Tuesday was a tough night for the RailRiders' offense, as they could muster nothing against the Red Sox pitching staff. Leading the way on a poor night offensively were Ben Gamel and Gary Sanchez, who both went 2-4. Meanwhile, Slade Heathcott, Jose Pirela, and Kyle Roller were all 1-3. Of the other top prospects, Rob Refsndyer got the night off, and Aaron Judge went 0-4 with a strikeout.
Brady Lail had an OK night, going six innings and giving up five hits, two runs, and two walks, while also striking out none. James Pazos came on next and pitched two innings of no-hit relief, but it would not matter on a night like this. Pawtucket's starting pitcher, Shawn Haviland, pitched a six-inning, five-hit shutout.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 9-7 vs. Akron RubberDucks
A big, three-run eighth inning was the difference in this one, as Trenton beat Akron 9-7. Several Thunder had multi-hit games. Jake Cave, Tony Renda, Rob Segedin, Danny Oh, and Tyler Wade all had two hits, while Cito Culver, of all people, had three hits. Cave had two RBI with a double and triple, Renda had a solo home run, and Segedin had a two-run home run. In the eighth, Francisco Arcia walked and Culver doubled, setting the plate for Cave, who hit a two-RBI triple. Then, during Renda's at-bat, a passed ball allowed Cave to come home and score.
Rookie Davis had a rough start on this night, going 5.1 innings and allowing 10 hits, six earned runs, three walks, and striking out three. Taylor Garrison ccame on and pitched two innings of relief, giving up three hits and one earned run. Evan Rutckyj (W) and Mark Montgomery (S) came on to pitch 1.2 innings combined of no-hit relief, to secure the win for the Thunder.
The Yankees' bats looked good tonight, as they got 10 hits. The only Yankee not to get a hit was Angelo Gumbs, who went 0-4 with two strikeouts. Dan Fiorito and Mike Ford were the only two with two hits apiece, and Fiorito added an RBI. Ericson Leonora struck out three times, but did hit a two-run ground-rule double in the first inning. Jake Skole was 1-3, with a two-RBI single in the third. Skole also had two stolen bases (8) and a fielding error (4). Top prospect Jorge Mateo was 1-4 on the night with one walk, one strikeout, and he score twice. Mateo stole a base (his 10th as a Yankee, 80th in the minors this year), but he also had a throwing error (4).
Jonathan Holder had a good, seven-inning start. Holder gave up six hits, one earned run, and two walks, while striking out five, and he got the win. Giovanny Gallegos came on next and pitched two innings of perfect relief, striking out four.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 4-7 vs. Hickory Crawdads
A three-run rally in the ninth was not enough, as the RiverDogs fell to the Crawdads 7-4. Leading the way for Charleston on this night were Vincente Conde (2-5, 3 K, RBI), Bo Thompson (0-3, 2 BB, RBI), and Billy Fleming (2-4, BB, 2 RBI). Angel Aguilar and Collin Slaybaugh each had two-hit performances. The RiverDogs did make a lot of noise in the ninth, and Slaybaugh got it all started with a single. After a Devyn Bolasky walk and Aguilar strikeout, Conde hit a single to load the bases. Thompson came up and walked, scoring Slaybaugh. Fleming then hit a clutch, two-RBI single, but the game came to an end as Austin Aune flied out.
Justin Kamplain gave up nine hits and three earned runs in 5.1 innings, and he took the loss, putting his record at 4-14 on the season. Jose Mesa came on next, going 2.1 innings, and giving up three hits and four earned runs, moving his ERA to 7.71. This loss ended Charleston's winning streak at eight games.
Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees:
Game 1: W 4-1 vs. Aberdeen IronBirds
In the completion of a suspended game, and Staten Island's first game of a doubleheader, the Yankees beat the IronBirds 4-1. Walks were the story in this game, as the Yankees were able to draw seven of them: Jeff Hendrix with two, Zack Zehner with two, and Kevin Cornelius, Jake Hernandez, and Ryan Krill had one each. The Yankees' runs came from an RBI double by Thairo Estrada, Zehner scoring on a walk, Drew Bridges scoring on a fielder's choice, and a solo home run by Trey Amburgey.
Kolton Mahoney went six innings, giving up only three hits and one earned run, while striking out four. Josh Roeder came on and pitched a perfect seventh, getting the save, and securing a win in game one for the Yankees.
Game 2: L 1-2 vs. Aberdeen IronBirds
The night started off well in the first inning, as the Yankees got a run off of a Kevin Cornelius RBI single. That would be all the Yankees could muster though, as they fell to the IronBirds 2-1. Of note offensively, Trey Amburgey went 2-3 with a stolen base on the night, raising his Staten Island average to .553 in his eight games as a Yankee. Cornelius was 1-2 with a walk, while Jake Hernandez had two hits.
Ethan Carnes started the game for Staten Island, but did not last very long, going only 4.2 innings. He threw 71 pitches, giving up three hits, one earned run, two walks, and striking out two. James Reeves came on in relief, pitching the final 2.1 innings. Reeves also gave up three hits and one earned run, and he took the loss on this night.
Rookie Advanced Pulaski Yankees: W 5-2 vs. Bluefield Blue Jays
For the second night in a row, the Yankees beat the Blue Jays twice. What, who said it had to be the major league teams? A three-run spot in the first inning was the difference in this game, as Carlos Vidal and Gosuke Katoh scored on a fielder's choice and error, and Nathan Mikolas scored on a double by Allen Valerio. Like with the Staten Island Yanks, the story in Pulaski was walks, as the Yankees drew eight of them. Notably, Katoh did go 0-1, but he also drew three walks on the night. Mikolas, Valerio, and Jose Javier were the only Yankees to drive runs in on the night, as the other runs were brought in on errors.
Simon De La Rosa got the start, but only lasted 3.2 innings, giving up four hits, one earned run, and walking five. Eduardo Rivera came on next, going 3.1 innings, giving up two hits and one earned run, and he would get the win in this one.
GCL Yankees 1:
1B Chris Gittens 1-3, R
C Victor Rey 1-3, R, RBI
2B Danienger Perez 0-2, sac fly
Alexander Vargas (W) 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Icezack Flemming 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Game 2: W 5-1 vs. GCL Phillies
SS Wilkerman Garcia 0-4, 2 K, RBI, fielding error (11)
DH Chris Gittens 1-3, R, RBI
LF Joey Falcone 3-3, 2 doubles, 2 RBI
Rafael Lara (W) 6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Hobie Harris 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
GCL Yankees 2:
SS Yancarlos Baez 1-5, grand slam, fielding error (14)
RF Isiah Gilliam 1-4, RBI double
C Eduardo Navas 2-2, solo home run
Gilmael Troya 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Claudio Custodio 1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Cory Jordan (L) 1 IP, 2 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K
Game 2: W 3-1 vs. GCL Braves
DH Isiah Gilliam 2-4, R
1B Pedro Urena 2-2, triple, 2 RBI, fielding error (3)
C Brian Reyes 1-3, RBI
Darias Vargas 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Artur Strzalka (W) 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Gean Batista (S) 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K