Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 8-1 vs. Buffalo Bisons
One can’t say that Ike Davis is failing to make the best of an awkward situation. Recently DFA’d by the Yankees after Mark Teixeira’s return from the DL, the first baseman elected to stay within the organization in case another injury pops up, and he made a big impact in his Scranton debut. Facing another former big leaguer, Roberto Hernandez (The Artist Formerly Known as Fausto Carmona), Davis crushed a grand slam to give the RailRiders a decisive 5-0 lead.
Aaron Judge had an interesting day, as he only had two official at-bats thanks to a walk and two hit by pitches. In one of those ABs though, he cleared the bases with a three-run double, his 15th of the year. Tyler Austin chipped in a double as well, and seven of the nine starters had hits. Phil Coke threw six scoreless frames for the win, Giovanny Gallegos fanned four batters in two innings of one-run ball, and Kirby Yates closed it out with a quiet ninth.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 6-5 vs. Richmond Flying Squirrels
The Thunder bounced back from a quick 4-1 deficit, countering Richmond’s four in the second with four of their own in the home half. Starter Daniel Camarena made his own recovery after the shaky frame to eventually go 6 2/3 innings, giving up just two hits and a walk outside of the second. Cale Coshow and Jonathan Holder combined to retire the last seven batters in order with three strikeouts, though Holder needed an assist on a caught stealing attempt.
Dustin Fowler went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a stolen base, though he was immediately caught going for third after the swipe. Tyler Wade had a productive 1-for-3 day with a walk, Jose Rosario hit a solo shot, and Miguel Andujar went 1-for-2 with a base on balls and a sacrifice fly. The third baseman is now hitting .407 in 17 games with Trenton; he is doing his part to give the Yankees hope at the hot corner in the future.
High-A Tampa Yankees: W 5-1 vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers
T-Yanks starter Yefrey Ramirez ended up victorious in what was a tense 1-1 pitchers’ duel through the first six and a half innings. Claimed in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft last winter and making his first career start in High-A, the righty struck out 11 with no walks in seven shutout innings of three-hit ball. Tampa broke the tie with a four-run seventh that was keyed by Devyn Bolasky’s go-ahead single and Connor Oliver’s two-run triple.
Austin Aune and Jake Skole both had multi-hit games, while on the mound, Dillon McNamara and Matt Marsh threw scoreless innings to secure the win. Of minor note was Jorge Mateo’s absence from the starting lineup a day after being pulled in the fifth inning. There has been no word on whether it’s disciplinary or due to injury, but hopefully it’s nothing major.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 2-7 vs. Augusta GreenJackets
It was a rough night for Charleston, who had to deal with both a 46-minute rain delay and a poor outing from their starting pitcher, Daris Vargas. Augusta plated five runs on 10 hits and four walks in Vargas’ 4 1/3 innings, putting the RiverDogs in an early hole that they were unable to escape. Hobie Harris didn’t help matters by allowing two runs of his own over the next 2 2/3, rendering the two runs Charleston did score moot. Garrett Mundell at least provided a small bright spot on the mound with four strikeouts in two scoreless innings.
Jeff Hendrix was stellar in the leadoff spot, notching three hits (all singles) to raise his line on the season to .306/.408/.400 in 48 games. Although the 2015 fourth round pick’s game is mostly contact-based, he might not be long for this level. Jhalan Jackson also doubled and Kyle Holder went 1-for-3 with a walk, though he was nabbed on the basepaths for the fifth time this year in nine attempts.
Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees: L 2-4 vs. Hudson Valley Renegades
Drew Finley turned in a decent outing for Staten Island, giving up just one earned run on three hits and striking out four in six innings. However, his defense betrayed him as they committed four errors (albeit one from Finley himself), allowing three additional unearned runs to score, no thanks to Finley’s three walks and a hit by pitch. It was not a great day for the Finley/Radley Haddad battery; Hudson Valley ran wild with five stolen bases in six attempts while also advancing on a passed ball and a wild pitch. At least Finley picked one baserunner off!
Meanwhile, the offense was held to a mere three hits on the day and only scored thanks to some sloppy baseball in the first. The only batters to reach on hits were Dom Thompson-Williams, Nick Solak, and Drew Bridges, who all singled. It was mostly a ghost town on the bases otherwise. Staten Island ended the game with more errors than hits or runs. Whoops.
Rookie Advanced Pulaski Yankees: W 3-1 vs. Elizabethton Twins
Pulaski only registered one more hit than Staten Island did in their game, but it enough to beat Elizabethton. Two of their four hits came off the bat of first baseman Tim Lynch, who roped a two-run double to put Pulaski on top 2-1 in the fourth. Welfrin Mateo had a meaningless single for the third hit, but Kevin Cornelius gave them a much-appreciated insurance run on a solo homer in the top of the ninth, his third in eight games.
Rafael Lara yielded just one run in his five innings despite four hits, two walks, and a wild pitch. The real heroes of the game were relievers Phillip Diehl and Tyler Honahan, who are both fresh to the system after the 2016 MLB Draft. Diehl gave up one baserunner on a walk in his two innings, and though Honahan allowed a hit and two walks, he kept Elizabethton off the board, too. Thoughts, Pulaski Twitter?
GCL Yankees East: L 1-10 vs. GCL Phillies
CF Edel Luaces 1-4, 2 K
DH Brayan Emery 1-2, BB, HBP
LF Terrance Robertson 1-3, triple, BB, K
C Brayan Rodriguez 2-4, RBI, K
3B Yeison Corredera 2-3, K — throwing error
Daniel Alvarez 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Moises Cedeno 1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Allen Valerio 1/3 IP, 0 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K — slick day, Allen
Tim Holmes 1 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
GCL Yankees West: L 1-3 vs. GCL Braves
CF Leobaldo Cabrera 2-4, double, K
SS Diego Castillo 1-4
DH Nelson Gomez 1-4, K
LF Pablo Olivares 2-4, double, triple, K
1B Miguel Flames 1-4, RBI
Gilmael Troya 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Jean Ramirez 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Jose Pujols 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K