It wasn’t a good night for the Yankees’ Minor League teams as the Charleston RiverDogs, Trenton Thunder, and Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders all suffered losses. The one team that did have success was the Tampa Yankees, who finally snapped their scoreless innings streak and beat the Bradenton Marauders. Here is a closer look at what happened in today’s Minor League recap.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (27-26) lost to the Indianapolis Indians (33-21) 11-6
It was a rough night for Railriders’ starter Joel De La Cruz, who allowed 5 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks over 4 innings pitched. The one bright spot on the mound was ambidextrous reliever Pat Vendite, who pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief. Even though they lost, the offense was not the reason, as they pounded out 6 runs and 13 hits. Three of them came from second baseman and lead-off hitter Jose Pirela, who went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a run scored, and a walk. In fact, the only two Railriders without hits were Scott Sizemore and Austin Romine, who each went 0-for-4. They will face off with Indianapolis again on Saturday at 8:05 PM EST.
Trenton Thunder (30-25) lost to the Portland Sea Dogs (36-18) 4-3
Trenton starter Bryan Mitchell started off strong, as he didn’t allow a run through the first two frames. Unfortunately, he gave up 3 runs over the next 1.1 innings and was removed from the game. He was relieved by Manny Barreda, who would go 3.1 innings and allowed only a hit and 2 walks, while striking out four Sea Dogs. Tyler Webb would take the loss for the Thunder, as he issued a bases loaded walk to Bo Greenwell in the 8th inning. The two offensive bright spots for Trenton were designated hitter Peter O’Brien and second baseman Robert Refsnyder. O’Brien went 1-for-3 with a solo home run (his 10th in 30 games as a member of the Thunder and his 20th overall this season) and Refsnyder went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a run scored. Today, Trenton will play a double-header against Portland (one being a makeup from May 7th). First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 PM EST.
The Tampa Yankees (27-27) defeated the Bradenton Marauders (27-27) 3-2
Tampa was losing 2-1 going into the ninth inning, but Dante Bichette Jr. clubbed a two-run homer to give them a lead that would stand. Nick Goody was the winning pitcher, as he struck out three batters in 2 innings of relief. Tomorrow they will square off against Fort Myers in the first of four games.
The Charleston RiverDogs (27-27) lost to the Ashville Tourists (30-23) 4-3
Charleston had a 1-0 lead going into the seventh inning on Friday. RiverDogs’ starter Luis Severing pitched a masterful game, allowing only 2 hits over 6 shutout innings, but they couldn’t hold it as reliever Omar Luis allowed 4 runs in the 7th inning. Though Charleston made it interesting in the 8th (courtesy of a two-run double by Aaron Judge) they couldn’t pull through. One good thing that did come from the loss was Gosuke Katoh‘s 2-for-3 night that included two triples.