Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 2-0 vs. Buffalo Bison
The Yankees won an unusual kind of pitching duel as neither starting pitcher made it through the fifth inning. Chris Capuano went only 3.2 innings, allowing five hits and two walks with two strikeouts. He was probably yanked at the right time after allowing consecutive hits and had already thrown over 60 pitches by the fourth inning. Yankees fans should probably be ready for another Capuano call-up as we head into September. Maybe the fifth time will be the charm! After being relieved, Johnny Barbato struck out three over 3.1 innings and Nick Goody struck out two and allowed a hit in two innings for over five innings of excellent bullpen work.
The RailRiders were able to squeak out two runs against Chad Jenkins, who was eventually chased from the game in the fifth inning before Buffalo's bullpen kept things quiet. Rob Refsnyder singled in a run in the third and hits from Cole Figueroa, Gregorio Petit, and Dustn Ackley led to the second run of the night. Kyle Roller and Refsnyder collected doubles, while Gregorio Petit also had two hits, and Jose Pirela singled. Rico Noel stole a base as practice for his potential designated pinch runner role in September.
With this win, the first place RailRiders eliminated the Bisons from postseason contention and have a magic number of four against the Rochester Red Wings before they can lock up the division.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 0-2 vs. Altoona Curve
The Thunder were shutout last night as Curve starter Steven Brault went seven innings and allowed only three hits. The bullpen then came on and allowed two more hits, but didn't allow anything else. Unfortunately, that meant that Rookie Davis was stuck with the hard-luck loss after the right-hander went six innings, allowing two runs–one scored on a wild pitch–on five hits and one walk while striking out five. Normally that would probably be enough to a shot at the win, but on this day, Brault was just a little better. Obviously, the offense was pretty quiet with Rob Segedin collecting two hits and Ali Castillo, Tony Renda, and Francisco Arcia each collecting a single of their own. That was it. Five hits, none for extra bases, and no walks.
High-A Tampa Yankees: Suspended
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: Postponed
Staten Island annihilated their competition yesterday with 15 hits total as they scored nine runs on 11 hits and two walks over the first three innings against Tigers starter Chase Edwards. They only managed to collect four runs and one run over the remaining five innings, but the damage was already done by then. Every starter on the team ended the day with at least one hit. Leading the way were outfielder Trey Amburgey, who went 3-4 with two RBI and a stolen base, and shortstop Danienger Perez, who went 3-4 with three RBI and finished a dinger away from the cycle. First baseman Ryan Krill collected two hits and an RBI and third baseman grabbed two hits of his own with an RBI. The team as a whole was 6-12 with runners in scoring position.
Despite all the offense, credit is also deserved to the pitching for shutting down the Tigers for most of the afternoon. Ethan Carnes pitched a six-inning shutout, allowing three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Recent draft pick James Reeves pitched three innings in relief, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk on two strikeouts. This was a complete team win to help the Yankees stay in first place over the Hudson Valley Renegades.
The Pulaski offense was kept in check yesterday with the young bats only coming away with six hits, though two runs were enough to get the win. Jhon Morban struck out six Cardinals and allowed three hits and a walk over 4.2 innings before handing it over to the bullpen. Cody Hamlin pitched 3.1 innings in relief allowing only one run and getting the win. On the offensive side, Fran Frias homered in the eighth inning and first baseman Kane Sweeney doubled. Gosuke Katoh singled in a run, and Hoy Jun Park, Austin Afenir, and Jose Javier all collected a hit.