Monday night wasn’t a full slate of games for the Yankees’ affiliates as the Thunder enjoyed an off night. The rest of the Baby Bombers, however, failed to impress. Here’s a look at how the farm fared in today’s Minor League Roundup.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barres RailRiders (19-17) lost to the Durham Bulls (22-17) 2-1.
Chase Whitley started Monday’s game, however, only pitched the first inning of shutout ball. This could be a precursor to a call up later this week. Whitley, amid a 3-2 season with a striking 2.39 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 26.1 innings, is the clear cut starter to get the big call should the Yankees need an arm with their depleted rotation. Playing seven games this week, should the Yanks need Alfredo Aceves before Thursday, Whitley could get the call to take his place.
Whitley’s short day forced Brian Gordon to come on in relief. Gordon pitched well, gong six innings with three strikeouts and allowing two runs, however, picked up the loss as the RailRiders bats went silent. 3B Scott Sizemore provided the offense for the RailRiders Monday, going 2-4 and driving in their lone run. Zach Nuding gets the ball Tuesday to open a four game set with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
Trenton Thunder (23-14) were idle.
The Thunder had a rest day after their 15-0 dismantling of the Reading Fightin’ Phillies. Matt Tracy takes the mound Tuesday to kick off a three game series with the Erie SeaWolves.
The Tampa Yankees (16-20) lost to the St. Lucie Mets (22-15) 3-2.
The T-Yanks are spiraling downward, dropping their fourth in a row. Starting pitcher Conner Kendrick’s strong performance (six innings, one run, and one strikeout) was wasted as Dietrich Enns blew the save and got the loss. Closer Nick Rumbelow picked up where he left off with Charleston after his recent promotion to High-A Tampa. He struck out two in the ninth and has still yet to allow a run in 2014. 1B Greg Bird continued his strong comeback going 3-4 with two doubles. 3B Eric Jagielo continued his strong season driving in his 21st and 22nd runs of the season. No projected starter has been announced for Tampa’s bout on Tuesday.
The Charleston RiverDogs (20-16) lost to the Savannah Sand Gnats (24-11) 1-0.
Starter Jaron Long hurled a great performance in a no decision for the RiverDogs Monday night. Long went seven strong allowing no walks and just three hits while striking out five. Reliever Rony Bautista went 2.1 innings of shutout ball to get the RiverDogs to extra innings. It took ten innings but the RiverDogs prevailed in an interesting way. Pinch hitter LF Jose Rosario smacked a double. After DH Aaron Judge and 1B Mike Ford drew walks, OF Michael O’Neill was the hero walking with the bases loaded and securing the 1-0 RiverDog victory. Luis Severino hits the rubber to close out the four game series against the reigning South Atlantic League champs.