Wednesday night was a tough one for the Yankees’ farm system. The bullpens betrayed two quality starts but the bats were alive. The Baby Bombers went 2-3 on the day. Here’s a look around the farm in today’s Minor League Roundup.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barres RailRiders (5-6) loses to the Buffalo Bisons (7-3) 8-2.
Chris Leroux never got it going against the Bisons. He lasted just 2.1 innings allowing 5 runs on 7 hits. Despite only scoring two runs, the RailRiders did tally 11 hits on the night. 1B Corbin Joseph, C Austin Romine, and RF Zolio Almonte led the charge with two hits apiece. The RailRiders will have their hands full in tomorrow’s doubleheader squaring off against two former big league pitchers. Brian Gordon faces the Bisons’ Kyle Drabek in game one while Chase Whitley gets the ball in game two against Ricky Romero.
Trenton Thunder (7-6) split the double header with the Akron RubberDucks (6-7).
GAME 1: RubberDucks 4 Trenton 3
The RubberDucks took Game 1 by getting to starter Jeremy Bleich early. Bleich lasted just four innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned), and two walks while striking out three. He falls to 1-2 on the season with a gut wrenching 7.62 ERA. OF Mason Williams continued his fast start to the season by going 2-for-3 scoring two more runs (giving him 12 on the young season), driving in one, and stealing a base. DH Ben Gamel went 2-4 with a RBI.
GAME 2: Trenton 1 RubberDucks 0
Zach Nuding didn’t want the Thunder to get swept in the doubleheader, so he took matters into his own hands. He pitched a complete game (7 innings in weather caused double headers) shutout allowing two hits and one walk while striking out five. Nuding’s gem gives him his first win of the season. 1B Kyle Roller continues to show his power bat is back blasting his second home run since he debuted in the line-up this past weekend. He tacked on a double to finish the day 2-3. LF Ben Gamel collected two more hits giving him four on the day. Former Yankee Jason Giambi played DH for the RubberDucks going 0-for-2 with one walk.
Joel De La Cruz is set to take the mound for the Thunder tonight.
The Tampa Yankees (7-6) lost to the Clearwater Threshers (3-10) 4-1.
The Tampa bullpen let another brilliant start by Rafael De Paula go to waste. De Paula pitched six frames of one run ball while striking out 7. He left the game tied at one only to watch Zach Woods allow three runs in the eighth. OF Dante Bichette, Jr. was responsible for all the runs launching his first home run of the season. 3B Eric Jagielo tacked on yet another hit and has no hit safely in 8 of his last 9 games. C Peter O’Brien can not be stopped. He had another two hit night while tallying his third double of the year.
The Charleston RiverDogs (6-7) defeated the Greenville Drive (7-6) 8-7.
Giovanny Gallegos had a solid pitching performance Wednesday for the RiverDogs. Gallegos went 5 strong innings allowing 3 runs while striking out six in a no decision. RP Andrew Benak allowed the Drive back in it allowing three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Andury Acevedo gave up the tying run in the eighth. C Eduardo de Oleo bashed his first home run of the season of the two-run variety while SS Tyler Wade had a big night going 2-3 with three RBI. 1B Mike Ford continued his hot hitting collecting two more hits and bringing his season average to .347. CF Brandon Thomas played the role of hero as he drove in 3B Miguel Andujar in the top of the ninth to regain the lead. Philip Walby shut down the Drive’s best three hitters 1-2-3 to secure the save. The RiverDogs sweep the huge three game series.