Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: L 1-5 vs. Charlotte Knights
The RailRiders fell behind early last night after Kyle Hanes gave up a lead-off single, followed by a home run. Two more runs scored in the third inning after the Knights hit a lead-off double, and Hanes surrendered a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth before his night ended. Although he was still able to notch eight strikeouts, he also gave up five earned runs off seven hits through five and two-thirds innings. Phil Coke tossed two and one-third scoreless innings to finish up the game.
Offensively, the top of the lineup didn’t do so well, with Gary Sanchez being the only one of the top five batters with a hit. In the bottom half, Pete Kozma led the way with two hits, while Jake Cave, Cesar Puello and Jonathan Diaz each had one. The RailRiders’ only run scored after Kozma grounded into a double play in the fifth.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 4-11 vs. Portland Sea Dogs
It was a somewhat strange night for Jordan Montgomery, who exited the game in the sixth inning with 10 strikeouts, zero walks, four earned runs and four wild pitches. Matt Wotherspoon and Travis Hissong came out of the bullpen and surrendered one home run each to Yoan Moncada, who finished the night with four RBI.
Lane Adams and Dustin Fowler made up the bulk of the Thunder offense with three hits apiece, including two doubles for Fowler and a home run and stolen base for Adams. Fowler had a rough night on the basepaths though, and was both caught stealing and picked off. Catcher Kyle Higashioka launched his 14th home run of the season. Mark Payton, Tyler Wade and Miguel Andujar had the remaining three hits.
Ian Clarkin started this game and pitched just two and two-thirds innings before he was removed from the game with an “injured arm.” He tossed two clean innings, and had two outs in the third when he gave up two doubles and a single, then left the game. Clarkin only walked one batter, yet the Tampa Yankees issued 16 total walks last night. Jose Mesa walked six batters through one and one-third innings, then Gabriel Encinas took over the fifth inning and walked four straight batters, got a strikeout, then walked another batter. Andrew Schwaab walked another batter and gave up a single before the inning finally came to an end.
The T-Yanks actually out-hit the Mets 10-6, but were unable to overcome all those walks. Recently promoted Jeff Hendrix led the offense with four hits, an RBI and a strikeout. The rest of the lineup had one hit apiece, aside from Austin Aune and Kevin Cornelius, who went hitless.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 1-3 vs. Lakewood BlueClaws (eight innings)
The RiverDogs dropped the first game of this doubleheader after a tie sent the game into an extra inning. Starter Domingo German pitched a good game, surrendering just two hits through six innings, while striking out four. Unfortunately, German didn’t help himself defensively, and made a throwing error in the third inning that allowed the lead-off runner to reach. He recorded two easy outs after that, but the BlueClaws were able to bring the runner home.
Cody Carroll took over in the seventh and was able to pitch around a passed ball charged to Luis Torrens, but got into trouble in the eighth inning. With one out, Carroll hit a batter, then gave up two singles and a double. Gasoke Katoh recorded the final two outs when he made an unassisted double play by catching a line drive and doubling a runner off second base.
The offense managed just five hits. Two of them belonged to Mandy Alvarez, who has upped his average to .408. Jhalan Jackson also tripled, Alexander Palma doubled, and Katoh singled.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 0-2 vs. Lakewood BlueClaws (seven innings)
Apparently the RiverDogs used up all their offense in the first game, as they only mustered two hits in this second game. Katoh hit another single, and Hoy Jun Park also singled. Chris Godinez worked two walks, as well. Nestor Cortes pitched five solid innings, giving up just one run (home run) and striking out five. Through the last two innings, Anyelo Gomez (or maybe someone else? See SI Yanks game below) surrendered one run on three hits.
Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees: W 3-0 vs. Aberdeen IronBirds
Aside from the Gulf Coast Yankees, the Staten Island Yanks earned the only other win of the day. Adonis Rosa was great through six and two-thirds innings, recording five strikeouts and walking just one batter. The rest of the bullpen, including Brian Trieglaff, Anyelo Gomez (yes, he is also listed as having pitched in the RiverDogs game...I do not know what the real truth is), and Brooks Kriske combined to pitch two and one-third scoreless innings to complete the shut-out.
The SI Yanks made their seven hits count, after Mike Ford crushed a two-run home run, and Danienger Perez singled, advanced to third on a throwing error, and came home on a sac fly. It was a two-hit night for both Perez and Nick Solak, and Timmy Robinson and Drew Bridges each had a hit, as well as a stole base for the latter.
Rookie Advanced Pulaski Yankees: L 2-6 vs. Johnson City Cardinals
Both of Pulaski’s runs scored via the long ball, after Blake Rutherford and Dermis Garcia hit solo shots in the fifth and sixth innings. Rutherford ended the night with two hits (and was also hit by a pitch), and Wilkerman Garcia, Manny Argomaniz, Leonard Molina and Welfrin Mateo each singled. Those two home runs weren’t enough to get the job done, as the Pulaski Yanks went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base.
Starter Julian Aybar struggled early after he issued a one-out walk, hit the next batter, then gave up a double. He settled down in the second inning before surrendering three more runs in a third inning that featured a solo home run, a balk, two walks, a single and a double. Two more runs scored in the fifth after Phillip Diehl walked a batter then gave up a home run. Zak Wasserman pitched the last four innings of the game, surrendering just two hits and striking out two batters.
GCL Yankees East: W 7-3 vs. GCL Yankees West
SS Oswaldo Cabrera 3-5, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Erick Mendez 1-5, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 throwing error
2B Jesus Graterol 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 K
LF Edel Luaces 2-4, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 K
C Algeni Mateo 1-4, CS
3B Yeison Corredera 0-4, 3 K, 1 throwing error
Daniel Alvarez 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER (2 R), 3 K
Chase Hodson 2 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K
Bringnel Mendez 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
SS Diego Castillo 1-5, 1 K
RF-CF Leobaldo Cabrera 0-4, 1 K, 1 throwing error
2B Griffin Garabito 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 fielding error
1B Miguel Flames 2-3, 1 double, 1 BB
Gilmael Troya 5 IP, 10 H, 4 ER (7 R), 5 K, 1 HR
Brian Keller 3 2/3 IP, 1 H, 6 K