Minor League Roundup For July 4th: Refsnyder Walks-Off
Rob Refsnyder-Mandatory Credit: milb.com
The Yankees have struggled to get production from several infield positions all season long. With the seasons that Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela are having, what are the Bombers waiting for? Without further adieu, here is the Minor League Roundup for Independence Day!
Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders defeat the Buffalo Bisons 7-6
Railriders’ starter Joel De La Cruz wasn’t very effective, surrendering 5 runs in 4 innings pitched. However, the next two relievers were outstanding. Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte went 2 innings and allowed no runs on 2 hits while striking out 2 Bison hitters. He was relieved by Danny Burawa, who would strike out the side in both innings he pitched.
Scranton/Wilkes Barre trailed 6-4 going into the bottom of the ninth, but after getting two runners on base, Rob Refsnyder hit a walk-off home run into the Railriders’ bullpen to win the game.
Tampa Yankees defeat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 1-0
Nine Innings weren’t enough to decide this one. The game remained scoreless until the twelfth inning, when Tampa first baseman Greg Bird crushed a go-ahead home run to give the Yankees a 1-0.
Brett Gerrise shut the door a half inning later to give Tampa a huge, extra inning win.
Charleston RiverDogs lost to the Rome Braves 6-1
RiverDogs starter Omar Luis was solid, allowing one run over four innings. He gave the RiverDogs a chance to win but the bullpen let them down.
Giovanny Gallegos was the reason for the loss as he gave up 5 runs in 3 innings to give the Braves a 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth the RiverDogs got one back on a Mike Ford RBI single, but they couldn’t rally.
Staten Island Yankees lost to the Hudson Valley Renegades 4-1
The Yankees had a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning because of an RBI double by left fielder Chris Breen.
Unfortunately, the Renegades rallied. They tied the game in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by Jace Conrad.
In the ninth inning, the Renegades would load the bases and would take the lead on a bases clearing double by Braxton Lee. This gave them a lead they wouldn’t blow.
GCL Yankees 1 Defeat the GCL Tigers 1-0
The only run of the game was scored by the Yankees 1 in the second inning on an RBI groundout by Kendall Coleman.
Yankees 1 pitchers Gabriel Encinas, Juan Jimenez and Christopher Cabrera shut down the Tigers’ offense by allowing no runs and 5 hits.
GCL Yankees 2 lost to the GCL Phillies 11-10
It would have been a blowout in the Yankees favor if not for the first three innings.
Yankees starter Melvin Moria gave up 9 runs in 2.2 innings.
The Yankees would score in four straight innings from the fourth through the seventh but that would be all as the Phillies would hold on to win 11-10.
DSL Yankees 1 defeat the DSL Cardinals 8-7
This was a wild one. After nine innings of play, the score was tied 5-5 but the Cardinals would score two runs in the tenth inning and take a 7-5 lead.
However, in the bottom of the inning, the Yankees 1 would tie the game on a Fernando Diaz single.
The game would continue to the bottom of the eleventh, when Dario Unda scored on a fielding error by Cardinals shortstop Hector Linares to win the game for the Yankees 1.
DSL Yankees 2 defeat the DSL Cubs 7-3
The first three Yankees 2 pitchers each gave up a run and the Cubs had a 3-2 lead going into the top of the ninth inning. However, that lead wouldn’t last.
The Yankees 2 scored five runs in the ninth to take a 7-3 lead.
Alexander Castillo would shut the door in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yankees 2 a big comeback win.