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Baby Bomber Recap 6/16/16: Chad Green strikes out 11; Chris Gittens hit three home runs; Tampa wins in 18th inning

Recapping the Yankees' minor league affiliates' results from June 16th.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: L 2-3 vs. Toledo Mud Hens

This was a hard-luck loss if there ever was one. Chad Green managed to pitch seven innings last night, allowing only three runs on four hits, while striking out 11 batters. That should have been enough to get the win, but the RailRiders couldn't get much going on offense. Both Ben Gamel and Cesar Puello collected a hit, walk, and RBI, while Pete Kozma had two hits and a double. Donovan Solano had two hits, Nick Swisher had a hit and a walk, and Tyler Austin singled. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Jonathan Diaz could only manage one walk apiece.

Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 3-1 vs. Harrisburg Senators

The Thunder managed to beat out Washington Nationals top prospect Lucas Giolito last night. The offense didn't do too much damage, but they did manage to collect 10 hits. Lane Adams hit a solo shot in the second, and later collected a single as well. The hero ended up being Cito Culver, who managed an RBI Triple to support the lead in the fourth. Dante Bichette and Sebastian Valle had two hits apiece, Billy Fleming had a hit and a walk, Dustin Fowler doubled, and Miguel Andujar singled.

The pitching staff did plenty of work as Chance Adams continued his impressive transition to the rotation by shutting out the Senators and striking out three while allowing only four hits and a walk over 5.1 innings. In relief, Alex Smith struck out one and allowed a run on a hit and a walk in one inning. J.R. Graham allowed only one hit and struck out one in 1.2 innings, and Jonathan Holder struck out two and allowed a hit in 1.0 innings.

High-A Tampa Yankees: W 3-2 vs. Lakeland Tigers (18 innings)

The Tampa Yankees came out with a victory after a 18-inning marathon of a game last night. They scored their first run in the fourth inning on a fielding error, then scored again in the fifth on an Abiatal Avelino sacrifice fly. After the Tigers tied the game, the Yankees finally took the lead in the top of the 18th when Thairo Estrada doubled, Austin Aune singled, and Avelino knocked in the go-ahead run. Devyn Bolasky collected two singled and a double, and Jorge Mateo had a hit, double, and walk. Zack Zehner singled, Connor Spencer walked, and Estrada also had a single and Avelino walked as well.

The pitching did a herculean job of keeping the team in the game. Starter James Reeves shut out the tigers, striking out six and allowing only one hit over 5.1 innings. He was followed by Jordan Foley wth three strikeouts and a hit over 1.2 innings. Dillon McNamara allowed two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out three over 1.2 innings of work, but the bullpen was shutdown from there. Jonny Drozd struck out two and allowed only one hit over 2.1 innings, Joey Maher walked two over 1.1 innings, and Travis Hissong struck out a batter over 0.2 innings. Angel Rincon pitched 3.0 innings, striking out four and allowing two hits, and Gabriel Encinas finished out the game allowing a hit and three walks with three strikeouts over 2.0 innings.

Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 8-6 vs. West Virginia Power

The RiverDogs offense dominated the game thanks to the power of Chris Gittens. The Charleston first baseman hit three home runs on the evening–a two-run shot in the first, a solo homer in the third, and a three-run home run in fifth inning, giving him a total of 11 dingers on the season. Aside from him, Angel Aguilar also homered and hit a double, while Cesar Diaz singled, walked, and collected an RBI. Alexander Palma had a hit and a stolen base, Hoy Jun Park walked twice, and Gosuke Katoh stole a base. As for the pitching, Luis Cedeno allowed four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two over 5.2 innings. Cody Carroll allowed one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out three in 3.1 innings.