The RailRiders' first game of the day was a completion of Thursday's suspended game. Scranton's offense, as little as there was, was dominated by Slade Heathcott. He recorded three of the team's four hits in the game, including a double. The only other hit for the RailRiders was a double by Aaron Judge. Rob Refsnyder committed a fielding error at third base, but it didn't lead to any runs by the Red Wings.
On the pitching side, Chad Green struck out four batters in four innings, but four hits led to Rochester's first run and Green's first loss of the year. He was replaced by Tyler Cloyd and Nick Goody and each gave up one run in their outing. For Goody, the only hit he allowed was a ninth inning home run that gave the Red Wings their final run of the game.
Things got better for the RailRiders in the second game of the day. Rochester did get out to an early lead with two runs in the second inning before the RailRiders got one back in fourth. The big inning for Scranton came in the sixth when the team plated six runs. Once again, Slade Heathcott led the team in hits with two. Every starter except Deibinson Romero and Pete Kozma recorded at least one hit. Ben Gamel and Eddy Rodriguez drove in two runs each, and the team managed to win with only one extra-base hit recorded: a double by Refsnyder.
Kyle Haynes allowed six hits and two runs in five innings of work. He walked three and struck out four batters. James Pazos and Diego Moreno finished off the game with one inning of work each. Pazos' clean inning was hopefully an indication that he is over his spring struggles that got him demoted to Triple-A in the first place.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 7-4 vs. Erie SeaWolves
Eleven hits and late-game scoring was the key for Trenton in their first win of the season. Each team traded runs in the first inning but the Thunder scored three in the sixth to take the lead for good. Each starter recorded at least one hit with Dustin Fowler and Dante Bichette Jr. each finishing the game with two hits a piece. Bichette drove in four of the Thunder runs and hit his first home run of the season. Fowler ran wild on the SeaWolves with three stolen bases, channeling his inner Jorge Mateo.
Starter Cale Coshow struggled a bit, giving up three runs on four hits in 5.1 innings of work. However, he managed to strike out seven batters before his day was over. Giovanny Gallegos and Mark Montgomery each worked a scoreless inning with Montgomery getting his first save of the season.
Like their fellow affiliates, the Yankees used some late-game offense to pour it on their opponent in a win over the Flying Tigers. Mike Ford doubled and drove in three runs on his way to a three-hit day. Austin Aune hit a three-run home run to contribute to the team's five-run eighth inning.
Ian Clarkin got the start for Tampa, and he held the Tigers to one run in five innings without striking out a single batter. Daniel Camarena pitched three innings in relief, allowing only one hit before giving way to Caleb Frare to finish it off. It is certainly good to see Clarkin healthy and pitching after all of his injury struggles as a professional. He's an important part of the farm system and his results this season will be worth keeping an eye on.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 5-4 vs. Columbia Fireflies
Charleston needed a walk-off hit by Jhalan Jackson that scored Angel Aguilar to avoid their first loss of the season after Columbia scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning. Jeff Hendrix, Kyle Holder, and Connor Spencer were the leaders on offense with two hits a piece. Hendrix and Spencer doubled and Holder tripled. Trey Amburgey only got one hit, but he showed off his speed with three stolen bases.
Will Carter struck out seven batters in five innings, allowing two runs in the first inning before settling in and holding Columbia off the scoreboard. Anyelo Gomez struggled a bit with the final two runs being charged to him on Andrew Schwaab's blown save.