Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 2-0 (11 innings) vs. Syracuse Chiefs
Neither the Chiefs nor the RailRiders could get much going at the plate last night, forcing the game to go to extra innings tied 0-0. The RailRiders threatened in the second inning after Gary Sanchez doubled and Nick Swisher singled in his first at-bat since signing a minor-league deal. Unfortunately, Cesar Puello grounded into a force out and Pete Kozma flew out to end the inning. The winning runs ultimately didn't come until the eleventh inning. With two outs, Slade Heathcott reached on a fielding error and Gary Sanchez homered to left field to end the game.
Starter Tyler Cloyd threw five scoreless innings, and allowed just two hits, while walking four batters and striking out three. The bullpen did a great job tonight, as Tyler Webb, Nick Goody and Vinnie Pestano only gave up two hits total, along with one walk and nine strikeouts.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 5-6 (10 innings) vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats
This game also went into extra innings, though the Thunder did not achieve the same result as the RailRiders. The offense broke out to score four runs in the first inning after Dustin Fowler singled, Tyler Austin worked a walk, and Dante Bichette Jr and Kyle Higashioka hit back-to-back doubles. It was quite a night for Higashioka, who was thrown out at third base to end that inning then hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to send the game to extras.
On the pitching side of things, Cale Coshow was charged with two earned runs off of three hits, and walked four batters with one strikeout. A third run also scored after Coshow threw a wild pitch and Higashioka made a throwing error. The Thunder had a one-run lead when Caleb Smith took over in the seventh inning, but two runs (one unearned) scored after a couple of singles, a hit by pitch and fielding error charged to Cito Culver. Reliever Jonathan Holder ended up taking the loss.
The Tampa Yankees tacked on five runs before the sixth inning, and that ended up making all the difference in this game. Jorge Mateo led the offense with two hits, one of which was a double. It was also a multi-hit night for Mike Ford who hit two singles. Third baseman Miguel Andujar also doubled, and left fielder Zach Zehner hit a single as well.
Chance Adams was roughed up in his first start of the season, but he rebounded nicely last night. Through five innings, he notched seven strikeouts and gave up just two hits and one walk. Matt Marsh pitched one clean inning in relief before Jacob Lindgren took over. In the seventh inning, Lindgren walked two batters and threw three wild pitches. Though clearly struggling with his command, Lindgren went back out for eighth inning and walked two more batters before he was pulled from the game. Dillon McNamara picked up the save.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 3-1 vs. Augusta GreenJackets
The RiverDogs were all about the extra base hits last night, as Hoy Jun Park hit two triples and Trey Amburgey and Chris Gittens each doubled. Jeff Hendrix and Thairo Estrada both singled to round out the night's offense. The GreenJackets only put together three hits all night and it looked like they might be shut out until Kyle Holder made back-to-back throwing and fielding errors that ultimately allowed an unearned run to score. Other than that blip, starting pitcher Josh Rogers struck out eight batters through six innings. Daris Vargas came out for the three-inning save.