DotF: Stephan dominates in Staten Island’s win

Triple-A Scranton (5-3 loss to Charlotte)

  • CF Mason Williams & RF Mark Payton: both 1-4, 1 R, 1 K — Williams was hit by a pitch
  • DH Jake Cave: 3-4 — 18-for-33 (.545) during his nine-game hitting streak
  • LF Billy McKinney: 1-4, 1 2B — 7-for-30 (.233) in his last eight games, though four of the seven hits are doubles
  • RHP Brady Lail: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4/7 GB/FB — 55 of 88 pitches were strikes (63%)
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K — ten pitches, nine strikes, plus he picked a runner off first

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Two comebacks aren’t enough, Yankees fall 6-5 to Mariners

Source: FanGraphs

Well that was a rough one. The Yankees showed some Fighting Spirit and rallied to tie Saturday night’s game against the Mariners twice — twice! — but ultimately, the bullpen took yet another loss. The final score was 6-5 in ten innings. The bullpen has been pretty great since the All-Star break, but still, bullpen losses stink. It’s Saturday and it’s a West Coast night game, so let’s bullet point this one:

  • Tanaka’s Bad Inning: Epitome of a One Bad Inning start for Masahiro Tanaka. He allowed four runs on four hits (including two homers) and a hit batsmen in the third inning, and no runs on two hits totals in his other five innings. The solo homers sucked. The bigger problem was four straight batters reaching with two outs to plate two additional runs. Blah. Tanaka retired the last ten batters he faced. His line: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. I don’t know either.
  • The First Comeback: After the Mariners took a 4-1 in the third inning, the Yankees chipped away. A Garrett Cooper triple and a Ronald Torreyes sac fly made it 4-2 in the fifth, an Aaron Judge solo homer made it 4-3 in the sixth, and a Matt Holliday sac fly tied it up 4-4 in the eighth. That eighth inning rally was set up by a Brett Gardner infield single and a Clint Frazier double. Holliday has really struggled lately. The two-strike sac fly was much appreciated.
  • The Second Comeback: Immediately after the Yankees tied the game in the top of the eighth, Robinson Cano took David Robertson deep in the bottom half. First pitch of the inning too. Wasn’t even a bad pitch. Down and away heater, and Cano hit it out the other way. Great hitter does great hitter things. Sucks. Anyway, in the ninth, Didi Gregorius drew a leadoff walk and Torreyes came through with the game-tying two-out single after pinch-runner Jacoby Ellsbury moved up on a wild pitch. Can’t say I saw that coming.
  • The Walk-Off Loss: Not really much to say about the game-losing rally. Adam Warren just didn’t have it. Ben Gamel smoked a leadoff double, Cano was intentionally walked, then Nelson Cruz yanked a ball to left for a walk-off single. What can you do? First earned run allowed by Warren since May 23rd. If Cruz had any decency, he would have hit a walk-off three-run home run so the Yankees could have avoided another one-run loss. They’re now 9-19 in one-run games, which means little but annoys lots.
  • Leftovers: Every starter had a hit except Todd Frazier, who did drive in New York’s first run with a double play. He is 1-for-13 with the Yankees so far … the other Frazier had a single and a double, both crushed off the wall. He was thrown out at second trying to stretch the single into a double … Tommy Kahnle struck out three and hit a batter in his scoreless inning. He’s faced ten batters as a Yankee: six strikeouts, two fly outs, one ground out, one hit batsman.

Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Don’t miss our Bullpen Workload page either. The Yankees wrap up this four-game series with the Mariners — as well as this eleven games in ten days road trip — Sunday afternoon. That’s a 4pm ET start. Luis Cessa and Yovani Gallardo are the scheduled starters. Not-so-bold prediction: runs will be scored. (Update: Caleb Smith, not Cessa, will start Sunday. The Yankees announced the late change following the game.)

Minor League Update: I have neither the time nor the energy for a full DotF tonight. Sorry. Here are the box scores and here’s the short version: OF Jake Cave had three hits, RHP Bryan Mitchell allowed three runs in 6.1 innings, CF Jorge Mateo drew a walk, CF Estevan Florial had two singles and a double, SS Wilkerman Garcia had two singles, DH Steven Sensley hit a solo homer, and 3B Andres Chaparro hit two homers.

DotF: Robinson hits two homers in Staten Island’s win

Here are the day’s notes:

  • Two roster clearing moves, per Matt Kardos: RHP Branden Pinder has been released and RHP Dillon McNamara has been traded to the Giants for … something. Not sure what. Probably cash. Pinder had allowed just one run (unearned) in 11.2 innings back from Tommy John surgery.
  • 3B Miguel Andujar is away from Triple-A Scranton because he’s about to become a dad. He’s currently in New York with his girlfriend, who will soon give birth, reports D.J. Eberle. Congrats to them.

