Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 10-7 vs. Columbus Clippers
Scranton and Columbus took part in an absolutely slugfest on Friday night, as the teams combined for 17 runs, 27 hits, and three homers in a wild 10-7 RailRiders victory. It was quite evident that starter Luis Cessa suffered from some rust after barely pitching in the majors. He was knocked around for five hits, a walk, and three runs (two earned) in just 1 1/3 innings since he was on a 50-pitch limit. Cessa was in a good rhythm before his call-up, so hopefully he can find that again. Johnny Barbato ended up with the win thanks to three strikeouts in two innings of two-run ball, but the only pitcher who showed up for Scranton was Conor Mullee. He calmed the storm with two scoreless and three whiffs of his own to lower his Triple-A ERA to 0.62.
The stars of the show were obviously the bats. Serving as the DH, Kyle Higashioka went deep twice and drove in five runs on three hits. He has five homers in just 11 games with Scranton, good for an .860 slugging percentage. Left fielder Cesar Puello went 4-for-5 with two doubles, an intentional walk, and a stolen base. Tyler Austin did Puello one better by ripping three doubles of his own, bringing his OPS in Triple-A to 1.189 in six games. It's early in his return to Triple-A, but if the first baseman keeps hitting while Rob Refsnyder struggles, the Yankees could very well turn to him as a possible solution.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 7-4 vs. Erie SeaWolves
Trenton and Erie didn't feature as many players touching home plate as Triple-A, but they did record 25 hits. Remarkably, seven of the nine Trenton players had multi-hit games--the only people who did not were Lane Adams (1-for-4 with a steal) and Mark Payton (0-for-3 with a bunt). Everyone else was invited to the party, though none of them were dingers.
Shortstop Tyler Wade had the most efficient game, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks too, though he was picked off at one point. Dustin Fowler included a double, and both Michael O'Neill and Dante Bichette Jr. notched their first triples of the Double-A season. Daniel Camarena tossed seven innings, giving up seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Two of the hits were solo homers, but his ERA for the season now sits at a solid 2.15.
High-A Tampa Yankees: W 3-2 vs. Bradenton Marauders
Before the season began, the Yankees decided to shift 2015 fifth rounder Chance Adams from the bullpen into a starting role. They thought the righthander's repertoire was good enough to try him in the rotation. Now 12 starts into the campaign and coming off this absolutely sparkling performance, it seems like a genius move. The 21-year-old threw five no-hit innings in Bradenton yesterday, striking out 10 of the 17 batters he faced without allowing a walk. The only baserunners reached on an error by Jorge Mateo and a hit by pitch. Adams now holds a 2.65 ERA and 11.4 K/9 in 57 2/3 innings, and he has not surrendered multiple runs in a game since April. Modest.
It was an up-and-down night for Mateo though, who went 1-for-4 with his 23rd stolen base in 56 games, but also made two errors in the field at shortstop. Miguel Andujar stepped up at DH however, going 3-for-4 with an RBI despite a pickoff, increasing his 2016 batting line to .284/.338/.477. All these draft prospects entering the system shortly likely means that the third baseman is not long for A-ball. Also of note yesterday was center fielder Estevan Florial's stateside debut. The 18-year-old Haitian had never even played Rookie Ball before getting the nod last night and going 1-for-4. This is probably just a short-term move to precede a move to a short-season team, but it was impressive that Florial held his own.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: W 3-0 vs. Asheville Tourists
Adams stole the pitching spotlight, but highly touted Domingo Acevedo turned in an admirable night with the RiverDogs as well. Making his second start since coming off the DL at the beginning of June, the big righty threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just four walks and two hits while striking out five batters en route to the win. Pitching coach Justin Pope said that Acevedo did a fine job locating his fastball in the zone while mixing in good sliders and changeups. Acevedo's ERA for the season now stands at 1.90 in eight starts.
There were only four RiverDogs hits yesterday, but they made them count. Hoy Jun Park doubled in Leonardo Molina with none out in the fifth, and Alexander Palma followed with a single of his own to make it 2-0. A hit by pitch moved Palma to second, and Kyle Holder brought the final run home with base hit. The lone other hit came on a second inning double by Connor Spencer. Although it wasn't much offense, Hobie Harris and Andrew Schwaab made it hold up with 3 1/3 scoreless and four strikeouts.