Runs came at a premium Thursday night for the Baby Bombers. Aside from an elite prospect’s debut at High-A ball, pitching wasn’t on point either. Three of the top four levels lost by a combined score of 15-1. Here’s how it all went down in last night’s Yankees MiLB Roundup.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barres RailRiders (57-61) lost to the Columbus Clippers (63-56) 7-0.
It wasn’t a pretty night offensively or on the mound for the RailRiders. Chris Leroux held the Clippers scoreless for the first two frames, but then the wheels came off. Leroux would allow five runs to cross the plate over his next three innings pitched. The RailRiders produced a mere four hits offensively, three coming off the bat of second baseman Rob Refsnyder. Refsnyder went 3-for-4 on the night with a double and two singles. Michael Pineda continues his way back to the Bronx for the RailRiders Friday. First pitch is 7:00 PM.
Trenton Thunder (58-61) lost to the Altoona Curve (51-68) 5-0.
Mariano Rivera was honored in front of a season high crowd, but that proved to be the highlight of the evening for the Thunder. Runs were hard to come by at the upper levels Thursday night as much like there RailRider kin, the Thunder were blanked. Joel De La Cruz came out strong firing three scoreless innings to start the game, however he was tagged for three runs in the fourth. That was all the Curve would need as the Thunder’s bats were kept quiet. They managed three hits on the night. Left fielder Ben Gamel, second baseman Dan Fiorito and third baseman Dante Bichette, Jr. were the lone hit men for the Thunder. DBJ smacked a double in his Trenton debut. Jairo Heredia gets the start Friday. Game time is 7:05 PM.
The Tampa Yankees (57-60) defeated the Brevard Couty Manatees (57-53) 6-4.
Welcome aboard, Ian Clarkin. The prized lefty in the Yankees system was a smash in his Tampa debut picking up his first victory at High-A ball. Clarkin hurled five innings of one run ball Thursday night. He was a bit hittable allowing seven base knocks on the night, but was able to pitch in and out of trouble. Second baseman Angelo Gumbs led the eleven hit attack with a pair of home runs on the night. Center fielder Mark Payton, mired in a slump since his promotion, went 2-for-5 on the night. No pitcher has been named for Friday yet. Game time is 6:30 PM.
The Charleston RiverDogs (56-61) lost to the Rome Braves (45-72) 3-1.
Luis Niebla pitched well enough to win but was let down by some sloppy defense and a lack of hitting. Niebla went six innings issuing no walks and allowing just four hits, but two errors allowed two unearned runs to cross the plate. That would prove the nail in the proverbial coffin for the RiverDogs. First baseman Mike Ford and right fielder Dustin Fowler chipped in with two hits a piece. Rookie Davis makes the start Friday night. Forst pitch is slated for 7:00 PM.
Staten Island Yankees (25-28) defeated the Batavia Muckdogs (24-29) 2-1.
It was a pitching dual Thursday night that went scoreless until an exciting ninth inning. Left fielder Chris Breen smacked his fourth home run of the year in the top of the ninth to give the SI Yanks a 2-0 lead. Jordan Cote, Matt Borens and Joe Harvey combined for nine innings allowing a mere one unearned run to cross the plate.
Gulf Coast League
Gulf Coast Yankees 1 (26-13) defeated the GCL Tigers 8-5.
Gulf Coast Yankees 2 (25-17) lost to the GCL Phillies 11-7.