Trenton beat New Britain 7-6:
Jose Pirela started the day with a single to right and Addison Maruszak doubled. David Adams singled in Pirela. JR Murpy hit a two out line drive to plate Maruszak, while Adams got tagged out at the plate. New Britain tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Adams got the next rally started, with a single in the third. Zoilo Almonte and Luke Murton walked to load the bases. An error allowed Kevin Mahoney to reach and Adams scored. A sac fly from Murphy plated Almonte for a 4-2 lead. Adams (do you see a trend here?) hit a RBI double in the fourth, but the Rock Cats added two runs, cutting the Thunder lead to 5-4. Yadil Mujica singled to start the sixth and Maruszak drew a walk. Adams singled in Mujica. A ground out by Almonte plated Maruszak and Trenton was up 7-4. New Britain got two runs in the eighth, but the Thunder held on for the 7-6 win.
Adams was the player of the day, going 5-5 with a run scored, a double and three RBIs. Mahoney went 3-5 with a double and a RBI. Maruszak went 2-4 with three runs scored, a double, a walk and a stolen base. As a team, the Thunder picked up seventeen hits. Dellin Betances gave up four runs on five hits, one walk and six Ks over 6.2 innings.
Tampa beat St. Lucie 4-2 in Game 1:
The Yankees took a quick lead, as Adonis Garcia drew a walk with two outs in the bottom of the first. Slade Heathcott and Gary Sanchez drew walks, loading the bases. Kyle Roller grounded a single to left, plating Garcia and Heathcott. A double from Zach Wilson scored Sanchez and Tampa had a 3-0 lead. St. Lucie got their first run of the day in the fourth, but Tampa got the run back in the fifth. Ramon Flores reached on an error and Garcia doubled him in. St. Lucie scored again in the sixth, but the Yankees held on for the 4-2 win. Flores went 1-3 with a run scored and a double. Garcia went 1-2 with a run scored, a double and a RBI. Nik Turley went four innings and gave up one run on five hits, a walk and six Ks. Mark Montgomery pitched a scoreless, hitless inning, giving up a pair of walks and striking out three.
Tampa beat St. Lucie 1-0 in Game 2:
The Yankees actually held St. Lucie hitless over the seven inning game, giving up a walk and a couple of hit by pitches. The Yankees’ offense was slow as well, but Kyle Roller started the bottom of the fifth with a double to right. Anderson Feliz singled him in and the Yankees had the only run they needed for the win and doubleheader sweep. Williams, Roller and Feliz each had a hit for the Yankees. Jose A. Ramirez threw six hitless innings, allowing one walk and striking out seven hitters while Branden Pinder got the save, pitching a scoreless seventh and striking out two.
Charleston beat Asheville 2-1:
Asheville took a quick lead as Trevor Story reached on an error and Joey Wong walked. A wild pitch moved the runners over and a sac fly by Tyler Massey scored Story. Ben Gamel answered with a solo shot in the bottom of the inning and the game stayed tied through four innings. Francisco Arcia started the fifth with a single, but was caught stealing. Ali Castillo was hit by a pitch and Robert Refsnyder followed with a RBI double, which was all the RiverDogs need to take the 2-1 win. Charleston held Asheville to just two hits, while scattering eight themselves. Only Reymond Nunez came up empty. Refsnyder went 1-4 with a double and a RBI. Ben Gamel went 1-4 with a homer. Brett Gerritse threw five innings and gave up two hits, a run (unearned) and three walks. He struck out one. Nick Goody picked up his second save since joining Charleston. He threw two innings of hitless baseball, walking and striking out a pair.
Staten Island lost to State College 5-3:
The Yankees took the lead in the third. Claudio Custodio lined a single to left and Taylor Dugas drew a walk. A passed ball allowed Custodio to score. Dugas got tagged out at home on a fielder’s choice hit by Peter O’Brien. Saxon Butler lined a double to right. A double from Matt Snyder plated O’Brien and Butler for a 3-0 lead. The Spikes tied the score with three runs in the sixth. Two runs in the seventh gave the Spikes the 5-3 win over the Yankees. Butler continues to impress, going 2-4 with a run scored and a double. Snyder went 2-4 with a double and two RBIs. Fu-Lin Kuo also went 2-4. Corey Black pitched five innings, giving up no runs on two hits, no walks and three Ks. Andrew Benak struggled, giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks over two innings.
GCL Yankees lost the GCL Braves 2-1 in Game 1:
After four scoreless innings, the Braves scored twice in the top of the fifth. The Yankees answered in the bottom of the inning. Jerison Lopez walked and David Remedios lined a single to left. An error allowed Lopez to score, but it wasn’t enough as the Yankees took the loss. Lopez went 2-2 with a run scored and a walk. Francisco Rosario went 1-3 with a stolen base. Caleb Frare threw three innings, giving up one hit and a walk, while picking up three Ks. Rony Bautista got the loss, giving up two runs on four hits, a walk and three strikeouts over four innings.
GCL Yankees beat GCL Braves 1-0 in Game 2:
Justin James started the third with a walk and scored on a double from Lopez for the lone run of the game. They had a chance to add some insurance in the fifth, as Miguel Andujar and James drew walks and moved over on a passed ball. After two outs, Lopez walked to load the bases, but Christopher Breen struck out to leave them all stranded. Andujar went 1-2 with a walk. James actually went 0-0 with a run scored and two walks. Lopez went 1-2 with a double, a RBI and a walk. Jordan Cote has continued to blow away the GCL. He pitched four scoreless innings, scattering four hits and a walk, while striking out four. Over five games he has a 1.19 ERA and has allowed just four free passes while striking out 21. GCL batters are only hitting .207 off the tall righty.