Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Trenton both had their games suspended/postponed due to rain.
Tampa lost to Daytona 6-1 in Game 1:
The Cubs drew first blood with a run in the top of the first, but really pulled away with a big third inning. John Andreoli started with a double and stole third. Zeke DeVoss drew a walk and Javier Baez doubled in Andreoli. A sac fly plated another run and a bases loaded triple by Wes Darvill cleared the bases, giving Daytona a 6-0 lead. Yeral Sanchez singled to start the bottom of the fifth. Robert Refsnyder grounded a single to center and Sanchez moved to third on a ground out by Saxon Butler. A grounder to second allowed Sanchez to score, but that would be the only run Tampa could manage as they fell 6-1.
Ben Gamel, Sanchez, Refsnyder, Butler and Dan Fiorito all went 1-3, while the rest of the Yankees’ hitters came up empty. Fiorito had the only RBI and no one had an extra base hit. Eduardo Nunez made his first rehab appearance, going 0-2 before being replaced by Ali Castillo in the fifth. Dietrich Enns gave up six runs on five hits, four walks and three Ks in just three innings. Manny Barreda allowed two hits in three innings, striking out a pair. Taylor Garrison pitched a perfect inning, striking out one.
Tampa beat Daytona 3-2 in Game 2 (eight innings):
Once again, the Cubs scored first, plating a run in the top of the first. Fiorito drew a one out walk in the bottom of the inning and scored on a single by Gary Sanchez, tying up the score. The Yankees took their first lead of the day in the fifth. Fu-Lin Kuo reached on an error and found himself on second. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a balk, giving Tampa a 2-1 lead. Andreoli singled in the top of the sixth, moved to second on a balk and stole third. A sac fly by DeVoss scored Andreoli and the game was tied again. With the game tied after seven, the game went into extra innings. Fiorito struck out, but a solo homer by Peter O’Brien gave the Yankees the walk off victory.
While the Yankees came away victorious in this game, they struggled at the plate. Sanchez went 2-3 with a RBI and O’Brien went 1-4 with a homer. The rest of the lineup came up empty, with the exception of four walks. Scottie Allen threw the whole eight innings for the Yankees, allowing two runs on nine hits, a walk and seven Ks.
Charleston lost to Hickory 7-6:
The Crawdads scored first, as Jorge Alfaro doubled in Nick Williams to start the game. The RiverDogs took the lead in the bottom of the inning, however. With two outs, Gregory Bird lined a single to left. Dante Bichette drew a walk and Reymond Nunez doubled in Bird. Kelvin De Leon drew a walk and Jake Cave singled in two runs for a 3-1 lead. Alfaro knocked a sac fly in the third to score Luis Marte in the third. Charleston got the run back in the bottom of the fourth when Angelo Gumbs tripled in Aaron Gates for the 4-2 lead. Williams doubled in two runs in the top of the fifth, tying the game. Cave hit a ground-rule double in the bottom of the sixth, scoring on a single by Cito Culver. A three-run homer by Alfaro in the top of the seventh, however, would prove to be the difference, as Hickory took a 7-5 lead. Bichette hit a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth, but the RiverDogs couldn’t even the score, taking a 7-6 loss.
Nunez went 2-3 with a double, a RBI, a run scored and two walks. Cave went 2-4 with a double, a run scored and a RBI. Culver went 1-5 with a RBI and an error. Gumbs went 1-5 with a triple and a RBI. Bichette went 1-4 with two runs scored, a homer and a walk. Luis Niebla threw five innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits, a walk and four Ks. John Brebbia gave up three runs on three hits and a walk over two innings. He struck out five. Phil Wetherell pitched a hitless two innings to end the game.
Staten Island lost to Hudson Valley 10-8 (Completed early due to rain)
This was definitely not a pitcher’s duel. Hudson Valley got the scoring started early and held a 5-0 lead after their half of the second inning but Staten Island fought back with one run in the bottom of the second and six in the bottom of the third to take a short lived 7-5 lead. In the very next inning, the Renegades scored another five runs and took a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Giovanny Gallegos lasted only three innings for the Yankees and gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits with four strikeouts. He didn’t get the loss. That honor went to Andrew Benak who took over for Gallegos in the fourth and gave up three earned runs of his own on only two hits – one of them being a two-run home run by Hudson Valley’s Tyler Young who also victimized Gallegos with a three-run shot in that frame. Michael O’Neill was 2-4 with a double and an RBI, Isaias Tejeda was 2-3 with an RBI and Daniel Lopez also finished 2-3 and added two RBI. The game was called early (Staten Island didn’t even come up for the sixth) and this loss drops Staten Island to 4-5 on the season.