D.J. Mitchell lasted just two innings last night, getting torched for six runs on seven hits and three walks as the Yankees fell to Louisville 11-6. The loss dropped Mitchell to 5-4 on the season. Things didn’t get much better for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Mitchell left, as both Mike O’Connor and Manny Delcarmen got hit hard as well. Offensively, even Kevin Russo’s 3-for-4, 3 RBI performance couldn’t lift the Yankees on Thursday night. Francisco Cervelli, hitting out of the #3 spot in the line-up, went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored.
AA: Trenton Thunder
Trenton fell to the Richmond Flying Squirrels last night 7-2 as starting pitcher Adam Miller didn’t make it out of the 4th inning. In 3.1 innings, Miller allowed four runs on ten hits, and recorded just one strikeout. After Miller, Francisco Rondon proceeded to get hit just as hard to seal Trenton’s fate. As a team, the Thunder went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Only Yadil Mujica and Jose Gil, hitting 8th and 9th in the line-up, were able to put together multi-hit games. With Trenton missing it’s biggest power threat, Cody Johnson (hamstring), this line-up appears to have a completely different dynamic to it. His injury might be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
High-A: Tampa Yankees
Tampa defeated the Lakeland Flying Tigers last night 9-4 behind the bats of Ramon Flores and All-Stars J.R. Murphy and Rob Segedin. Flores’ bat was the leader of the charge with a 3-for-4, 3 R, 3 RBI performance. Segedin (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and Murphy (2-for-4, 2B, RBI) each had their bats going to help power Tampa. David Phelps had his first start since being demoted from the big league club, allowing three hits and a walk in two shutout innings. He’s currently building up his pitch count in Tampa, and will head to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when he’s finished. Jose Ramirez was activated from Tampa’s disabled list and gave up four hits in 2.1 shutout innings in his return.
Class A: Charleston RiverDogs
Charleston reliever Philip Wetherell had arguably the worst performance of his professional career last night. He faced eight hitters, recording just one out while surrendering seven runs on six hits and a walk. His 8th inning blowup took the RiverDogs from up 6-5 to losing by a score of 12-6. Multi-hit performances by Tyler Austin, Mason Williams, and Dante Bichette, Jr. had helped contribute to six runs scored, but it just wasn’t enough. Williams hit his fifth home run of the season and added his 18th steal, while Austin tacked on two more runs batted in and his 15th stolen base.