Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: L 1-4 vs. Rochester Red Wings
The Scranton lineup unfortunately had to face the Twins' top pitching prospect, Jose Berrios, who is basically big-league ready. They worked four walks against him in his five innings but could only manage three hits while striking out nine times. Although Gary Sanchez smoked an RBI double (below) down the left field line to score Slade Heathcott, that was the only run Scranton mustered. Both Sanchez and Rob Refsnyder had multi-hit days, and each of Heathcott and Aaron Judge chimed in with a hit apiece. For good measure, Sanchez also gunned down a runner trying to steal second.
Reliever Branden Pinder struck out four batters in his two scoreless innings while lefty Tyler Webb fanned three, though he did give up a run in one of his two innings. Nick Rumbelow was supposed to throw a couple innings too, but after working a scoreless frame and warming up for the fifth, he had to leave the game with an injury. It has not been disclosed, but that's a bit of a disappointment since he is expected to be on the oft-used "Scranton Shuttle."
Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 6-2 vs. Erie SeaWolves
The Trenton lineup obliterated Erie starter Tommy Collier from the get-go, scoring five runs on five hits and a walk while he only recorded one out, departing with exactly the same ERA as Collin McHugh had following the Yankees' beating the other day--135.00. Jake Cave cracked a three-run double and a sacrifice fly, and Tyler Wade had two hits, including a double of his own. Dustin Fowler kept pace with a single and a walk, too.
The 5-0 advantage was more than enough for Ronald Herrera, making his first start in the organization since the Yankees acquired him from San Diego for Jose Pirela last November. The 20-year-old righty tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, walking none while allowing just four hits and striking out six SeaWolves over his 89 pitches. Perhaps most importantly, the Thunder FINALLY PUT UP VIDEO OF ROOKIE THE BAT DOG'S DEBUT:
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The minor leagues can be cruel. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but sometimes, you only lose because legitimate big leaguers are on a rehab assignment. The T-Yanks probably would have won 1-0 on Sunday thanks to five no-hit innings from Gabriel Encinas if Tigers outfielder Cameron Maybin wasn't with Lakeland; he smashed a double off reliever Jordan Foley and came around to score. That one run forced extra innings, and the Flying Tigers walked it off against Dillon McNamara.
Give Tampa credit though; their one run came against a rehabbing pitcher, Daniel Norris. In spring training, Jorge Mateo showed off what he could do against even major league talent, and he did so again here. The fleet-footed shortstop led off the game with a bunt single, stole second base, and scored on a Mike Ford single. That's what speed do. Mateo went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts and other than hits scattered throughout the lineup (including a Zack Zehner triple), there wasn't much going on.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 6-5 vs. Columbia Fireflies
It's been a weird start to the season for Charleson, who have now walked off in three of their games and been no-hit in the other one. 2015 first round pick Kyle Holder is off to a nice 5-for-15 start so far, and part of that total includes a pair of singles yesterday. Second baseman Thairo Estrada was the other RiverDog to notch a multi-hit day, which he got by lacing a triple and the walk-off winner in the bottom of the ninth, scoring pinch-runner Hoy Jun Park with the winner (it comes at 1:11 of the video below). It was a nice atonement since an Estrada throwing error led to a couple unearned runs earlier.
Angel Aguilar also clubbed a solo homer, and each of Trey Amburgey, Chris Gittens, and Connor Spencer hit doubles. Simon De la Rosa and Cody Carroll were smacked around on the mound, but Travis Hissong and Andrew Schwaab combined for 4 2/3 scoreless to give Charleston the opportunity to walk it off.