Six games took place amongst the Yankees’ Minor League teams tonight, including two of the affiliates having doubleheaders. There were some high notes and some low notes as the teams went a combined 3-3. Read more about these games below:
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (8-7) defeated the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs (6-10) 4-3
After an extra-inning home loss on Friday night, the Railriders were able to come back Saturday night with a win due to a big sixth inning. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Railriders scored three runs in the inning off of Ironpigs’ starter Sean O’Sullivan. After back-to-back singles to start the inning, Adonis Garcia hit a RBI single that scored Jose Pirela to tie the game. Ronnier Musteiler was the next batter and would reach on an O’Sullivan error, allowing two runs to score in what would be crucial insurance runs.
Bruce Billings improved to 3-1 on the season for the Railriders as he went seven innings, gave up two runs on five hits, walked two, and struck out six. Jim Miller would come in to pitch the ninth inning and pick up his first save of the season. These two teams will continue their series Sunday afternoon at 1:05 PM ET as Caleb Cotham, in his third start of the year, will look to get his first win of 2014. It will be the only Yankees’ minor league affiliate that will play a game on Sunday.
Trenton Thunder (9-7) lost to the Erie Seawolves (6-8) 10-6
The Thunder saw their four game losing streak snapped at home on Saturday night and it was ugly from the beginning. Trenton starter, Charley Short, gave up three runs in the first inning and was only able to last two innings in the game. After Erie took a 3-0 lead, Trenton responded with two runs in the bottom of the first on a RBI triple by Tyler Austin and a RBI single by Gary Sanchez, With two RBI’s in the game, Sanchez now has 13 RBI’s on the season. Every time Trenton tried to make a rally in this game, Erie always had the counter-punch. The Seawolves held the lead from start to finish. On the bright side for the Thunder, left fielder Taylor Dugas hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot,in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jeremy Bleich will look to improve his 7.62 ERA when the Trenton season resumes Monday in a home game against the Akron Rubberducks (Cleveland Indians).
GAME 1: Tampa Yankees (9-6) defeated the Daytona Cubs (4-13) 10-4
The Tampa Yankees’ bats rose to the occasion in Game 1 as they were able to play catch up from the beginning of the game. After a RBI single by third baseman Eric Jagielo in the top of the first inning (his 13th RBI of the season), Tampa starter Manny Banuelos was unable to keep Daytona from a crooked inning. Banuelos only went 2/3 of an inning, giving up four runs on five hits. The Tampa bullpen did its job after that, giving up one hit over the final 6.2 innings. Six Tampa Yankees drove in runs, but the star of the game over the last six innings was catcher Peter O’Brien. O’Brien hit two solo home runs in this game, one in the fourth inning and one in the sixth inning, to give him six home runs on the season. Jagielo and shortstop Cito Culver also had two RBI’s a piece in the win.
Game 2: Tampa Yankees (9-7) lost to the Daytona Cubs (5-13) 9-1
After the Tampa bats woke up in Game 1 of the doubleheader, they fell asleep in Game 2. By the end of the third inning, Daytona already had a 7-0 lead. Starting pitcher Brett Gerritse went 3.1 innings for Tampa, giving up five earned runs on six hits. He had two walks and only one strikeout in this game. The big damage from Daytona was a three-run homer by their left fielder, Bijan Rademacher, in the bottom of the third inning. While Tampa struggled to score against Daytona starter Felix Pena, Eric Jagielo continued his success at the plate with a RBI double in the top of the third inning. Jagielo finished the doubleheader with three RBI’s.
Game 1: Charleston Riverdogs (7-8) lost to the Rome Braves (6-10) 3-2
For six innings, it looked like the Riverdogs were going to be pull out a shutout win in the opening game of their doubleheader and pick up their sixth straight win. They had great pitching from starter Caleb Smith who went 5.1 innings, giving up only two hits and striking out six. In the bottom of the fifth inning, catcher Kale Sumner hit a leadoff homer to left field to give the Riverdogs a 2-0. Then, the top of the 7th came. Phillip Walby, who had come in to get the final out of the sixth inning, threw four wild pitches in the top of the seventh. This would lead to Rome taking the lead by picking up only one hit by Blake Brown that got the scoring started. The winning run would score on a throwing error by third baseman John Murphy.
Game 2: Charleston Riverdogs (8-8) defeated the Rome Braves (6-11) 8-4
In the nightcap, Charleston was able to salvage a split of the doubleheader by breaking out the bats. After producing just three runs in Game 1, the Riverdogs struck first with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Right fielder Aaron Judge started the scoring with a RBI double to left field and the scoring culminated on a solo home run by center fielder Michael O’Neill, his third home run of the season. O’Neill would later add a two-run RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth inning, another inning where Charleston would put up a four spot. Left fielder Mikeson Oliberto would hit his first home run of the season and first baseman Mike Ford would have two RBI’s in the win.
As for the pitching, Rookie Davis is not pitching like a rookie to start the year. Davis only threw four innings, but he struck out seven Braves’ hitters and gave up four earned runs. Three of those runs came in the top of the fifth inning. Rookie is now 3-0 on the season with a 2.75 E.R.A. Luis Severino will get the start when Charleston resumes play Monday on the road against the Lakewood Blue Claws (Philadelphia Phillies) at 6:35 PM.