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Baby Bomber Recap 7/8/16: Aaron Judge injury clouds Scranton win

Recapping the Yankees’ minor league affiliates’ results from July 8th.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 7-5 vs. Rochester Red Wings

Scranton pulled out a two-run victory on Friday night, but the story of the game was Aaron Judge. It wasn’t a good one, as the right fielder was pulled in the top of the sixth inning after “feeling a little pop” in his left knee. While he was able to walk off the field and they said it was just sore, he will still be re-evaluated tomorrow. Judge was 0-for-2 with a walk before departing.

On a slightly brighter note, Gary Sanchez was 2-for-3 with a walk, and Tyler Austin had a two-run homer, his ninth in just 30 Triple-A games. Ben Gamel had a fine evening as well, going 2-for-5 with a double and a triple. Kyle Haynes was driven from the game following a rocky four-run fourth, but Matt Wotherspoon and Johnny Barbato capably covered five innings of shutout ball for the win.

Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 1-2 vs. Richmond Flying Squirrels

Vicente Campos was outstanding for Trenton, completely blanking Richmond through seven scoreless innings. He struck out five and allowed just four baserunners—two singles and two walks—while lowering his ERA to a tidy 3.00 in seven Trenton starts. An RBI single by Tyler Wade was his only run support though; it was a quiet night for both offenses. Kyle Higashioka had two hits, Cito Culver doubled, and each of Miguel Andujar and Mark Payton registered singles. Andujar continues to pummel the Eastern League with a .333/.364/.405 line in 23 games since his promotion from Tampa.

That was all she wrote though, so Trenton entrusted a 1-0 lead to Cale Coshow. He pitched a scoreless eighth, but a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth on two singles, a double, and an error sealed the Thunder’s fate. Perhaps most insulting was the fact that the walk-off hit came from a man named Ryder Jones. No, really.

High-A Tampa Yankees: L 0-4 vs. Jupiter Hammerheads

It was a quiet night for the T-Yanks, who scored nary a run against Michael Mader and Andy Beltre in Jupiter. To their credit, Zack Zehner and Devyn Bolasky both had multi-hit games. Thairo Estrada, Abiatal Avelino, and Trey Amburgey had hits as well, but no one had any go for extra bases. Domingo Acevedo was not at the top of his game on the mound, either. He made it through six innings of four-run ball (three earned), but allowed seven hits and committed a balk while fanning just two batters, raising his ERA to 3.14 in four Tampa starts. Mason Williams went 0-for-4 to fall to .080 in the sixth game of his rehab assignment.

Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 10-4, L 6-7 vs. Asheville Tourists

Charleston was certainly homer-happy in the early evening portion of a doubleheader. Chris Gittens set the tone in the top of the first with his 14th homer of the season, a two-run shot. Jhalan Jackson then went back-to-back, as he drove his seventh over the wall. Two innings later, the recently promoted Mandy Alvarez made his presence known with a three-run bomb of his own that put the game out of reach. They weren’t the only offensive standouts, as Kyle Holder went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Domingo German allowed four hits, four runs (three earned), a walk, and two wild pitches, but it was enough over five innings. Sean Carley struck out four in his two scoreless frames for the win.

The RiverDogs didn’t have quite the same luck in the second game. There weren’t any homers, but Alvarez’s hot bat had them in a good position. He went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, and Hoy Jun Park knocked three hits as well. Jackson had a double but had to leave when he hurt himself sliding into second base. They were three outs away from a 7-6 victory but Andrew Schwaab surrendered consecutive doubles to force extra innings. A bases-loaded walk from Hobie Harris forced Charleston to settle for a doubleheader split. Stupid Mylz Jones or whatever you are...

Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees: W 4-2 vs. Mahoning Valley Scrappers

Everyone in the starting lineup had a hit for Staten Island, as they rapped out 11 hits against Mahoning Valley pitching. Dom Thompson-Williams had two hits and a steal, and Timmy Robinson almost matched him with two hits of his own, though he was thrown out on his attempt. Luis Torrens, Angel Aguilar, and Ricardo Ferreira all doubled to add to the fun. Starter Austin DeCarr (2014’s third round pick) allowed one earned and one unearned in three innings of work with two strikeouts, though he also gave up three hits, three walks, a hit by pitch, a wild pitch, and even a balk. That’s some kind of cycle. David Palladino earned the win with three innings of one-hit shutout ball, striking out three.

Rookie Advanced Pulaski Yankees: Postponed

GCL Yankees East: L 2-6 vs. GCL Tigers East

DH Edel Luaces 1-4, double, 2 K
RF Erick Mendez 1-3, homer, BB, 2 RBI, K
CF Jordan Scott 0-3, BB, 2 SB — 6-for-6 on steals in just 11 games
LF Terrance Robertson 1-4, SB, K

Miguel Yajure 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, HBP
Melvin Morel 1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Hector Rodriguez 1 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Carlos Lara 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

GCL Yankees West: L 2-3 vs. GCL Blue Jays

DH Blake Rutherford 1-2, BB, SF, RBI — first professional hit for 2016’s top pick!
CF Pablo Olivares 3-4, double, HBP
SS Diego Castillo 2-4 — hitting .311 in 12 games
3B Nelson Gomez 0-3, SF, RBI, 3 K
1B Miguel Flames 1-4

Tony Hernandez 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, HBP
Isaac Padilla 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, WP — two homers allowed
Orby Taveras 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K