Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: L 6-9 vs. Buffalo Bisons
The RailRiders and Bisons kept exchanging the lead for much of this game before entering the ninth inning tied. Drew Hutchison got the start for the Bisons, and he proved to be very hittable. Aaron Judge, Pete Kozma and Chris Parmelee each hit doubles off of him, while Jonathan Diaz tripled. Also getting in on the action was Nick Swisher, who hit his first home run since joining the RailRiders. Everyone in the lineup picked up a hit tonight except for Gary Sanchez and Donovan Solano. The latter also made a fielding error.
Kyle Haynes was knocked around for six earned runs through five innings pitched. He gave up two home runs, walked three batters and notched four strikeouts. James Pazos pitched two clean innings before allowing a lead-off double in the top of the ninth inning. At that point, Diego Moreno took over and promptly gave up three doubles, and the loss went to Pazos.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 7-5 vs. Portland Sea Dogs
Heading into this game, Brady Lail had given up just two earned runs through two starts. He was cruising along again last night until the sixth inning when disaster struck. Lail gave up three singles, a double and two walks (all adding up to five runs) before the Thunder finally turned to Jonathan Holder for the last two outs of the inning. Over the next two and two-thirds innings, Holder struck out six batters before passing the ball to Mark Montgomery for the save.
It looked like the Thunder were going to lose after that one bad inning until Portland reliever Rob Wort walked three batters and gave up two hits in the ninth to earn a blown save. Jake Cave led the offense with three hits, including a double and a triple. Dustin Fowler and Dan Fiorito also put together multi-hit nights. The only hitter in the starting lineup to go hitless was right fielder Jared Mitchell.
The Tampa Yankees got to work early on Hunter Wood, who walked four batters in the first inning alone. Third baseman Vicente Conde walked three times, while Billy Fleming and Zack Zehner each walked twice. The Tampa Yankees only mustered seven hits tonight (all singles), and four of them were thanks to Abiatal Avelino and Austin Aune.
Ian Clarkin started the game for the Yankees and allowed just one earned run off of seven hits through five innings. Somewhat remarkably, Jacob Lindgren and Matt Marsh did not give up a single hit between them during their combined four innings of work.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 1-13 vs. Columbia Fireflies
Nothing went the RiverDogs' way during this game. Although Trey Amburgey had three hits, including two doubles, and Jeff Hendrix hit a double of his own, the team went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile, the RailRiders committed four errors on the night, one for each of Thairo Estrada, Chris Gittens, Drew Bridges and Connor Spencer.
The Fireflies tacked on runs here and there throughout the first six innings (off of starter Anyelo Gomez and Daris Vargas), but things didn't get really bad until the eighth inning. David Palladino gave up a lead-off single, followed by a walk then Bridges made a throwing error on a sac bunt which allowed a run to score. Another run scored on a double then Palladino walked a batter and moved a runner up via wild pitch. Claudio Custodio was called on to clean up the mess, but the RiverDogs made yet another error. He gave up two singles, a triple and a walk before the inning ended, though he wasn't charged with any of the runs that scored.