Abbreviated version of the minors today, folks. I apologize! We'll be back to normal tomorrow.
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 4-3 vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (12 innings)
The RailRiders won their 67th game of the season on a walk-off by Aaron Judge in the 12th inning that plated pinch runner Rico Noel, who stole two bases. Judge snapped out of his recent offensive funk with three hits and a walk, striking out only once in the process. First baseman Greg Bird continued his assault on International League pitching with two more hits in the game. That brings his average with the RailRiders up to .301, thanks to his most recent hot streak. Ben Gamel homered as part of his two-hit night, also reaching base twice via the walk. Although unlikely, he could potentially be an option in September if the Yankees want to add him to the 40-man roster over someone like Judge.
Eric Ruth did a bit better for himself this time around in Triple-A, limiting the Red Sox to three runs in six innings. The bullpen trio of Nick Rumbelow, Caleb Cotham, and Johnny Barbato kept Pawtucket off the scoreboard until Scranton's offense could push a run across in extras. Cotham and Barbato have performed extremely well with ERAs sitting at 1.03 and .071, respectively.
Jaron Long took the complete game loss in the first game of Trenton's doubleheader against New Britain on Wednesday. He allowed ten hits and five runs, although only two of the runs were earned. Shortstop Tyler Wade committed his second error since being bumped up to Trenton with a bad throw. Jake Cave was the lone hitter to record more than one hit in the game, his being a double. In all, the Thunder made nothing of their seven hits or three doubles and were shut out.
The second game went a little better with Trenton jumping out to a 2-0 early lead in the first inning. Cave and Dante Bichette Jr. lead the way with three hits a piece. The Thunder offense was a little more potent this time around, recording 12 hits and only four strike outs. Matt Tracy allowed one run in 5.1 innings of work and struck out three. Conor Mullee came on for the save with 1.2 scoreless innings in which he also struck out three batters.
High-A Tampa Yankees: L 0-1 vs. Brevard County Manatees
Chaz Hebert pitching a pretty amazing game for the Tampa Yankees on Wednesday, coming up the hard luck loser in a game in which his offense just couldn't find a way to score. Although he did give up seven hits, Hebert allowed only one run in six innings of work while issuing no free passes. Luis Niebla came on in relief, shutting down the Manatees for three innings by allowing only one hit. The problem was, of course, the offense's lack of productivity. Abiatal Avelino had two hits, representing the only member of the team to reach base more than once. Mike Ford, Miguel Andujar, and Kyle Higashioka were the only others to record hits in the game.
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 5-11 vs. Lexington Legends
Although they tallied 12 hits and four walks in the game, the RiverDogs' offense couldn't make up for poor pitching in a blowout loss to Lexington. Billy Fleming led the way offensively with three hits including a double. Vince Conde and Griffin Gordon also had two hits a piece. Fleming leads Charleston batters with a .333 batting average on the year.
Justin Kamplain allowed four runs in six innings while striking out seven batters to take the loss, his 13th of the year. The bulk of the struggle came from Alex Robinett in relief who allowed seven runs (six earned) without recording an out.