It was a big night for the Yankees as the team’s big lefty, CC Sabathia, began his rehab assignment after spending some time on the Disabled List with a knee injury. Though it wasn’t an ideal outing, it was only step number one.
Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders (39-42) defeat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (39-43) 4-3
The increasingly dangerous Rob Refsnyder struck again for the Railriders as he crushed a two-run homer in the third inning, propelling his team to a win. He went 1-2 on the night with two walks.
Railriders starter Chris Leroux was outstanding, tossing five innings of one-run ball.
Relievers Danny Burowa and Matt Daley shut the door in the eighth and ninth innings to give Scranton/Wilkes Barre the win.
The Railriders will conclude their series against Lehigh Valley on Sunday at 1:35pm EST.
Trenton Thunder (37-45) lost to the Erie Seawolves (34-44) 3-1
The Thunder’s offense was shut down by Seawolves starter Jeff Ferrell who allowed only one run and four hits over eight innings pitched. The only run that Trenton scored was on a solo-home run by right fielder Tyler Austin in the fifth.
Nick Goody picked up the loss for the Thunder as he surrendered two runs in 0.1 innings pitched.
Trenton will finish up their series with Erie at 1:35pm EST on Sunday.
Tampa Yankees (39-41) defeat the Dunedin Blue Jays (49-30) 5-2
This wasn’t just any regular season game at George M. Steinbrenner field in Tampa Bay, Florida as CC Sabathia made his first rehab start since being sidelined by a knee injury.
He got through the first inning with ease, allowing only one baserunner (on an error by third baseman Jose Rosario), but the second inning spelled trouble for the lefty. He walked the leadoff man, gave up a single two batters later, and then gave up a two-run double.
Sabathia would get the first out of the third inning and then be replaced by Rafael DePaula.
Overall, it could have been worse as this was the first game action Sabathia has seen since May.
DePaula would pitch 5.2 innings of shutout baseball.
Jaron Long, the son of Yankees’ hitting coach Kevin Long, will take the hill on Saturday at 1:00pm EST.
Charleston RiverDogs (36-44) lost to the Kannapolis Intimidators (36-41) 4-3
The game was tied at three going into the ninth inning thanks to Charleston’s offense scoring three runs in the eighth, but they couldn’t complete the comeback.
In the bottom of the ninth, Intimidators’ Designated Hitter Tyler Williams crushed a walk off home run to give Kannapolis the win.
Rookie Davis will pitch for Charleston on Saturday at 5:05pm EST.
Staten Island Yankees (9-7) defeat the Brooklyn Cyclones (11-5) 11-5
It was a bloodbath for the Brooklyn Cyclones as the Yankees scored 11 runs on 13 hits.
A big reason for the offensive outbreak was Staten Island Designated Hitter Isaias Tejada, who drove in four runs.
The starter for the Yankees, Andy Beresford, was solid as he went 3 innings and allowed only one run.
The series in Brooklyn will continue on Saturday at 5:00pm EST.
DSL Yankees 1 (15-10) lost to the DSL Mets 1 (12-13) 6-4
Yankees pitchers Anyelo Gomez and Gabriel Gomez struggled, giving up 6 runs in 5.2 combined innings pitched.
The bright spot for the Yankees was the top of their lineup as the first five batters combined for nine hits and three RBIs.
DSL Yankees 2 (16-9) lost to the DSL Rangers 1 (21-4) 16-5
The Yankees were creamed by the Rangers who pounded out 16 runs and 22 hits.
Though Luis Rosario picked up the loss by giving up 9 runs over 3.1 innings pitched, not one Yankees’ pitcher managed to have a scoreless outing.
The one good note was Carlos Vidal, who’s 2-3 game raised his average to .365 on the season.
GCL Yankees 1 (8-0) defeat the GCL Yankees 2 (3-5) 7-3
DeCarr went an inning and allowed a hit and a walk but no runs.
Lindgren went an inning and gave up two hits while striking out another pair and not allowing a run.