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Baby Bomber Recap 6/19/16: Chris Gittens and Alexander Palma both homer in RiverDogs’ victory

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Recapping the Yankees’ minor league affiliates’ results from June 19th.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 1-0 vs. Gwinnett Braves

Phil Coke put together yet another scoreless start for the RailRiders, holding the Braves to just three hits through five innings. This performance lowered his ERA to 1.27 for the season. It was an all-around great day for the RailRiders’ pitching staff as Giovanny Gallegos notched three strikeouts through three perfect innings. Matt Wotherspoon surrendered one hit and struck out a batter to pick up his second save.

The offense was only able to string together five hits against Joel De La Cruz, but one run in the sixth inning turned out to be all they needed. Pete Kozma hit a lead-off single then moved over to second on Jonathan Diaz’s sac bunt. He advanced to third after Ben Gamel singled, and scored on an RBI single off the bat of Donovan Solano. Jake Cave and Nick Swisher had the other two hits of the day, and Aaron Judge drew the RailRiders’ only walk.

Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 3-1 vs. Binghamton Mets

The pitching also shined in Trenton’s game. Over seven innings, starter Ronald Herrera struck out five batters and gave up just four hits. The only run that the Mets scored was unearned, after Cito Culver made a throwing error in the second inning. Tyler Jones and Jonathan Holder tossed two scoreless innings to finish the game.

Mark Payton led the Thunder offense with three hits, including a double and a triple. It was a two-hit game for Tyler Wade, and Billy Fleming, Juan Silva, Dante Bichette Jr., and Cito Culver all had one hit apiece. Aside from Culver’s error, Wade also made a throwing error, his 13th of the season.

High-A Tampa Yankees: Off for the FSL All-Star break.

Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 5-1 vs. West Virginia Power

The RiverDogs got on the board in the first inning and never surrendered the lead. Chris Gittens hit a doubled and a solo home run, and Alexander Palma hit a three-run shot in the eighth inning. Both Nathan Mikolas and Jhalan Jackson had two-hit games, including a double for each. In fact, everyone in the RiverDogs’ lineup picked up a hit except for the one and two hitters, Hoy Jun Park and Kyle Holder.

Nestor Cortes started the game for the RiverDogs, and he had a great outing, much like Herrera and Coke. Through seven innings, Cortes gave up just three hits, walked two batters, and struck out six. Willie Gabay recorded a strikeout in the eighth inning and it looked like the RiverDogs might shut out the Power headed into the ninth inning. However, Garrett Mundell got into trouble and allowed a run to score after surrendering two doubles.

Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees: W 8-6 vs. Aberdeen IronBirds

With their win, the Staten Island Yankees capped off a winning day for the Yankees’ affiliates. The pitching wasn’t as sharp in this game as in the others, and the defense was a bit sloppy, but the offense was able to pull off the win anyway. Anyelo Gomez started the game for the SI Yankees and gave up three runs on five hits through five and two-thirds innings.

In the sixth inning, Gomez threw two wild pitches, and the newly drafted Mandy Alvarez committed a fielding error which allowed one run to score. Brooks Kriske finished the sixth inning and stayed in for the seventh, allowing one earned run to score on a wild pitch. He was also the victim of a second fielding error by Alvarez. David Palladino tossed two scoreless innings with four strikeouts to earn his first save of the season.

Offensively, second baseman Chris Godinez was the only batter with a multi-hit night as he hit three singles, and stole his second base of the season. Catcher Luis Torrens only had one hit, but he knocked in three runs over the course of the game. He was also charged with a passed ball, and was caught stealing. Designated hitter Mandy Argomaniz was the only batter in the starting lineup who failed to record a hit.