After battling rain and "unplayable field conditions" due to all the rain, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders managed to finally get on a field and play some baseball. The last time the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate were able to don their uniforms was Tuesday, but on Sunday they managed to make up for some of that, splitting a doubleheader against Buffalo. Trenton picked up a big win, while Tampa lost the rubber game in their series against Daytona. Charleston put together a seventh inning rally to tie Augusta, eventually sending the game into extras, where it will stay until June 13th as it has been called due to rain. Scranton lost to Buffalo 6-1 in Game 1 (7 innings): The RailRiders struck first, but a terrible start by Dellin Betances doomed them in Game 1. Corban Joseph started the game with a single to center, scoring on a single by Dan Johnson later in the inning for a 1-0 lead. Betances took the mound and immediately gave up back-to-back singles to Jim Negrych and Anthony Gose. A wild pitch moved the runners and Moises Sierra drew a walk, loading the bases. Betances picked up his first out of the game, striking out Mauro Gomez, but Josh Thole grounded a single to left, scoring two runs. Andy LaRoche did the same, scoring Sierra and moving Thole to second. A walk to Ryan Langerhans juiced the bases again. Betances got Eugenio Velez to pop out to short, but that was enough for Scranton manager, Dave Miley, who called on Josh Spence.
Spence gave up a double to Ryan Goins, scoring three more runs before getting Negrych out to end the inning. The damage was already done, however, as Buffalo held a commanding 6-1 advantage. Scranton had a chance to work a comeback in the sixth, as David Adams lined a single to left and Zoilo Almonte drove a double to the outfield. Dan Johnson drew a walk, loading the bases, but Austin Romine hit into a double play. Cody Johnson struck out ending the inning with Scranton coming up empty as they took the 6-1 loss.
Joseph, Adams, Almonte and Gil Velazquez each went 1-3, with Almonte's double being the lone extra base hit of the day. Dan Johnson went 1-2 with a RBI. Betances ended the day having lasted just two outs, giving up six runs on four hits, two walks and a strikeout. Ryan Pope did the bulk of the work, going three innings and allowing three hits. Spence lasted 0.2 and gave up one hit, which brought home a couple inherited runners. Jim Miller went 1.2 innings and gave up a hit, two walks and struck out one.
Scranton beat Buffalo 12-5 in Game 2 (7 innings): The RailRiders found their offense early in Game 2. Joseph reached on an error and Melky Mesa followed with a single. Almonte grounded a single to right for the first run of the day. A wild pitch moved Almonte to second and Mesa scored on a sac fly by Dan Johnson. Thomas Neal drove in Almonte and Scranton had a 3-0 lead. Buffalo put together a rally in the bottom of the second. Mauro Gomez started the inning with a double and Langerhans drew a walk. With one out, Negrych walked and Velez tripled all the runners home, tying the game. A double plated Velez and the Bisons took the 4-3 lead.
Scranton wasted no time in getting those runs back. Almonte legged out a single on a grounder to second, while Luke Murton drew a one-out walk. With two outs, Addison Maruszak walked, loading the bases. Bobby Wilson lined a double to center, clearing the bases and putting Scranton in front 6-4. They used a big fifth inning to cushion their lead. Thomas Neal drew a walk and Maruszak singled. Neal scored on a ground out by Wilson, but Velazquez kept the rally going with a single to right. Joseph drew a walk and Wilson scored on a walk by Almonte with two outs. A wild pitch brough another runner home, as did an error on LaRoche, giving Scranton an 10-4 lead. Buffalo got one run back, but Scranton added two more on back-to-back singles by Murton and Neal.
Trenton beat up on Richmond 15-1: Ramon Flores opened the game up for the Thunder with a single to center, scoring on a single by JR Murphy for the early lead. Trenton started to pull away in the second when Rob Segedin doubled to left. He scored on a single by Kevin Mahoney. Walter Ibarra lined a single to right and both runners moved on a passed ball to Flores. The Yankees' center fielder then drove a double to left. Jose Pirela drew a walk and Tyler Austin drove in Flores and Pirela for the 6-0 lead. Flores hit a sac fly in the third and Austin knocked a two-run double, adding to the Thunder lead. The Flying Squirrels finally got on the board with a run in the fourth, but Trenton added two more runs in the fifth on a single by Murphy. After four more runs in the sixth, the Thunder stomped Richmond 15-1.
Flores went 2-2 with three runs scored, a double, four RBIs and two walks. Austin went 3-6 with a double, five RBIs and his first stolen base of the season. Murphy also went 3-6 with a double and four RBIs. Walter Ibarra went 3-4 with four runs scored and a walk. Caleb Cotham got the start and threw four innings of one-run baseball. He gave up four hits and two walks, striking out three. Shaeffer Hall threw an inning of relief, allowing a hit and a walk. Kelvin Perez and Josh Romanski both threw two innings, allowing three Ks and two hits.
Tampa lost to Daytona 3-1: After three scoreless innings, Tampa broke through in the bottom of the fourth. Carmen Angelini singled with two outs and stole second. A single by Eduardo Sosa brought Angelini home, but Sosa was out at second on the throw, ending the inning. Tampa held onto the lead until Daytona rallied in the top of the seventh. Stephen Bruno and Dustin Geiger hit consecutive singles, followed by a two-run double by ben Carhart, giving the Cubs the lead. Another double by Micah Gibbs gave Daytona some insurance, but they wouldn't need it. Tampa threatened int he eighth, when Mason Williams singled to center. Ben Gamel hit a ground-rule double, moving Williams to third, but Gary Sanchez and Angelini both struck out, ending the threat. The Yankees couldn't put together another rally in the bottom of the ninth, taking the 3-1 loss to Daytona.
Francisco Arcia went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Sanchez and Williams both went 1-3 with a walk. Gamel went 1-4 with a double. Scottie Allen made the start, throwing six innings and allowing three runs on six hits and a walk. Joel De La Cruz went two innings, striking out one and allowing a hit. Fred Lewis pitched one scoreless inning, allowing one hit and striking out a pair of batters.
Charleston and Augusta are tied after 13 in a suspended game that will resume on 6/13: Augusta took a big lead early, scoring one run in the first and four in the second, behind doubles from Andrew Cain and Jesus Galindo. The RiverDogs broke through in the third, as Nick McCoy grounded a single to third and Claudio Custodio lined one to left. A double by Robert Refsnyder plated two runs, cutting the GreenJackets' lead to three. Augusta added a run in the fifth and sixth, but a two-run double by Saxon Butler made the score 7-4. Charleston got runners on right away in the seventh. Danny Oh drew a leadoff walk and Custodio was hit by a pitch. Taylor Dugas got a free pass and A single by Bird scored two. Dante Bichette doubled to center, scoring Bird and tying the game. Both teams had chances to score in extras, but the game was suspended after thirteen, which was likely a relief to the RiverDogs who had gone to the outfield for pitching.
The stats so far...Refsnyder is 3-7 with a run scored, a double, two RBIs and a stolen base. Bichette is 2-6 with a double and a RBI. Daniel Camarena made the start, giving up five runs on seven hits, two walks and two Ks. Brett Gerritse threw 3.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned), three hits, a walk and striking out two. Taylor Garrison went 2.1 and gave up a hit and two walks. Charlie Short went three and gave up two hits and a walk. Danny Oh, who plays right field, pitched a hitless thirteenth inning, walking one and picking up a K.