Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: L 1-7 vs. Gwinnett Braves
The RailRiders didn’t have much luck facing former Yankees prospect Manny Banuelos Friday night. Nick Swisher and Ben Gamel were able to pick up two hits each, and one of Gamel’s went for a double. Jake Cave was the only other RailRider to come away with an extra-base hit. Cave also had an assist in the outfield.
Kyle Haynes came up on the losing end of the starting pitchers, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. Mark Montgomery and Chasen Shreve had scoreless outings out of the bullpen in relief of Haynes, but Diego Moreno and Tyler Webb didn’t have the same kind of luck. They surrendered four more runs between them, though one was unearned.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 5-1 vs. Binghamton Mets
Sebastian Valle’s second home run of the season and two runs driven in by Cito Culver helped the Thunder to a win over the Mets on Friday. Even though Trenton only accumulated seven hits, they made the most of them in pushing across five runs on their way to their 40th win of the season.
Thunder pitchers held the Mets off the board until they scored their ultimately meaningless lone run in the ninth inning. Daniel Camarena was fantastic, pitching eight innings and surrendering only four hits. He walked no one and struck out three batters. Caleb Smith came on to close out the game and allowed one run in his one inning of work.
High-A Tampa Yankees: Off
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 2-1 vs. West Virginia Power
Errors were even on both sides at two, and the RiverDogs were actually out-hit 7-4, but their one inning of scoring lifted Charleston to an unlikely win. Angel Aguilar and Leonardo Molina were responsible for driving in the two runs for the RiverDogs. Outfielder Jhalan Jackson made a triumphant return from the disabled list with two hits, including a double, and a walk.
Yefrey Ramirez struck out seven batters in just 5.1 innings in his start against the Power. West Virginia’s lone run was unearned off of Manolo Reyes in his 1.2 innings of relief. Ramirez lowered his season ERA to 2.67 while Reyes kept his perfect on the year.
Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees: W 3-2 vs. Brooklyn Cyclones (20 innings)
It took five hours and 39 minutes for the Staten Island Yankees to finish their first game of the season, but they did so with a win over Brooklyn in 20 innings. Eighth round draft pick Dalton Blaser kicked his professional career off in style with four hits and two walks in his first game as a Yankee. Mandy Alvarez was not far behind with three hits of his own including a double. Having the opposite of a good night at the plate, second baseman Chris Godinez went 1-10 with six strikeouts. Ouch.
Starter Adonis Rosa turned in a pretty good game, striking out six and allowing two runs in six innings of work. He was the only Staten Island pitcher to allow any runs in all 20 innings. Great work was done by Michael Schaub, Eduardo Rivera, and Claudio Custodio, who pitched four, three, and three scoreless innings, respectively.