The Farm Report: 6/12/13 - Culver hits back-to-back homers

In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees have made some progress with their draft picks from last week. They've signed their top pick Eric Jagielo along with some other later picks. It sounds like Aaron Judge and Ian Clarkin may not be too far behind. As far as the action on the field, it was a quiet day for the Yankees' affiliates. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was off today and Tampa was postponed due to rain. Charleston overcame a shaky start by Rafael De Paula to beat Greenville, while Trenton came up short against Binghamton. Trenton lost to Binghamton 6-1: The Mets wasted little time in taking the lead. Josh Rodriguez drew a one out walk in the first and moved to third when Travis Taijeron hit a ground-rule double to left. A single by Allan Dykstra scored both runners, as Jose Pirela threw the ball away, giving Binghamton a 2-0 lead. Ramon Flores started the bottom of the inning with a double to short. Slade Heathcott singled and Tyler Austin drove in Flores for a 2-1 score. A pair of doubles in the second gave Binghamton some breathing room and after the third they held a 4-1 advantage. They added two more runs in the fifth, taking a 6-1 lead, while the Thunder continued to struggle to score. JR Murphy started the sixth with a single, but Kyle Roller, Carmen Angelini and Reegie Corona went down in order. Roller hit a two-out double in the eighth, but once again Trenton couldn't bring him home. Trenton had one last shot in the ninth. With two outs Shane Brown drew a walk and moved to second on defensive indifference. Flores drew a walk as well, but Heathcott went down on strikes, giving Trenton the 6-1 loss.

Flores and Austin both went 1-3. Flores scored a run and had a double, while Austin drove in a run. Roller went 2-4 with a double and was the only Thunder hitter with multiple hits. Heathcott went 1-5 and Murphy went 1-4. Matt Tracy made the start, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk in two innings. Fred Lewis gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks, striking out two in 2.1 innings. Francisco Rondon scattered two hits and two walks in 3.1 innings of work, striking out seven batters. Tommy Kahnle ended the game with a hitless 1.1 innings of work, striking out two.

Charleston beat Greenville 10-5: Cito Culver drew a one out walk in the first and scored on a double by Peter O'Brien for the first run of the game. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Drive took a big lead in the second. Mario Martinez doubled, scoring on a triple by Aneury Tavarez. Boss Moanaroa singled Tavarez in and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches. Jordan Weems lined a single to center, scoring another run. A sac bunt by Jose Vincio plated Keaton Briscoe and Greenville had a 4-1 lead. Taylor Dugas drew a walk in the fourth and Kelvin De Leon and Reymond Nunez hit back-to-back singles. A double by Jake Cave plated another run and the RiverDogs' lead was cut to one. Greenville scored one run in the bottom of the inning, but Charleston got it back on a solo homer by O'Brien.

The RiverDogs turned the corner in the top of the seventh. They tied the game with a solo homer by Culver and O'Brien singled to short. With two outs, Dugas lined a double to lef,t plating O'Brien. A single by De Leon scored Dugas and the RiverDogs had a 7-5 lead. Fu-Lin Kuo and Cave started the eighth with a pair of singles, which Culver followed up with his second homer of the game, giving the RiverDogs a 10-5 victory.

O'Brien went 3-5 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and a RBI. Cave went 2-5 with a run scored, a stolen base, a double and a RBI. Culver went 2-4 with three runs scored, two homers and four RBIs. Dugas and De Leon both went 2-4 while Nunez went 2-5. De Paula lasted five innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out five. Adam Smith and Dietrich Enns both threw two innings and gave up one hit. Neither pitcher walked a batter while Smith struck out three and Enns struck out four.