Around the System - May 23 and 24
On Sunday, Jason Hirsh gave up three home runs (including a pair to former Rutgers standout Todd Frazier), and the Yankees could not recover. Kevin Whelan, Grant Duff and Royce Ring each fired a scoreless frame in relief of Hirsh. Rene Rivera and Eduardo had two hits apiece. Jeff Natale scored a run, and Nunez had the lone RBI.
On Monday, Romulo Sanchez let up three runs (two earned) over 5 1/3 innings with five punchouts and three walks mixed in. Mark Melancon, who gave up five hits over 2 2/3 scoreless frames, picked up the win in relief. Curtis Granderson and Jon Weber each had three hits, and all of Weber's were doubles. Jesus Montero and Reegie Corona had two knocks apiece.
Double-A: Portland 7, Trenton 6; Trenton 6, Erie 4
On Sunday, Mike Cameron's walk-off bomb off of Paul Bush rendered irrelevant what had been a tremendous comeback for the Thunder, who scored five runs to erase what had been a 6-1 deficit. The loss also meant a split of the series for Trenton.
David Phelps gave up all six of his runs in the fifth, but the rest of his frames were scoreless. In fact, outside of the fifth, Phelps allowed just one hit. He did not figure in the decision, however. Austin Romine and Brandon Laird each had two hits, and one of Laird's left the yard.
On Monday, Cory Arbiso, Wilkins Arias, Ryan Pope and Eric Wordekemper held the SeaWolves down in the currently unoccupied slot in Trenton's rotation. The Quartet of K fanned 14, tying the team's season-high. Trenton put up five in the fourth, with Laird's RBI double as the centerpiece.
High-A: Tampa 2, Palm Beach 1; Lakeland 4, Tampa 1
Adam Warren pitched five solid innings on Sunday, limiting the Cardinals to one run on one hit with five strikeouts. Overall, Warren is 6-3 with a 1.93 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 51 1/3 High-A innings. Shouldn't be long before he's in Double-A. Phil Bartleski held the Cards to four hits over the final four innings. Addison Maruszak and Brad Suttle had the T-Yanks' RBIs.
On Monday, Graham Stoneburner made his second start with High-A, and aside from a rough second inning, things went well. He fanned eight and walked none over five innings of three-run ball. Neil Medchill had two of the T-Yanks' four hits. Melky Mesa and Myron Leslie had the other two. Medchill also had a stolen bases.
Low-A: Savannah 6, Charleston 2; Greenville 8, Charleston 7
On Sunday, Jose Ramirez allowed two earned runs over three innings before being pulled. He struck out three and walked none. Ryan Acosta then allowed four more (three earned) in his two innings. Gabriel Tatis and Ryan Flannery went the rest of the way. Rob Lyerly had two hits, and Ray Kruml and Luke Murton had an RBI apiece.
On Monday, Francisco Arcia, Luke Murton and Jimmy Paredes each had three hits, but the RiverDogs fell to the Drive. Zoilo Almonte also had a pair of knocks in the loss. Kelvin Perez was solid, but Michael Solbach and Ronny Marte gave up seven runs over the final 3 1/3 innings.