DotF: Hendrix & Estrada lead Trenton to championship series

Yankees 3, Rangers 1: Severino sensational, the offense rallies late to get the win
Thoughts Before the Stretch Run Starts

Triple-A Scranton (6-1 win over Lehigh Valley) they lead the best-of-five first round postseason series two games to one

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-4, 1 R — 5-for-13 (.385) in the series, and according to people at the games, he’s made a number of great defensive plays as well
  • 2B Donovan Solano: 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E (fielding) — 7-for-13 (.538) with two walks in the series
  • LF Billy McKinney: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — second homer of the series, and he hit it against former big leaguer Henderson Alvarez
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 K — flashed his arm on a nice play going to his right (here’s video)
  • C Kyle Higashioka: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • RF Jake Cave: 0-3, 1 K
  • RHP Brady Lail: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 64 of 96 pitches were strikes (67%) … comes up big in his first postseason start after allowing 15 runs in his final 21.1 regular season innings

Double-A Trenton (9-1 win over Binghamton) they won the best-of-five first round postseason series three games to one … they’ll face Altoona (Pirates) in the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series … that series begins Tuesday

  • RF Jeff Hendrix: 3-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB — he went 6-for-15 (.400) with three walks in the four-game series
  • SS Thairo Estrada: 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB — went 8-for-16 (.500) in the series and hit for the cycle in Game Two
  • DH Clint Frazier: 0-5, 3 K — 2-for-17 (.118) with ten strikeouts in four rehab games, so I wouldn’t count on seeing him in New York on Monday … he’ll probably stick with Trenton for the remainder of the postseason
  • 1B Garrett Cooper: 0-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — can’t remember the last time a player spent this much time on a rehab assignment for a relatively minor hamstring injury
  • 2B Nick Solak: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
  • CF Rashad Crawford: 0-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Will Carter: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 WP, 13/0 GB/FB — 54 of 90 pitches were strikes (60%) … guess the sinker was working tonight
  • LHP Stephen Tarpley: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GB/FB — eleven of 20 pitches were strikes

High-A Tampa‘s season is over. They lost to Dunedin (Blue Jays) in their first round postseason series.

Low-A Charleston (5-0 loss to Greenville) they lost the best-of-three first round postseason series two games to one, so their season is over … womp womp

  • SS Diego Castillo: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 K
  • 1B Brandon Wagner: 1-4
  • RF Isiah Gilliam: 0-2, 2 BB — went 1-for-9 (.111) with three walks in the series
  • 2B Oswaldo Cabrera: 0-4, 1 K — 0-for-11 in the series
  • DH Dermis Garcia: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K — 2-for-10 with six strikeouts in the series
  • RHP Nick Green: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 9/1 GB/FB — 51 of 86 pitches were strikes (59%) … finishes the year with a 66.3% ground ball rate in 131.1 innings … the Yankees drafted him out of high school in the 35th round in 2013, but didn’t sign him … one year later the Rangers got him in the seventh round, and two years after that, the Yankees got him in the Carlos Beltran trade … it’s probably not a coincidence they got him in a trade after drafting him … there’s people in the organization who’ve liked him for a while

Short Season Staten Island (5-2 loss to Hudson Valley in 13 innings, walk-off style) they trail the best-of-three first round postseason series one game to none

  • CF Andy Diaz: 0-4, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 E (fielding) — no contact in six plate appearances
  • SS Wilkerman Garcia: 1-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
  • RF Timmy Robinson: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS
  • RHP Jorge Guzman: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 Balk, 8/4 GB/FB — 61 of 89 pitches were strikes (69%) … first time all year he threw more than six innings
  • RHP Trevor Stephan: 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4/0 GB/FB — 27 of 39 pitches were strikes (69%) … dropping Game One when Guzman and Stephan, the two best arms on the staff, allow zero earned runs in 10.2 innings is rough

Rookie Pulaski‘s season is over. They lost to Elizabethton (Twins) in the Appalachian League Championship Series.

Rookie GCL Yanks East‘s season is over. They beat the GCL Nationals and won the Gulf Coast League Championship Series.

Rookie GCL Yanks West‘s season is over. They did not qualify for the postseason.

Yankees 3, Rangers 1: Severino sensational, the offense rallies late to get the win
Thoughts Before the Stretch Run Starts