The future Yankees went 1-2 Thursday night, with the Charleston Riverdogs getting rained out.
Scranton Wilkes Barre RailRiders (19-20) lost to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (22-18) 7-1
The crew in Scranton could not pull themselves together Thursday. Starting pitcher Shane Greene continues to slide out of elite status, as he gave up 4 earned runs on 8 hits in 5 innings. His ERA now stands at 6.11 on the season. The RailRiders only managed to muster 4 hits and 1 walk in the game. The lone run came on a solo home run by first baseman Kyle Roller. If any positive could be drawn from the game, it took less than 2.5 hours for the RailRiders to be put out of their misery.
The RailRiders face off against the IronPigs again Friday night. At this time the RailRiders have not announced a starting pitcher.
Trenton Thunder (23-17) lost to the Erie SeaWolves (17-20) 4-2
The Thunder got tired of being the only winning minor league team for the Yankees and dropped one to the Erie SeaWolves Thursday night. They matched hits with Erie and Erie had an error on the night, but Trenton could not get the runs home. The team was actually 4-for-8 hitting with runners in scoring position. Right fielder Tyler Dugas was the star on offense, going 3-for-4 on the night and raising his season average to .316. Bruce Billings started for Trenton in a return from injury. He was just removed from the 40-man roster, so what was once thought of as a rehab assignment is now most likely his final destination for a little bit.
Trenton and Erie square off again Friday with Caleb Cotham taking the mound. He’s started 2 games and owns a 1.69 ERA since joining the club.
Tampa Yankees (19-20) beat the St. Lucie Mets (22-18) 10-5
The Tampa Yankees made sure the Baby Bombers weren’t shutout completely Thursday by knocking in 10 runs on 17 hits in their contest. Eric Jagielo led the way by going 3-for-5 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI. Starting pitcher Rafael De Paula threw 4 shutout innings before handing the ball off. Reliever Stefan Lopez was roughed up for 4 runs in 2 innings, but the Herculean effort by the offense got him off the hook.
Tampa looks to get back to .500 Friday at home behind the arm of Nick Goody. He has an ERA of 4.91 in 3.2 innings pitched this season.
The Charleston RiverDogs game was rained out Thursday and the team will play a doubleheader Friday. In game one, Caleb Smith will take the mound. Through 32.1 innings this season, Smith has an outstanding 0.84 ERA. He has a 2:1 K to hit ratio on the season. Brady Lail is the man toeing the rubber for game two. Lail has a 3.35 ERA on the season, with a 5-1 record.