There was plenty of offense to be seen on the Yankees farm Thursday. JR Murphy and Rob Segedin took part in their own mini home run derby, though Trenton still came up short. Dellin Betances and Matt Tracy both had short and ineffective starts again. Meanwhile, Robert Refsnyder's strong start in Charleston earned him a promotion to High-A Tampa, where he was part of the lone Yankee minor league victory for the day. Scranton lost to Rochester 5-4: Corban Joseph reached on an error and David Adams drew a walk to start the game. Zoilo Almonte grounded into a double play, moving Joseph to third. He scored on a single by Dan Johnson for the first run of the game. Dellin Betances was on the mound for the RailRiders and he quickly found himself in trouble. He gave up a single to Eric Farris and then Chris Herrmann tied the game with a double to left. A single by Clete Thomas plated Herrmann and Chris Colabello knocked a two-run homer, putting the Red Wings ahead 4-1 after just one inning. Herrmann and Thomas drew walks to start the third and Colabello reached on an error by Addison Maruszak, scoring Herrmann for the 5-1 Rochester advantage. Scranton tried to chip away at the lead, scoring one run in the fifth on singles by Adams and Johnson. Melky Mesa hit a solo homer in the eighth and Adams did the same in the ninth, but it was not enough as Scranton fell just short, taking a 5-4 loss.
Adams ended the day going 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer, a RBI and a walk. Joseph went 2-5 with a double and a run scored. Melky Mesa went 3-4 with a homer. Dellin Betances lasted just four innings, giving up five runs on four hits, three walks and four Ks. Jim Miller threw 2.2 innings of scoreless ball, allowing one hit and racking up five strikeouts. Josh Spence pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing a hit and striking out three.
Trenton lost a 15-14 slugfest to Erie: The SeaWolves drew first blood when Ramon Cabrera hit a bases loaded single to right, scoring Hernan Perez. A single by James Robbins brought Tyler Collins home, but Slade Heathcott gunned down Wade Gaynor as he tried to score, ending the inning with a 3-0 Erie lead. Erie added four more runs in the third, helped by a three-run Robbins homer and leaving Trenton trailing 7-0. Ramon Flores lined a single to right to start the fourth, but Tyler Austin followed by grounding into a double play. JR Murphy then knocked a homer to right, for the first Thunder run of the day. Once again, Erie responded with four runs, putting Trenton in a deep 10-1 hole. Rob Segedin jumpstarted the Trenton offense in the fifth, leading off with a homer. Neil Medchill grounded a single to center and Ali Castillo reached on an error. A double by Flores plated two more runs. Murphy hit his second solo shot of the day in the to of the sixth, followed by a single from Kyle Roller. Segedin drew a walk and a single by Castillo brought two more Thunder players home making the score 11-7 in the SeaWolves favor. Unfortunately, Erie responded with three runs of their own, once again giving Trenton a big hole to climb out. Murphy, once again, sent the ball deep, this time with Austin on base. Erie got one run back in the bottom of the inning, but Trenton rallied in the eighth.
Castillo, Flores and Austin drew walks, loading the bases. JR Murphy hit a sac fly, bringing home a run. Roller responded with a three-run homer, followed by a solo shot by Segedin, tying the game 14-14. Despite clawing their way back, the Thunder couldn't take the lead. Ramon Cabrera drew a leadoff walk with Tommy Kahnle on the mound. Soon the bases were loaded and an error by Segedin allowed pinch runner Jamie Johnson to score, giving Erie the lead once again. Austin and Murphy hit back-to-back singles in the top of the ninth with two outs, but Roller couldn't keep it going, striking out to end the game with a 15-14 Trenton loss.
Murphy went 4-5 with three runs scored, three homers and five RBIs. Segedin went 3-4 with three runs scored, a double, two homers and two RBIs. Roller went 2-6 with a pair of runs scored, a homer and three RBIs. Austin went 2-4 with two runs scored and two walks. Heathcott went 0-6 with three Ks. Flores went 2-5 with a run scored, a double and two RBIs. Matt Tracy had another terrible start. He lasted just three innings, giving up ten runs on nine hits, four walks and two Ks. Aaron Dott gave up three runs on five hits and two Ks in 2.2 innings. Shaeffer Hall allowed one unearned run on two hits over 1.1 innings, striking out two. Tommy Kahnle gave up an unearned run on one hit, two walks and three Ks.
