Jose Pirela led the way on offense for the RailRiders with three hits in an extra innings loss to Pawtucket. Pirela is now hitting .329 in Triple-A this season, followed somewhat closely by Ben Gamel, who also picked up a hit in the game. His average now sits at .304. Gary Sanchez left the game injured, which could have major implications on September call-ups next week. He injured his led while attempting to avoid a double play. Aaron Judge was hitless with a walk and two strikeouts.
On the pitching side, Caleb Smith surrendered three runs in 4.1 innings while walking five. Johnny Barbato continued to be a revelation out of the bullpen with 2.2 scoreless innings, dropping his ERA with the RailRiders to 0.47. Andrew Bailey also contributed two scoreless innings of his own.
Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 3-5 vs. Akron RubberDucks
Trenton fell behind early and couldn't recover from a three-run fifth, despite out-hitting Akron 10-9. The Thunder got home runs from DH Rob Segedin and shortstop Tyler Wade, which was his first with the Thunder. Wade has struggled since being called up from Tampa, so all offensive signs of life are very welcome. Jake Cave and Tyler Austin contributed two hits a piece to the game.
Matt Wotherspoon was roughed up for five runs in five innings, bringing his Trenton ERA to 7.84. Alex Smith and Conor Mullee both pitched scoreless innings out of the bullpen with Smith working three innings after Wotherspoon's departure. His ERA sits nicely at 2.91 with the Thunder.
High-A Tampa Yankees: Off
Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 2-3 vs. Hickory Crawdads
Center fielder Devyn Bolasky led the Charleston offense with two hits, Vince Conde and Ryan Lindemuth each doubled as well, but it wasn't enough for the RiverDogs to sneak past Hickory in a fairly low-scoring affair. Jordan Foley was the hard-luck loser, giving up only two runs in six innings while striking out eight batters. He owns an ugly 3-7 record on the year despite a 2.88 ERA because Minor League Baseball is unfair.
Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees: L 1-2, W 7-1 vs. Aberdeen IronBirds
Staten Island split a doubleheader with Aberdeen on Wednesday, dropping a close one and then handily taking control in the other. Aberdeen jumped on starter Matt Borens in the loss, putting up two runs in the first inning. Alex Bisacca and Michael Schaub turned in scoreless relief performances but the offense wasn't up to the task.
The lone run of the game for Staten Island came via a home run from Trey Amburgey. It was his third of the year. Amburgey is hitting .548 since making the jump from the Gulf Coast League. First baseman Ryan Krill had the only other extra base hit for the Yankees with a double, his sixth of the season.
In the game that went better for Staten Island, a five-run fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie to put them ahead for good. The IronBird committed three errors, accounting for half of the runs being unearned. Junior Valera, Zack Zehner, and Eduardo de Oleo each picked up two hits. Amburgey led the way with two runs batted in with a single. The lone hit for extra bases came from Valera on a triple. Derek Callahan struck out six batters in 5.1 innings, allowing only one run. His win was his fifth of the year.
The Pulaski Yankees scored an early run in the first inning before tacking on three runs in the ninth in their shutout of the Pirates Wednesday night. Allen Valerio led the offense with two hits, a stolen base, and an RBI, but first baseman Matthew Duran drove in the final three runs with his second home run of the season.
Drew Finley got the start for Pulaski, giving up two hits and two walks in his three innings of work. He also struck out three batters. Jonathan Padilla and Cody Carroll were responsible for the work out of the bullpen with three innings each. All three pitchers managed to strike out three hitters and only Carroll allowed no hits.