Scranton’s doubleheader was postponed due to snow and Trenton’s game was postponed due to wet grounds.
Tampa lost to Clearwater 8-7:
The Yankees drew first blood as Eric Jagielo put a homer over the right field fence in the bottom of the first. They held the lead through the second, but Clearwater took the lead with a big third inning. Anthony Phillips doubled to center and Angelo Mora bunted for a single. A force out at second allowed the tying run to score and an error by Jake Cave allowed two more runs to score. Aaron Altherr flew a double to right and KC Serna singled him in. A double by NickFerdinand plated Serna and Deivi Grulion brought Ferdinand home with a single to right, putting Clearwater on top 6-1. Dante Bichette drew a walk in the bottom of the fourth, scoring on a double by Angelo Gumbs. A triple by Altherr was followed by a sac fly and Clearwater held a 7-2 lead. The Yankees started to make a comeback run in the bottom of the sixth. Jagielo singled to center and Bichette followed with a double. A single by Peter O’Brien plated both runners and he later scored on a wild pitch, bringing the Yankees within two runs of Clearwater. Cito Culver hit a single to center in the seventh and Jagielo drew a walk. A wild pitch allowed the runners to move over and Bichette singled in Culver. A sac fly by O’Brien scored Jagielo and the Yankees had tied the score 7-7. Unfortunately, the Threshers were able to start the top of the ninth with back-to-back singles. A fielding error by Culver allowed Justin Parr to score, and the Threshers held on, defeating Tampa 8-7.
Jagielo, Bichette, Gumbs and Claudio Custodio all went 2-4. Jagielo scored three runs with a homer and a RBI. He also drew a walk. Bichette scored two runs and had a double, a RBI and a walk. Gumbs has a double and a RBI, while Custodio had a stolen base. Cave and Culver both went 1-5 and both had an error. Culver scored a run, struck out three times and his error allowed the winning run to score. O’Brien went 1-3 with a run scored and three RBIs. Eric Wooten started the day on the mound, allowing seven runs (three earned) on nine hits and two walks. He struck out two. Alex Smith threw 2.2 innings and walked one, striking out four. Phil Wetherell finished the game, allowing one unearned run over two innings, giving up two hits and a striking out one.
Charleston beat Greenville 6-2:
Tyler Wade hit a double to center and Aaron Judge lined a single to the outfield. A sac fly by Mike Ford plated Wade and Miguel Andujar doubled in Judge for the 2-0 lead. They added to their advantage in the top of the third, as Abiatal Avelino drew a walk and stole second, moving to third on a throwing error by the Drive catcher. A double by Wade plated Avelino and Judge singled in Wade for the 4-0 lead. Eduardo de Oleo started the top of the fourth with a single to center. Gosuke Katoh drew a walk and Avelino singled to left, loading the bases. Wade singled in de Oleo, but the Greenville left fielder caught a fly ball by Judge and they were able to double off Katoh at third to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Greenville managed to plate their first run of the day. Charleston got the run back in the top of the sixth, as Judge singled in Wade for the 6-1 advantage. Jantzen Witte double in the eighth and moved to third on an error by Andujar. A wild pitch scored Witte, but the RiverDogs held on for the 6-2 win.
Wade had a big day at the plate, going 4-5 with three runs scored, two doubles and two RBIs. Judge went 3-5 with a run scored and two RBIs. Avelino and Michael O’Neill both went 2-4. Avelino scored once and they both had a walk. Luis Severino made the start, throwing 3.2 innings and allowing one unearned run on one hit and three walks. He struck out four. Jaron Long went 5.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk. He struck out an impressive eight batters.