Yankees’ Minor League Roundup: April 9th, 2014
Mar 13, 2014; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees second baseman Scott Sizemore (24) throws to first base during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Wednesday night on the farm as not a memorable one for the Baby Bombers. The Yankees’ affiliates went 1-3 on the evening. Let’s take a look around the farm in today’s Minor League Roundup.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barres RailRiders (2-4) lost to the Rochester RedWings (3-2) 7-6.
Rochester came into the series against the RailRiders at Frontier Field winless. Although the RailRiders made a late rally Wednesday night scoring two in the 8th, it wasn’t enough to avoid the series sweep. Chase Whitley pitched respectably for three innings allowing no walks and two runs while striking out three. David Herndon took the loss out of the bullpen allowing three runs over two innings of work. The RailRider offense continues to produce. C John Ryan Murphy went 2-for-5 with two doubles and his first two RBI of the season. Scott Sizemore is continuing to show that he is recovered from his last two injury riddled campaigns going 2-for-3 on the evening. Sizemore launched his third double of the season putting his average at .444. SS Zelous Wheeler scored 2 runs on the night going 2-for-4 and raising his season average to .421.
The RailRiders open their home season at PNC Field tomorrow night against the Syracuse Chiefs.
Trenton Thunder (3-3) lost to the Portland Sea Dogs (3-3) 9-2.
After the Thunder rolled to 21 runs over their last two games, they laid a dud Wednesday night at Arm & Hammer Park. Bryan Mitchell endured another rough outing lasting only four innings while surrendering four runs and four walks and striking out four. Mitchell falls to 0-2 on the season with a horrific 9.00ERA. On a positive note, Yankees top prospect C Gary Sanchez continued his hot start going 2-for-4 with his 9th and 10th RBI of the year. 3B Rob Segedin also tallied two hits. Both Sanchez and Segedin raised their season averages to .364. The Thunder head to Erie to take on the Sea Wolves in a four-game series this weekend.
Tampa Yankees (3-3) defeated the Clearwater Threshers (1-5) 5-3.
The T-Yanks guaranteed their first series win Wednesday by taking down the Threshers at Bright House Field. Yankees 2013 first round pick led the offense homering for the second game in a row. He finished the day 3-for-5 with three RBI. Catching prospect Peter O’Brien continued his red hot start by raising his average to .391 while going 2-for-4 with his first two doubles of the season. Dietrich Ennis pitched well in last week’s combined one-hitter for Tampa but showed some control issues walking four batters. Tonight he was on point, hurling 5 innings of one-run ball while walking none. Eric Wooten takes the mound for Tampa tomorrow night at The Boss against Joe Prosinski and Clearwater.
The Charleston RiverDogs (3-3) lost to the Greenville Drive (3-3) 6-3.
The Drive split the shortened series by winning Wednesday at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Rookie Davis pitched well for a second straight outing going five innings while allowing three runs with two strikeouts. Andrew Benak took the loos in relief allowing 3 runs over his three innings pitched. 1B Mike Ford continued his scorching hot start with a homer and two RBI. He is batting .409 on the young season. Michael O’Neill, nephew of Yankees’ legend Paul O’Neill, provided a two hit night in the loss. Luis Severino (0-1, 13.50 ERA) is set to kick off the 4-game series against Luis Ysla (0-0, 6.00 ERA) and the Augusta GreenJackets tomorrow night.