Overall, it was a good day for the Yankees minor league teams – unless you were a pitcher for Trenton. Scranton picked up their first victory since becoming the RailRiders and Charleston put together a late inning rally for an exciting comeback victory.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre defeated Rochester 4-2:
The RailRiders squandered a couple chances early on, but they drew first blood in the bottom of the fifth. Addison Maruszak drew a walk and Gil Velazquez lined a two-out single to right. A throwing error moved Maruszak to third and a single by Melky Mesa put the RailRiders ahead 1-0. The Red Wings got the run back in the top of the sixth. Oswaldo Arcia started it off with a single and stole second, scoring on a single by Clete Thomas. The tie score did not last long, as Scranton’s bats got back to work in the bottom of the sixth. Austin Romine grounded a single to left and Corban Joseph grounded one to right. A walk to Maruszak loaded the bases and Thomas Neal hit a two-run single for a 3-1 advantage. Mesa added another run with a solo homer in the seventh for insurance. Juan Cedeno got two quick outs in the top of the eighth, but gave up a single to Arcia. Cody Eppley replaced him and walked Chris Colabello before giving up a double to Thomas for another Rochester run. Preston Claiborne took the mound for the ninth and nailed down the save and the RailRiders 4-2 win.
Mesa went 2-4 with a run scored, two RBIs and a homer. He also struck out twice. Romine went 2-4 with a run scored. He is hitting .357 so far in this young season. Chris Bootcheck got the start, throwing five scoreless innings. he gave up five hits, no walks and struck out four. Ryan Pope pitched two innings, giving up one run on two hits and three Ks. Claiborne pitched a perfect ninth.
Trenton lost to New Hampshire 15-7:
The Thunder got a quick run in the top of the first, as Tyler Austin connected with his first homer of the season, but the Fisher Cats jumped on Matt Tracy early. Kenny Wilson singled and stole second to start the inning. He scored on a single by Kevin Pillar. Ryan Schimpf drew a walk and Clint Robinson struck out, giving Tracy his first (and only) out of the game. Kevin Nolan followed with a RBI single and Tracy then walked the next three batters before Shaeffer Hall was called out to the mound to stop the bleeding. When the inning was over, the Thunder trailed 5-1. Hall held down the second and third innings, but was replaced by Josh Romanski who gave up three more runs. New Hampshire scored a run in the fifth taking a commanding 8-1 lead, but Trenton rallied in the top of the sixth. Walter Ibarra lead off with a homer to right. Slade Heathcott drew a walk and Austin doubled him in. A two out single by Kyle Roller plated Austin. Rob Segedin grounded a single to left and Jose Pirela reached when Nolan made an error at short, allowing Roller to cross the plate. Neil Medchill lined a single to right, scoring Segeding and Ibarra, plated Pirela with a single to left, bring the Thunder within one run of the Fisher Cats.
The 8-7 score held through the top of the eighth, but New Hampshire capitalized on some weak pitching by Branden Pinder and Shane Brown in the bottom of the eighth. Pinder allowed two doubles, a single and a walk, getting just one out. Meanwhile, Brown got the second out quickly but proceeded to walk four consecutive batters before hitting Nolan with a pitch and finally ending the inning by inducing a groundout to first. When it was all over the Thunder took a tough 15-7 loss.
Slade Heathcott and Ramon Flores were both quiet at the plate. Heathcott went 0-4 with a run scored and a walk, while Flores went 0-5 with three Ks. Austin went 2-4 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and two RBIs. Ibarra also went 2-4, with a homer and two RBIs. Tracy lasted just 0.1 innings in the start, giving up five runs (all earned) on three hits, four walks and one strike out. Hall went 2.2 innings and did not allow a hit or a run, though he walked three. Romanski went 0.2 innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk. Pinder allowed four runs on three hits and a walk over 0.1 innings and Brown allowed two runs on four walks in 0.2 innings.
Tampa Yankees had the day off.
Charleston beat West Virginia 9-4:
The RiverDogs had a chance to strike early as Cito Culver and Robert Refsnyder hit back-to-back singles to start the game, but Charleston couldn’t bring them home. West Virginia scored first on a solo homer by Stetson Allie in the second and added three more runs on a Josh Bell double in the third. The 4-0 score held through six innings, but the RiverDogs finally got on the board in the seventh. Peter O’Brien grounded a single to center and Saxon Butler followed with a double. A groundout by Kelvin De Leon scored O’Brien and Taylor Dugas singled in Butler, as the RiverDogs deficit was cut to one. Refsnyder started the eighth with a double and Gregory Bird drew a walk. An error allowed Refsnyder to move to third and he scored when Dante Bichette reached on an error. After a double play, O’Brien knocked a homer to left, plating Bird and giving Charleston the 5-4 advantage. They didn’t stop there, however, rallying with two outs in the ninth. Culver singled and Refsnyder drew a walk. A single by Bird loaded the bases and Bichette hit a grand slam to break the game open and giving the RiverDogs a 9-4 win.
Refsnyder went 3-3 with two runs scored, two doubles and two walks. Culver went 2-5 with a run scored. O’Brien went 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBIs. Bichette was 1-5 with a run scored, a homer and five RBIs. Dugas went 2-4 with a RBI. Jose Campos made the start and gave up four runs on four hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out three. Evan Rutckyj threw five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks. He struck out one. Charlie Short pitched one inning and gave up two hits, while striking out two batters.