The RailRiders played another close game with the Pawtucket Red Sox, and it looked like they might head to extra innings for the second day in a row, but consecutive singles in the eighth inning by Ben Gamel, Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela put the team on top. In the third inning, Refsnyder was hit by a pitch and picked off of first base. Aaron Judge singled to knock in two RBI early in the game then proceeded to steal his fifth base of the season and later drew a walk. The only extra base hit of the night was a double by Gary Sanchez.
Jose De La Cruz started the game for the RailRiders but he didn't last long. By the end of the third inning his pitch count was up to 66 and he had walked three batters while allowing two earned runs and notching two strikeouts. Eric Wooten came in on relief and picked up a win after shutting out Pawtucket for five and two-thirds innings. Wooten walked two batters and struck out four, while giving up just four hits. James Pazos was asked to get the final out of the game, and he did so with a strikeout to pick up the save.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 5-6 vs. New Britain Rock Cats
Much like the RailRiders, the Trenton Thunder also took a tie deep into the game, but Alex Smith surrendered the game losing run in the bottom of the ninth. Center fielder Mark Payton led the offense, picking up three hits including a solo home run. Danny Oh and Jake Cave both recorded two hits a piece, though Cave had the only double of the night. It was a rough night on the basepaths for Oh, who was picked off and caught stealing second base. Tyler Austin and Dante Bichette Jr also singled while Rob Segedin worked a walk.
Making his second start since being promoted to Trenton, Rookie Davis gave up five runs on 10 hits through five and one-third innings of work. Evan Rutckyj didn't allow a hit in two and two-thirds innings, then passed the ball to Alex Smith to hold onto the tie game. He allowed a single, then a batter reached on catcher interference by Eddy Rodriguez and New Britain walked off on a single to left.
The Tampa Yankees had the lead going into the sixth inning, but their bullpen let the game slip away. Everyone in the lineup picked up a hit. Ericson Leonara homered and Kyle Higashioka and Dan Fiorito both doubled. There were some defensive miscues, as Miguel Andujar made a fielding error which was his 24th of the season, and Mike Ford was charged with a throwing error (14). Andujar, Abiatal Avelino and Jorge Mateo each stole a base, but Avelino was also picked off at one point. That was Mateo's 76th stolen base of the year.
Dietrich Enns allowed one earned run (two unearned due to the errors), four hits, two walks and three strikeouts in five innings. After giving up a home run, Caleb Frare earned his first blown save of the season. Hobie Harris walked two batters, hit a batter and allowed a run to score before the game ended.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 12-10 vs. Lexington Legends
The offensive exploded in Charleston, but it was barely enough to beat the Legends. Shortstop Vicente Conde was responsible for 5 RBI after he hit three (!) doubles, singled, and drew a walk. Devyn Bolasky, Bo Thompson and Radley Haddad also doubled.
Matt Wotherspoon got roughed up, giving up six earned runs through three and two-thirds innings of work. The win went to Josh Rogers who struck out five batters and walked one while allowing three runs to score in just over three innings of work. Brody Koener allowed just one hit on his way to his first save of the season.
Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees: L 3-7 vs. Williamsport Crosscutters
The Staten Island Yankees hit a lot of singles, but it wasn't enough to overcome mediocre pitching by Derek Callahan and Mark Seyler. Center fielder Junior Valera had the only hit of the night that went for extra bases, a double to right in the ninth inning.
Callahan allowed four runs on eight hits through just four innings, while walking three batters and striking out four. Seyler wasn't able to limit the damage, and allowed three more runs to score through three innings of work. Although the game was already out of hand, Michael Schaub pitched two perfect innings and notched three strikeouts.
The Pulaski offense jumped all over the Astros' starting pitcher on their way to winning this game. Catcher Jesus Aparicio doubled twice, and Carlos Vidal and Gosuke Katoh each hit one double. Kendall Coleman also tripled.
The start went to Drew Finley who walked three batters and struck out three batters through two and two-thirds innings. Simon De la Rosa gave up the first earned run of the game, but recorded a whopping 10 (!) strikeouts while allowing just four hits in four and one-third innings. Willie Gabay was tagged with three runs, and Andrew Schwaab picked up his first save of the season.
LF Trey Amburgey 4-4, RBI
2B Cesar Diaz 2-4, K, SB, CS
3B Donny Sands 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Anyelo Gomez 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, LP
Juan Escorcia 2.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
Icezack Flemming 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Gulf Coast League Yankees 2: L 2-4 vs. GCL Astros (shortened due to rain)
SS Yonauris Rodriguez 1-3, 2B
RF Andy Diaz 1-2, 2B, K
C Ozzie Liranzo 1-2, 2B
Daris Vargas 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K