs. Pawtucket
Reading: Ben Lively @ New Hampshire
Clearwater: Matt Imhof vs. Tampa
Lakewood: Tyler Gilbert @ Asheville
Lehigh Valley 6, Pawtucket 4 [box]
If you have been waiting for Nick Williams to get hot, then this one's for you. The Pigs blew a 4-1 lead in the late innings, but Williams delivered a two-run walk-off blast in the bottom half of the 10th for the 6-4 win. Williams went 2-for-5 on the evening with his 2 RBI coming on the homer. Williams' last ten games are impressive: .366/.372/.561 with 2 HR and 8 RBI.
Want a little more good news? Jake Thompson put together what was probably his best start of the season, going seven innings. He allowed two runs (just one earned) and two walks, striking out four in the process. However, Thompson threw just 51 of his 90 pitches for strikes. Sad face.
Edward Mujica blew the 9th inning save, but Gregory Infante pitched a clean 10th to pick up the win. Cam Perkins added two hits, and the pitching staff held Blake Swihart and Rusney Castillo to a 1-for-8 night.
New Hampshire 4, Reading 3 [box]
John Richy had his first start for Reading, lasting 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits.
Rhys Hoskins' 19-game hitting streak did come to an end in this one, as he took an 0-for-5 night on the chin.
Roman Quinn did have a hit, but the Fightins' offense was, for the most part, shut down by Casey Lawrence and the Fisher Cats.
Tampa 6, Clearwater 5 [box]
The Threshers fought back from a 5-2 deficit, scoring three in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game, but ultimately lost it in the 10th inning.
Tom Eshelman got the ball for Threshers, pitching to mixed results, going 5 2/3 innings. He allowed eight hits and four runs (three earned) with two walks and four strikeouts. While this wasn't a truly sharp start for the right-hander, three or four strong starts in May could set him up for a promotion to Reading by mid-June.
Zach Green got a Clearwater rally started in the bottom of the 9th with a solo homerun. The Threshers added two more runs to send the game to extra innings, but Abiatal Avelino cracked the eventual game-winning homer off Matt Hockenberry.