Around The System, April 28
The Yankees faced Aroldis Chapman and emerged with a win. Granted, the loss was not tagged on Chapman, but rather reliever Enerio Del Rosario. Still, Kevin Russo and David Winfree on the first two professional home runs Chapman -- who reportedly hit 102 mph with his fastball -- has allowed. Juan Miranda connected on a two-run bomb in the eighth off of Del Rosario. With two more hits, Eduardo Nunez's batting average is at .384.
Double-A: New Hampshire 4, Trenton 1
Wilkin De La Rosa allowed three runs in the eighth inning, continuing the Thunder bullpen's stretch of poor outing. Through the first six games of the home stand, the relievers blew three saves and picked up three losses. De La Rosa allowed a home run to Brian Jeroloman in the inning, then a pair more on Brad Emaus' RBI double.
High-A: Dunedin 5, Tampa 2
Dan Kapala took the loss, but the real bad line of the night belonged to former Thunder reliever Phil Bartleski, who allowed three runs -- and a pair of longballs -- in 1 2/3 innings. Trenton Lare finished up with 1 1/3 scoreless frames. Trent Lockwood popped a longball in the ninth, his first of the season. Former Thunder outfielder Francisco Santana, in his 2010 debut, went 2-for-4 with a double.
Low-A: Hickory 7, Charleston 5
Continuing the theme of poor bullpen work around the system (outside of Scranton), Ryan Flannery imploded while trying to protect the lead Shaeffer Hall had left him. Hall, the RiverDogs' No. 1 starter, allowed one earned run over eight stellar innings, bumping his ERA to 0.81. Zoilo Almonte, DeAngelo Mack, Rob Lyerly and Jimmy Paredes each had a double in the loss. Mack, Paredes and Lyerly each had two hits, and Kyle Higashioka had three.