Night two for the Yankees minor league system was not a memorable one. The only game the junior Yankees didn’t lose was a rain out. Let’s take a look around the farm in tonight’s Minor League Roundup.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barres RailRiders (1-0) vs. Syracuse Chiefs (0-1) postponed.
Rain ended the RailRiders chance to go 2-0 on the season, but gives fans their first doubleheader of the season. Chase Whitley takes the mound for the RailRiders against Taylor Hill of the Chiefs at 2 PM. Game 2 will feature RailRiders’ righty Graham Stoneburner versus Ryan Tatusko.
Trenton Thunder (0-2) lost to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (2-0) 7-3.
The Thunder remained winless on the 2014 season after getting pelted by the Fisher Cats. Jeremy Bleich took the loss but he wasn’t completely terrible. Bleich let up 5 runs over just four innings, but he did strike out 7 while only issuing one walk. 1B Francisco Arcia and DH Zach Wilson both went 2-for-4 for the Thunder, each driving in their first runs of the season. Zach Nuding will get the ball tomorrow night for the Thunder in hopes of finally getting the reigning Eastern League Champions into the win column.
The Tampa Yankees (1-1) lost to the Lakeland Flying Tigers (1-1) 5-1.
The home opener at “The Boss” did not go as planned. The Tampa Yankees were only able to muster 3 hits on the night as Jordan John was in complete control for the Flying Tigers. Eric Wooten pitched very well for the Yankees, going 5 innings with 5 strikeouts and only allowing one run and one walk. Alex Smith took the loss allowing the go-ahead run in the 6th, his only inning of work. Eric Jagielo, drafted in the first round of the MLB June Amateur Draft last year by the Yankees, scored the lone run of the evening on a sacrifice fly by 1B Reymond Nunez. The Tampa Yankees return to Lakeland tomorrow to try to regain the advantage in the series. All eyes will be on the mound as elite prospect Rafael De Paula makes his first start of the season.
The Charleston RiverDogs (1-1) lost to the Augusta GreenJackets (1-1) 6-3.
Shortstop Abiatal Avelino’s monster night at the plate went to waste as the GreenJackets evened the series at one game a piece. Avelino went 2-for-2 on the night with two runs scored, one RBI, and a stolen base. Starting pitcher Luis Severino only lasted 2 innings while allowing 3 runs. Jaron Long came in early relief and allowed 3 more runs to cross the plate (albeit only one was earned). The RiverDogs will send Giovanny Gallegos to the mound to try to get back above .500.