Tampa beat Charlotte 6-2:
The Yankees drew first blood in the third. Ramon Flores started the inning with a walk and Slade Heathcott was hit by a pitch. Tyler Austin grounded the ball to short and Heathcott was out at second. Austin stole second and a single by Kyle Roller plated Flores and Austin for a 2-0 lead. Charlotte got one run back in the bottom of the inning and tied the game with another run in the fourth. Tampa rallied again in the seventh. Jose Mojica singled to right and moved to second on a sac bunt by Jose Toussen. Adonis Garcia doubled him in and Heathcott drove a RBI triple to right. Gary Sanchez singled in the eighth and Hector Rabago knocked a two-run homer for a 6-2 victory.
Mojica and Austin were the only Tampa batters to come away hitless, as the rest of the lineup each had one hit. Mojica and Austin did both score runs. Kyle Roller went 1-4 with two RBIs, while Rabago went 1-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Jose A. Ramirez went six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits, a walk and five Ks.
Charleston lost to Greenville 4-3 in 11 innings:
The Drive drove in the first runs in the third, as Jordan Weems, Jose Vinicio and Jose Garcia hit consecutive singles. A sac fly to right gave them a 2-0 lead. The added another run in the fourth. Needing a rally, the RiverDogs finally broke through in the top of the ninth. Cito Culver singled to center and Ben Gamel reached on an error. Robert Refsnyder then drove his first professional homer over the wall in left to tie the game 3-3. Refsnyder tried to get the Charleston offense moving in the eleventh, leading off the inning with a single, but Dante Bichette hit into a double play. Keury De La Cruz the opened Greenville’s side of the inning with a solo homer to right, handing Charleston the 4-3 extra innings loss.
Refsnyder went 3-5 with a run scored, a homer and three RBIs. The RiverDogs only managed two other hits, one by Culver and one from Ali Castillo. Culver went 1-3 with a run scored and two walks. Scottie Allen went five innings and gave up three runs on six hits, no walks and four Ks.
Staten Island lost to Batavia 5-4 in eleven innings:
The Yankees rallied in the third, as Taylor Dugas drew a two-out walk. Cladio Custodio tripled him in and Saxon Butler was hit by a pitch. Matt Snyder drove a single to left, plating Custodio and Ravel Santana plated Butler on a single for a 3-0 lead. Batavia scored their first run in the fourth and tied the game with two more runs in the fifth. Batavia took the lead in the eighth, with a run on a wild pitch by Josh Romanski. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Jose Rosario and Dugas hit back-to-back singles. Rosario scored and Dugas moved to third on an error, but the Yankees couldn’t retake the lead, sending the game into extra innings. The Yankees had a chance to go ahead in the eleventh, when Peter O’Brien reached on an error. He moved over on a sac bunt and moved to third on a passed ball by Jesus Montero (no, not that one). Exicardo Cayones drew a walk and Jose Rosario hit the ball to Garrett Wittels at short who threw out O’Brien at the plate. Derek Varnadore came in to pitch the bottom of the inning. He gave up a lead off single to Patrick Wisdom, who moved to second on an error. A single to center by Montero plated Wisdom and the Yankees fell 5-4.
Custodio went 2-4 with a run scored, a triple, a RBI, a walk and an error. O’Brien went 2-5.Gabriel Encinas went seven innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits. He walked no one and struck out four. James Pazos went two innings and allowed one hit, striking out three.
GCL Yankees beat GCL Tigers 5-4:
The Tigers took an early lead on a two-run homer by Tyler Gibson in the first. Abraham Almonte drew a lead-off walk for the Yankees and moved to second on a ground out. He stole third and scored on a sac fly by Austin Aune. The Tigers got one run back in the second, but Yeicok Calderon started the Yankees side of the inning with a solo shot to right. The Yankees tied the game in the fourth, as Ericson Leonora doubled to right and Calderon tripled him in. Once again, the Tigers took the lead in the seventh, as the Yankees trailed 4-3. In the bottom of the eighth, Austin Jones drew a walk and Nathan Mikolas lined a single to left. Mikeson Oliberto doubled in Jones. Jerison Lopez hit into a double play that allowed Mikolas to score for the Yankees’ 5-4 win.
Almonte went 1-2 with a run scored, two stolen bases and a walk. Calderon went 2-3 with a run scored, a triple, a homer and two RBIs. Ty Hensley went two innings and gave up three runs on four hits, two walks and one strikeout. He reportedly hit 95 mph, so take that for what it’s worth when it comes to the shoulder “abnormality.” Brady Lail threw two perfect innings, striking out three. Yoely Bello struck out the side in the third.