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Baby Bomber Recap 4/15/16: Aaron Judge hits his first home run of the season

Recapping the Yankees' minor league affiliates' results from April 15th.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 5-3 vs. Syracuse Chiefs

Things started off early in this game when the Chiefs scored two runs in the first inning off starter Anthony Swarzak. Aaron Judge answered back in the bottom of the inning with a solo shot for his first home run of the season to cut the deficit in half. Both sides traded zeros over a few frames before the RailRiders broke through in the fifth inning when second baseman Donovan Solano singled, first baseman Chris Parmelee walked, and shortstop Pete Kozma doubled to tie the game.

In the sixth, outfielder Aaron Judge reached on a fielding error and third baseman Rob Refsnyder walked. Nick Swisher eventually doubled to bring in a run and then Solano singled in another. They scored one more time in the seventh when Ben Gamel, Judge, and Refsnyder hit three singles in a row. For those of you keeping track of Swisher, he was the designated hitter tonight, and he collected another two hits to make that three in two games. Judge had two hits and a stolen base, while Solano led the way with three on the night.

Swarzak allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in 5.0 innings while striking out four batters. Diego Moreno pitched two innings, allowing one hit and one walk, striking out two batters. In the eighth inning, James Pazos allowed two walks, but managed to get out of the inning unscathed. He came back out for the ninth and gave up two hits leading to a run before he was replaced by Conor Mullee to finish out the game.

Double-A Trenton Thunder: L 0-7 vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Eric Ruth didn't make it out of the first inning, leaving the Thunder in a hole they were never quite able to dig themselves out of. The starter allowed four runs on three hits and three walks in just 0.2 innings before getting the hook and giving way to the bullpen. Matt Wotherspoon allowed another two runs on three hits and three walks over 3.1 innings and Giovanny Gallegos allowed a run on three hits. Alex Smith walked two, but was able to pitch a scoreless inning.

The Trenton offense managed five hits and five walks, but were never able to get on the scoreboard. Catcher Kyle Higashioka had a single and a double, first baseman Dante Bichette had a double and walk, outfielder Dustin Fowler had a double and a stolen base, and shortstop Tyler Wade singled and stole a base. Amazingly enough, second baseman Cito Culver walked twice on the night.

High-A Tampa YankeesL 0-4 vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs

Different level, same result as the Yankees were shut out by the Stone Crabs. First baseman Mike Ford led the way with two hits with third baseman Billy Fleming and outfielders Mark Payton and Michael O`Neill each collecting ones of their own. Miguel Andujar, Abiatal Avelino, and Santiago Nessy drew one walk apiece and that was it for the Tampa offense. Meanwhile, Gabriel Encinas did a good job keeping the score close by allowing only two runs on seven hits and three walks in 5.2 innings. Jordan Foley pitched 2.1 innings to close out the game, but allowed another two runs on three hits and a walk, though it wouldn't have made much difference in the end.

Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 7-8 vs. Augusta GreenJackets

Another game that got off on the wrong foot in the first inning. Charleston starter Simon De La Rosa surrendered two runs to begin the game and was unable to get out of the second inning. His final line had him allowing six runs on three hits and four walks in just 1.1 innings. After allowing two inherited runs to score, Cody Carroll otherwise kept the GreenJackets scoreless over 4.2 innings to give the RiverDogs a chance. Unfortunately, David Palladino allowed another two runs in the seventh inning to put the game just out of reach.

Charleston took advantage of some poor Augusta baseball to score in the top of the first. Hoy Jun Park singled and Chris Gittens walked before a wild pitch advanced Park to third base. He was then able to score on an error by the third baseman. In the sixth, Kendall Coleman gave the team in scoring position when he singled and stole a base before Radley Haddad drove him in. They scored two more runs in the seventh thanks to some small ball where Gittens was hit by a pitch, was advanced to second, and Thairo Estrada singled him in. Estrada stole second and Coleman then singled him in.

By the ninth inning, Charleston was losing by four runs, but things got interesting in a hurry. Jhalan Jackson doubled, followed by singles from Kyle Holder and Estrada that scored a run. Kendall Coleman singled to score two more and just like that they were down by one. Too bad they had Haddad lay down a sacrifice bunt to give up an out. Jeff Hendrix walked and Park struck out, but the catcher couldn't hold onto the ball and the RiverDogs got a runner to third base before it all came to an end.

Despite losing, Charleston actually came away with 15 hits altogether. Some of the highlights include Jeff Hendrix collecting a hit and three walks with a stolen base. The bottom of the lineup dominated as Thairo Estrada had three hits, two RBI, and two stolen bases, Kendall Coleman had four hits, three RBI, and a stolen base, and Radley Haddad had three hits and an RBI. It was a good night for hitting prospects, but a bad night for the team.