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Baby Bomber Recap 7/4/16: Pulaski pulls off a stunning six-run ninth inning rally

Recapping the Yankees' minor league affiliates' results from July 4th.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 5-2 vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Luis Severino was solid if not spectacular over seven innings of work in Scranton. He allowed a pair of runs on eight hits and a wild pitch but kept the damage to a minimum and walked none in 94 pitches. He has a 3.07 ERA in seven Triple-A starts but isn’t quite yet showing the dominant stuff the Yankees want to see. (It seems as though Chad Green is ahead of him on the depth chart for now anyway.)

Aaron Judge and Ben Gamel knocked a pair of hits apiece, with the former driving home three runs as well, including a two-run single in the third. Catcher Eddy Rodriguez provided a spark at the bottom of the lineup with a 3-for-4 day. Tyler Webb and Nick each covered perfect frames in relief to lock down the win.

Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 7-2 vs. Bowie Baysox

A leadoff homer by Tyler Wade set the pace for the evening on a wet night in Bowie. He committed his 19th error of the season on a bad throw but also increased his triple slash to .277/.378/.385 in 80 games with a 2-for-5 game and a walk. The four-run sixth powered by doubles from Michael O’Neill and Kyle Higashioka sealed the deal. Everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Miguel Andujar, who still contributed a sacrifice fly. Dustin Fowler stole his 17th base and even Cito Culver had three hits.

Chance Adams was en route to a nice outing with four innings of one-run ball with just one hit allowed, but a 43-minute rain delay in the top of the fifth knocked him out. When the Thunder returned to action, Cale Coshow and Matt Wotherspoon combined to pitch the last the final five innings. Although Coshow was a little shaky despite just one unearned scoring, Wotherspoon was perfect over two frames with two strikeouts.

High-A Tampa Yankees: L 0-2 vs. Daytona Tortugas

Ian Clarkin pitched well enough to win on most nights by twirling seven innings of two-run ball, allowing five hits and a walk while fanning six batters to lower his ERA to 3.05. Unfortunately, he was outpitched by a pitching staff full of cartoon character names, as Ismael Guillon, Brennan Bernardino, and crew shut out the T-Yanks.

Mason Williams went 0-for-4 in his first rehab appearance since shoulder surgery last August. Jorge Mateo was 1-for-3 with a walk, but the team could only muster five other hits and one for extra bases (a Thairo Estrada double). Ty Washington’s leadoff homer in the first turned out to be all the team needed.

Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 3-1 vs. Columbia Fireflies

Riding the heels of a two-run homer in the second by Nathan Mikolas, the RiverDogs jumped out to an early lead that they did not relinquish. Kyle Holder and Gosuke Katoh each had two-hit games, Hoy Jun Park had a walk and his 18th stolen base, and the pitching staff was superb. Luis Cedeno threw 5 2/3 innings and allowed just one run despite nine baserunners. Jose Mesa and Andrew Schwaab were perfect out of the bullpen though, retiring the game’s final 10 batters in order with three strikeouts.

Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees: L 2-3 vs. Hudson Valley Renegades

Staten Island could only piece together four hits, and it wasn’t enough to hold off Hudson Valley. Simon De la Rosa struck out 10 batters over his 6 2/3 innings, but he also surrendered eight hits, a walk, and two wild pitches. Reliever Brooks Kriske dealt with poor control as well, as a wild pitch of his own brought in the decisive unearned run in the eighth inning.

Luis Torrens had two of the four hits, one of them being a double. The other two came off the bats of Mandy Alvarez (a double) and Nick Solak (a single). Staten Island needed some help just to get on the board; Hudson Valley first baseman Jose Rojas obliged with a two-run error that allowed Staten Island to briefly tie the game at 2-2 in the sixth. While Kriske gave up the go-ahead run, David Sosebee briefly gave them a chance to tie it in the ninth by striking out two in his perfect inning, but Staten Island also went down in order to end the game.

Rookie Advanced Pulaski Yankees: W 7-6 vs. Bristol Pirates

For eight innings, it looked like it would simply be a forgettable Fourth of July in Pulaski. A 1-1 tie through six was punctured by a three-run seventh from Bristol and thanks to two in the top of the ninth, the game seemed to be pretty much over. The Pirates held a decisive 7-1 lead. Nick Nelson began the afternoon well with three strikeouts in three no-hit innings, but relievers Abel Duarte and Phillip Diehl put the P-Yanks in a hole with Geoff Hartlieb on for Bristol to close it out.

Then the bottom of the ninth inning began. Estevan Florial reached on an error. Wilkerman Garcia singled. Tim Lynch worked a walk to load the bases and Kevin Cornelius crushed a grand slam to center field (his second hit of the night), suddenly making it a one-run game. Leonardo Molina promptly followed with a single, and after finally notching the first out, Bristol blew a chance at another with their second error of the inning. A new pitcher entered, but a passed ball moved the tying and winning runs into scoring position.

Victor Rey struck out to force Pulaski down to their last out. Josh Gardiner waited for his pitch. He never got it. He walked. Having batted around, Florial came up again to also wait for his pitch. He never got it. He walked to tie the game. Finally, it was Garcia in his second appearance of the inning waiting for his pitch. He never got it either. Three consecutive walks ended the game—a shrimp and then some.

GCL Yankees East: L 2-3 vs. GCL Tigers West

LF Edel Luaces 1-3, 2 BB, 2 K
CF Jordan Scott 2-4, SB, RBI, sacrifice fly
1B Pedro Urena 1-5, double, 2 K
DH Brayan Emery 1-3, 2 BB, SB

Kelvin Magallanes 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, balk
Juan Escorcia 3 1/3 IP, 0 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, pickoff error
Havid Burgos 0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

GCL Yankees West: W 2-1 vs. GCL Tigers East

RF Leobaldo Cabrera 1-4, RBI
CF Blake Rutherford 0-2, K — pro debut
1B Miguel Flames 2-4
3B Nelson Gomez 0-2, BB, HBP
DH Joseph Burton 1-3, K

Anderson Severino 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Jean Ramirez 2 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Brandon Stenhouse 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Jose Pujols 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K