The Charleston RiverDogs saved the future Yankees from completely dropping the ball yesterday. In four games, the minor league system went 1-3. Here is how it all went down.
Scranton Wilkes Barre RailRiders (10-10) lose to the Buffalo Bisons (10-9) 6-5
The RailRiders had a rally in the 9th, scoring 4 times, but the rally was too little too late as the Bisons took down Scranton 6-5. Zoilo Almonte had a 3-run shot in the 9th inning, as he ended the day 2-for-5. Starting pitcher David Herndon pitched all of two innings, giving up 4 earned runs, and inflating his season ERA to 12.96.
The RailRiders face Buffalo again Friday, hoping to win the series. They haven’t announced a starting pitcher at this time.
Trenton Thunder (12-8) lose to the Akron RubberDucks (10-10) 4-1
The Thunder never had a chance in this one, as the RubberDucks pitcher, Kyle Davies struck out 9 in less than seven innings of work. The Thunder had three hits on the night, two by Kyle Roller, including a solo shot. Roller is now hitting .353 on the season with 5 home runs in just 34 at-bats. Joel De La Cruz pitched for Trenton, giving up four runs in five innings. Pat Venditte was strong in relief, striking out 4 from Akron in 1.2 innings.
The Trenton Thunder travel to Portland today to take on the Sea Dogs. Starting pitcher Matt Tracy (3-0, 2.20) will look to continue his strong start to the season.
Tampa Yankees (11-9) lose to the Lakeland Flying Tigers (12-8) 4-3
The Tampa Yankees lost a low scoring affair with the Flying Tigers despite outhitting them 8-6. First baseman Zach Wilson led the way, going 4-for-4 with a double and a solo home run. Wilson is now hitting .407 on the year through 27 at-bats with the club. Manny Banuelos started for the Yankees, giving up just one hit over three innings of work.
The Tampa Yankees are in Lakeland again tonight. Brett Gerritse (1-1, 7.50) will look to get his season on track on the mound. Through 12 innings, he has already given up 24 hits and 4 walks. If he wants to succeed, his WHIP needs a serious drop.
Charleston RiverDogs (11-9) beat the Delmarva Shorebirds (9-11) 6-0
The RiverDogs shutout the Shorebirds 6-0 thanks to starting pitcher Caleb Smith. He struck out 13 Shorebirds in 6 innings. Smith now owns a 0.89 ERA on the season. Jordan Cote earned the 3 inning save, striking out 3 of his own. Every player in the RiverDogs lineup had at least one hit last night. Young second baseman Gosuke Katoh led the offense with 2 RBI and a double.
The Riverdogs face the Shorebirds again tonight. They have not announced a starting pitcher at this time.