For the first time since I started doing this every Yankees' affiliate that was scheduled to play on Monday got rained out. They were all able to get back on the field on Tuesday, however, and for the most part the Yankee hopefuls let their bats do the talking. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Rochester 5-0 in Game 1: The RailRiders struggled to put together many hits in the first game of the day. They had a chance to score int he top of the second, as Russ Canzler singled to left and Adonis Garcia reached on an error. A double play ball by Zoilo Almonte was followed by a ground out by Ramon Flores and Scranton came up empty. A RBI double by Eric Farris in the bottom of the inning put the Red Wings up 1-0. The score stayed that way until the bottom of the fifth, when Rochester pulled away. Four straight singles to start the inning gave them another run. Scranton got one out, but two more singles and a sac fly put the Red Wings ahead 5-0, a score they would hold onto for the win.
The RailRiders only managed four hits, as Scott Sizemore, Canzler, Almonte and Flores each went 1-3. Flores and Sizemore both had doubles. They also went 0-6 with runners in scoring position as a team. Bruce Billings made the start, lasting only four innings and getting tagged for four runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out six. Fred Lewis threw one inning and gave up one run on three hits and a K, while Danny Burawa gave up one hit and struck out two in his inning of work.
Scranton/Wilkes Barre lost to Rochester 6-5 in Game 2: It looked like it was going to be more of the same in the second game, as Rochester took a 1-0 lead in the first and then added three more runs in the bottom of the third. Scranton's bats finally started to wake up in the top of the fifth, as Russ Canzler tripled to right and scored on a sac fly by Adonis Garcia. They put together a big rally in the top of the sixth, as Ramon Flores and Scott Sizemore both drew walks and Zelous Wheeler drove in Flores with a double to right. A single by Corban Joseph plated Sizemore and Canzler tied the game with a single to left. Garcia hit into a double play, but Jose Gil drew a walk and Antoan Richardson plated Canzler with a single to first, giving Scranton their first lead of the day. Unfortunately, the lead was short-lived. Darin Mastroianni started the bottom of the inning with a single to left and James Beresford drew a walk. Matt Daley struck out the next two batters, but a single by Danny Santana tied the game. Wilkin Ramirez then lined a single to center, plating Beresford and giving the Red Wings a 6-5 win and a doubleheader sweep.
Wheeler went 2-4 with a run scored, a double and an RBI. Canzler went 2-3 with two runs scored, a triple and a RBI. Richardson also went 2-3, picking up a RBI and a stolen base. Corban Joseph had the only other RailRiders' hit, going 1-3. Caleb Cotham made the start, lasting just 2.1 innings and giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks. He struck out two as well. Preston Claiborne went 1.2 innings and gave up one unearned run on two hits and three Ks. Mark Montgomery threw a scoreless inning of relief, allowing one hit, a walk and striking out one. Matt Daley took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out three.
Trenton pummeled Portland 10-1: lt didn't take the Thunder long to get on the board. Mason Williams started the bottom of the first with a double to left. A single by Rob Segedin put runners on the corners and Gary Sanchez singled in Williams. Tyler Austin plated Segedin with a sac fly and Robert Refsnyder hit his first homer of the season, putting Trenton ahead 4-0. Ali Castillo singled in the second and Ben Gamel, Segedin and Sanchez hit back-to-back-to-back singles, plating two more runs. Castillo had a RBI double in the third and Refsnyder doubled and scored on a single by Yeral Sanchez in the fifth for an 8-0 lead. Portland finally got a run in the top of the sixth, but the Thunder got two runs in the bottom of the inning for the 10-1 win.
Williams and Segedin both went 2-5. Williams scored twice and had a pair of doubles. Gamel went 3-5 with a pair of runs scored and a stolen base. Gary Sanchez went 3-4 with a run scored, a double and three RBIs. Refsnyder went 2-4 with a pair of runs scored, a double, a homer and two RBIs. Castillo went 3-4 with a run scored, a double and a RBI. The only player who did not pick up a single hit was Tyler Austin, who went 0-4, but managed to pick up a RBI with a sac fly. Matt Tracy took the ball for the start, going 5.1 innings and gave up just one run on five hits and three walks. He struck out two. Branden Pinder threw 1.2 hitless innings. Cole Kimball and Jairo Heredia did as well, picking up one and two Ks respectively.
Tampa beat Clearwater 7-6: Peter O'Brien got the Yankees' offense moving in the top of the second, knocking a solo homer for the early lead. Claudio Custodio started the third by lining a single to right, moving to third when Jake Cave singled. A ground out by Eric Jagielo allowed Custodio to score and the Yankees held a 2-0 lead. It was Dante Bichette's turn to get the Yankees going in the fourth, knocking a double to right. Angelo Gumbs singled, putting runners on the corners and Bichette scored on a ground out by Reymond Nunez. Custodio bunted for a single with two outs, scoring Gumbs and putting Tampa ahead 4-0. Cito Culver singled int he fifth and Jagielo parked the ball over the right field fence for a 6-0 advantage. Clearwater finally got their offense moving in the bottom of the inning, as a triple by Freddy Galvis and a two-run homer by Art Charles cut the Yankees' lead in half. They added another run in the sixth, but singles by Jagielo and O'Brien put runners on for Gumbs who picked up a RBI single, making the score 7-4. That run would prove to be crucial, as the Threshers had one more run in them for the ninth inning. Charles singled and Nick Ferdinand drew a walk.. With two outs, KC Serna flew a double to left, plating two runs and bringing Clearwater within one. A ground out to short was all Culver needed to end the game and give the Yankees a 7-6 victory.
Nunez and Yeicok Calderon were the only Yankees to fail to pick up a hit, both going 0-4. Cave and Culver both with 1-5, with the latter scoring a run. Culver had a tough time in the field, however, picking up three errors. Jagielo went 2-5 with two runs scored, a homer and three RBIs. O'Brien went 3-4 with a run scored, a homer and a RBI. Bichette went 1-3 with a double and a run scored, while Custodio went 2-4 with a run scored, a stolen base and a RBI. Manny Banuelos made the start, throwing three scoreless innings. He gave up four hits and struck out two. Brett Gerritse fell victim to Culver's errors, allowing four runs, but only one earned over four innings. He gave up five hits and a walk, striking out four. Phil Wetherell threw a hitless inning, striking out two and Tyler Webb got the save, despite allowing two runs on two hits and a walk.
Charleston beat Greenville 10-1: A two-run homer by Mike Ford put the RiverDogs ahead 2-0 in the first inning. They doubled their lead with a pair of runs in the fourth and broke the game open in the fifth. Tyler Wade singled and Aaron Judge and Ford both drew walks, loading the bases. A wild pitch allowed Wade to score and Miguel Andujar drew a walk setting up for a Brandon Thomas grand slam. A solo homer by Michael O'Neill gave the RiverDogs at 10 run lead. The Drive got a run in the top of the sixth, but the RiverDogs held on for the 10-1 lead.
Thomas went 3-5 with a pair of runs scored, a homer and four RBIs. Wade went 2-4 with two runs scored, two stolen bases and a walk. O'Neill and Abiatal Avelino both went 1-4, while Ford went 1-3 with two runs scored, a homer and a pair of RBIs. O'Neill also stole a couple bags and Thomas picked up one steal. Caleb Smith allowed one hit and three walks over five innings, striking out five. Jordan Cote allowed Greenville's lone run on a pair of hits and walks in his inning of work. Andury Acevedo threw two hitless innings and Stefan Lopez did the same in one inning. They both issued one walk and struck out two.