It was a tough day on the Farm for the Yankees affiliates. Tampa picked up its first win of the year, but everyone else came up short. Dellin Betances made his first appearance of 2013, as did the Charleston RiverDogs after being rained out yesterday. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Pawtucket 9-4: Looking to turn the page on 2012, Betances made his first start of the season on Friday night. Pawtucket got to the big righty quickly, as Jeremy Hazelbaker grounded a single back to the mound and Justin Henry lined on to center. A walk to Drew Sutton loaded the bases, but Betances came back to strike out the next two batters. Brandon Snyder then lined a single to the outfield giving the Red Sox a 2-0 lead. Betances settled down, however, pitching a 1-2-3 second and third inning and allowing just one walk in the fourth before being pulled at the start of the fifth. Hazelbaker knocked a triple off Ryan Pope and scored another run on a sac fly from Henry. The RailRiders offense caught fire in the seventh, started by walks to Melky Mesa and Cody Johnson. Austin Romine lined a single to left, juicing the bases with no outs. Thomas Neal connected with a double to center, clearing the bases and tying the game 3-3.
Josh Romanski took over on the mound and Pawtucket jumped on him, scoring five runs in the eighth inning and putting Scranton in a deep hole. Zoilo Almonte singled and scored on a single from Romine, getting one run back for the RailRiders in the bottom of the inning. The Red Sox added another run in the top of the ninth and Scranton started with two quick strikeouts. Corban Joseph put together a nice battle after watching two called strikes. He fouled off three pitches before working a full count and then lining a single to left to keep Scranton's hopes alive, but Almonte watched a third strike cross the plate and the RailRiders took the 9-4 loss.
Romine went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Mesa went 1-2 with a run scored, a stolen base (he was also caught stealing) and two walks. The RailRiders had their opportunities, going 3-11 with runners in scoring position. Betances had a rough first inning, but seemed to find his groove afterwards. He ended the day throwing four innings and allowing two runs on three hits, two walks and four Ks.
Trenton lost to Portland 7-4: Sloppy defense was the story of the night for the Thunder, who allowed the Sea Dogs to get seven unearned runs. Shannon Wilkerson started the bottom of the first with a single to center and back-to-back errors by Rob Segedin and Jose Pirela loaded the bases. A sac fly from Tony Thomas scored the first run of the night and a single by Michael Almanzar gave Portland a 2-0 lead. Trenton's offense gave them some life in the second, as JR Murphy lead off with a walk. A single by Kyle Roller put runners on the corners and Pirela tripled them in. Neil Medchill followed with a two-run homer to center and Trenton took a 4-2 lead. Xander Bogaerts lined a single to right in the third, moving to second on a pickoff attempt error by Murphy and later scoring on a wild pitch. Trenton struggled to put up much offense through the rest of the game and a big fourth inning sealed the victory for Portland. The inning started with a walk and a single by Heiker Meneses. Another pickoff attempt error by Murphy moved a runner to third. Peter Hissey singled in a run and the game was tied. Bogaerts reached when Roller missed a catch at first and Meneses scoredo n a sac fly by Stephen Drew. A pair of singles plated two more runs and Trenton was able to put up much of a threat, taking a 7-4 loss.
The Thunder had a total of six errors on the night, with Murphy and Roller each picking up a pair. Pirela went 1-4 with an error, a triple and two RBIs. Medchill went 1-3 with a homer and two RBIs. Slade Heathcott and Ramon Flores both went 1-4 with three strikeouts while Tyler Austin was 0-4. Zach Nuding lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up seven runs (all unearned) on five hits, two walks and a strike out. Granted he did contribute to the unearned runs with a wild pitch of his own. Aaron Dott pitched two innings and allowed just one hit, striking out two.
Tampa beat Lakeland 9-2: Lakeland drew first blood with a pair of runs in the third, but Tampa's pitching shut down the Flying Tigers' offense over the next six innings as the Yankees' offense started to heat up. Zach Wilson started the fifth with a double to right, moving to third on an error. Anderson Feliz bunted a single back to the pitcher, plating the first Yankee run. Walks to Ali Castillo and Mason Williams loaded the bases with one out. Angelo Gumbs then lined a single to left, plating two more runs and giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Tampa added some insurance in the top of the seventh. Williams singled to right and stole second. Gumbs tripled him in and scored on a single by Ben Gamel. A single by Gary Sanchez plated another Yankee run and Sanchez scored on a double by Wilson, putting Tampa ahead 7-2. Gamel hit a two run double in the eighth, which was more than enough as the Yankees held on for the 9-2 victory.
Sanchez went 3-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Wilson also went 3-5, scoring a run and hitting a pair of doubles. Gumbs went 2-5 with a triple, a run scored and three RBIs. Gamel did the same but with a double instead of a triple. Corey Black got the start, going five and allowing two runs on six hits, a walk and five Ks. Daniel Mahoney and Manuel Barreda each had identical lines over two innings, allowing one hit, two walks and picking up three Ks.
Charleston lost to Greenville 4-2: Cito Culver started Charleston's season by singling in the first at bat, but that was as far as they would get in the top of the first. The RiverDogs finally broke through in the fourth as Yeicok Calderon drew a leadoff walk. He stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by Jordan Weems. Saxon Butler drew a walk and a throwing error by Justin Haley scored Calderon. He got Charleston started again in the top of the sixth and Peter O'Brien singled to left. A double by Kelvin De Leon plated Calderon and the RiverDogs held a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, Greenville found their bats in the sixth. With Brett Gerritse on the mound, the RiverDogs got a quick out but saw Cody Koback and Boss Moanaroa draw walks. Aneury Tavarez doubled to center, plating the Drive's first run of the year. A single from David Chester plated two more runs and he later scored on a pickoff attempt error by Gregory Bird, giving Greenville a 4-2 win over the RiverDogs.
Cito Culver went 2-4 with a double. Butler went 1-3 and O'Brien and De Leon went 4-1 with two and three Ks respectively. Calderon was 0-3 but managed to score two runs on a walk and a stolen base. Cesar Vargas threw five innings and allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out six. Gerritse gave up four runs (three earned) on thee hits, two walks and a K in one inning. Ben Paullus walked three and allowed one hit, striking out four.