Graham Stoneburner held the Fisher Cats scoreless while striking out three in his four innings start and Abraham Almonte went 2-4 while driving in the Thunder’s only run with a first inning home run , but other than that there’s very little to say about this game.
Zach Wilson went 3-4 and J.R. Murphy went 2-4 while scoring both of the Yankees’ runs while the Yankees’ pitchers held Lakeland to just two runs through regulation to force the game into extra innings. In the extra frame, however, the Flying Tigers were able to get to Mark Montgomery. The strikeout maven did punch out a couple of Tigers, but also walked one and gave up two RBI doubles in the inning to put the Yankees down 4-2. Patrick Cooper retired the Yankees in order in the bottom of the inning to drop Tampa to 0-2 on the season.
Thankfully Low-A Charleston saved the night with the narrowest of victories over Rome, giving the system it’s first win of the season, and it was the top prospects leading the way. Jose Campos was stellar in his debut, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out three in his six innings of work, Gary Sanchez went 2-3, and Mason Williams was 2-4 with a double. Including his at bat from Thursday’s suspended game, Williams has now started his full season career 3-5 with two doubles and a triple. That’ll do. Kelvin De Leon accounted for the only scoring of the game with a 5th inning home run off of Braves’ starter David Filak, who turned in a pretty good performance of his own, striking out seven and walking one over six innings. He allowed five hits in total, and the big difference, obviously, was the long ball.