The Yankees' affiliates ended the weekend with a lot of baseball. Michael Pineda made his much anticipated rehab start for Tampa, who was swept by the Flying Tigers in today's doubleheader. Interestingly (or not), they were not the only Yankee affiliate to face off against a "Flying" foe, as the Thunder beat the Flying Squirrels in walk-off fashion. Scranton came up short against Buffalo, while Charleston beat Asheville. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Buffalo 4-1: Chris Bootcheck found himself in trouble quickly. After striking out Anthony Gose to start the game, he gave up back-to-back doubles to Ryan Goins and Luis Jimenez before Mauro Gomez drew a homer over the fence in left. Jim Negrych doubled, scoring on a single by Ryan Langerhans and giving the Bisons a 4-0 lead. The RailRiders got a runner on in the bottom of the inning when Zoilo Almonte singled with one out, but Ronnier Mustelier and Dan Johnson went down to end the inning. Their next baserunner came when Thomas Neal hit a two-out single to right in the sixth, but Almonte struck out to end the threat. With three outs left in the game, the RailRiders finally put together a rally in the bottom of the ninth. Almonte singled and Mustelier drew a walk with no outs. A force out at third gave Buffalo their first out, but Mustelier moved to third on a throwing error to first. A sac fly by Josh Bell plated Mustelier, but that was the only offense the RailRiders could manage, as they fell 4-1.
Almonte went 2-4, with half of Scranton's hits on the day. Mustelier went 0-3, scoring once and drawing one of Scranton's two walks. Johnson and Neal had the Yankees only other hits. Bootcheck went seven innings, putting together a solid outing if he could forget about that ugly first inning. He gave up four runs on ten hits, two walks and five Ks. Matt Daley finished the game with two hitless innings, striking out four and walking one.
Trenton beat Richmond 3-2: The Flying Squirrels drew first blood when Ryan Lollis scored on a ground out by Joe Panik. The Thunder tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Jose Pirela drew a walk and Reegie Corona doubled him in for the 1-1 score. A solo homer by Ricky Oropesa to start the sixth, gave Richmond the lead once again. Corona started the seventh with a single, moving to second on a sac bunt by Kevin Mahoney. Ali Castillo drew a walk and Ramon Flores was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. A passed ball with Slade Heathcott at the plate scored Corona. Heathcott walked, but Tyler Austin hit into an inning-ending double play. He redeemed himself in the ninth, however. With the game still tied, Heathcott drew a walk. After a pitching change, Austin flew a double to center, plating Heathcott for the walk-off 3-2 win.
Austin went 3-5 with a pair of doubles and a RBI. Corona went 3-4 with a run scored, a double and a RBI. Kyle Roller and Heathcott both went 1-3, while Flores went 1-4. Austin and Heathcott both had stolen bases, while Flores got caught stealing. Zach Nuding made the start, giving up one run on six hits, a walk and three Ks. Caleb Cotham went four innings, allowing one run on one hit and six strikeouts.
Tampa lost to Lakeland 3-1 in Game 1: Michael Pineda's first rehab start was rained out yesterday, so he took the mound in Game 1 today. After three scoreless innings, Tampa broke through in the top of the fourth when Ben Gamel homered to right. Mason Williams and Angelo Gumbs hit back-to-back singles with two outs in the fifth, but Gamel struck out. Lakeland finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Mike Hernandez started the inning with a single and Chad Wright reached on an error by Robert Refsnyder with two outs. A single by Harold Castro plated both runners, giving Lakeland a 2-1 advantage. The Flying Tigers added some insurance in the sixth, as Jeff McVaney scored on a single by Luis Alberto Sanz, giving them the 3-1 win over Tampa.
Williams went 2-3 with a walk. Gumbs went 1-4 and struck out three times. Gamel went 2-4 with a homer. Refsnyder and Casey Stevenson both went 1-3. Pineda went 4.1 innings and gave up an unearned run on two hits, a walk and four Ks. Rigoberto Arrebato went 1.2 with two runs (one earned) on five hits and four Ks.
Tampa lost to Lakeland 2-1 in Game 2: Much like in Game 1, the Yankees took the early lead. Gumbs drew a walk and stole second, moving to third on a bad throw. A sac fly by Stevenson scored Gumbs and Tampa had a 1-0 lead. Francisco Arcia hit a double to left in the top of the second, but the next three Yankees went down in order. John Murrian tied the game with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the third. Wright drew a walk and scored on a double by Francisco Martinez for the 2-1 lead. The Yankees had a chance to at least tie the game in the seventh. Refsnyder started the inning with a double. Dan Fiorito reached on an error and Refsnyder moved to third. He was tagged out at home when Carmen Angelini reached on a fielder's choice to third. Jose Toussen singled, loading the bases with two outs, but Eduardo Sosa flew out to right and the Yankees took the 2-1 loss.
The Yankees only managed three hits as Refsnyder, Arcia and Toussen each went 1-3. Refsnyder and Arcia both had doubles. Bryan Mitchell made the start, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out four. Zach Arneson thew a hitless inning, giving up a pair of walks and struck out once.
Charleston beat Asheville 5-2: The Tourists broke through in the top of the fourth, as Rosell Herrera singled to center, scoring on a double by Tom Murphy. A sac fly by Derek Jones scored Murphy and Asheville had the 2-0 lead. Jake Cave grounded a single to short in the bottom of the fifth, moving to second on an error. Cave was picked off stealing third, however. Jose Rosario walked and Wes Wilson reached on an error. Danny Oh doubled in Rosario, for the RiverDogs' first run of the day. Taylor Dugas drove a double to right, plating Wilson and Oh for the 3-2 lead. Charleston added some insurance runs in the eighth. Oh started the inning with a single and Cito Culver grounded a single to right with one out. Gregory Bird lined a single to left, plating Oh. Culver scored on a wild pitch and Charleston held on for the 5-2 victory.
Oh went 2-3 with a pair of runs scored, a double and a RBI. Bird went 2-4 with a double and a RBI. Dugas and Culver both went 1-4, with the former picking up a pair of RBIs. Cave went 1-3. Jose Campos made the start, going 3.2 innings and allowing two runs on five hits and three strikeouts. Adam Smith went 2.1 innings and allowed just one hit and struck out a pair. Dietrich Enns threw three innings and kept the Tourists hitless. He struck out one, as the RiverDogs pitchers did not give up a single walk on the day.