Tampa was the only Yankee affiliate to come up completely empty tonight, as they struggled against Daytona. Meanwhile, Dante Bichette had the game-winning hit for Charleston who defeated Augusta in extra innings. Of course, while Charleston was seeing extra baseball, Trenton's game got called an inning early as the rain held off just long enough for them to get the comeback win over Richmond. Unfortunately, Slade Heathcott was scratched before the game and it looks like he is headed to the DL - and we haven't even gotten through April. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was rained out - again.
Trenton beat Richmond 5-3(8 innings due to rain): The Flying Squirrels struck early when Adam Duvall doubled in the top of the second. Mark Minicozzi drew a walk and Andrew Susac doubled in Duvall for the first run. A sac fly by Brett Krill put Richmond up 2-0. Jose Pirela flew a double to center in the third, scoring on a line drive single by Tyler Austin. The score stayed 2-1 through five and Richmond added a run in the sixth. The Thunder put together a big rally in the bottom of the seventh, however, which would prove to be the difference in the game. Ramon Flores got Trenton started with a single to left, moving to second on a ground out by Pirela. Austin drew a walk and JR Murphy doubled in both runners, tying the game 3-3. Kyle Roller struck out, but Rob Segedin kept the rally going by flying a double to left that plated Murphy. A wild pitch moved Segedin to third and Neil Medchill grounded a RBI single to left, giving Trenton a 5-3 lead. Richmond started the eighth with a double and a single, but the next three batters went down in order before the rain came and ended the game an inning early, giving Trenton a 5-3 victory.
Pirela went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Medchill went 3-4 with a RBI. Segedin went 2-4 with two doubles, a run scored and a RBI. Austin went 1-3 with a run scored, a RBI and a walk. Francisco Rondon got the start, throwing four innings and allowing two runs on three hits, four walks and five Ks. Jeremy Bleich went 2.2 and gave up one unearned run on two hits and two walks, striking out one batter. Josh Romanski threw 1.1 innings of scoreless ball, giving up two hits, a walk and getting one K.
Tampa was blanked by Daytona 5-0: Mason Williams started the bottom of the first with a walk and then stole second, but Angelo Gumbs, Ben Gamel and Gary Sanchez went down in order. Chad Noble doubled to left for the Cubs in the third. Zeke Gibbs reached on a fielder's choice, as Noble was out at home. A double by Taiwan Easterling scored DeVoss. Easterling crossed the plate on a single by Javier Baez and the Cubs held a 2-0 lead. Tampa looked like they would respond in the bottom of the inning as Ali Castillo lead off with a single and Jose Toussen drew a walk. Williams laid down a bunt that resulted in Castillo being out at third. Gumbs then hit into a double play and the Yankees came up empty. Daytona added to their lead in the fourth, plating three runs on a double by Stephen Bruno, a couple hit by pitches, a walk and a single by Easterling. Once again, Tampa threatened in the bottom of the inning. Gamel doubled to right and Sanchez drew a walk, but the Yankees came up short. Tampa never put together a rally and fell 5-0.
Gamel went 2-4 with a double and Castillo went 1-3, comprising all three of the Yankees hits. Shane Greene made the start and gave up five runs on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four. Manuel Barreda threw two hitless innings, walking one and striking out three. John Brebbia gave up two walks in his hitless inning of work.
Charleston beat Augusta 2-1 (11 innings): After four scoreless innings, the GreenJackets broke through in the top of the fifth. Benjamin Turner hit a two-out double to left. A single by Travious Relaford scored Turner for the first run of the day. No runners got on base for either team until the eighth. Turner drew a walk, but the RiverDogs were able to avoid trouble. Peter O'Brien knocked his second homer of the year to start the eighth, tying the game. Charleston threatened in the bottom of the ninth, as Robert Refsnyder singled and Dante Bichette was intentionally walked. The RiverDogs were unable to bring either runner home, however, and the game went into extras. Refsnyder singled to start the eleventh and moved to second on a wild pitch. Gregory Bird grounded out, moving Refsnyder to third and a single by Bichette brought him home for a 2-1 walk-off victory.
Cito Culver went 0-5 with three Ks. Refsnyder went 2-5 with a run scored and a stolen base. O'Brien went 2-4 with a run scored, a double, a homer and a RBI. Bichette went 1-4 with the game-winning RBI and a walk. Gabriel Encinas made the start, throwing six innings and allowing one run on three hits, striking out six. Ben Paullus threw three hitless innings, walking two and striking out four. Dietrich Enns threw two and gave up two walks, two hits and struck out three.