Yankees’ MiLB Roundup For May 28th: Peter O’Brien Continues To Crush
It was not a very fun night if you are a fan of the Yankees’ minor league affiliates. The collective group struggled to a 1-3 record on the night, including being shutout, and having next to no quality pitching throughout the evening. Buckle up, and get ready for your May 28th edition of the Yankees’ MiLB Roundup!
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (27-24) beat the Louisville Bats by the final of 6-5.
Designated hitter Russ Canzler paced the Triple-A version of the Yankees Wednesday night, going 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI for the the RailRiders. Dean Anna, Kyle Roller, Corban Joseph, and Austin Romine all had a two hits each for SWB, as the offense exploded for 15 hits, but were only able to put up 6 runs in the victory.
Scranton starter Brian Gordon had a solid outing, scattering 9 hits over 6 frames, while allowing 3 runs (2 earned) while striking out 2, while posting a no-decision. Reliever Danny Burawa got rocked, giving up 2 earned runs in only 2/3 of an inning, but Robert Coello continued to be the lock down reliever he has been all season, lowering his ERA to 0.50. Jim Miller came on and picked up the win, to move to 4-0 on the season.
The RailRiders continue their series with the Bats on Thursday, sending Zach Nuding (2-2, 6.84) to the bump against a familiar face to Yankees’ fans, Chien-Ming Wang (4-4, 3.90). If the Yankees have any further starting rotation problems, perhaps Wang could be re-acquired. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. ET.
The Tretnon Thunder (29-24) fell to the Reading Fightin Phils in extra innings, 9-6.
The Thunder made a valiant effort to come back late in the game Thursday night to force free baseball, but in the end, the Fightin’s were just too much, putting up a crooked number in the 12th inning on a 3-run, walk-off homer run to go down.
Two of the Yankees’ bright young stars flexed their offensive muscle, as Peter O’Brien hit his 9th home run since being promoted to Double-A, which was a grand slam to lead all Thunder hitters, and catching prospect Gary Sanchez hit his 6th of the season. The only member of the Thunder with more than 1 hit however, was Robert Refsnider, who went 3-for-5 with a triple, and the only other RBI for Trenton.
Poor pitching continued to plague Trenton, as starter Eric Ruth gave up 6 runs (5 earned) in 4 innings, while allowing 7 hits to the Phils. Three Thunder relievers locked things down into extras, before Francisco Rondon gave up the aforementioned bomb that ended the ball game.
The Thunder will have a short night, as they return to the diamond for morning action, starting at 11:35 a.m. ET. They will send Manny Banuelos (0-1, 5.59) to the mound against Perci Garner (4-2, 3.16) for the Fightin’ Phils.
The Tampa Yankees (26-26) were shut out by the Bradenton Marauders, 3-0.
The T-Yanks were lucky they didn’t get no-hit Wednesday night, that’s how cold their bats were collectively. Single hits by Gregory Bird and Wes Wilson were it at “The Boss.” Connor Kendrick (1-2) didn’t have a chance, allowing 1 earned run, 3 in total, in 4 1/3 innings, and striking out six.
Three relievers for the T-Yanks tossed 4 2/3 scoreless frames to keep the team close, but with no activity coming from the bats, the team was dead in the water.
Tampa returns to action Thursday night, and have yet to announce a starter for the game. Bradenton will send Chad Kuhl (4-4, 4.58) to try and continue to silence the Yankees’ bats. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.
The Charleston RiverDogs (27-25) lost to the Greenville Drive by a final of 7-5.
Aside from a grand slam from Eduardo de Oleo, the RiverDogs’ offense was as quiet as a church mouse the entire night. Not a single member of the lineup had more than 1 hit each, with the team totaling only 3 for the entire game. The RiverDogs were actually in this game despite the poor hitting performance, that was until the bullpen imploded.
RiverDogs’ starting pitcher Brady Lail didn’t pitch poorly, and he actually pitched well enough to win, but the bullpen did him no favors. Upon his exit, reliever Jordan Cote coughed up the lead, giving up 3 earned runs in the 6th inning to allow Greenville to tie the game, and Chris Smith took the loss, giving up a pair of runs, which was the difference in the game.
Charleston opens a new series with Asheville on Thursday, as the RiverDogs will start Rookie Davis (2-4, 4.93) while Asheville sends Konner Wade (3-5, 5.64) to the bump. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.