On Friday, the Toledo Mud Hens arrived for a four game set in Scranton. Former Yankee, Phil Coke, was starting for Toledo on a rehab assignment. Toledo scored a couple runs in the eighth to tie the game at 3-3. Kevin Russo hit a leadoff triple in the ninth. Toledo issued intentional walks to both Jesus Montero and Jorge Vazquez, each of whom had two hits already. Brandon Laird then blooped a single to bring Russo home and give Scranton took the 4-3 walk-off victory. Laird went 3-4 with a RBI and a run scored.
Scranton dropped the next game 7-3. Adam Warren gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings. Ramon Flores gave up a pair of runs in his two innings of relief and Kanekoa Texeira did the same in his inning of work.
The Yankees won another close game on Sunday, taking a 3-2 victory over Toledo and giving them a chance at a series win today. Carlos Silva was scratched, meaning the bullpen had to pick up the slack, which they did well. Buddy Carlyle gave them four innings of one run, two hit baseball. Kevin Whelan picked up his seventeenth save of the season and Pena had two RBIs, going 2-4 with a homerun.
- Ramiro Pena(IF) is on a tear right now. He is hitting .325/.413/.550/.963 in his last ten games. He has three doubles and a pair of homeruns, along with six RBIs.
- Brandon Laird(IF) has also turned the corner. He started the season pretty slow at the plate, putting together a line of .184/.213/.289/.502 by the end of April. He has raised that to .276/.308/.393/.701 and has been really hot in June. It is definitely a good sign for the infielder.
- Jesus Montero(C), on the other hand, has cooled down since his hot start this season. While his line is still a solid .294/.236/.416/.753, this is quite a ways from where he began. He is 3-19 in June.
- Kanekoa Texeira(RP) has not had a great return to the Yankees’ system. He has made four appearances and given up ten runs in 3.1 innings (for an ERA of 21.60). Hitters are knocking him around for a .542 average.
- Carlos Silva (SP) has been put on the DL after suffering tightness in his shoulder.
Trenton Thunder (AA):
Trenton started the month of June with a strong 7-3 victory over the Altoona Curve. The game was tied 2-2, but used a big sixth inning to break out and put the Curve away. Jose Pirela singled and stole second before scoring on a single by Austin Romine. Bradley Suttle reached on an error and Cody Johnson drove a three-run homer to give the Thunder a 6-2 lead, en route to a 7-3 win. Pirela went 3-4, while Manuel Banuelos gave the Thunder five innings of two run, five hit baseball. He walked three and struck out four. On Thursday, the Thunder took a 5-1 loss to Altoona, losing the series 2-1. Kei Igawa took the brunt of the punishment, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks.
When the New Hampshire Fisher Cats headed down to New Jersey, they held a three game lead over the Thunder in the Eastern League Eastern Division. New Hampshire leapt out to a 5-0 lead in the first game of the three game set, but Trenton used five singles in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 5-3. By the sixth inning, Trenton had tied the game, but New Hampshire regained the lead in the top of the seventh. Addison Maruszak worked a walk in the bottom of the innings and scored after back-to-back singles from Yadil Mujica and Raymond Kruml. A double by Corban Joseph gave the Thunder their first lead of the game as they took a 7-6 victory.
The Thunder picked up another close win on Sunday, needing ten innings to do it. With the score tied at 3-3, Kruml reached on an error and stole second in the tenth. Joseph walked and they completed a double steal. The Fisher Cats intentionally walked the bases loaded, as they gave Suttle a free pass. Johnson then hit the game-winning single, as Trenton took a 4-3 walk-off victory. Dellin Betances had a shaky game, going 5.2 innings and giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits and five walks. Deangelo Mack, who started the season in Tampa and has played just ten games in Trenton, went 4-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.
On Sunday, Trenton completed the sweep with a 5-2 victory. They got five quick runs, which proved to be more than enough. Johnson went 3-4 with a couple RBIs. Joseph went 2-3 with a couple runs scored, a pair of doubles and a RBI. Craig Heyer threw 6.1 solid innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and no walks, while striking out five.
- Cody Johnson (DH): You may have noticed his name a lot in this recap, and for good reason. After a poor showing in April and May, Johnson is tearing it up in June. He is hitting .405/4.19/.762/1.181 in his last ten games with four homers and fifteen RBIs.
- Corban Joseph (IF) is 5-13 in June with three doubles and three RBIs.
