The Yankees' major league club isn't the only one hit by injury, as Josh Norris fills us in on some bad news for Trenton. Kyle Higashioka, who was having a pretty strong start to 2013 as JR Murphy's backup catcher, is done for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Rob Segedin is also on the DL after hurting his hip on the 24th, with no clear return date yet. Walter Ibarra is starting to work his way back from an abdominal injury, but has a ways to go before he will be cleared. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was blanked by Indianapolis 5-0: Chien-Ming Wang got the start for the RailRiders, making short work of the Indians through the first three innings. The RailRiders had a chance to score first in the bottom of the third, when David Adams (making a start at first base) lined a double to left. Zoilo Almonte reached on an error, put Dan Johnson grounded out and Scranton came up empty. Indianapolis rallied with two outs in the top of the fourth. Matt Hague lined a single to center and Jared Goedert singled to center. Ivan De Jesus grounded a two-run double to right and then scored on a single by Jerry Sands for the 3-0 lead. Felix Pie hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth, giving the Indians plenty of breathing room. Scranton had a chance to make a move in the bottom of the eighth. Adams doubled to right and Almonte singled, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Johnson and Ronnier Mustelier both struck out and Melky Mesa flew out, as the Indians held on for the 5-0 win.
Adams went 2-4 with a pair of doubles. Almonte and Bobby Wilson were the only other RailRiders to pick up hits. Corban Joseph and Mesa went 0-4 and Mustelier went 0-3. Wang gave up five runs on eight hits over five innings. He did not walk anyone and struck out five. Kelvin Perez went two innings and allowed just two hits and a walk, striking out four. Clay Rapada and Josh Spence each gave up one hit in an inning of work. Rapada allowed a walk and Spence struck out two.
Trenton beat Binghamton 5-0: The Thunder jumped out to a good lead in the first. Ramon Flores singled to right and Jose Pirela followed with a double to left. A sac fly by Tyler Austin plated Flores. An error on a hit by JR Murphy moved Pirela to third and Kyle Roller drew a walk, loading the bases. Slade Heathcott grounded out, scoring Pirela. A single by Reegie Corona scored two more runs, putting Trenton ahead 4-0. Murphy doubled to start the third and scored on a single by Heathcott, putting Trenton in front 5-0. Binghamton struggled to put together much of an offense, managing just two hits and five walks, as Matt Tracy put together his strongest outing of the season.
Flores went 2-3 with a run scored, a double and a walk. Murphy went 2-4 with two runs scored and a double. Ali Castillo also went 2-4. Pirela went 1-3 with a double and a run scored. Roller went 1-3 with a run scored, a walk and a double. Heathcott went 1-4 with two RBIs. Tracy went 6.1 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out nine. He walked three. Aaron Dott threw 0.2 innings, allowing one hit. Branden Pinder threw two hitless innings. He walked two and struck out four.
Tampa lost to Fort Myers 7-0: Like Scranton, Tampa's offense only managed to scatter four hits through the game, failing to score. Fort Myers scored early and often, putting the Yankees in a hole right away. Aderlin Mejia doubled to start the bottom of the first and scored on a sac fly. Kennys Vargas started the second with a walk, moved to third on a double and scored on a fielder's choice, giving Fort Myers a 2-0 lead. A RBI double in the third made the score 3-0 and a big fourth put the game out of reach for the Yankees. An error by Jose Toussen allowed the first runner to reach, scoring on a double by Jonathan Murphy. Stephen Wickens drew a walk and Murphy scored on a double by Eddie Rosario. Wickens scored on a wild pitch and Miguel Sano singled in Rosario, putting Tampa down 7-0.
Mason Williams got one hit and Robert Refsnyder went 2-4. Anderson Feliz picked up the other Yankee hit. No one walked and they struck out thirteen times as a team. Refsnyder had a stolen base. Bryan Mitchell lasted four innings and gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits, five walks and three Ks. Dan Mahoney gave up one hit and two walks in three innings, striking out two. Rigoberto Arrebato allowed one hit, striking out two over an inning.
Charleston beat Delmarva 10-4: The RiverDogs struck early, as Gregory Bird drew a two out walk and Dante Bichette followed with a single. Peter O'Brien singled in Bird and a double by Yeicok Calderon plated two more runs for an early 3-0 lead. Cito Culver started the third with a single to left and Bird doubled him over to third. A sac fly by O'Brien plated Culver for a 4-0 advantage. Delmarva started to work its way back into the game in the fifth, scoring their first run on a throwing error by O'Brien and another on an error by Bird, cutting the Charleston lead in half. Delmarva scored another run in the sixth, but the RiverDogs started to put the game away in the eighth. With one out, Calderon and Taylor Dugas both drew walks. A single by Kelvin De Leon loaded the bases and Francisco Rosario drew a walk, scoring Calderon. A single by Jake Cave plated another run and Bichette scored two when he grounded a single to center. O'Brien was hit by a pitch, loading the bases again. Another walk scored Culver and the RiverDogs held a 10-3 lead. The Shorebirds managed one more run in the bottom of the eighth, but that was far from enough, as Charleston took the 10-4 victory.
Culver went 3-6 with a pair of runs scored and a RBI. Cave went 2-6 with a run scored and a RBI. Bichette went 2-5 with a run scored and two RBIs. Dugas and Rosario were the only RiverDogs to come up hitless, as the rest of the order each got one. They committed four errors, as O'Brien had the throwing error and Rosario, Bird and Calderon had fielding errors. Jose Campos went 3.2 innings and allowed just two hits and a walk and struck out five. Evan Rutckyj went 5.1, allowing four unearned runs on six hits, a walk and five Ks.