All four affiliates returned to action for the Yankees Thursday night. Tampa fans got to double up on their game action as they played two against Clearwater. All in all, it was a dismal night as the Baby Bombers went a collective 1-4. Here’s all the game’s action in today’s Yankees’ MiLB Roundup.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barres RailRiders (32-33) lost to the Columbus Clippers (33-33) 5-4.
Jeremy Bleich’s Triple A debut didn’t go as desired. Bleich went six innings striking out five, while allowing four hits, four runs, and three walks. Danny Burawa couldn’t help clamp it down, blowing the save and giving Bleich his first loss with SWB. 3B Scott Sizemore and LF Zoilo Almonte blasted a home run each, while DH Kyle Roller went 2-for-4. Playing in his second game at Triple-A, 2B Rob Refsnyder went 0-for-4, ending his 14-game hit streak that started on May 26 with the Thunder. Bruce Billings (4-1, 4.54 ERA) toes the rubber in Game 2 of the series tonight. First pitch is 7:15 PM.
Trenton Thunder (34-33) defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels (37-27) 4-3.
Matt Tracy pitched well, but couldn’t pick up his eighth win of the year. He went 6.2 innings pitched, striking out five, and allowing two earned runs on nine hits. Jairo Heredia came on for 1.1 shutout innings to pick up the win. CF Mason Williams continued his season turnaround belting his second home run of the year. He is now up to .227, after hitting safely in eight of his last ten games. 1B Peter O’Brien had a 2-for-4 night, driving in his 30th RBI and walking once without striking out at all, a rarity for O’Brien’s power bat. Manny Banuelos will get the ball tonight. Game time is 6:35 PM.
The Tampa Yankees (31-34) lost a double header against the Clearwater Threshers (14-50).
GAME ONE: Clearwater 8 Tampa 5
Rafael De Paula simply did not have it last night. He let up seven runs over just two innings, striking out three, walking three and surrendering four hits. The T-Yanks did have a solid night offensively, belting a combined twelve hits. CF Jake Cave, 3B Dante Bichette, Jr., 1B Matt Snyder, RF Yeicok Calderon all had two hits on the night. SS Cito Culver hit his second home run of the season.
GAME TWO: Clearwater 3 Tampa 0
Tampa lost the backend of the double header getting swept on the day and shutout for the fifth time in June. Jaron Long bounced back from a rough Tampa debut, going five innings allowing two runs while striking out three and walking none. It wasn’t enough as he fell to 0-2 since his promotion. The T-Yanks managed four hits, with RF Cody Grice getting half of them going 2-for-3.
Tampa is off for the Florida State League All-Star Weekend. The T-Yanks sent five players to Saturday night’s game at 7:05 PM. Check back Saturday night for the recap.
The Charleston RiverDogs (30-37) lost to the Lexington Legends (29-38) 6-4.
Brady Lail has to be steaming. After going six strong, shutout innings, striking out six, and walking one, Rony Bautista let the game get away without registering an out. Bautista came on in the seventh and allowed four runs on three hits, and one walk, while getting no one out. RF Aaron Judge had yet another huge night going 2-for-4, with a double, and 2 RBI. C Eduardo de Oleo smashed his ninth home run of the year. Rookie Davis gets the call tonight. First pitch is slated for 7:05 PM.