- Deangelo Mack (DH) was promoted from Tampa at the end of May and is off to a good start in Trenton. He is hitting .265/.278/.324/.601 in ten games.
Tampa Yankees (A+):
Tampa has kicked June off with a good five games. They took an early lead against the Jupiter Hammerheads on June 1st and were able to hold them for a 4-3 victory. Zoilo Almonte went 3-4 with a couple runs scored and a homer. Sean Black scattered seven hits over 5.2 innings for three earned runs. He walked two and struck out six.
The Tampa Yankees picked up their third straight victory over the Hammerheads on Thursday, with a 5-3 win. Jupiter got on the board first, but Tampa took the lead with two runs in the fifth, adding some needed insurance in the seventh and eighth, thanks to RBIs by Zoilo Almonte and Abraham Almonte, the latter of whom went 3-5 on the day. Robert Lyerly also had three hits with a pair of RBIs and a double. Meanwhile, Josh Romanski gave up just two runs (one earned) over five innings, despite allowing nine hits.
Tampa failed to sweep Jupiter, however, dropping the final game of the series 4-2. Jupiter took a 4-1 lead in the second and Tampa was only able to scrape together a single run in the ninth before seeing their winning streak halted at three.
They will have another chance at a sweep today, as they took the first two games of a three game series against Lakeland this weekend. Another big day from Lyerly, who went 2-4 with a couple runs scored, and Zoilo Almonte, who had four RBIs and a homer after going 1-3, gave the Yankees a 5-2 win on Saturday. They used a strong outing by Jairo Heredia on Sunday to win 3-1. Heredia went seven innings and gave up just one run on six hits. He issued no walks and struck out ten hitters. Kelvin Castro provided some offense for the Yankees, going 3-4 with a run scored and a double.
- Kelvin Castro (IF) has put together a solid season in Charleston and Tampa, combining to hit .324/.364/.521/.885 so far. He has been really hot since getting to Tampa, and while he has yet to hit a homer, he’s knocked three doubles and five triples.
- Zoilo Almonte (OF) may be turning his season around. He is hitting .353/.439/.647/1.086 over his last ten games. He’s knocked a pair of homers and eleven RBIs. He is still only hitting .248 for the season, however.
Charleston RiverDogs (A-):
While the rest of the Yankees’ affiliates have started June well, the Charleston RiverDogs continue to struggle. They started the month with a tough 10-3 loss to the Rome Braves. Despite a 3-4 outing by Rob Segedin. Jose A. Ramirez took the loss, giving up four runs on five hits over 5.2 innings. He only walked two and struck out eleven, but gave up two homers. Throwing in relief, Nathan Forer was the one who really let the game get away. He pitched two innings and gave up four runs on five hits with two walks.
Charleston took another loss to Rome the next day, losing 9-4. They were down 6-0 before they scored three in the bottom of the sixth. Michael O’Brien had started the game, but lasted just 4.1 innings after giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits and a walk.
The RiverDogs’ bats woke up for the third game of the four game series against the Braves. The game was tied 2-2 when Charleston broke out in an epic eleven run fifth inning. The fifth featured two singles, four doubles, a triple and two homers, as the RiverDogs trounced the Braves 15-2. Kelvin De Leon went 4-5 with two runs scored, four RBIs and three doubles.
They failed to get the series split, however, when Rome stormed back in the ninth inning on Saturday. With a 4-2 lead entering the final inning, Kelvin Perez allowed a leadoff single followed by a homer to tie the game. Rome managed to take advantage and pushed another run across the plate for the 5-4 victory.
The RiverDogs started a series against the Augusta GreenJackets on Sunday, but came up short again. After taking a 1-0 lead in the first, they held it until the sixth, when Augusta tied. Kramer Sneed wasted a strong five innings of no run, two hit baseball from Nik Turley, when he gave up four runs on four hits and three walks over two innings, giving Augusta a 4-2 win at the end of the day. The good news in this game was that Slade Heathcott went 3-4, after he had cooled off quite a bit lately.
- Since being suspended, Slade Heathcott (OF) has not seemed the same. After hitting .370 in April, he ended May hitting just .216. Over his last ten games (which were after his suspension) his line was .238/.289/.405/.694.
- Rob Segedin (IF) continues to hit well for Charleston. He is 9-21 in June with a pair of doubles.
- Kramer Sneed (RP) had a tough week. In each of his outings, he went two innings and gave up a total of seven runs on eight hits. He had a great May, however, pitching in six games, including a couple starts, and going 2-2 with a 1.67 ERA.