Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 6-5 vs. Gwinnett Braves
Luis Cessa turned in a fine start on Friday night in Gwinnett, striking out six G-Braves in six innings of work while allowing just one earned run on five hits and two walks. One unearned run did cross the plate on a weird play that featured both a wild pitch and a throwing error by catcher Gary Sanchez, but Cessa still ended up lowering his Triple-A ERA to 3.02 in 11 games (10 starts).
Five RailRiders notched multi-hit games, including Tyler Austin, Ben Gamel, and Jake Cave. Austin in particular went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, bringing his average up to .313 in 36 games with Scranton. Gamel scored the evening’s first run in the third after doubling, and later in that inning, Cave grounded a two-run single through the left side. Gwinnett chipped into the lead, but Jose Rosario delivered the game’s decisive blow with a bases-clearing three-run triple in the seventh inning.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 1-4 vs. Reading Fightin Phils
The Thunder wasted a dominant performance by 21-year-old right-hander Chance Adams, who turned in his second straight terrific start. After throwing six inning of no-hit ball on July 9th, Adams actually did allow a hit this time—a double in the second—but was otherwise superb. He struck out eight batters and surrendered two walks in six shutout innings. Although he’s only made six starts in Double-A, he is certainly making a strong impression.
Unfortunately, Trenton could not reward Adams with a win. He could only nurse a 1-0 lead during his time on the mound, a lead granted by virtue of doubles from Miguel Andujar and Cito Culver in the fourth. They were no-hit from the fifth inning onward, and after Caleb Smith let Reading tie it up in the seventh, they torched Cale Coshow two innings later for three runs. The Thunder went down in order in the ninth, and that was the ballgame.
High-A Tampa Yankees: L 1-2 (13) vs. Fort Myers Miracle
A grueling pitchers’ duel went deep into the Tampa night, and while their bullpen pitched nobly, they came up just short. Mason Williams had two hits in his rehab appearance and his replacement in left field, Connor Spencer, notched a pair of hits as well. Trey Amburgey and Zack Zehner were on base a lot too, as they drew a combined seven walks in addition to Zehner’s single and an Amburgey hit by pitch. Despite all that and the offense’s nine hits though, they scored only one run. Even that one run came with disappointment, as it was scored on a double play ball.
Josh Rogers did his part by twirling six innings of shutout ball, fanning four batters while walking none and giving up three hits. Fort Myers tied the game in the eighth against Dillon McNamara, though Jordan Foley picked up the slack in extras with two nearly-perfect frames with three strikeouts. Jonny Drozd deserved a better fate, too, as after a scoreless 12th, he was victimized by a short fly ball single, a bunt, and an error by Abiatal Avelino that plated the go-ahead run. So it goes.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 0-2 vs. Lakewood BlueClaws
At least the T-Yanks managed to score a run with their nine hits. Charleston was shut out entirely, even though all but two players in their starting lineup had hits. Catching prospect Luis Torrens and the less heralded Chris Godinez led the way with two hits apiece, but the offense just couldn’t string together enough baserunners at the same time.
The bullpen did yeoman’s work in relief of a shaky Luis Cedeno, who departed after four innings and two runs on seven hits, a walk, and three (!) wild pitches. Sean Carley threw three shutout innings of one-hit ball and Garrett Mundell had two scoreless of his own. With no offense though, it wasn’t enough.
Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees: L 1-9 vs. Hudson Valley Renegades
Freicer Perez got the start for Staten Island last night. A big 6’8” right-hander with a low-to-mid-90s fastball and a high ceiling, Perez recently made a big jump straight into short-season ball without pitching in the GCL at all. The 20-year-old was not his sharpest, as even though he held the Renegades to four hits, three walks and just two strikeouts in five innings did him in, leading to three runs. Kendall Coleman and Angel Aguilar had multi-hit games near the bottom of the lineup and Dom Thompson-Williams went 1-for-2 with two walks. No one else had any hits though, so it was a blowout loss.
Rookie Advanced Pulaski Yankees: W 6-5 (12) vs. Johnson City Cardinals
On a rainy night in Pulaski, the teams got only one inning in before the weather forced them into a two-hour delay. They waited it out and and of course followed that lengthy pause up with an extra-innings affair. Pulaski had a flair for the dramatic, as down to last licks, they rallied in both the bottom of the ninth and the tenth. They very nearly won the game in that inning, but Isiah Gilliam was thrown out at the plate trying to score behind Josh Gardiner on Tim Lynch’s game-tying double. The hero turned out to be 18-year-old Leonardo Molina, who cracked a walk-off single in the 12th to score Estevan Florial with the winning run right around 1:00 in the morning.
Top draft Blake Rutherford went 2-for-6 and was one of four Yankees with at least two hits, joining Gilliam, Dermis Garcia, and Welfrin Mateo. Garcia also belted his seventh homer of the season, a solo shot. Icezack Flemming was outstanding in relief of the shaky starters, as he threw three innings of no-hit shutout ball with five strikeouts and two walks. Tyler Honahan earned a worthy victory by allowing just one run on two hits and no walks in his three innings, striking out four.
GCL Yankees East: L 4-5 vs. GCL Phillies
3B Yeison Corredera 1-4, BB, RBI, 3 K
RF Brayan Emery 1-5
DH Brandon Wagner 2-4, two-run homer—hitting .286/.385/.536
CF Jordan Scott 1-4, RBI, CS
LF Edel Luaces 0-2, 2 BB, SB, K
C Algeni Mateo 2-4
2B Aaron Bossi 3-4—throwing error
Raynel Espinal 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Kyle Halbohn 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K—1.17 ERA early on
GCL Yankees West: L 0-14 vs. GCL Braves
They got no-hit and Anderson Severino was bombed for 10 earned runs and 12 hits in just four innings, so move along, move along. NOTHING TO SEE HERE.