The Yankees farm system ended the weekend with a split. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continues to look for their first win of 2013, as Brett Marshall had a tough start. Meanwhile, Trenton showed just how potent their offense could be this season as they beat Portland. Tampa had a rough day at the plate, but Charleston made good use of the long ball as they shutout the Drive.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Pawtucket 6-2:
Melky Mesa started the bottom of the first with a bunt single and Zoilo Almonte drew a one out walk, but the RailRiders were unable to draw first blood. Pawtucket got its first baserunner of the day when Brett Marshall walked Ryan Lavarnway. A wild pitch moved the runner over and with two outs, Mark Hamilton hit a ground-rule double, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 lead. Pawtucket started to break the game open in the third, as Marshall quickly loaded the bases, giving up a single and two walks. A sac fly by Drew Sutton plated one run and a single by Lavarnway scored two more, putting Scranton in a 4-0 hole. Pawtucket added a run in the fourth and in the seventh, holding a 6-0 lead. The RailRiders finally started to threaten in the bottom of the eighth. Thomas Neal drew a walk and Addison Maruszak grounded a single to right. A single by Almonte scored Neal for their first run of the day. With three outs left, David Adams drew a leadoff walk to start the ninth. Cody Johnson and Austin Romine both struck out, but Adams scored on a single by Neal. Maruszak reached on an error but Mesa grounded out to short as Scranton took the 6-2 loss.
The RailRiders managed only four hits all day, none for extra bases. Mesa, Almonte, Neal and Maruszak each picked up one hit. They were 2-8 with runners in scoring position. Mesa, Johnson, Romine and Neal each struck out twice. Brett Marshall had a rough day. He lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up five runs on six hits, four walks and four Ks. Preston Claibrne pitched a perfect ninth inning, picking up one K.
Trenton beat Portland 9-7:
Neil Medchill started the second inning with a double to center. Rob Segedin followed with a single to left and Casey Stevenson grounded a RBI single for the first run of the game. Walter Ibarra hit a sac fly, scoring Segedin and Trenton took a 2-0 lead. Tyler Austin hit a double in the third and JR Murphy was hit by a pitch. A double by Segedin scored two more runs and the Thunder doubled their lead. In the top of the fourth, Slade Heathcott hit a two out double, scoring on a single by Ramon Flores. Portland got the run back on a solo homer by Michael Almanzar. Back-to-back homers by Derrik Gibson and Shannon Wilkerson in the fifth got the Sea Dogs back in the game, as Trenton held onto a 5-3 lead. Trenton struck again in the seventh. Austin hit a leadoff single and Medchill drew a walk. A single by Segedin scored Austin. Stevenson knocked a sac fly to center and Medchill cross home plate. Portland responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but Trenton wasn’t done. Heathcott and Flores hit back-to-back singles, scoring one run and a two out single by Medchill put them ahead 9-5. Almanzar hit his second homer of the day, this time with a runner on base, but that was all Portland could muster as Trenton took the 9-7 victory.
Austin went 3-5 with two runs scored and a double. Segedin went 3-5 with a run scored, a double and three RBIs. Medchill went 2-3 with two runs scored, a double, a RBI and two walks. Heathcott went 2-6, scoring twice and hitting a double, but he also struck out three times. Flores went 2-5 with a run scored and two RBIs. Francisco Rondon threw five innings and gave up three runs on four hits, one walk and six Ks. Three of those four hits were homers.
Tampa lost to Lakeland 3-1:
The Yankees scattered a lot of hits, but didn’t have much to show for it on Sunday afternoon. The Flying Tigers used a big second inning to bring them victory. Dean Green singled to start and scored on a triple by Jeff McVaney. A ground out plated McVaney and John Murrian was hit by a pitch. Tyler Hanover followed with a double to second and Lakeland had a 3-0 lead. Tampa got on the board with a solo homer by Francisco Arcia in the fifth. The Yankees had a baserunner in every inning, but they were unable to capitalize on these opportunities, taking the 3-1 loss.
Mason Williams went 2-4 with a double. Angelo Gumbs continued his cold start, going 0-4. Gary Sanchez also went 0-4, while the rest of the lineup each had one hit. Mikey O’Brien made the start, going 4.2 and giving up three runs on five hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out four.
Charleston beat Greenville 5-0:
Fu-Lin Kuo started the third with a double. Robert Refsnyder singled, putting runners on the corners and Gregory Bird lined a hit to left, plating Kuo for the first run of the day. Bird started the sixth with a solo homer, giving the RiverDogs a 2-0 lead over the Drive. Refsnyder singled again in the eighth and Dante Bichette connected with his first homer of the season, putting Charleston ahead 4-0. A homer by Kelvin De Leon gave the RiverDogs another run in the top of the ninth, but that was more than enough as they took the 5-0 win.
Refsnyder had a good game, going 3-4 with a run scored. Bird also went 3-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Cito Culver had a tough day at the plate, going 0-5 and striking out twice. Gabriel Encinas made his first start of the year, throwing six innings and allowing just one hit and three walks, striking out four. Brett Gerritse pitched one scoreless inning, allowing two hits and striking out one. Taylor Garrison threw two perfect innings, striking out one.