Some of the “baby bombers” had decent nights but others weren’t as successful. The Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders and the Tampa Yankees pulled off impressive wins while the Trenton Thunder and Charleston RiverDogs both lost.
Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders (38-42) defeated the Syracuse Chiefs (49-32) 6-0
This game was a pitchers’ duel between Railriders’ starter Shane Greene and Chiefs’ James Simmons until the fifth inning, when a sacrifice-fly by Dean Anna and a run scoring single by Taylor Dugas gave the Scranton/Wilkes Barre a 2-0 lead. Then in the seventh inning, the red-hot Rob Refsnyder put two more runs on the scoreboard with his second home run as a member of the Railriders.
Shane Greene carved through the Chiefs’ lineup, allowing only two base runners through seven innings. This may have been the best outing of his career.
The Railriders will be in Lehigh Valley on Saturday to face-off against the IronPigs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35PM.
Trenton Thunder (37-44) lose to the Erie Seawolves (33-44) 5-2
Trenton didn’t perform very well tonight as starter Bryan Mitchell gave up 4 hits, 2 runs, and 6 walks over 4.2 innings pitched.
Despite Mitchell’s subpar performance, the game remained tied at two into the seventh inning but then Erie put up two more runs on RBI singles from Steve Moya and Ramon Cabrera and never looked back.
The Thunder will face Erie again on Saturday at 7:05PM as Matt Tracy will take the mound.
Tampa Yankees (38-41) defeat the Dunedin Blue Jays (49-29) 2-1
The Yankees got a nice outing from starting pitcher Miguel Sulbaran who pitched seven innings and allowed only one run,
Tampa would score two runs in the final three innings thanks to RBI singles by first baseman Greg Bird and left fielder Jose Rosario. This was just enough to give the Yankees a win.
Rafael De Paula will start for Tampa on Saturday as they continue their series against the Blue Jays. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00PM.
Charleston RiverDogs (36-43) lose to the Kannapolis Intimidators (35-41) 6-5
Brady Lail was decent for the RiverDogs as he went 5 innings and gave up only 3 runs, but by the ninth inning they were trailing 6-2.
Then, just as it looked as if Charleston would be picking up a loss, the offense exploded by scoring three runs in the ninth. Still, it wasn’t to be as center fielder Dustin Fowler flew out to right field with a runner in scoring position to end the game.
On the bright side, the RiverDogs’ offensive explosion could help them in the days to come, as it could jump-start their offense.
Caleb Smith will take the hill tomorrow in the second game of a set of three against Kannapolis. First pitch is at 7:05PM.
Staten Island Yankees (8-7) lose to the Brooklyn Cyclones (11-4) 2-0
Staten Island wasted solid pitching performances from starter Dillon McNamara and reliever Chad Taylor. The two pitchers who struggled, Andury Acevedo and Jose Pena, lost the game for the Yankees by surrendering 2 runs in the seventh inning.
The Yankees gave up the runs in the seventh when Acevedo loaded the bases. After being removed from the game, he was replaced by Pena, who proceeded to unleash two wild pitches to allow the Cyclones to take the lead, which they wouldn’t surrender.
The only Staten Island Yankee with multiple hits was shortstop Thairo Estrada, who went 2-3 with a walk.
Staten Island will face Brooklyn again on Saturday at 7:05PM.
DSL Yankees 2 (16-8) lose to the DSL Astros Orange (8-16) 10-7
The Yankees lost the game in one inning, the sixth.
Amauris Sanchez entered the game in the sixth inning and was shelled. The runs that the Astros scored came on a two-run double from Bryan De La Cruz and a grand-slam from Vincente Sanchez.
On the bright side, the Yankees scored seven runs including two RBIs from leadoff hitter Carlos Vidal who is hitting .350 so far this year.
The Yankees will be playing the DSL Rangers 1 on Saturday at 10:30AM
DSL Yankees 1 (15-9) lose to the DSL Mariners (11-13) 4-2
The Yankees were down 4-0 heading into the ninth inning, when the offense showed some signs of life.
They managed to scratch across two runs and get the go-ahead run to the plate in Greidy Encarnacion, but he struck out to end the game.
Overall, the game was’t awful as Yankees’ pitchers such as Moises Cedeno and Miguel Rosario managed to keep up their hot streaks and the offense did wake up in the ninth, which could carry over to Saturday.
On Saturday, they will face off against the DSL Mets at 10:30AM.
GCL Yankees 1 (7-0) defeat the GCL Yankees 2 (3-4) 3-0
It was an all-Yankees matchup as the Yankees 1 defeated the Yankees 2.
Aside from their 7-0 start to the season, another good sign arose yesterday as Leonard Molina broke out of his slump, going 2-4 with three RBIs.
Another positive development was the continued success of Ty Hensley, who threw 2.2 shutout innings to lower his ERA to 1.69 on the season.
The two teams will face off again on Saturday.