The Yankees split the the day in the minors, with Trenton and Charleston coming away victorious. Austin Romine had a short day in Scranton, as he was pulled from the game due to Cervelli’s injury. Jose Ramirez made his 2013 debut in Trenton, after starting the season on the DL.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Columbus 3-2:
After two scoreless innings the Clippers broke through in the top of the third. Matt Lawson singled and Yan Gomes doubled him in. With two outs in the fifth, Cody Johnson grounded a single to short and scored on a double by Addison Maruszak. Columbus retook the lead in the sixth on an error by Zoilo Almonte, but the RailRiders got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Melky Mesa lined a single to center and moved to second on a wild pitch. A double by Luke Murton plated Mesa and the score stood at 2-2. In the top of the eighth, Matt Carson flew a homer to left, which was all that Columbus needed to beat Scranton 3-2.
Almonte went 2-4 with an error. Maruszak went 2-3 with a double and a RBI. Murton went 1-4 with a double and a RBI. Johnson went 1-4 with a run scored. Mesa went 1-4 with a run scored. Brett Marshall went 5.1, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits, five walks and seven Ks. Jim Miller pitched two innings and gave up one run on two hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out all six outs he made. Preston Claiborne went 1.2 and did not allow a hit, walk or run, striking out a pair.
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Trenton beat Portland 6-3:
The SeaDogs drew first blood with a run in the first on a double by Tony Thomas. Jose Pirela tripled in the bottom of the inning, scoring on a double by JR Murphy to tie the game. Tyler Austin started the bottom of the third with a double to elft. Murphy singled, putting runners on the corners and Kyle Roller doubled them both in, giving the Thunder a 3-1 lead. Ali Castillo lined a double to left in the fourth, scoring on a single by Casey Stevenson. Ramon Flores lined a single to right and Jose Pirela hit into a double play that scored Stevenson for a 5-1 advantage. A two-run triple by Thomas in the top of the fifth brought Portland within two runs of the Thunder. Murphy doubled and scored on a single by Neil Medchill for a bit of insurance as Trenton held on for the 6-3 victory.
Murphy had a great day, going 3-4 with a pair of runs scored, two doubles and a RBI. Stevenson went 2-4 with a run and a RBI. Flores, Pirela and Austin went 1-3 with Pirela picking up a triple and Austin hitting a double. Nik Turley threw five, allowing three runs on six hits, four walks and four Ks. Jose Ramirez went four, holding Portland scoreless on two hits, a walk and six Ks.
Tampa lost to Clearwater 9-4:
Gary Sanchez and Anderson Feliz hit back-to-back singles to start the second. Sanchez scored when Saxon Butler grounded out to third, giving the Yankees the first run of the game. Aaron Altherr knocked a solo shot to left in the bottom of the inning to tie the score. The Threshers took the lead in the fifth, as Kyrell Hudson grounded a single to left and stole second, moving to third on a missed catch by Robert Refsnyder. Carlos Alonso was hit by a pitch and Kelly Dugan drew a walk, loading the bases. Maikel Franco flew a double to right, plating two runs. Dugan scored on a sac fly and Clearwater held a 4-1 lead. In the sixth, Franco connected with a three-run homer, giving the Threshers a comfortable 7-1 lead. Tampa struck again in the eighth, when Robert Refsnyder sent his first homer of 2013 over the left field wall. Franco knocked his second round tripper in the bottom of the inning, putting Tampa down 9-2. Butler started a rally for the Yankees with a one-out walk in the ninth. Francisco Arcia followed with a single and Dan Fiorito singled in Butler. Mason Williams and Refsnyder drew walks, which loaded the bases and scored Arcia, but that was the only rally the Yankees had in them as they fell 9-4.
No one in the Yankees’ lineup had more than one hit. Refsnyder went 1-3 with a homer, two RBIs, two walks, a stolen base and an error. Sanchez went 1-4 with a run scored. Butler went 1-3 with a triple, a RBI and a run. Bryan Mitchell made the start, going 4.1 and giving up four runs on six hits, three walks and four Ks. Dan Mahoney went 1.2 and allowed three runs on two hits, two walks and two Ks. Rigoberto Arrebato ended the game, throwing two innings and allowing two runs on three hits, a walk and two strike outs.
Charleston beat Kannapolis 5-1:
The Intimidators jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Micah Johnson singled and stole second and third, scoring on a wild pitch. The RiverDogs tied the game up in the bottom of the inning, however, as Jake Cave lined a single to center and eventually scored on a sac fly by Gregory Bird. Charleston took the lead in the third. Francisco Rosario lined a single to center and Cito Culver drew a one-out walk. Rosario stole third and scored on an error by the Kannapolis third baseman. Dante Bichette singled in Culver and Charleston had a 3-1 advantage. A sloppy defensive fifth by the Intimidators led to another Charleston run, as Culver reached on an error and moved to third on another botched fielding play. Bichette singled him in. Nick McCoy singled in the sixth and was brought home by a double from Culver, giving the RiverDogs the 5-1 win.
Cave went 2-5 with a run scored. Culver went 1-3 with two runs scored, a double, a RBI and a walk. Bichette went 2-4 with a pair of RBIs. Taylor Dugas went 2-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Bird went 0-3 with a RBI. Cesar Vargas made the start, giving up one run on five hits, two walks and two Ks in 4.2 innings of work. Brett Gerritse went 2.1, allowing a hit and two walks, striking out two. Dietrich Enns struck out five in his two innings of work, allowing a hit and a walk.