Minors Review: April

I find it hard to believe that it is already May, possibly because up here in northern New England it felt like winter was never going to end this year, but it is and so we have our first month of Minor League baseball in the books. The strange weather has played some role in the early part of the season for some of the Yankees’ affiliates, but overall there have been some very positive things going on down on the farm.

zoiloScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
Like many of the teams located in the northeast, the RailRiders’ April was interrupted by the slow departure of winter (if in fact it has left…). They had nine games postponed due to rain, snow or inclement weather, in addition to battling through some chilly games. At the end of April, Scranton had an 11-13 record, while not the strong start the RailRiders had hoped for, it hasn’t put them too far behind Buffalo and Pawtucket, who both started the year a little stronger and lead the IL North Division.…

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The Farm Report: 4/22/14

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Buffalo 6-5:
In the bottom of the third, Carmen Angelini singled to left and Ramon Flores followed with a double. A single by Scott Sizemore plated Angelini. A sac fly by Russ Canzler scored Flores and Adonis Garcia knocked a double to second to score Sizemore for the 3-0 lead. Dan Johnson started the fourth with a single to short that deflected off Brian Gordon on the mound. With two outs, Kevin Nolan drew a walk and an error by Canzler allowed Munenori Kawasaki to reach and Johnson scored. A wild pitch plated Nolan and the RailRiders’ lead was cut to one. They got one run back in the bottom of the inning, as Flores singled in Angelini, putting Scranton ahead 4-2. Steve Tolleson drew a walk to start the fifth and stole second, moving to third when Scranton catcher Francisco Arcia made a throwing error. Tolleson scored on a sac fly by Johnson, pulling within a run again.…

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The Farm Report: 4/17/14 – Lots of wins!

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Buffalo 2-1 in Game 1 (9 innings):
The RailRiders got a runner on base in each of the first two innings, but it wasn’t until the top of the third that they managed to score the first run of the game. Antoan Richardson drew a walk, moving to second on a sac bunt by Carmen Angelini. Richardson stole third and scored on a single by Jose Pirela for the 1-0 lead. Scranton held onto the slim advantage through the top of the seventh, but Buffalo managed to score their first run of the day on a RBI single by Chris Getz, tying the game and sending it into “extra” innings (MiLB doubleheader games go seven innings). Both teams took a pair of walks in the eighth inning, but were unable to capitalize on them. Ronnier Mustelier drew a walk in the top of the ninth, moving to second on a sac bunt. Angelini lined a single to center, plating Mustelier for the 2-1 lead.…

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