On a day where most of the focus went to the Yankees prospects of the future, some of the current ones continued to make their pushes for jobs with the big club. Here is the rundown of what happened on Friday.
Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders (30-30) defeated the Norfolk Tide (26-36) 12-2
The Railrider bats came out swinging, as they knocked the Tide’s pitchers around for 12 runs and 19 hits. Scranton/Wilkes Barre leadoff man, Jose Pirela, whose 3-3 game included his fourth home run of the season and three RBIs. Another Yankees’ prospect, Adonis Garcia, went 4-5 with three doubles, a home run, and three RBIs of his own.
On the mound, Bruce Billings was outstanding, giving up only one run over five innings to pick up his fourth win of the season.
On Saturday, the Railriders will send Brian Gordon to sqauare off against the Toledo Mud Hens.
Trenton Thunder (32-30) lost to the Altoona Curve (23-37) 11-2
It was a rough night for the Thunder, but that was not the fault of Rob Refsnyder. The second baseman went 3-4 with a double and an RBI to raise his batting average to a stellar .335. He has truly been outstanding.
The pitching staff failed Trenton as three of their four pitchers surrendered runs. The one that didn’t , James Pazos, struck out four batters in two shutout innings
Matt Tracy will take the ball for the Thunder on Saturday, as they continue their series with the Curve.
The Charleston RiverDogs (28-33) lost to the Savannah Sand Gnats (39-19) 10-4
It was a forgettable night for the RiverDogs as their pitching failed them by surrendering ten runs and twelve hits. The only solid effort on the mound came from Evan Rutckyj, who threw two shutout innings.
On Saturday, Brady Lall will try to avenge the RiverDogs loss against Savannah.
The Tampa Yankees (30-31) defeated the Charlotte Stone Crabs (29-30) 4-1
Rafael De Paula was solid for the baby bombers on Friday, striking out eight Stone Crabs in five innings of one run ball. The bullpen was almost as good, striking out eight of their own and not allowing a hit over the final four innings.
Tampa first baseman Greg Bird was solid at the plate, going 2-4 with a double and an RBI.
Jaron Long will take the mound at George M. Steinbrenner Field tomorrow and try to beat the Stone Crabs again.