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Baby Bomber Recap 5/13/16: Chris Gittens homers twice in RiverDogs' doubleheader

Recapping the Yankees' minor league affiliates' results from May 13th.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 4-2 vs. Indianapolis Indians

The Indians' starting pitcher, Frank Duncan, completely shut down the RailRiders in this game. Through six innings, they mustered just one hit off of him. Fortunately, the RailRiders were able to get to the Indians' bullpen and a three-run eighth inning put them on top. Ben Gamel and Nick Swisher both doubled, while Donovan Solano, Jake Cave and Jonathan Diaz each hit singles, including 2 RBI for Cave. Rob Refsnyder finally snapped his hitting streak at 16-games.

Luis Cessa got the start for the RailRiders and he put together his best performance of the season, recording six strikeouts and allowing just one run to score off of two hits. Cessa had a good chance of getting the call to replace Luis Severino in the rotation, now that Severino is going on the disabled list with a triceps strain. However, the Yankees decided to promote Chad Green instead. Diego Moreno, James Pazos and Mark Montgomery combined for three scoreless innings, though Deibenson Romero did make a fielding error that allowed a run to score.

Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 2-1 vs. Reading Fightin Phils

Despite a slow start and a somewhat strange fog delay in the ninth inning (on Friday the 13th, spooky!), the Trenton Thunder managed to win this game. The offense finally came to life in the seventh inning after Lane Adams hit a lead off home run. Next, Sebastian Valle knocked a double, a groundout moved him over, and a wild pitch brought him home. Dustin Fowler and Valle both had three-hit nights, and two of Valle's hits went for doubles.

Starter Ronald Herrera had another terrific outing, holding the Fightin Phils to just four hits through six innings without giving up a run. Jonathan Holder surrendered the only run of the game, and Tyler Jones picked up his first save of the season.

High-A Tampa Yankees: W 5-1 vs. Clearwater Threshers

The Tampa Yankees out-hit the Clearwater Threshers 10-5, and this translated into runs as well. Zach Zehner and Austin Aune led the offense with three and two hits, respectively. Everyone else in the lineup picked up at least one hit, other than Bo Thompson and Abiatal Avelino. Jorge Mateo had a hit and two RBI, along with his tenth stolen base of the season.

Chance Adams put together a nice performance, tossing seven and two-thirds innings of one-run ball, walking just one batter and notching eight strikeouts. Jordan Foley ended the night with two strikeouts.

Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 2-4 vs. Lexington Legends (Game 1 of a doubleheader)

The RiverDogs dropped the opening game of this doubleheader after trailing for most of the game. Starter Christian Morris allowed two runs to score through five innings of work before passing the ball to David Sosebee. After recording two quick outs, Sosebee hit a batter then gave up a blast to right field.

Both of the RiverDogs' runs came via the long ball. In fact, four of their five hits were extra base hits. Jhalan Jackson and Angel Aguilar both homered, Kyle Holder hit a triple, and Leonardo Molina doubled.

Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 4-3 vs. Lexington Legends (Game 2 of a doubleheader)

This game was to make up for the game that was rained out on Thursday. When the minor league teams play doubleheaders, those games are limited to seven innings each, but the RiverDogs and the Legends were still tied after seven so they went to eight. Chris Gittens ended up providing the game-winning hit, a home run to right field. That was his second home run of the game, after he mashed a two-run bomb to left field in the third inning. Hoy Jun Park notably stole second and third base with Gittens batting, though he never made it home.

Jonathan Loaisiga surrendered two runs on two hits (one of which was a solo home run) and was removed in the third inning with two on and one out. The Legends hit a sac fly off of Nestor Cortes to score their second run of the game. Through four and two thirds innings, Cortes struck out five and gave up a solo homer. Andrew Schwaab earned his seventh save of the season.