While the Yankees had a rough day in Boston, their minor league counterparts had a pretty good day from top to bottom. The minor leaguers showed off some great offensive and pitching performances, also combining for eleven stolen bases.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre blanked Buffalo 5-0:
Ramon Flores started the RailRiders’ offense with a single to center in the bottom of the first. He was caught trying to steal second before Antoan Richardson drew a walk and succeeded in stealing second and third. An error by the Bison shortstop allowed Richardson to score and Scranton took the 1-0 lead. Buffalo had a chance to score in the top of the fourth, as Chris Getz started with a single to center and stole second. Kevin Pillar singled to third, putting runners on the corners with one out, but Chase Whitley struck out Matt Tuiasosopo and got Kevin Nolan to ground out to escape the inning. With two outs in the fifth, Richardson drew another walk. Russ Canzler reached on an error and Richardson stole home for the 2-0 lead. Darin Mastroianni started the sixth with a double for Buffalo, but Getz popped into a double play and Dan Johnson struck out. The RailRiders put the game away in the eighth inning. Canzler and Adonis Garcia hit back-to-back singles and Canzler scored on sac fly by Corban Joseph. A walk to Ronnier Mustelier put runners on first and second and Jose Pirela rapped a single to right, plating Garcia and Mustelier, while Pirela got thrown out at second. The Bisons were unable to capitalize on a double by Pillar in the ninth and the RailRiders took the 5-0 win.
Flores went 2-4, while Mustelier went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk. Richardson drew two walks, scored twice and stole three bases, going 0-1. Canzler, Garcia, Pirela and Francisco Arcia all went 1-4 with Canzler and Garcia both scoring and getting stolen bases. Chase Whitley went five innings and scattered three hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Alfredo Aceves threw four innings and struck out four, allowing three hits and a walk.
Trenton beat Akron 9-5:
The Rubber Ducks looked to score early, starting the game with a single from Tyler Naquin. Tyson Blaser managed to gun him down trying to steal second, however, and Zach Nuding sat the next two batters down. Mason Williams started the bottom of the first with a bunt single, stealing second. Rob Segedin drew a walk and Kyle Roller grounded a double to right, plating Williams. Tyler Austin grounded out, but Segedin crossed home for the 2-0 lead. Blaser reached on an error to start the second. He managed to move to third after outs by Ali Castillo and Williams and scored on a single by Ben Gamel. Austin drew a walk in the third and stole second, before scoring on a single by Taylor Dugas for the 4-0 advantage. The Thunder really broke the game open in the fourth. Blaser reached on an error again and Williams drew a one out walk. A double by Gamel scored Blaser and Segedin followed with a three run homer for the 8-0 lead. Akron finally broke through with a run in the fifth and the sixth. Graham Stoneburner came in to pitch in the seventh and got the first out before giving up singles to Tyler Holt and Naquin. Stoneburner got the second out, but a homer from Joe Wendle got Akron within three runs. Kyle Roller started the bottom of the inning with a solo homer and the game ended with a 9-5 victory for Trenton.
Gamel went 3-5 with a run scored, two doubles and two RBIs. Roller went 2-4 with a homer, a double and two RBIs. Williams went 1-4 with two runs, a stolen base and a walk, while Segedin went 1-4 with two runs, a homer, three RBIs and a walk. Blaser scored twice, despite going 0-4 with two Ks. Austin went 0-2 with a run scored, a RBI, two stolen bases and two walks. Zach Nuding threw 5.1 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out six. Aaron Dott got two outs for Trenton and Stoneburner went two innings, giving up three runs on three hits. Charley Short ended the game, allowing two hits in his inning.
Tampa beat Brevard County 5-1:
The Mantaees drew first blood, though the Yankees escaped with minimal damage. Cameron Garfield started with a double to center, but got throw out trying to stretch it to a double. Victor Roache doubled to left and scored on a single by Michael Reed. Reed got caught trying to steal and Garrett Cooper grounded out to end the threat. The Yankees went down in order, but their bats woke up in the bottom of the fifth. Zach Wilson and Claudio Custodio both drew walks. With one out Jake Cave and Cito Culver hit back to back singles, with Wilson and Custodio scoring for the 2-1 lead. Angelo Gumbs singled to right and stole second. A ground-rule double from Wilson scored Gumbs, giving Tampa some breathing room. Peter O’Brien started the bottom of the eighth with a double to left and Gumbs tripled him in. A sac fly from Wilson scored Gumbs. Brevard County went down in order in the ninth, giving Tampa the 5-1 win.
Gumbs had a great day, going 3-4 with two runs scored, a triple, an RBI and a stolen base. Cave, Culver and O’Brien all went 2-4. Culver had two RBIs, while O’Brien had a run scored and a double. Wilson went 1-2 with a run scored, a double and two RBIs. Dan Camarena threw 5.2 innings and allowed just one run on seven hits and a walk. He struck out five. Alex Smith threw a hitless 1.1 innings, walking two and striking out three. Tyler Webb ended the game with two perfect innings, striking out four.
Charleston beat Lakewood 9-3:
The RiverDogs wasted little time in scoring on Wednesday. Tyler Wade and Aaron Judge hit back-to-back singles in the first. An error on a pickoff attempt let them advance a base and a ground out from Mike Ford plated Wade. Michael O’Neill followed with a single to center, scoring Judge and Miguel Andujar doubled in O’Neill for the 3-0 lead. The Blue Claws managed to get one run back in the bottom of the inning, but Charleston was far from finished. Judge drew a walk in the third and Ford homered for the 5-1 lead. In the fourth, Abiatal Avelino singled and stole second. Judge singled him in, moving to second on a throwing error by Carlos Tucci. A homer by O’Neill plated two runs and Charleston held an 8-1 advantage. Lakewood managed to get a run in the bottom of the sixth and the seventh, while Kale Sumner doubled in the ninth and eventually scored on a wild pitch, giving Charleston a 9-3 victory.
Charleston did a lot of hitting on Wednesday, scoring nine runs on eighteen hits. Avelino went 4-6 with a run scored and a stolen base. Judge went3-5 with three runs scored, a RBI and a walk. Andujar went 3-4 with a double and a RBI. Wade went 2-5 with a run scored, while Ford and O’Neill both went 2-5, each with homers and three RBIs a piece. O’Neill had a stolen base. Only Mikeson Oliberto came up empty at the plate, going 0-5. Brady Lail made the start, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four. Andrew Benak gave up one run in his two innings of relief. He allowed one hit and two walks, picking up one K. Andury Acevedo finished the game, scattering two hits and two walks in his two innings.