Tampa lost to Dunedin 5-1 in Game 1:
The Blue Jays got their first run of the day on a RBI single by Marcus Knecht in the bottom of the second. Back-to-back doubles started the Dunedin rally in the third, aided by a throwing error on a pickoff attempt by Shane Greene and a wild pitch that allowed a run to score. Jon Talley drew a walk and a couple singles plated one more run, giving the Blue Jays a 4-0 lead. Dunedin got a little more insurance with a run in the bottom of the sixth, as the Yankees had to rally in the seventh. Tyler Austin got things started with a double to right. Kyle Roller singled, putting runners on the corners. Gary Sanchez hit into a double play, pushing Austin across the plate for the first Yankee run of the day. Unfortunately, Zach Wilson grounded out and the Yankees took the 5-1 loss. Austin went 2-3 with a run scored and two doubles. Roller and Sanchez each had a single, rounding out the Yankees’ offense. Shane Greene went five innings and gave up four runs on six hits, three walks and seven Ks. Manuel Barreda pitched one inning and gave up one run on one hit and a strikeout.
Tampa lost to Dundein 1-0 in Game 2:
Ramon Flores singled to start the game, moving to second on a ground out and then reaching third on a wild pitch. The Yankees couldn’t bring him in, however, as Austin struck out and Roller grounded out. Pierce Rankin drew a walk in the bottom of the third, moving to second on an error by Wilson. Kenny Wilson grounded into a double play, moving Ranking to third. A single by Arnadeo Zazueta plated Rankin for what would be the only run of the game. Tampa threatened again in the top of the sixth, as Austin reached on an error with two outs and Roller singled. Unfortunately, Sanchez flew out to right and the Yankees took the 1-0 loss.
Roller went 2-3 with a double. Jose Mojica and Flores each had a single. Matt Tracy pitched five innings and gave up one unearned run on four hits, two walks and four Ks. Tom Kahnle pitched a hitless inning, striking out one.
Charleston’s game was postponed.
Staten Island beat Hudson Valley 7-5:
The Yankees jumped out to a quick advantage as Taylor Dugas started the game with a walk. Claudio Custodio lined a double to left and Peter O’Brien followed with a single, plating two runs. Gregory Bird lined a single to center, scoring O’Brien and giving Staten Island a 3-0 lead. The Yankees added to their lead in the fifth. Daniel Lopez doubled and Exicardo Cayones singled him in. Cayones stole second and scored on a single by Jose Rosario for a 5-0 advantage. Hudson Valley finally got on the board in the bottom of hte fourth, as Jake DePew had a RBI single that plated Richie Shaffer. Matthew Duran got the run back for the Yankees, hitting a solo homer to start the fifth. The Renegades were not going to go down easily, however. They put together a strong rally in the sixth, as Thomas Coyle started with a single and Shaffer reahed on an error on Custodio. DePew singled, loading the bases and a grounder had Coyle out at home for the first out of the inning. An error by Kuo allowed Shaffer to score. A groundout plated DePew and a single by Marty Gantt scored two more runs, bringing Hudson Valley within one run of the Yankees. In the top of the eighth, Rosario reached on an error and stole second. Dugas singled to right, plating Rosario and giving the Yankees a 7-5 victory.
Dugas went 2-3 with a run scored, a double, a RBI and two walks. Custodio went 2-5 with a run scored, a double and a stolen base. Cayones went 2-4 with a double, a RBI and a run scored. He also had a stolen base. Dugas’ two walks were the only free passes a Yankee got, as they spent the day either hitting or whiffing. Kuo was the only Yankee to fail to get a hit, going 0-4 and striking out three times. Dugas and Rosario did not strike out and Custodio only had one K, but the rest of the lineup had two or three Ks a piece for a total of fifteen strikeouts. Andrew Benak threw five innings and gave up one run on three hits, a walk and two Ks. Cory Arbiso pitched one inning and gave up four unearned runs on three hits.