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Baby Bomber Recap 4/7/16: Jorge Mateo gets off to a hot start in Tampa

Recapping the Yankees' minor league affiliates' results from April 7th.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: 0-1 (susp.) vs. Rochester Red Wings

It was a short-lived start to the 2016 season in Scranton last night as the rain wreaked havoc on Opening Day. There was a 76-minute rain delay before the teams got started, with Chad Green (acquired in the Justin Wilson trade) taking the mound for the RailRiders. They only played four innings before the weather made it too unbearable to continue, but Green was solid against the Twins' highly regarded Triple-A affiliate. He held them to one run on four hits (no homers) and one walk in four innings of work while striking out four.

The lineup didn't do much to back Green however; they were hitless outside of Slade Heathcott, who went 2-for-2 with a double. Big names like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Rob Refsnyder were all blanked by Tyler Duffey, save for one Refsnyder walk. Sanchez did have a defensive highlight when he gunned speedster Jorge Polanco down trying to steal third... from his knees. They'll have the chance to win this game later today, as it will be continued to completion prior to the regularly scheduled night game.

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Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 0-7 vs. Erie SeaWolves

They did get in a full game in Trenton, but it did not get very well for the Thunder. Erie pitchers shut them out on six hits. Brady Lail received the Opening Day nod and wasn't sharp, allowing four runs on four hits, two walks, and a wild pitch. Although outfielder Lane Adams saved him (clip below) from giving up a second homer, his defense mostly betrayed him with three errors, so two of the runs were unearned. The only bright spot on offense was shortstop Tyler Wade, who went 2-for-4 with a double, though Dustin Fowler did go 1-for-3 with a walk, too. Jake Cave went hitless in his return to the organization after spending spring with the Cincinnati Reds.

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High-A Tampa Yankees: W 9-2 vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers

Ah, if only there was reliable footage of T-Yanks games. Tampa has top Yankees prospect Jorge Mateo right now and he kicked off his 2016 with a terrific performance. The speedy shortstop went 3-for-5 with a triple, a stolen base, and two runs scored, sparking Tampa to a 9-2 blowout win. All but one starter in the lineup had a hit, and DH Billy Fleming, right fielder Austin Aune, catcher Santiago Nessy, and left fielder Zack Zehner all registered multi-hit games in addition to Mateo. Nessy and third base prospect Miguel Andujar also provided fireworks with home runs.

On the mound, Vicente Campos impressed with nine strikeouts and just two hits allowed in five innings, though three walks and three balks (?!?!) led to a pair of runs. Dillon McNamara, Jacob Lindgren, and Jonathan Holder threw shutout ball in relief, with Holder fanning five of the six batters he faced. Being the Strikeout Factory and all, Lindgren threw in a whiff as well.

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Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 5-4 vs. Columbia Fireflies

Opening Day in Charleston was a very weird affair. Starter Domingo Acevedo received a good amount of preseason hype from his strong 2015, but his high-90s heat and five strikeouts couldn't overshadow the otherwise shaky 3 2/3 innings. He surrendered three runs on six hits with a wild pitch, though he did not walk a batter. Fortunately, Travis Hissong and James Reeves picked up the slack in relief with a combined 5 1/3 innings of two-hit ball to keep the game close.

Just four RiverDogs had hits last night--Jhalan Jackson, Kyle Holder, Jeff Hendrix, and Eduardo Navas. Jackson's double was the only one that went for extra bases. Trey Amburger had three walks and on his 20th birthday in his Low-A debut, prospect Hoy Jun Park reached on a walk and a hit by pitch (weird present, Columbia). Trailing 4-1 in the ninth, the RiverDogs pulled off a big rally thanks to some classic minor league hijinks.

Four walks and a Navas single off Alex Palsha made it a 4-3 game. They were down to their last out, and Columbia replaced Palsha with reliever Johnny Magliozzi, who went to a 3-2 count on Chris Gittens. Park broke from second too early and Magliozzi charged off the mound to catch him in a rundown. Navas bolted from third for the plate to force the issue. An on-target throw would have nailed him, but Magliozzi airmailed the catcher, allowing Navas to successfully steal home with the tying run and Park to score on his error with the winning run. Go to 0:54 of the video below for the craziness.

Minor! League! Baseball!

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