For eight innings, things were going very well indeed for the Yankees. Adam Warren allowed just three runs in 6+ innings, while Steve Pearce and Jack Cust paced the offense with three solo home runs between them (two from Cust). Francisco Cervelli, Ronnier Mustelier, and Ramiro Pena each added doubles, and the Yankees entered the ninth inning with a 5-3 lead. Unfortunately, Kevin Whelan had a complete meltdown trying to close out the game, and allowed four runs to score on a walk and three hits, including a two out, two run home run to put the Mud Hens on top. Thankfully the Yankees’ offense had a rally in their bones, helped by a fielding error on a Jack Cust fly ball to left field with one out, after which Mustelier’s double tied the game at seven. After Brandon Laird grounded into the second out of the inning, Toledo opted to intentionally walk Cervelli to pitch to Colin Curtis, but Curtis worked a walk off walk to win the game for Empire State. Hopefully Whelan buys Warren a nice dinner to pay him back for a heck of a vulture job.
RHSP Adam Warren: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
DH Jack Cust: 3-5, 2 HR
1B Steve Pearce: 2-4, 1 BB, 1 HR
Only two affiliates finished their games tonight, but one of them managed to play extra innings anyway. Unreal. On the other hand, Tampa got more than three hits on a night I pulled the minor league report, so good on them. Clearwater drew first blood, but the Yankees got on the board in the fourth when Rob Segedin’s two out double scored Russell Branyan, then took the lead in the fifth on a sacrifice fly. Both teams pretty much settled in at that point, until Clearwater took the lead off of Mark Montgomery in the bottom of the eighth, and could have added an insurance run if Eduardo Sosa hadn’t cut down a runner trying to score from second. Tampa tied the game in the top the ninth on a Kyle Roller home run, then Montgomery got three outs around a hit batsman in the bottom of the inning to force extra innings. In the extra frame, Tampa got a two out double from Branyan, who subsequently scored the go ahead run on a throwing error by the Clearwater third baseman. Clearwater got the tying run on base in the bottom of the tenth via a walk, but he was ultimately stranded on first base as the Yankees closed out the victory.