Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 1-0 vs. Toledo Mud Hens
Scranton only notched four hits on the night, but thanks to starter Chad Green, that was all they needed. The righty dominated over seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits and one walk while striking out nine Toledo batters and retiring the last 13 batters in a row. In doing so, Green lowered his Triple-A ERA to 1.67 in 13 starts with a little over a strikeout per inning. Frankly, if the Yankees don’t think Luis Severino or Luis Cessa is ready to take Ivan Nova’s spot in the rotation, they could justifiably turn to Green. He has been dominating and probably deserves a second chance. (He’s in the video below, fanning his ninth batter.)
Offense was hard to come by with Chad Bell (NegaChad) pitching as tough as Green, throwing six shutout frames of his own. The rehabbing Mark Teixeira had a walk and a single to right, and Donovan Solano managed a couple hits of his own. Until the bottom of the seventh, that was all the lineup had to offer. After 94 pitches through seven, Green needed someone to come up with a run so that he could qualify for the win; Tyler Austin obliged. The first baseman crushed a long solo shot onto the walkway in left-center field. Diego Moreno and Conor Mullee pitched scoreless innings to close out the win.
Vicente Campos came out strong in the opener of a doubleheader in Bowie yesterday. He went the distance in a seven-inning, 90-pitch shutout, striking out seven Baysox while allowing three hits, no walks, and a hit by pitch. Since his promotion from Tampa, Campos now has a sparkling 2.08 ERA in four starts. The lone runs all came around to score on one play, Billy Fleming’s bases-clearing triple in the fifth, which plated Tyler Wade, Dustin Fowler, and Cito Culver. Fleming made an error at first earlier in the day but made up for it with a multi-hit game. Culver surprisingly went 3-for-3 as well, and each of Wade, Fowler, Miguel Andujar, and Mark Payton had hits too.
The nightcap did not go quite as well. Bowie got to the normally reliable Jordan Montgomery for four runs on a walk and nine hits, including a three-run bomb by Quincy Lattimore. The Thunder rapped 11 hits, including three apiece by Andujar and Lane Adams, but it wasn’t quite enough. Although they cut the score from 4-1 to 4-3 in the last frame, Dante Bichette Jr. struck out as the go-ahead run at the plate to end the doubleheader in a split.
High-A Tampa Yankees: L 5-6 vs. Daytona Tortugas
The T-Yanks came up short in a back-and-forth affair, eventually tying the game at 5-5 on an eighth inning two-run homer by Austin Aune before a successful squeeze play in the home half led to Daytona’s game-winning run. All of the first seven hitters in Tampa’s lineup had hits, with two hits each from Aune (who also tripled and walked), Abiatal Avelino, Zack Zehner, and Vicente Conde.
Jorge Mateo went 1-for-5 with a double in the ninth to give Tampa a shot at tying the game, but to no avail. Domingo Acevedo’s second start in High-A did not go nearly as well as his debut, as in just four innings, he surrendered seven hits, three walks, and a wild pitch while four runs scored. Jonny Drozd and Dillon McNamara both allowed runs in relief, too, enabling Daytona to escape with a win.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: Off-day
Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees: L 4-7 vs. West Virginia Black Bears
Jose Rosario had two doubles and each of Kane Sweeney, Drew Bridges, and Ricardo Ferreira registered multi-hit games, but Staten Island could not overcome a shaky start by Jonathan Padilla. He gave up four runs and seven hits in just 4 2/3 innings, and a two-run ninth pitched by Michael Schaub gave West Virginia some much-needed insurance with a three-run lead. Recent draft picks Dom Thompson-Williams and Mandy Alvarez also had hits for Staten Island.