What a night for the Baby Bombers. They were either on the receiving end of an offensive onslaught or provided one. There seemed to be no in-between on Friday night. Three of the affiliate’s wins came by a combined 24 runs, while two of the losses were by a combined 16 runs. The bats were not shy and there were some quality pitching performances marred by some atrocious ones. Here’s how it all went down in today’s Yankees MiLB Roundup.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barres RailRiders (66-74) lost to the Buffalo Bisons (75-64) 11-3.
Chris Leroux pitched yet another uninspiring game Thursday night for the RailRiders. He allowed eleven hits and four walks in just two innings as all eleven of the Bisons runs were scored under his watch, although only nine were earned. Four relievers, including most likely Bronx-bound Chase Whitley and Preston Claiborne, combined for seven three-hit shutout innings. Newly acquired outfielder Chris Young drove in his first run as a Yankee while Jose Pirela, Taylor Dugas and John Ryan Murphy all went 2-for-4 on the night. Zach Nuding kicks off the final series of the season Friday night. Game time is 7:05 PM.
Trenton Thunder (67-71) lost to the Akron RubberDucks (73-65) 11-3.
No, folks, that’s not a typo. The Thunder, like their RailRider brethren, were blown away 11-3. Joel De La Cruz simply did not have it Thursday night, lasting only 3.1 innings pitched while allowing seven runs on eleven hits. The bullpen wasn’t much stronger allowing four runs to cross over the final 5.2. Jake Cave extended his hitting streak to six games and homered in his second consecutive game as well. Cave has been on absolute fire, with 12 hits over his six game streak, including three home runs. Ali Castillo went 3-for-4 on the night. Luis Severino begins the Thunders final series Friday night on Adam Warren and David Phelps Bobblehead Night. First pitch is 7:00 PM.
The Tampa Yankees (70-66) defeated the Clearwater Threshers (46-89) 8-2.
The T-Yanks got back into the win column with a massacre Thursday night. Taylor Garrison (four innings pitched) and Connor Kendrick (five innings pitched) combined to allow one run each and strike out four each in a gem of a game. Kendrick picked up his sixth win in relief. Mike Ford, who is batting .378 in his late year audition at Tampa, knocked his second home run on the season. Ford, after a strong season at Charleston and now an impressive start at Tampa, has provided hope for first base depth in the Yankees future. Reymond Nunez also went yard on the night, while Mark Payton and Eric Jagielo chipped in with two hits a piece. Miguel Sulbaran kicks off the final series of the season Friday night. Game time is 7:00 PM.
The Charleston RiverDogs (68-68) defeated the Greenville Drive (57-78) 10-0.
One night after rolling over the Drive 8-0, the RiverDogs continued their dominance, climbing back to .500 on the season with a 10-0 blowout. Luis Niebla locked it down, hurling seven strong innings of shutout ball, while walking none and striking out seven. The RiverDogs didn’t do it with the long ball as no one homered, but eight of the nine batters combined for 17 hits. Yelcock Calderon continued his late season surge with a four hit night. Jackson Valera had three hits and three RBI on the evening. Rookie David gets the ball for the last series of the season Friday. Game time is 7:00 PM.
Staten Island Yankees (36-35) defeated the Vermont Lake Monsters (32-40) 9-1.
Gulf Coast League
Gulf Coast Yankees 1 (38-22) defeated the GCL Blue Jays 4-2.
Gulf Coast Yankees 2 (35-25) lost to the GCL Astros 4-3.