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Sunday was a mixed day for the Baby Bombers. There were five games played and the New York Yankees’ Minor League affiliates won three. Sunday saw the Trenton Thunder, Tampa Yankees and Charleston RiverDogs pick up wins, while the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and Staten Island Yankees came up on the short end. A two home run day from an unlikely candidate would pace Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while the Thunder needed just one inning to pick up the victory. Staten Island got a quality start and were able to fend off a mini-rally in the bottom of the ninth, after they has put up a two spot in the top of the frame.
Tampa (68-65) and Staten Island (34-33) are the only two teams besides both division-leading Gulf Coast League Yankees to own a winning record. With the amount of injuries the New York Yankees have had in 2014 the mediocre records are understandable. The constant shuffling of players at the higher levels leads to inconsistency.
Even though the teams are playing average baseball, the home stretch of the Minor League season should be intriguing for Yankee fans. Players are looking to finish up the season strong, and earn a big league call-up in September or solidify their spot for next season. With the New York Yankees trying to scratch out wins to get in to the playoffs, any player called up to the Bronx will be counted on to have in impact for the big-league club.
Take a few moments and see how Sunday Played out on the farm.