First, a few notes…
- The Yankees have re-signed IF Matt Antonelli to a minor league deal. He was released not too long ago to clear room on the 40-man roster for Chad Qualls.
- RHP David Phelps will make his next start with Triple-A Empire State this Saturday. He started for Double-A Trenton earlier this week just because the Triple-A squad was on their All-Star break.
- RHP Joba Chamberlain will make his next rehab appearance with the Rookie GCL Yankees on Saturday. He’s scheduled for two innings.
Second, bullet point recaps. Sorry folks, but nine games is just too much…
- Triple-A Empire State Game One (win): This was the completion of a game that was suspended way back in April. DH Jack Cust doubled, as did LF Ronnie Mustelier. He replaced Dewayne Wise, who started the original game. SS-3B Doug Bernier also doubled to wrap up a boring day of offense. RHP Nelson Figueroa threw three scoreless innings of relief after RHP Ramon Ortiz started the original game. RHP Cory Wade allowed three hits in two scoreless innings of work to close out the win.
- Triple-A Empire State Game Two (win): The game was scoreless until SS Ramiro Pena drew a bases loaded walk in the top of the 14th inning. Frankly, there wasn’t any offense other than that. RHP Adam Warren threw a gem, striking out three across seven scoreless innings. A parade of relievers — LHP Justin Thomas, RHP Ryota Igarashi, LHP Mike O’Connor, and RHP Chase Whitley — tossed up zero after zero for another seven innings. DH Jack Cust went hitless in two at-bats before leaving the game for an unknown reason.
- Double-A Trenton (win): Big night for the bats, including five hits (four singles and a double) for the molten hot David Adams. LF Pirela (two singles), 3B Addison Maruszak (single and double), DH Kevin Mahoney (two singles and a double), and C J.R. Murphy (two singles) all had multiple hits. RHP Dellin Betances allowed four runs in 6.2 innings, but the good news is that he walked just one and struck out six.
- High-A Tampa Game One (win): CF Mason Williams went 0-for-3 but LF Ramon Flores and RF Adonis Garcia both doubled. C Gary Sanchez didn’t have a hit but drew a walk, as did DH Slade Heathcott. LHP Nik Turley allowed one run in four innings, but he walked just one while striking out six. RHP Mark Montgomery struck out the side in a scoreless inning, though he also walked two.
- High-A Tampa Game Two (win): A no-hitter! Granted, it was only seven innings, but it still counts. RHP Jose Ramirez took care of the first six innings (one walk, seven strikeouts) while RHP Branden Pinder (two strikeouts) did the honors in the ninth. Congrats to these fellas. CF Mason Williams singled and 1B Kyle Roller doubled for what was essentially the only offense.
- Low-A Charleston (win): RF Rob Refsnyder doubled and CF Ben Gamel continued his hot hitting with a solo homer, pretty much the only meaningful offense in the game. SS Cito Culver singled while 3B Dante Bichette Jr. did not play. RHP Brett Gerritse allowed an unearned run in five innings before RHP Joel DeLaCruz and RHP Nick Goody threw a pair of scoreless frames each.
- Short Season Staten Island (loss): LF Taylor Dugas drew just one walk, so it was an off night for him. DH Saxon Butler (single and double), 1B Matt Snyder (single and double), and 2B Fu-Lin Kuo (two singles) each had a pair of knocks. C Peter O’Brien went hitless in three at-bats but did draw a walk. RHP Corey Black tossed five scoreless frames with three strikeouts and no walks. RHP Andrew Benak gave it up, surrendering five runs in his two innings.
- Rookie GCL Yankees Game One (loss): Not much on offense, just singles from DH Yeicok Calderon, RF Nathan Mikolas, 2B Jerison Lopez (two), C David Remedios, and SS Francisco Rosario. LHP Caleb Frare threw three scoreless innings, striking out three. LHP Rony Bautista allowed two runs in four innings, striking out three.
- Rookie GCL Yankees Game Two (win): 2B Jerison Lopez doubled while DH Austin Aune and 3B Miguel Andujar both singled. LF Justin James drew a pair of walks. RHP Jordan Cote had another strong start, this time four scoreless with four whiffs and a walk. Remember IF Kelvin Castro? Well he’s a RHP now, and he threw a scoreless inning to close out the win.