The Farm Report 4/28/2012: Pettitte demoted!

Empire State beat Lehigh Valley 8-4:

A night after scratching out a win on five hits, the wandering Yankees broke out at the plate for 11 hits and eight runs, powered by a sixth run third inning after Lehigh Valley opened the scoring in the top of the inning. Lehigh Valley scored three runs in the sixth to bring the game within reach at 6-4, but the Yankees tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the eighth before turning the game over to Kevin Whelan in a non-save situation. Whelan wouldn’t need them, however, as he pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts to one hit allowed to close out the win for the Yankees.

At the plate, Kevin Russo led the way for Empire State, going 2-4 with a walk, a double, and three RBI. Old buddy Francisco Cervelli went 3-5 with a double and an RBI, raising his season average to .213 in the process. Jayson Nix went 2-4 with a double and two RBI. On the mound, Nelson Figueroa made his debut in the Yankees’ organization, lasting five innings and allowing four hits and one run (a solo home run) with a walk and a strikeout. The wing gets the Yankees above .500 at 11-10.

Trenton beat New Hampshire 4-3 in 11 innings:

Trenton spotted New Hampshire a three run after a couple of home runs in the bottom of the 2nd, then used 11 innings to come all the way back for a 4-3 win. The Thunder chipped away at the deficit in the middle innings with a run each in the 5th, 6th, and 7th to tie the game, then scored the go ahead run in the 11th on an RBI double from Walter Ibarra. The Thunder bullpen pitched six scoreless innings, including Preston Claiborne, who struck out four Fisher Cats in 2.1 innings. Kelvin Perez also pitched 2.1 innings, striking out one without allowing a single baserunner in picking up the win. Ryan Flannery allowed just one hit in the bottom of the 11th to record his second save of the season. At the plate, Abraham Almonte, Walter Ibarra, Melky Mesa, Luke Murton, and Yadil Mujica all collected two hits. Mesa went 2-2 with three walks, Murton added a double, and Ibarra had a double, a triple, and two RBI.

Tampa lost to Dunedin 6-1:

Another rough night at the plate for Tampa as, for the second straight game, they were held to just three hits in total though they added three walks as well. Shane Brown had the night’s best offensive performance, going 1-2 with a walk and an RBI. Rob Segedin also collected a walk and a hit, while Kyle Roller and Ramon Flores accounted for the other two base runners via a single and a walk, respectively. Starter Shane Greene went five innings and struck out six batters to just one walk, but he also allowed three runs on four hits. Kramer Sneed relieved him and also gave up three runs on four hits, though he did it in just two innings.

Charleston won a 14-9 shootout over Hickory:

The Riverdogs entered the game losers of two straight after rattling off ten wins in a row, and they had to feel pretty good about their chances of ending the brief slide with Jose Campos taking the start. Charleston did manage to get back in the win column, but it didn’t quite work out according to the script, as Campos was knocked around in his worst start as a member of the Yankees’ organization. Lasting just 2.2 innings (hey, it’s a whole inning more than Freddy Garcia can manage these days at least), Campos surrendered eight runs on seven hits, including a home run, and three walks with three strikeouts mixed in. Thankfully the Riverdogs’ bats were up to the task, and they pounded on Hickory’s pitching to an even greater extent.

Tyler Austin led the way, no surprise, going 2-4 with a couple of home runs and 7 RBI! He was joined by Mason Williams, who went 3-5 with a double, two RBI, and three runs scored, and Cito Culver, who put together a big night at the plate going 3-4 with two walks, a double, a triple, three RBI, and three runs scored. Anderson Feliz also joined the multi hit parade, going 2-4 with a double (though he also struck out twice), and Gary Sanchez went 1-4 with a walk and his sixth stolen base of the season. Dante Bichette Jr. went 1-5 with a walk and an RBI, but he’s been scuffling a bit of late. His hitting line is down to .239/.325/.282 after this game.

Fred Lewis, Philip Wetherell, and Pedro Guerra combined to hold Hickory to one run in 6.1 innings out of the bullpen.