On Saturday night, the Baby Bombers went 3-2 in minor-league action, which included a doubleheader for the single-A Tampa Yankees. Read more about last night’s Minor League action below:
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (24-23) defeated the Rochester Red Wings (25-22) 2-0
The Railriders snapped their two-game losing streak on Saturday night behind a great pitching performance from Zach Nuding. Nuding (2-2) threw eight innings in the win, giving up only three hits and striking out six. His command was on point as he threw 62 of his 86 pitches for strikes and did not walk a single batter. The scoring started for Scranton in the third inning when second baseman Jose Pirela hit a RBI double to left field that scored catcher Austin Romine. In the sixth inning, first baseman Scott Sizemore tacked on a key insurance run with a solo home run to left field, his first of the season. Sizemore had two hits in the win. Jose Ramirez came in for the final inning to pick up his first save of the season.
Trenton Thunder (27-22) defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels (23-23) 4-2
The Thunder took the second game of their three-game series with the Flying Squirrels on Saturday with a late surge of offense. The scoring started in the second inning when Thunder starter Jairo Heredia gave up a two-run homer to Flying Squirrels’ designated hitter Angel Villalona. Heredia settled down after that as he gave up just the two runs on three hits in four innings of work. Facing a 2-0 deficit in the top of the seventh, the Thunder came up with the clutch hits. With one out in the inning, first baseman Dan Fiorito lined a single to right field to score catcher Gary Sanchez to put Trenton on the board. Later in the inning, shortstop Carmen Angelini hit a RBI single to right that scored second baseman Rob Refsnyder to tie the game. Refsnyder would end up being the winning run after he led off the top of the ninth inning with a triple and scored via a Taylor Dugas‘ fielder’s choice. Center fielder Ben Gamel added two doubles and a RBI in the victory.
The stars of the game were the Thunder bullpen. A combination of Cesar Cabral, Taylor Garrison, and Fred Lewis combined to throw five shutout innings, giving up only one hit. Garrison picked up the win in relief with Lewis getting his second save of the season. The Thunder will play the third game of the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 P.M. Bryan Mitchell (1-2, 3.28) gets the start for Trenton and will go against Austin Fleet (3-1, 3.79) for Richmond.
Game 1: Tampa Yankees (26-22) defeated the Brevard County Manatees (23-24) 4-1
For the Tampa Yankees, Game 1 of their doubleheader was all about the home runs. All four runs were scored via three home runs and with two outs. It started in the first inning when third baseman Dante Bichette Jr. hit a two-run homer to right to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. First baseman Matt Snyder would follow Bichette’s at-bat with a solo homer to right, his second of the season, to make it 3-0. In the top of the third inning, designated hitter Gregory Bird hit a solo home run to center field to conclude the scoring for Tampa.
As for the pitching, Dan Camarena (4-3, 2.36) gave up just one run on two hits in six innings to get the win despite walking four batters. Phil Wetherell came into the game in the seventh inning to pick up his second save.
Game 2: Tampa Yankees (26-23) lost to the Brevard County Manatees (24-24) 8-2
In a makeup game of a May 2nd postponement, the Tampa Yankees got off to another good start similar to what they did in Game 1, but could not produce an identical result. In the top of the first inning, shortstop Cito Culver hit a solo homer to right field to give Tampa a 1-0 lead. It was Culver’s first home run of the season. However, the Tampa offense managed just four hits in the game.
Tampa’s starter, Chaz Hebert (0-0, 4.15), was making his first start with the Tampa ball club. For 4.1 innings, Hebert kept the Manatees off the board. This was until Brevard County scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth against him that gave the Manatees the lead. Hebert struck out two and walked two in his outing. Tampa would rally in the top of the sixth inning on Dante Bichette Jr’s. sacrifice fly, his third RBI of the doubleheader. Brevard County would go on to score six runs in the bottom of the sixth, all against reliever Kyle Haynes, who took the loss.
Charleston Riverdogs (24-23) lost to the Hickory Crawdads (23-24) 7-3
Rookie Davis (2-4, 4.93) struggled on the mound for the Riverdogs as he gave up three runs on four hits in three innings without recording a strikeout. Davis also walked three in the loss. Jordan Cote would follow up in relief by giving up four runs on five hits in 3.2 innings. Despite the Charleston pitching staff nearly giving up the cycle to Hickory left fielder Ryan Cordell, there was a positive for the Riverdogs in this game.
Designated hitter Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer to left field in the top of the eighth inning for his fourth home run of the season. He has had five RBI’s over the last three games.