Overall, it was a good day for the Yankees minor league system. Scranton swept their doubleheader and saw a solid start by Dellin Betances. Tampa beat up on Fort Myers, as almost everyone in the lineup got a hit and Robert Refsnyder continued to put together a super 2013. Trenton and Charleston both held the lead at one point today, but came up short. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 5-1 in Game 1: Betances no-hit the Braves over five strong innings, while Scranton scored the first runs of the game in the top of the third. With two outs, the RailRiders got a base runner when David Adams was hit by a pitch. Zoilo Almonte flew a homer to center and Scranton took the 2-0 lead. Corban Joseph drew a walk to start the fifth, scoring later on a single by Dan Johnson. The RailRiders added some more insurance in the top of the sixth. Bobby Wilson lined a single to left and Joseph lined one to center. Adams knocked a triple to right, scoring two more runs and giving Scranton a 5-0 lead. Gwinnett finally managed a pair of hits in the bottom of the seventh - resulting in one run - giving the RailRiders a 5-1 win.
Betances put together a nice outing, though he still showed some inconsistency, allowing four walks. He struck out three over five hitless innings. Almonte went 2-4 with a run scored, a homer, and two RBIs. He also had a fielding error. Johnson went 2-4 with a RBI. Joseph went 1-3 with two runs scored and a walk. Adams was 1-3 with a triple, two RBIs and a run scored. Sam Demel threw the final two innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits, a walk and a strikeout.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 2-1 in Game 2: Chris Bootcheck escaped a bases loaded jam in the first, as Joey Terdoslavich singled with two outs and Bootcheck walked Ernesto Mejia and Jordan Parraz. He came back and struck out Joe Leonard to end the inning. The RailRiders got on the board in the second. Ronnier Mustelier drew a walk and stole second. A double by Melky Mesa put two on with one out. Luke Murton grounded out, plating Mustelier and giving Scranton an early lead. Gwinnett tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Matt Kennelly bunted a single to third, moving to second on a ground out. Alden Carrithers lined a single to left to tie the game up. In the top of the sixth, Mustelier went yard with a solo shot to left center, giving Scranton the 2-1 victory.
Joseph, Mesa and Adams all went 1-3. Almonte went 1-4. Mustelier went 1-2 with two runs scored, a homer and a stolen base. Bootcheck allowed one run on four hits, two walks and three strikeouts, going six innings. Jim Miller closed out the game, allowing one hit.
Trenton lost to Richmond 5-1: The Thunder managed to score quickly, though their offense was silent the rest of the day. Jose Pirela reached on an error by the Richmond first baseman. Tyler Austin followed with a triple, but Kyle Roller and Slade Heathcott both struck out and ended the inning. The Flying Squirrels used a huge third inning to take the game. Javier Herrera grounded a double to left and Mark Minicozzi drew a walk. A double by Andrew Susac tied the game. Brett Krill lined a single to left and Richmond had the lead. A walk and two singles plated three more runs and the Thunder trailed 5-1. Trenton had a chance to get back in the game in the fifth. Kevin Mahoney and Nick McCoy started with back-to-back singles, but Ramon Flores grounded into a double play and Pirela grounded out. That would be Trenton's best chance, as they went on to lose 5-1.
Austin went 2-4 with a RBI and a triple. Flores, Pirela, Roller and Neil Medchill all went 0-4. Heathcott went 1-4. Caleb Cotham went just two innings, giving up no runs, a pair of hits and a walk. He struck out one. The reason for the short outing was actually a good one for Cotham, who was promoted to Scranton. Jeremy Bleich went 2.2 and gave up five runs on six hits, two walks and a strikeout. Danny Burawa lasted 1.1 and allowed just one hit, striking out one. Tommy Kahnle threw two innings, striking out two and allowing a hit and a walk.
Tampa beat Fort Myers 8-2: The Yankees looked like they would score early, thanks to a single by Mason Williams and a double by Robert Refsnyder, but they couldn't manage to bring either runner home. The game was still scoreless after three, but Gary Sanchez started the fourth with a ground-rule double. Fu-Lin Kuo followed with a single, putting runners on the corners. Anderson Feliz lined a single to right, plating Sanchez. Francisco hit into a double play, but Dan Fiorito reached on an error, plating Kuo for the 2-0 lead. The Miracle got one run back in the bottom of the inning and tied it in the sixth after Eddie Rosario tripled and scored on a single by Miguel Sano. The Yankees rallied in the top of the seventh. Fiorito grounded a single to left and Jose Toussen reached on an error by Rosario. Williams and Ben Gamel both struck out, but back-to-back singles by Refsnyder and Sanchez brought home a couple runs. Fu-Lin Kuo drew a walk and loaded the bases and Refsnyder managed to steal home, giving the Yankees a 5-2 advantage. The Yankees put together three more runs in the top of the eighth, thanks to an error, three walks, a hit by pitch and a single by Gamel. Fort Myers needed a miracle to pull off a win, but fell short as the Yankees won 8-2.
Francisco Arcia was the only hitter to come up empty, going 0-5 with a run scored. Refsnyder went 2-5 with a run scored, a double and a steal. Sanchez went 2-4 with a double, a RBI, a run and a walk. Kuo went 2-3 with a run scored and two walks. Toussen went 2-4 with two runs scored, two doubles and a walk. Williams went 1-5 with three Ks. Scottie Allen went six, giving up two runs on three hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Fred lewis pitched two scoreless innings, also picking up five Ks and allowing three hits. Matt Daley pitched a perfect ninth, with two strikeouts.
Charleston lost to Delmarva 5-2: The Shorebirds took an early lead when Gregory Lorenzo drew a walk and scored on a double by Torsten Boss. Charleston started the first three innings with singles, but never managed to bring a run home. The RiverDogs started the fourth with a single by Peter O'Brien and Yeicok Calderon followed with a single to right, moving to second on a throwing error. O'Brien scored on a ground out by Taylor Dugas and Calderon scored on an error, giving Charleston a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, everything fell apart in the bottom of the sixth. Delmarva started with two singles and the game tied when Nik Balog scored on a wild pitch by Philip Wetherell. Three more singles and a walk led to three more runs and the RiverDogs fell 5-2.
Jake Cave went 2-5 with a stolen base. Cito Culver went 0-3 and Gregory Bird and Dante Bichette both went 0-4. O'Brien went 3-4 with a run scored. Calderon went 1-4 with a run scored. Dietrich Enns went two and allowed on run on two hits, three walks and three Ks. Brett Gerritse went 3.1 and gave up two runs on four hits. He struck out four. Philip Wetherell threw 1.2 innings and gave up two runs on four hits, a walk and two strikeouts. Alex Smith ended the game with a hitless eighth, striking out one.