The New York Yankees’ minor league system was a lot like that old U2 song yesterday: Sunday, bloody Sunday. The farm system went a dismal 1-4 on the day as Tampa was swept in a doubleheader. A come from behind victory by the Thunder was the only bright spot on the day. Here’s how it all went down in today’s Yankees’ MiLB Roundup.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barres RailRiders (28-27) lost to the Indianapolis Indians (34-22) 9-7.
The two teams combined for 29 hits in a high-octane bout Sunday. Bruce Billings got knocked around in his three innings of work, allowing five runs and 8 hits while striking out four. Jose Ramirez came on to pitch three lights out innings also striking out four. Inevitably, Mark Montgomery blew the game, but was a victim of some sloppy play as two of the three runs he allowed were unearned. 2B Jose Pirela had a huge day going 5-for-6 with two doubles, one triple, and three RBI. Backup catcher Francisco Arcia had a big day starting at first base and going 4-for-5. The big news was promising LF Ramon Flores left the game after getting hit by a pitch. Early rumors are is he is heading for the DL. Brian Gordon takes the hill Monday night to close out the series.
Trenton Thunder (31-27) defeated the Portland Sea Dogs (38-19) 6-4.
A big sixth inning helped the Thunder come back and take Sunday’s game from the Sea Dogs. Matt Tracy improved to 6-2 over six inning of work. He wasn’t his sharpest, allowing 8 hits, three walks, and three runs, but the five run explosion in the bottom half of the sixth was all he needed. Tyler Webb picked up his third save of the season. 2B Robert Refsnyder continued his scorching hot two week run picking up two more hits and driving in his 25th run of the season. C Gary Sanchez joined in on the fun with two RBI and two runs scored of his own. CF Mason Williams and RF Taylor Dugas both went 2-for-4 on the day. The Thunder are off Monday, but Manny Banuelos takes the mound Tuesday to kick off the series against Richmond.
The Tampa Yankees (27-29) were swept in a double header by the Fort Myers Miracle (27-26) 3-0 and 8-4.
Tampa is in trouble. They are having a hard time finding their offensive groove and in Game 1 were shut out for the third time in five nights. Rafael De Paula wasn’t terrible going 6 innings and allowing three runs while striking out six. The T-Yanks mustered one hit as Jose Berrios hurled a complete game shut for the Miracle. DH Matt Snyder hit the lone double on the day.
It didn’t get much better, but at least Tampa scored. The T-Yanks have now lost seven of their last eight games. James Pazos couldn’t get out of the first inning as four runs scored on four hits in his 1/3 of an innings work. Miguel Sulbaran didn’t do much to limit the damage allowing two more runs in his 3.1 innings on the night. CF Jake Cave provided the spark for the T-Yanks going 2-for-4 in the nightcap.
The Charleston RiverDogs (27-29) lost to the Asheville Tourists (32-23) 7-5.
Caleb Smith got roughed up Sunday. His hot start seems to be coming to an end as he allowed six runs over his 4.2 innings of work. Jaron Long cam on to close out the game allowing only one unearned run to cross the plate. RF Aaron Judge continued to rake, going 2-for-3 and blasting his 7th home run of the season as well as his second triple. SS Tyler Wade and 1B John Murphy both added two hits a piece on the day. Brady Lail takes the mound for Monday’s series opener against the Hickory Craw Dads.