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Baby Bomber Recap 6/26/16: Kyle Higashioka homers twice and drives in seven runs

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Recapping the Yankees' minor league affiliates' results from June 26th.

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders: W 9-3 vs. Pawtucket Red Sox

The RailRiders used three different three-run innings to top the Red Sox on Sunday. Aaron Judge continued his hot hitting with two hits including a triple and a walk (he was later named International League Batter of the Week). Tyler Austin drove in three of the team's runs with two hits. Every batter in the lineup except Nick Swisher reached base at least one time in the game. The offensive leader for the RailRiders, however, was Pete Kozma. He recorded three hits and drove in two runs.

On the pitching side, it was a bit of a Johnny Wholestaff game for Scranton. Diego Moreno started the game and pitched 2.2 innings, allowing four hits and one earned run. Tyler Webb pitched 3.1 innings and surrendered just one run before turning the game over to Giovanny Gallegos and Conor Mullee. The duo kept the Red Sox off the scoreboard for the duration of the game.

Double-A Trenton Thunder: W 12-2 vs. Akron RubberDucks

Kyle Higashioka was the star of the offense for the Thunder, driving in seven runs with three hits. Two of his three hits were home runs and his other was merely a double. Mark Payton also had himself a three-hit day as part of Trenton's 13-hit drubbing of Akron. Like it was with the RailRiders, only one Thunder batter failed to reach base at least once. That was Dante Bichette Jr. Dustin Fowler also failed to record a hit but he worked a walk. Trenton pushed across seven runs in the fourth inning to cement the blowout.

Caleb Smith struck out five batters in five innings, holding the RubberDucks scoreless. He was followed by four innings of Nestor Cortes who also struck out five and allowed just one hit, but he was responsible for both of Akron's runs.

High-A Tampa Yankees: Postponed for rain

Low-A Charleston RiverDogs: L 5-11 vs. Rome Braves

Five runs will win quite a few baseball games, but it wasn't nearly enough for Charleston on Sunday. They tallied eight hits to Rome's 11, but two big innings really hurt the RiverDogs. Gosuke Katoh drove in two of the team's runs with a single, bringing his season average to .297. Cesar Diaz, Jhalan Jackson, and Angel Aguilar each had two hits a piece.

Domingo German struggled in his start, allowing five runs on five hits in just four innings. Things only got worse from there, as reliever Cody Carroll surrendered six runs (five earned) in just 1.2 innings out of the bullpen. Sean Carley and Manolo Reyes were able to keep the Braves off the scoreboard for the duration, but the damage had already been done.

Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees: W 7-2 vs. Vermont Lake Monsters

Dalton Blaser drove in two runs without recording a hit, Kane Sweeney had three hits to bring his average to .438, and the Yankees racked up 13 hits on their way to a win over Vermont. Luis Torrens and Dom Thompson-Williams had two hits a piece as well.

Austin DeCarr surrendered two hits in four innings in his 2016 debut. He walked one batter but struck out zero. Kolton Mahoney was great out of the bullpen with five scoreless innings. He allowed just four hits and struck out six.

Rookie Advanced Pulaski Yankees: W 11-5 vs. Kingsport Mets

The Pulaski Yankees totaled an astounding 21 hits in their beatdown of the Mets on Sunday. Every player in the lineup had at least one hit with Welfrin Mateo leading the way with four hits. He doubled and tripled in the game. Just behind him, four players had three hits. One of those was Leonardo Molina, who hit his first home run of the season with a solo shot.

It was another Johnny Wholestaff pitching performance for Pulaski with no pitcher going more than 2.1 innings in the game. Jeff Degano got the start and walked five batters and surrendered two runs (one earned) in just two innings. He didn't allow a hit, though! Julian Aybar followed him from the bullpen and allowed another two runs on two hits in one inning before departing. The team's most effective pitcher was the last pitcher out of the bullpen, Greg Weissert. He pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game for Pulaski.