Not much offense from the Yankees tonight. Custodio went 1-4, as did Matt Snyder. Eicardo Cayones, who the Yankees got in the A.J. Burnett trade, went 2-3 with a double and a stolen base. Taylor Morton had a strong start, going six innings and scattering four runs and a walk, picking up a pair of Ks.
GCL Yankees beat the GCL Braves 7-3:
The Braves struck first, as Jose Peraza walked and promptly stole second and third before scoring on a sac fly. The Yankees responded in the top of the second, as Austin Jones doubled to right and scored on a single from Mikeson Oliberto. Jerison Lopez doubled in Oliberto to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. The Braves tied the game with a run in the third, but the Yankees struck again in the fourth. Jones, Miguel Andujar and Oliberto hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases. Lopez hit into a double play, but Jones scored. The Braves tied the game once again, but the Yankees took the lead for good in the sixth. Jorge Alcantara drew a lead-off walk, but was called out at second on Jones’ grounder. Andujar singled and Lopez doubled in Jones. The Yankees put together a solid rally in the top of the seventh. Slade Heathcott drew a walk and moved to third on a wild pitch and throwing error. Gregory Bird also took a walk and Heathcott scored on a wild pitch to Jones. Jones walked, putting runners on the corners and the Braves called for a new pitcher. Bird scored on a passed ball and Andujar singled in Jones for the 7-3 Yankees win.
Heathcott went 0-3 with a run scored and two walks. Andujar went 3-4 with a RBI, while Jones was 2-4 with four runs scored, a double and a walk. Lopez went 2-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Jordan Cote, last year’s third round draft pick, made his professional debut for the GCL Yankees today. He threw 4.1 innings and held the Braves scoreless, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out five batters.
Empire State got roughed up by Louisville 9-2:
The Yankees drew first blook, as Ronnier Mustelier drew a two out walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. A single by Jack Cust plated Mustelier to give the Yankees the lead. Colin Curtis hit a solo homer in the second for a 2-0 edge, but Louisville found their groove in the bottom of the third. An error by Russell Branyan allowed Joey Gathright to reach, and he scored on a double by Paul Janish. Dioner Navarro singled, putting runners on the corners. A sac fly plated Janish and Corky Miller and Bill Rhinehart hit back to back singles before Cody Puckett doubled to left, giving the Bats a 4-2 lead. They added five more runs in the bottom of the fourth, beating Empire State 9-2.
Mustelier went 0-3, but drew two walks and scored a run. Ramiro Pena went 2-4, while Chris Dickerson, Corban Joseph, Branyan and Molina each had a double. John Maine lasted only 2.2 innings, giving up four runs (none earned) on six hits, three walks and three Ks. Nelso Figueroa got smacked around, going 3.1 and giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk.
Tampa beat Daytona 6-3:
The Yankees got off to a quick start, as JR Murphy singled to center and Rob Segedin drew a walk. Neil Medchill lined a single to load the bases and Kyle Roller doubled them all home. He moved to third on an error and scored on a single by Zach Wilson to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Daytona got a couple runs back in the bottom of the inning, but the Yankees held a 4-2 edge through seven. In the bottom of the inning, the Cubs added another run, cutting the Tampa lead to just one run. The Yankees got some insurance in the top of the ninth, as Hector Rabago and Jose Mojica hit back-to-back singles. Mojica stole second and Rabago scored on a wild pitch. A single by Murphy plated Mojica and the Yankees took a 6-3 win over the Cubs.
Murphy went 2-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Ramon Flores and Rob Segedin were the only batters not to pick up a hit, as the rest of the lineup had one to their names. Roller went 1-4 wiht a double, three RBIs and a run scored. Matt Tracy threw six innings, allowing just two runs (one earned) on five hits, no walks and five strikeouts. Mark Montgomery picked up his tenth save of the season, going 1.1 and giving up just two hits and striking out one.