Tampa beat Daytona 13-7: The Yankees took a quick lead as Ben Gamel drew a two-out walk in the first and Gary Sanchez tagged a homer to left. Daytona put together four singles in the first, but only brought home one run, as Tampa held a 2-1 lead. Carmen Angelini lined a triple to center in the second, scoring on a ground out by Francisco Arcia. Eduardo Sosa singled and Mason Williams tripled him in. Again, Daytona got one run back and the Yankees held a 4-2 advantage. Gamel started the third with a triple, scoring on a single by Sanchez. After two ground outs moved Sanchez to third, Angelini lined a RBI single to right. A triple by Arcia scored him. Daytona found their offense in the bottom of the third. Jorge Soler drew a walk and Stephen Bruno followed with a double. Soler scored on a single by Dustin Geiger and Bruno scored on a wild pitch by Mikey O'Brien. Two more walks, a couple errors and a sac fly gave the Cubs five runs in the third, as they tied the game 7-7. It was a short-lived tie, however, as Williams led off with a walk and Robert Refsnyder, making his Tampa debut, lined a single to center. Gamel drew a walk, loading the bases and Saxon Butler hit a sac fly to left. Anderson Feliz hit a one-run double to left and Tampa had a 9-7 advantage. Tampa got some insurance in the top of the eighth, as Gamel drew a walk and Sanchez reached on an error. Back-to-back doubles by Butler and Feliz plated three runs. Feliz scored on a double play ball hit by Arcia for the 13-7 victory.
As a team, the Yankees hit five triples. Gamel went 2-3 with three runs scored, two triples and three walks. Sanchez went 2-4 with three runs scored, a homer, three RBIs and a pair of walks. Angelini went 3-5 with two runs scored, a triple and a RBI. Williams went 1-3 with a run scored, a triple, an RBI and three walks. O'Brien only lasted two innings, giving up seven runs (five earned) on nine hits, three walks and three Ks. Sean Black pitched a strong three innings, giving up just one hit and one walk, striking out four. Fred Lewis went 2.2, allowing a pair of hits, but striking out six. Zachary Arneson went 1.1 giving up a hit and striking out two.
Charleston lost to Hickory 8-6: The RiverDogs scored first, as Peter O'Brien hit a one-out double in the second and scored on a single by Danny Oh. Claudio Custodio doubled in Oh and scored on the play as Hickory left fielder made an error on the play, followed by a throwing error by the pitcher. The Crawdads got one run back in the bottom of the inning, but Charleston looked to increase their lead in the third. Cito Culver and Gregory Bird hit back-to-back doubles to left. Another double by Yeicok Calderon gave Charleston a 5-1 advantage. Luis Mendez drew a leadoff walk and found himself on third after a wild pitch and a passed ball. A sac fly by Nick Williams scored Mendez. Oh started the fourth by lining a single to left. Custodio bunted him over and Taylor Dugas drw a walk. Bird worked a free pass, loading the bases and Dante Bichette was hit by a pitch, plating Oh and giving Charleston a 6-2 lead. A two-run homer by Joe Maloney in the bottom of the inning cut the RiverDogs' lead in half. He struck again in the sixth. Ryan Rua had already scored on a wild pitch, but Joe Maloney knocked another two-run homer to give the Crawdads a 7-6 lead. Williams got some insurance in the seventh, hitting a solo shot to right, and Charleston fell 8-6.
O'Brien went 2-4 with a run scored and two doubles. Oh went 2-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. Culver went 1-3 with a run scored, a double and two walks. Bichette went 0-4 with an RBI. Bird went 1-4 with a run scored, a double and a RBI. Jose Campos made the start, going three innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Evan Rutckyj went four innings and gave up six runs on seven hits, two walks and four Ks. Dietrich Enns pitched a hitless inning of relief, striking out one.