Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: L 0-5 vs. Louisville Bats
Although not directly related to this game, the big news in Scranton is that the Yankees released Slade Heathcott yesterday. He had been on the disabled list with a knee injury. The move was done to make room on the 40-man roster, and the Yankees don't seem to have plans to re-sign him.
As for the game, starting pitcher Tyler Olson struggled and the RailRiders' offense failed to pick him up. Through four and two-thirds innings, Olson gave up five earned runs on ten hits. He also walked a batter and recorded three strikeouts. Mark Montgomery, James Pazos, and Diego Moreno gave up just four hits (and zero runs) combined throughout the rest of the game.
The offense only mustered up seven hits against the Bats. Chris Parmelee had the only extra-base hit of the night, a double, and drew the only walk of the night as well. Jonathan Diaz had two hits, and Ben Gamel, Aaron Judge, Donovan Solano and Eddy Rodriguez each singled. Jake Cave also made a nice catch.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 2-1 vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Despite the fact that Eric Ruth pitched six innings of one-run ball, the Thunder were down 1-0 heading into the ninth inning. Billy Fleming and Sebastian Valle both struck out to start the inning then Juan Silva and Cito Culver hit back-to-back singles. Tyler Wade singled to tie up the game before Dustin Fowler hit a walk-off single to win the game. Wade, Fowler and Silva each had three-hit nights, including doubles for both Wade and Fowler. Matt Wotherspoon threw two and two-thirds scoreless innings with four strikeouts and two walks and Jonathan Holder struck out the only batter that he faced.
High-A Tampa Yankees: W 3-2 vs. Daytona Tortugas (13 innings)
The Tampa Yankees quickly took the lead in this game, scoring two runs in the first inning on a double off the bat of Austin Aune. The offense checked out for the next eleven innings of the game. Although the T-Yanks had plenty of hits (10), they struggled to bring runners home, ultimately going 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Thairo Estrada led the night with three hits. Michael O'Neill also had two hits and stole a base, and Jorge Mateo singled, worked three walks, and stole his 16th base of the season.
Starter Will Carter gave up two runs through four innings of work to bring the game to a 2-2 tie that would hold all the way until the 13th inning. The bullpen was fantastic, as James Reeves, Matt Marsh, Dillon McNamara and Travis Hissong combined to pitch nine scoreless innings. The tie was finally broken when Vicente Conde hit a game-winning double to left field.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 3-1 vs. Augusta GreenJackets
It was yet another low scoring game, but the RiverDogs were able to get the win thanks to a strong start from Yefrey Ramirez. He struck out eight batters and surrendered just one run on four hits through seven innings of work. David Sosebee and Andrew Schwaab each pitched a clean inning to finish the game.
Offensively, Austin Afenir put together the only multi-hit night with two singles. No extra-base hits for the RiverDogs, but everyone in the lineup got a hit except for Connor Spencer and Leonardo Molina. Angel Aguilar drew the only walk of the game and also stole his eighth base of the season.