…but lost the second game 2-0:
The game stayed scoreless through the first three innings, but the Red Sox broke out in the top of the fourth. Nate Spears walked and Ryan Lavarnway homered to left, giving Pawtucket a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back singles by Gustavo Molina and Greg Golson in the bottom of the ninth gave Scranton a chance, but Chris Dickerson grounded out to end the game. Despite his game ending hit, Dickerson went 2-4 with a double. Golson was 2-3. Dellin Betances pitched a strong game, but came up on the losing side when he gave up two runs on two hits and four walks over seven innings. He also had eight strikeouts.
Trenton lost to New Hampshire 10-4:
The Fisher Cats scored first, with a run in the first inning, but Trenton got it back in the second. Robert Lyerly doubled and scored when Melky Mesa reached on a fielder’s choice. Unfortunatley, the Fisher Cats broke the game open in the top of the fourth, scoring eight runs. Zoilo Almonte doubled in the fourth and scored on a single by Mesa, to make it 9-2. The Thunder picked up a couple more runs, but were never able to rally as they lost 10-4. Austin Romine was 3-4. Mesa went 2-4 with a run scored, a RBI and a double.
Brevard County smacked Tampa 13-3 after just six innings:
Brevard County got off to a strong start, scoring six runs before the Yankees even picked up a bat. Abraham Almonte started the bottom of the first with a single and scored on a single by Rob Segedin, but they still trailed 6-1. Almonte doubled to start the third and scored on a groundout by Ronnier Mustelier, but the Manatees responded with six more runs in the fourth and another run in the fifth. A solo homer by Cody Johnson started Tampa’s half of the sixth, but the game was delayed and called with the Yankees trailing 13-3. Almonte went 2-3 with two runs scored and a double. Johnson was 2-3 with a solo homer. Francisco Gil gave up twelve runs (ten earned) on twelve hits and one walk over 3.2 innings of work.
Charleston beat Savannah 9-6:
Jose Toussen hit a leadoff single to start the game and scored on a single by Kevin Mahoney, giving the RiverDogs a 1-0 lead. It was the second inning, however, that broke the game open. Jeffrey Farnham walked and Toussen singled. Ramon Flores singled to right and Shane Brown lined one to left, plating Farnham. Mahoney lined a single to left, plating another run and Kelvin De Leon doubled, adding two more runs and moving to third on a throwing error. Jose Mojica grounded a single to left, plating De Leon and Charleston held a 7-0 lead. Savannah answered with six unanswered runs, but the RiverDogs added a run in the sixth and seventh innings to take a 9-6 win. Brown was 3-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Mahoney was 3-5 with two runs scored, a double and two RBIs. De Leon was 2-5 with a run scored, two doubles and four RBIs.
Staten Island came back to beat Aberdeen 4-3 in the first game of their doubleheader:
Aberdeen scored first, plating a run in the first, third and fourth innings. The Yankees got on the board with a solo homer from Reymond Nunez in the bottom of the fourth. Nick McCoy singled to right in the fifth and scored on a double by Casey Stevenson. Still trailing by one, the Yankees took control in the bottom of the sixth. Tyler Austin led off with a solo homer to right. Zachary Wilson singled to ecenter and moved to second on a passed ball. He moved to third on a fly out by Cody Grice and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Ali Castillo. The IronBirds were unable to get the lead back in the top of the seventh as the Yankees held on for the win.
…and won the second 5-0:
The game was scoreless through three, but the Yankees found their bats in the bottom of the fourth. Benjamin Gamel hit a leadoff single, and scored as he was followed by singles from Tyler Austin and Reymond Nunez. Zachary Wilson knocked a single to center, plating Austin. Ali Castillo walked, loading the bases. Jhorge Liccien was hit by a pitch, bringing Nunez across the plate. Mason Williams grounded into a force at second, scoring Wilson. An error allowed Castillo to score and the Yankees had a 5-0 lead they carried through the rest of the game. Nunez and Wilson both went 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Zachary Varce threw five innings and gave up no runs on three hits and a strikeout.
GCL Yankees beat GCL Marlins 12-3:
The Yankees took the first game of the GCL Finals best out of three series, as they scored early and often. Daniel Lopez singled in the first and scored on a single by Matthew Duran. The Yankees kept going in the second inning, as Fu-Lin Kuo worked a walk. Henry Pena doubled and Jose Rosario singled to center, plating Kuo. Dante Bichette walked and two more runs scored on a single from Damian Taveras, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Jackson Valeradoubled to left and scored on a double by Jorge Alcantara. Pena knocked a sac fly and the Yankees 6-0 lead was more than enough to beat the Marlins, as the Yankees went on to win 12-3. Duran went 3-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Alcantara went 2-5 with three RBIs, a double, a homer and two runs scored. Everyone in the Yankees lineup had at least one hit.