Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Toledo 4-1 (10 innings):
Michael Pineda threw three scoreless innings, but was pulled in the top of the fourth. Toledo took advantage, scoring the first run of the game and taking an early lead. Scranton evened the score in the sixth, as David Adams drew a walk and JR Murphy doubled. A walk to Adonis Garcia loaded the bases and Dan Johnson hit a sac fly to center, making the score 1-1. The game stayed tied through the ninth, sending it into extras. Unfortunately, the Mudhens quickly took advantage in the top of the tenth. Bryan Holaday singled and moved to second on a sac bunt by former Yankee farmhand, Kevin Russo. Argenis Diaz singled to right and Avisail Garcia knocked a three-run homer to left center. Adams started the bottom of the inning with a single, but Murphy struck out and Garcia hit into a game-ending double play as the Yankees fell 4-1.
Garcia went 2-4, while Adams and Randy Ruiz both went 1-3. Murphy went 1-5 and had the lone extra base hit for the Yankees. Pineda went three innings and gave up three hits, picking up three Ks. Caleb Cotham allowed one run on two hits and three Ks over his three innings. Sam Demel allowed one hit and struck out one in his inning of work. Mike Zagurski pitched a hitless two innings, striking out five. Yoshinori Tateyama took the loss, allowing three runs on three hits in one inning.
Trenton beat Altoona 3-2 in Game 1:
The Thunder quickly got on the board in the first inning. Ramon Flores drew a walk, but was out at second on a grounder from Slade Heathcott. Heathcott stole second and scored on a triple by Jose Pirela. A sac fly by Kyle Roller plated Pirela and Trenton took a 2-0 lead. Alex Dickerson hit a two-run homer for the Curve in the top of the fourth, tying the game. The game stayed tied as it reached the seventh inning, the final inning of a doubleheader game. With two quick outs, Jose Gil kept the Thunder alive with a single to right. Flores grounded a single through, putting runners on the corners and Heathcott singled a ball back to the pitcher, plating Gil for the 3-2 walk-off victory.
Flores went 1-2 with two walks. Pirela went 1-3 with a run scored, a triple and a RBI. Heathcott went 1-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Yeral Sanchez and Reegie Corona both went 1-3, while Gil went 1-3 with a run scored. David Phelps made a rehab appearance, going 3.2 innings and giving up two runs on two hits and three walks. He did pick up six Ks in the process. Francisco Rondon threw 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks, striking out a pair. Rigoberto Arrebato finished out the game and gave up one hit and a walk, striking out one.
Tampa beat Palm Beach 9-5:
Mason Williams started the day with a triple to right, scoring on a single by Robert Refsnyder. Williams singled in the top of the third, scoring on a double by Refsnyder and giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Palm Beach struck in the bottom of the inning, as Jesus Montero reached on an error by Ali Castillo. He scored on a sac fly by Starlin Rodriguez and Jonathan Rodriguez lined a RBI single to center, tying the game 2-2. The Cardinals took their first lead of the day on a two-run homer by Nick Longmire in the bottom of the fourth. Tampa wasn’t done yet, however, putting together a big seventh inning. Jose Toussen drew a walk and Fu-Lin Kuo lined a single to center. They loaded the bases when there was an error on a bunt by Castillo. Williams singled in Toussen and Robert Refsnyder knocked a grand slam over the wall in left. The Yankees plated two more runs and took a 9-4 lead. Back-to-back doubles for Palm Beach in the bottom of the inning got them one run back, but Tampa held on for the 9-5 victory.
Williams ended the day going 4-6 with three runs scored, a double, a triple and a RBI. Refsnyder went 3-5 wth a run scored, a double, a grand slam and six RBIs. Taylor Dugas and Ali Castillo both went 2-4 while Tyson Blaser and Kuo went 2-5. Corey Black made the start, going five innings and giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits, two walks and two Ks. Joel De La Cruz gave up one run on two hits in his two innings of work, while Diego Morena struck out four over two in his hitless outing.
Charleston beat Hickory 5-1:
The RiverDogs scored first, as Danny Oh doubled with two outs in the third and scored on a single by Cito Culver. Dante Bichette drew a walk to start the fourth and Jake Cave doubled him over to third. Bichette scored on a wild pitch and Charleston took the 2-0 lead. Ericson Leonora drew a walk in the sixth but was thrown out on a grounder by Wes Wilson. Wilson eventually scored on a wild pitch and the RiverDogs held a three-run advantage. Hickory got their first run in the seventh, but Charleston responded with a couple more runs in the eighth. Bichette started the inning with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt by Leonora. A wild pitch moved Bichette to third and he scored on a single by Cave. Cave stole second and moved to third on an error. A single by Wilson scored Cave and the RiverDogs took the 5-1 win.
Culver went 2-5 with a RBI. Cave went 2-4 with a run scored, a stolen base, a double and a RBI. Bichette went 1-4 with two runs scored and a walk. Cesar Vargas threw seven innings, allowing just one run on four hits and four strikeouts. John Brebbia pitched two hitless innings and struck out two.
Staten Island fell to Connecticut 6-4:
The Yankees crossed the plate first, as Michael O’Neill singled to third. A double by Yeicok Calderon scored O’Neill for the first run of the day. Connecticut wasted little time in putting up some runs of their own, as three straight singles and a sac fly gave them the 2-1 lead after just one inning. A two-run homer by Javier Azcona in the fourth gave Connecticut a 4-1 lead. Staten Island got a couple runs back in the top of the fifth. Derek Toadvine lined a single to right and scored on a double by Jose Rosario who moved to third on an error. Brandon Thomas reached when Connecticut’s Pat Leyland botched the play at first, allowing Rosario to score and putting the Yankees within one run. Unfortunately, Connecticut scored a run in the bottom of the fifth and the sixth, taking a 6-3 lead. The Yankees started to rally in the top of the eighth, as Mike Ford and Bubba Jones both started the inning with singles. A double play ball by Isaias Tejeda allowed one run to score, but that was all the Yankees had in them as they took the 6-4 loss.
Calderon went 3-4 with a double and a RBI. Toadvine went 2-4 with a run scored. Rosario and O’Neill both went 1-5 with a run scored. Ford went 1-4 with a run scored and Jones went 1-3. Giovanny Gallegos went 3.2 innings and gave up three runs on four hits, two walks and three Ks. Andrew Benak threw 2.1 innings and allowed three runs on four hits and a walk, striking out three. Stefan Lopez gave up a pair of hits and struck out three in his two innings of work.