The Farm Report: 7/22/13

Scranton and Trenton were both rained out.

Tampa beat Palm Beach 2-1:
Mason Williams started the game with a single, but Robert Refsnyder hit into a double play. The Yankees had a couple runners on base in the second, but another double play ended the inning and another scoring chance. Saxon Butler lined a single to center in the top of the fifth and scored on a single by Ali Castillo for the first run of the day. Palm Beach evened the score with a RBI double by Jonathan Rodriguez in the sixth, but Tampa responded in the seventh, once again led by Butler. He started the inning with a single to left and Castillo once again singled him in for the 2-1 advantage. The Cardinals threatened in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases, but an infield fly and a pop out to center kept the Yankee lead intact. Taylor Garrison set down Palm Beach in order in the bottom of the ninth and the Yankees took the 2-1 win.

Butler went 3-4 with two runs scored. Castillo was 2-4 with a pair of RBIs. Williams and Refsnyder both went 1-4, while the rest of the lineup came up empty. Scottie Allen allowed one run on three hits and two walks, striking out two over six innings. David Herndon scattered five hits over two innings, picking up one K. Garrison struck out two in his perfect inning.

Charleston beat Hickory 8-4:
The RiverDogs got off to a quick start, as Greg Bird and Dante Bichette both lined singles to right with two outs. Angelo Gumbs followed with a homer to left, giving Charleston a 3-0 lead. A two-run homer by Nick Vickerson, cutting the Charleston lead to one. After three scoreless innings, the RiverDogs struck again in the top of the fifth. Jake Cave doubled and Bird went yard for the 5-2 lead. In the sixth, Ericson Leonora drew a walk and Wes Wilson singled to right before Cave went deep for the 8-2 lead. Hickory got one run back in the bottom of the seventh and put together a small rally in the ninth. Nick Williams grounded a single to right and Ryan Rua lined a double to left. A sac fly by Ronald Guzman plated Williams, but Tyler Webb set down the next two batters to preserve the 8-4 win.

Bird went 3-5 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and two RBIs. Cave and Bichette both went 2-5, with Cave scoring twice, doubling, hitting a homer and picking up three RBIs. Wilson went 2-4 with a run scored. Gumbs went 1-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Dan Camarena allowed two runs on four hits, a walk and eight Ks over six innings. Derek Varnadore allowed one unearned run on one hit and two Ks in two innings. Webb gave up one run on two hits in his inning of work.

Staten Island lost to Mahoning Valley 8-2:
The Scrappers took a 1-0 lead on an error by Staten Island pitcher David Palladino in the first. Bubba Jones hit a single to center in the bottom of the second and Isaias Tejeda drew a walk. A single by John Murphy plated Jones and Tejeda scored on a wild pitch, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, that lead was short lived as Claudio Bautista started the third with a solo homer and Nellie Rodriguez doubled and scored on a single by Josh McAdams for the 3-2 advantage. As the game continued, the Scrappers added five more runs for an 8-2 victory over the Yankees.

The Yankees had plenty of opportunities to score, going 1-10 with runners in scoring position and stranding seven runners. Michael O’Neill went 2-4, while Derek Toadvine, Brandon Thomas, Murphy and Jones went 1-4. Yeicok Calderon and Tejeda both went 1-3. Palladino went 2.2 innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits, two walks and four Ks. Cale Coshow threw 3.1 innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits, two walks and four Ks. Sam Agnew-Wieland struck out three and walked no one over his two innings, giving up one run on two hits. Andy Beresford finished out the game with one unearned run on three hits and a strike out.

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help.