Yankees' minor league second baseman Rob Refsnyder. Mandatory Credit: MiLB.com

Yankees' MiLB Roundup for June 5th: Refsnyder and Pirela Keep Tearing it Up

Thursday was yet another unimpressive night down on the Yankees’ farm. The teams combined for an ugly 1-3 record on the night. 2013 first rounder Ian Clarkin stepped up and salvaged the lone win for the Baby Bombers. Here’s the unhappy recap in today’s Yankees’ MiLB Roundup.


Scranton/Wilkes-Barres RailRiders (29-30) lost to the Norfolk Tides (26-35) 13-9.

Well, the RailRiders back to back losses to Norfolk have been action packed to say the least. A night after losing 14-7, they allow 13 more runs while scoring 9 of their own. Shane Greene had yet another weak performance allowing eight runs on ten hits in just three innings. Preston Claiborne returned and threw two solid shut out innings keeping the RailRiders in the game until Pat Venditte came in and imploded for five runs in his 1.1 innings of work. Desperate for arms IF/OF Russ Canzler had to finish the game on the mound. 2B Jose Pirela is in the zone, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and raising his average to a season high .330. RF Zolio Almonte returned to the lineup with a 3-for-5 night including a home run. Bruce Billings takes the mound Friday in hopes of keeping the Tides under double digits.



Trenton Thunder (32-29) lost to the Richmond Flying Squirrels (32-25) 8-5.

Two errors did in any type of attempt starter Jeremy Bleich had to keep the Thunder in the game. In Bleich’s 4.2 innings, four unearned runs came home, putting the Thunder in a 4-0 hole right off the bat. 2B Rob Refsnyder remains on fire, going 2-for-5 with two more doubles. Every hit seems to go for extra bases and he has raised his average to .327 with 117 total bases in just 57 games. C Peter O’Brien actually did not hit a home run on Thursday, but he did go 2-for-4 driving in a run. Graham Stonerburner tries to right the ship Friday night.



The Tampa Yankees (28-31) lost to the Charlotte Stone Crabs (29-28) 5-0.

The T-Yanks did what they have been doing best so far this June… got shut out. It is the third time in the short month that Tampa has put goose eggs across the board. Miguel Sulbaran was lights out through six, allowing no runs while striking out 8 and walking just one. Brett Gerritse fell to 2-3 taking the loss allowing one run in his inning of work. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr., LF Cody Grice, and RF Zach Wilson provided the Tampa offense with two hits a piece. Rafael De Paula toes the rubber Friday.


The Charleston RiverDogs (28-32) defeated the Hickory CrawDads (31-28) 5-1.

Ian Clarkin showed why he was a 2013 first round pick last night. The 19-year-old rebounded nicely from back to back poor outings to earn his second win of the season. Clarkin went five innings allowing just one run and striking out three. 3B Miguel Andujar led the way for the RiverDogs going 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Caleb Smith will get the ball Friday night.


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