In case you missed it - there were a couple important minor league tidbits reported today. As EJ noted, Ty Hensley won't throw a pitch for any minor league affiliate this year due to his hip surgery. In happier news, Curtis Granderson is ready to make some appearances in Scranton, and even homered in Extended Spring Training today, as he nears his return to the Bronx. This is good news for Scranton, who struggled offensively today. Trenton wasn't much better, but Tampa's offense blew away Fort Myers. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Indianapolis 2-0: Much like the big league club last night, Scranton fell prey to one bad pitch today. With the game scoreless in the top of the third, Graham Stoneburner walked Jared Goedert and then gave up a two-run homer to Felix Pie, which proved to be the difference in the game. Neither team put up much of a threat during the remaining innings. Scranton only managed a total of three hits, as David Adams and Dan Johnson both went 1-3 and Jeff Farnham went 1-2. The rest of the lineup was hitless and Melky Mesa went 0-3 with three strikeouts. Stoneburner went five innings and allowed two runs on five hits, a walk and a strikeout. Sam Demel threw two innings, giving up one hit and striking out three. Clay Rapada and Josh Spence both pitched a scoreless inning of relief - Rapada gave up one hit and Spence walked two.
Trenton lost to Binghamton 3-1: The Mets broke through first, as Cory Vaughan drew a walk in the top of the second and Cesar Puello hit a two-run homer. The Thunder cut the lead in half in the fourth. Tyler Austin doubled to left and scored on a single by JR Murphy. Unfortunately, the Mets got the run back on a solo shot by Puello. Down by two in the bottom of the ninth, Trenton looked like they had found some life. Jose Pirela lead off with a line drive double to left. Austin hit into a fielder's choice out at third. Murphy drew a walk, but Kyle Roller and Reegie Corona both flew out, ending the game with a 3-1 loss.
Pirela went 2-4 with a double. Austin went 1-4 with a double and a run scored. Murphy went 1-3 with a RBI and a walk. Nik Turley made the start, throwing five innings and giving up three runs. He allowed five hits and three walks - striking out seven in the process. Shaeffer Hall went two innings, giving up a pair of hits and striking out one. Aaron Dott threw two hitless innings, picking up a pair of Ks.
Tampa beat Fort Myers 8-1: The Yankees got on the board quickly, as Ben Gamel drew a one-out walk. He stole second and scored on a single by Gary Sanchez. A homer by Kennys Vargas tied the game, but the Yankees did not relinquish the lead for long. Gamel singled and scored on a double by Robert Refsnyder. Anderson Feliz singled in Refsnyder and the Yankees held a 3-1 advantage. Tampa started to pull away in the fifth inning, as Mason Williams and Gamel put together back-to-back singles. A double by Refsnyder plated Williams and Sanchez singled in Gamel. Refsnyder scored on an out by Feliz and the Yankees were ahead 6-1. Williams and Gamel opened up the ninth with back-to-back singles. Sachnez drove in Gamel and Feliz scored Gamel for the 8-1 victory.
Williams went 2-5 with two runs scored. Gamel went 3-4 with four runs scored and a walk. Refsnyder went 3-5 with two runs scored, two doubles and two RBIs. Sanchez went 3-5 with three RBIs. Feliz went 2-5 with three RBIs. Shane Greene threw a very impressive 8.1 innings, allowing just one run on five hits and striking out twelve batters. Manny Barreda finished out the game, striking out one batter.
Charleston had the day off.