Only three of the affiliates were in action Tuesday. In an odd coincidence, all three game outcomes were settled in ten innings.
Lehigh Valley (13-11) Beat Pawtucket, 6-4 in 10 innings. Jake Thompson provided seven strong innings and left with a 4-1 lead. The IronPigs’ bullpen blew a 4-1 lead in the 8th and 9th innings, but they came back to walk off in the tenth. Cameron Perkins extended the inning with a 2-out single and Nick Williams followed with a game-winning home run.
- Thompson – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP. He threw 90 pitches/51 strikes.
- Garcia – 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 WP. He was awarded a hold.
- Russell – 0.1 IP, 1 BB. He stranded the runner he inherited from Garcia.
- Mujica – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 1 HR. He stranded the two runners he inherited from Russell. But he allowed a two-out, solo HR to tie the game in the ninth.
- Perkins (.386) went 2-5.
- Williams (.289) went 2-5 with a HR (2) and 2 RBI.
- Joseph (.361) went 1-4 with a HR (5) and 2 RBI.
- Williams picked up an assist on a runner at third (rundown).
- The IronPigs turned 3 double plays.
- Featherston committed his third error. I hope he’s not on some kind of hitting streak that I didn’t research and failed to mention.
Reading (15-10) Lost to New Hampshire, 4-3 in 10 innings. John Richy was unimpressive in his Reading debut. Tom Windle pitched well as the first pitcher out of the bullpen.
- Richy – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP. He threw 87 pitches/56 strikes.
- Windle – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K,
- Bleich allowed 2 walks, 2 hits, and a WP in his 2.0 innings.
- Nunez took the loss with a walk and 2 hits in 0.2 innings.
- Crawford (.277) went 1-4 with a HR (2), RBI, BB.
- Aaron Brown (.191) went 2-4.
- Moore (.184) went 2-4 with 2 RBI.
- Quinn (10) and Brown (1) stole bases.
- Cozens was picked off first.
- Brown committed his third error.
Clearwater (17-9) Lost to Tampa, 6-5 in 10 innings. Eshelman had an uneven outing. In a very “un-Esh” start to the game, he walked the lead off batter. He walked another batter in the second inning. Tampa’s lead off batter was the Yankees’ #1 prospect, Jorge Mateo. He’s a pretty nice ball player. However, he was caught stealing by Gabriel Lino to keep the damage in the first inning to a single run.
The Threshers took the lead in the second inning on a wild pitch and Malquin Canelo’s infield single.
The Yankees came back in the top of the third with an unearned run when Lino’s throwing error allowed a runner to advance into scoring position. The took and extended the lead with solo home runs in the fifth and sixth innings and another run in the eighth inning.
The Threshers mounted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth. Zach Green led off with a home run to left. An error and a wild pitch allowed two more runs to score to tie the game. The inning ended the go ahead run on second.
The Yankees won when they connected for their third solo home run in the tenth. The Threshers went meekly in the bottom of the inning.
- Eshelman – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR. He threw 93 pitches/60 strikes.
- Eshelman’s FB was predominantly 91 mph (24 pitches). He touched 92 and 93 four times each, all in the first two innings. He hit 90 seven times and 89 three times.
- Two of his 4 strike outs came swinging at a 93 mph FB and an 82 mph off speed pitch.
- Five other swings-and-misses came on pitches of 82, 90, x, 81, and 74 mph.
- Rivero’s FB was at 93-94 mph.
- Joely Rodriguez’ FB was at 92-93 mph.
- Hockenberry took the loss when he gave up the tenth inning home run. He struck out two batters in his one inning. His FB was 89-91, t92 mph.
- Walding (.276) went 1-5 with 3 K.
- Green (.256) went 2-5 with a HR (4) and RBI.
- Kingery hit a couple of line drive outs, was hit by a pitch, and stole his 8th base.
- Lino was 1-2 throwing out runners stealing second. Both attempts were by the Yankees’ #1, Mateo. He got him in the first, but threw poorly from the crouch on the second attempt. This resulted in his throwing error and allowed Mateo to make it to third. He scored on a line drive single to left. The scorer ruled the run unearned, but I’m sure that Mateo would have scored from second on the play.
- Tocci sat out. He was hit on the wrist by a pitched ball in Monday’s game. He was used as a pinch runner for Lino. I’m sure they were going to squeeze, but a wild pitch ended the drama as Tocci came home with the tying run.
- Sandberg started in center. He received his 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove for left field before the game. So, of course, one of the Yankees doubled over his head to the warning track in center, a ball I think Tocci might have caught.
- With Tocci unavailable and Herlis Rodriguez on the DL, the corner outfield positions were manned by Drew Stankiewicz in left and recently called up Samuel Hiciano in right.
- Two more Threshers were hit by pitched balls – Kingery and Sandberg. That’s 16 for the season. Only John Richy in his one start for the Threshers has hit an opposing batter. I’m not advocating intentionally hitting opposing batters, but you have to come inside so they aren’t that comfortable digging in and crushing your pitches. And if you hit some of their batters, so be it.
- Tampa’s Mateo (.330) went 2-4 with a HR (3), BB, RBI, infield single, and 1-2 on steal attempts. He’s tough at the plate. Fast on the bases. He can really influence a game. One of his two outs was a hard line drive that Martin speared to his right.
- The Yankees out hit the Threshers 12-7.
- The Yankees lead the FSL in AVG, OBP, SLG, OPS, H, R, HR, RBI, and TB. They came into the game with FIVE of their hitters among the top ten in the league for average.
Lakewood (7-17) No game scheduled.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 5/3 – Reinier Roibal assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
- 5/3 – Samuel Hiciano assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws
- 5/2 – Clearwater Threshers placed CF Herlis Rodriguez on the 7-day disabled list.
- Rosters updated here.