For the first time this season, you get bullet points…
- Triple-A Empire State (win): Dellin Betances walked only four in five innings, an improvement over recent starts. The bullpen trio of Juan Cedeno, Chase Whitley, and Kevin Whelan threw four nasty innings. Kevin Russo had three singles and Craig Tatum whacked a two-run dinger on a slow night of offense.
- Double-A Trenton (loss): The Thunder drew eight walks but only mustered three singles with the sticks, one each by Abe Almonte, Walt Ibarra, and Ronnie Mustelier. Shaeffer Hall allowed two runs in six innings in an otherwise uninteresting game.
- High-A Tampa (loss): Rob Segedin had two hits including a double, but J.R. Murphy’s single was the only piece of offense they could put together. Nike Turley threw a gem — two runs, five strikeouts, and one walk in eight innings — before Branden Pinder got hit around for the walk-off loss.
- Low-A Charleston (loss): Mason Williams went hitless in three at-bats before being lifted for a pinch-hitter to open the ninth. I hope that was just a function of getting him rest in a blowout rather than an injury. Gary Sanchez doubled on a night when Tyler Austin, Dante Bichette Jr., Angelo Gumbs, and Cito Culver all failed to reach base. Will Oliver got hammered — five runs in 2.2 IP — and the parade of fringe prospect relievers didn’t fare much better.