Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: L 5-6 vs. Buffalo Bisons
The RailRiders had this game well in hand, leading 5-2 heading into the seventh inning, then the bullpen messed everything up and allowed four runs over the last three. Luis Cessa pitched 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three batters. To keep Scranton in the game, Tyler Webb allowed one run on one hit and a walk while striking out six over 2.1 innings. Then Diego Moreno entered and gave up three earned runs on five hits over an inning and gave it all away. He was relieved by James Pazos, who finished things out with two hits and two walks, but no runs over 1.1 innings.
The offense came out strong as all but two RailRiders collected hits. Gary Sanchez hit a solo home run in the third inning for his second of the season, and he also walked. Other prospects with a hit were Ben Gamel, Aaron Judge, and Rob Refsnyder, who also stole a base. Donovan Solano had two hits and a walk, Chris Parmelee had a double and two walks, Lane Adams had a hit and a walk, and Pete Kozma walked.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 5-2 vs. Akron RubberDucks
The Thunder got a win tonight after the offense struck in the first two innings before going quiet for the rest of the night. Trenton was led by Jake Cave as the outfielder doubled, walked, and drove in three runs. Third baseman Dante Bichette also collected two hits, two walks, and two RBI. Tyler Wade, who has been on base every game of the season so far, continued his streak with a hit and a walk. Dan Fiorito had two hits while Cito Culver had a hit and a walk, and Jared Mitchell doubled.
Starter Ronald Herrera pitched 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks, while also striking out nine batters. The Trenton bullpen then entered in the form of Evan Rutckyj and Mark Montgomery, and they kept Akron off the boards over a combined 1.1 innings.
The Tampa offense beat up on Dunedin pitching as almost everyone collected a hit last night. Jorge Mateo led the way with three hits, one of which was a home run, and two RBI. Miguel Andujar had two hits, a walk, and two RBI, while Austin Aune had two hits and two RBI, and Mark Payton had a single, double, walk, two RBI, and a stolen base. Abiatal Avelino had a single and a double, Zack Zehner had a hit and a walk, Michael O`Neill singled, and Sebastian Nessy walked. If the Yankees in the Bronx aren't going to hit, 13 hits in all marked a good day for the Yankees in Tampa, at least.
It was another impressive night for pitching prospect James Kaprielian as he pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out nine batters. At this rate, it shouldn't be long before he's already promoted to Double-A Trenton. Jacob Lingren had a particularly poor night, despite not allowing a hit, when he allowed two runs on three walks and unleashed three wild pitches in just one inning of work. He threw 31 pitches and just 12 of them went for a strike. That's now six walks total in just six innings as he tries to work his way back from elbow surgery. Dillon McNamara and Jordan Foley teamed up to pitch an inning each, allowing two hits and a walk, while striking out three to finish out the game.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 2-6 (10 innings) vs. August GreenJackets
After scoring two in the first inning, the RiverDogs were silenced for the rest of the game, allowing four runs in the top of the 10th innings and coming up empty in the bottom of the frame. Trey Amburgey and Jhalan Jackson each had a hit and an RBI apiece, accounting for both Charleston runs of the night. Jackson also threw a man out at second from right field. Center fielder Jeff Hendrix had a hit and stolen base, first baseman Chris Gittens had a hit and a walk, and Angel Aguilar singled, walked, and stole a base.
The RiverDogs got a very good performance from starter Brody Koerner, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk, while also striking out eight batters in 7.2 innings. He handed the ball off to James Reeves, who proceeded to allow three runs on a hit, a walk, and two passed balls. He still managed to strike out six batters though. Andrew Schwaab was forced to finished out the top of the 10th, but allowed two hits and an unearned run thanks to a Chris Gittens error before he could get the one out needed to end the threat.
Schwaab also combined with Reeves to strike out five batters in the inning because of two wild pitches. That odd feat has only been performed three times in Minor League Baseball history.