It was a disappointing day for the Yankees' farm teams. Trenton and Tampa both gave up nine runs in their losses. Charleston eked out a win against Kannapolis, despite very little offensive output. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was postponed due to rain.
Trenton lost to Portland 9-5: The Thunder jumped out to an early lead in the first. Jose Pirela, Tyler Austin and Kyle Roller hit consecutive singles, plating the first run of the game. A double by Kyle Higashioka scored Austin and Roller for the 3-0 lead. Portland worked its way back into the game during the top of the second. Michael Almanzar drew a walk and Christian Vazquez lined a single to second. Heiker Mensese worked a free pass to load the bases and a single by Ryan Dent plated two runs, cutting the Thunder lead to one. Austin drew a leadoff walk in the third and scored on a single by Higashioka for a 4-2 advantage. The SeaDogs tied the game in the top of the fourth on a two-run double from Shannon Wilkerson. They took the lead when Almanzar hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth, giving Portland the 6-4 lead. Shane Brown was hit by a pitch in the seventh, scoring on a single by Pirela. Unfortunately, Trenton wasn't able to get any closer and Portland added some insurance in the eighth and ninth, taking the 9-5 win.
Pirela went 2-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Ramon Flores went 0-2 but took three walks. Austin went 1-3 with two runs scored and a walk. Higashioka went 2-4 with a double and three RBIs. Francisco Rondon gave up six runs on seven hits, four walks and three Ks over five innings. Danny Burawa held Portland scoreless, walking one, giving up a hit and striking out two. Shaeffer Hall gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk over two innings.
Tampa lost to St. Lucie 9-2: The Yankees drew first blood in the bottom of the third, Saxon Butler flew a double to right, scoring on a sac fly by Fu-Lin Kuo. St. Lucie quickly struck back, with Gilbert Gomez and Robbie Shields starting the fourth with back-to-back singles. Dustin Lawley doubled them both in and scored when Charley Thurber reached on an error by Butler. The Mets didn't slow down any as the game went on. They added six more runs over the sixth, seventh and eighth. Robert Refsnyder started the bottom of the ninth with a double to left. He moved to third when Ben Gamel reached on an error. A single by Francisco Arcia plated Refsnyder, but that was all the Yankees could manage as they took the 9-2 loss.
Mason Williams went 1-4 and got caught stealing. Refsnyder went 2-4 with a run scored and a double. Butler went 1-4 with a double and a run scored. Gary Sanchez went 0-3 with a walk and two Ks. Shane Greene went seven innings and gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits, a walk and five Ks. Manny Barreda allowed four runs on three hits, a walk and a strikeout, which was the only out he got. Zach Arneson went 1.2 and held St. Lucie scoreless, scattering three hits and striking out one.
Charleston beat Kannapolis 1-0: The RiverDogs didn't even need a hit to beat the Intimidators on Sunday, as pitchers on both sides kept the hitters guessing. Kannapolis had a runner on each of the first five innings. In the sixth, Kale Kiser lined a single to center. With two outs, Yoandy Barroso drew a walk putting two runners on, but Gabe Encinas got Jason Coats to fly out to left and end the threat. The game was still scoreless after seven, but Charleston struck in the eighth. Taylor Dugas worked a walk and stole second. A wild pitch moved to third and Claudio Custodio worked a walk. He stole second and a wild pitch allowed Dugas to score, giving the RiverDogs the only run they needed to take the 1-0 win.
Jake Cave got the only hit for the RIverDogs, going 1-4. Dugas went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk. Gregory Bird went 0-2 with a walk. Encinas went six innings, scattering five hits and two walks. He struck out three. Ben Paullus threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, a walk and striking out two. Taylor Garrison threw a hitless ninth, picking up one K.