Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: L 1-4 vs. Louisville Bats
The RailRiders were thoroughly dominated last night by Reds pitching prospect Daniel Wright. He threw a complete game three-hitter against them with no walks, and the one run he allowed was unearned. That run came in the second inning, when Rob Refsnyder hit a leadoff double and scored on a single from Nick Swisher that was assisted by an error in right field. Over the next eight innings, Wright gave up just two baserunners: a hit by pitch on Aaron Judge and a single from Pete Kozma (who was cut down trying to stretch it to a double). Judge, Gary Sanchez, Ben Gamel, and everyone else went hitless.
Richard Bleier pitched seven innings and allowed four runs, though it could have been a lot worse. That was because he gave up 10 hits, a walk, a hit by pitch, and a wild pitch. Bleier wasn't happy with the strike zone and got himself ejected after the seventh inning. Diego Moreno threw the last inning, striking out two in a perfect frame. Kozma was also tossed for arguing a strike three to end the away half of the eighth.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: Off
In an effort to increase his versatility for the future, the Yankees gave top prospect Jorge Mateo a start at second base in Tampa. He made six assists without committing an error and kept up his hot hitting by cracking a leadoff triple, his sixth of the young season already. That turned out to be his only hit in four at bats, but he is still batting .331/.386/.532 in 35 games with the T-Yanks--not too shabby. Starter Vicente Campos also turned in a good outing, twirling seven innings of shutout ball with six strikeouts, surrendering just four hits and a walk. The changeup wasn't quite there, but his fastball hovered between 91-93 with a solid curve.
Almost everyone in the Tampa lineup got a hit, even though they pushed merely three runs across. Two came in the fifth, when after a single by Austin Aune and a double from Devyn Bolasky, an error by the opposing shortstop brought both runners home. Abiatal Avelino, Billy Fleming, and Bo Thompson peppered the Jupiter starter with singles in the sixth to score the third run. Thompson and Bolasky had multi-hit nights and Jordan Foley pitched two solid frames to lock up the victory.
Buddy Mateo's First At Bat Triple pic.twitter.com/pTK1FA3zuK— PeterCapote (@PeterDjSazon) May 16, 2016
Bonus: Mateo fast.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 3-1 vs. Greenville Drive
Much like the T-Yanks, almost everyone in the RiverDogs lineup had a hit but the three runs they scored were just enough for the win. A one-out single from Kyle Holder in the second was followed by the only Baby Bomber blast of the night, a two-run shot by Angel Aguilar, his fifth of 2016. A few innings later, they scored their third run against a pitcher beautifully named "Austin Glorious." Jhalan Jackson smoked a leadoff double and shortly thereafter crossed home plate on Aguilar's third RBI of the game, a single. Aguilar added a stolen base to boot and is now slugging .442 despite a .287 OBP. Shortstop Hoy Jun Park had a multi-hit game too, chipping in his sixth triple before being stranded in the seventh.
On the mound, Daris Vargas threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings with just two hits allowed, fanning eight batters though walking three. Anyelo Gomez covered the rest of the game, a long 3 1/3 innings of relief where he was also hard to hit despite being a little wild. Although Gomez walked two batters, uncorked a wild pitch, and balked, his mere one hit allowed was only enough to score an unearned run. So the RiverDogs emerged unscathed with a 3-1 victory.