On Saturday night, only four games took place in the New York Yankees organization due to Scranton Wilkes-Barre being rained out. The four teams combined to go 3-1 with Charleston taking the lone loss in a shortened game (rain).
As for the rest of the action, the big league club had an extra-inning contest, Tampa got a good outing from one of their top pitchers and Trenton had their starter nearly throw a complete game. Here are some of the key performances from Saturday’s slate of games:
New York Yankees (MLB): The Yankees (27-12) rallied from a 6-2 deficit to defeat the Oakland Athletics, 7-6, in 11 innings.
- Neil Walker was the hero of today’s game. He went 2-for-5 with two RBIs (9,10) and hit the walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th.
- Gary Sanchez (2-for-4, three runs scored, two walks) and Aaron Hicks (1-for-5, walk, run scored) hit back-to-back home runs in the second (Sanchez – 10, Hicks – 3).
- Aaron Judge (1-for-5, run scored, walk) hit a two-run home run in the fifth (10). He has hit a home run in three of his last four games.
- Brett Gardner had a 2-for-4 afternoon at the plate with a run scored, two walks, and two stolen bases (5,6).
- Domingo German got the start. He went five innings, gave up six runs on six hits, walked three, and struck out one on 75 pitches (44 strikes).
- The Yankees bullpen did not give up a hit over the final six innings of the game and they combined to strike out ten batters and walk three (all by Aroldis Chapman in the ninth).
- A.J. Cole (2-1) picked up his first win with the Yankees. He struck out four batters and walked two in the 10th and 11th innings.
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (16-18) had their game against the Rochester Red Wings postponed due to rain. The two teams will play a doubleheader on June 12.
Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (21-13) hung on to defeat the Richmond Flying Squirrels by a final score of 6-4.
- Ryan Bollinger (2-0) was able to put together a great outing. He went eight innings (career-high), gave up one unearned run on three hits, struck out five, and walked one on 94 pitches (72 strikes) in the win.
- Abiatal Avelino went 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base (6), and a pair of RBIs (5,6). He has recorded a hit in six straight games.
- Trey Amburgey was 2-for-5 with a two-run double he had in the top of the eighth (10,11).
- Chace Numata was 2-for-4 with a run scored, two doubles, and an RBI (4).
- Kaleb Ort got the final out of the game via a strikeout to get his second save of the year.
Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (20-16) defeated the Florida Fire Frogs, 4-3.
- Albert Abreu (1-0) had his best outing of the season. In six innings of work, he gave up two runs (one earned) on one hit, struck out seven batters, and walked two on 76 pitches (50 strikes) in the win.
- Estevan Florial was 1-for-4 with an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth that ended up being the deciding run in the game (10).
- Tim Lynch (1-for-3, walk) and Keith Skinner (1-for-2, walk) each drove in a run with an RBI double. Lynch’s came in the first (9) while Skinner’s broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth (2).
- Greg Bird was 1-for-3 with a walk on the night.
- Billy McKinney went 1-for-4 at the plate with a double.
- Adonis Rosa finished the night by giving up one run on one hit while striking out two batters over three innings. He picked up his first save of the season.
Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs (16-19) had a five-run lead after the top of the first. However, they lost the series opener to the Hagerstown Suns, 10-8 in six innings (shortened due to rain). They have lost four games in a row.
- Pablo Olivares was the star of the night at the plate. He went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, hit a home run in the top of the first (1), and drove in three runs (3,4,5).
- Dalton Blaser (1-for-2, run scored, walk) followed up Olivares’ home run with one of his own in the first (2).
- Oswaldo Cabrera had a 2-for-3 night at the plate with a stolen base (1), two runs scored, and he hit a two-run home run in the second (1).
- Alexander Vargas was unable to hold the lead. He went 3.1 innings, gave up eight runs (six earned) on ten hits, and walked one on 68 pitches (49 strikes).
- Braden Bristo (0-2) took the loss out of the bullpen. In 2.1 innings, he gave up two runs on five hits, struck out four batters, and walked one.