Around the System - June 8 and 9
Tuesday: David Winfree, but that was the best the Yankees could muster against the Knights' combination of Dan Hudson and former Thunder reliever Jhonny Nunez. The pair combined to fan 12 and walk none while scattering just seven hits. Reid Gorecki, Eduardo Nunez, Jesus Montero, Matt Cusick and Chad Huffman had the other hits, all singles. Tim Redding threw a complete game, allowing just the two runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out seven.
Wednesday: Romulo Sanchez and Kei Igawa combined to allowed seven runs over 6 1/3, and the Yankees' bats couldn't dig them out of that hole. For the first time all season, Sanchez didn't strike out a hitter. Colin Curtis and Chad Huffman had a single and a double apiece, and Curtis had all three RBIs. Jesus Montero, Matt Cusick and Greg Golson each scored.
Tuesday box score
Wednesday box score
Double-A: Trenton 8, Reading 2; PPD
Tuesday: The Thunder's bats got to Josh Fogg early and often, and David Phelps pitched six solid innings despite struggling with his mechanics. Brandon Laird had three hits, and Jorge Vazquez and Justin Snyder had two apiece. Justin Christian also had a key two-run double. Both of Vazquez's hits were doubles, and Laird and Luis Nunez added a two-bagger apiece. Phelps fanned eight against three walks.
High-A: Jupiter 3, Tampa 0; Tampa 5, Lakeland 4
Tuesday: Brad Hand held the T-Yanks to just four hits over nine innings, and allowed just one walk, to Trent Lockwood, in the process. Tampa's knocks were collected by Walter Ibarra, Jose Pirela, Melky Mesa and Myron Leslie. Dan Kapala allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings, and Noel Castillo and Brad Rulon went the rest of the way.
Wednesday: Melky Mesa's RBI groundout in the 13th inning gave the T-Yanks a late win, and made reliever and Thunder alumnus Phil Bartleski a winner. Before the dramatic end, Adam Warren tossed five scoreless innings with six strikeouts and no walks. Brad Suttle, Corban Joseph, Mesa and Addison Maruszak each had two hits in the win. Maruszak also had two RBIs. Over his last 10 games, the Tampa first baseman is hitting .447 (17-for-38) with four doubles and seven RBIs.
Low-A: Charleston 7, Rome 1; OFF
Michael Solbach made a spot start, and the RiverDogs' bats produced more than enough to make him a winner. Solbach, a 2007 Draftee out of Liberty University, scattered four hits over five innings, fanned five and walked two. Jimmy Paredes was 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, a stolen base and three runs scored. Rob Lyerly and Francisco Arcia also had two hits apiece. Ray Kruml also stole a base. Kelvin Castro hit his first homer of the year.
Dominican Summer League 1: Yankees 5, Phillies 2; Yankees 10, Orioles 4
Tuesday: The combination of Deivi Mojica, Yoely Bello and Melvin Croussett held the Phillies to just three hits. The trio fanned five and walked three in the win. Leadoff man Daniel Lopez was 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored. Isaias Tejeda also doubled, scored twice and walked.
Wednesday: Cristofer Cabrera fanned five over four shutout innings, and the Yankees' offense went to town on the Orioles. Yeicok Calderon was 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and three RBIs. The trio of Calderon, Ericson Leonora and Jorge Alcantara was 8-for-12 with seven runs scored, three doubles, a longball and five RBIs. Beastly.
Tuesday box score
Wednesday box score
Dominican Summer League 2: OFF, Royals 5, Yankees 3
Eladio Moronta, Ramon Santana, Elio De La Rosa each had a single, Gian Arias tripled, and Sandy Brito connected on a solo homer, but it wasn't enough against the Royals. Santana stole a base. Dubeny Soto fanned six in three innings of one-run relief.