Triple-A Scranton (2-1 win over Charlotte, walk-off style)

  • 3B Tyler Wade: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
  • CF Jake Cave: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
  • DH Mike Ford: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — walk-off single
  • RF Billy McKinney: 0-3, 2 K
  • LF Mason Williams: 0-3 — threw a runner out at second
  • RHP Chance Adams: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 12/1 GB/FB — 64 of 95 pitches were strikes (67%) … only his second career start with zero strikeouts, and the first only last an inning due to rain … the ground balls are really good though

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DotF: Wade and Culver go deep in Scranton’s blowout win

Triple-A Scranton (13-2 win over Charlotte)

  • 3B Tyler Wade: 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — here’s video of the homer
  • DH Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB
  • LF Billy McKinney: 0-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver: 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI — now hitting .248/.314/.461 with a career high tying nine home runs
  • LHP Dietrich Enns: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HBP, 10/2 GB/FB — 72 of 92 pitches were strikes (78%) … I wonder how high he is on the rotation depth chart?
  • RHP Jonathan Holder: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0/2 GB/FB — eleven of 16 pitches were strikes (69%)

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DotF: Sauer makes pro debut in GCL doubleheader

Let’s get started with some notes, shall we?

  • Keith Law (subs. req’d) got a look at Low-A Charleston recently and had some notes on OF Estevan Florial. “(Florial) is a physically imposing, athletic kid with a big, furious swing who is loading his hands a little deep and creating some length, which might explain his high strikeout rate this year,” said the write-up.
  • Here is Baseball America’s analysis of yesterday’s big trade with the White Sox. It is not behind the paywall and it includes the latest scouting reports on OF Blake Rutherford, LHP Ian Clarkin, and OF Tito Polo, if you’re interested.
  • With Rutherford and Clarkin gone, OF Jake Cave and OF Billy McKinney have moved into’s top Yankees prospects list. Not sure I agree with Cave being a top 30 prospect in this system, but to each his own.

Triple-A Scranton (6-3 win over Norfolk)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB — 4-for-14 (.286) with three walks and six strikeouts in four games since being sent down
  • LF Jake Cave: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 K — so maybe he is a top 30 prospect
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-5, 1 2B, 2 K
  • RF Billy McKinney: 2-4 — 10-for-28 (.357) during his little seven-game hitting streak
  • CF Mason Williams: 2-4, 2 R, 1 K
  • RHP Domingo German: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 33 of 52 pitches were strikes (63%) … prior to this game, he’d thrown 7.1 innings and 121 pitches over the last 31 days … he needs to pitch, not sit in the bullpen as the eighth reliever, so hopefully he stays down here and starts until the Triple-A season ends
  • RHP Gio Gallegos: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 21 of 32 pitches were strikes (66%)
  • RHP J.P. Feyereisen: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 4/1 GB/FB — 17 of 28 pitches were strikes (61%)
  • RHP Ben Heller: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GB/FB — 26 of 37 pitches were strikes (70%) … first outing since his two innings of hero ball in the 16-inning game against the Red Sox on Saturday

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DotF: Andujar has a huge day in Scranton’s doubleheader

OF Jeff Hendrix made today’s Notes from the Field at Baseball Prospectus (subs. req’d). “Average bat speed, good hands, contact-oriented but not slap-and-dash like (Gosuke) Katoh, has more strength and loft, can put a charge on balls, works all fields, but power is to pull-side … See as a strong OF defender in the upper levels,” said the write-up.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (10-2 loss to Norfolk in seven innings)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 0-3, 2 K
  • RF Rob Refsnyder & LF Billy McKinney: both 1-3
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — eleven homers in 88 games this year after hitting 12 in 130 games last year
  • LHP Brady Lail: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 5/4 GB/FB — 57 of 82 pitches were strikes (70%)
  • RHP Colten Brewer: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2/0 GB/FB — 21 of 35 pitches were strikes (60%)

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DotF: Rutherford’s hit streak ends as Charleston gets no-hit

A few links and notes to get us started:

  • C Kyle Higashioka (back) is not close to returning, Triple-A Scranton manager Al Pedrique told Conor Foley. That’s not great. Higashioka is the No. 3 catcher. I guess that means veteran C Eddy Rodriguez is the third option for the time being.
  • UTIL Billy Fleming and 1B Brandon Wagner were named the Offensive Players of the Week in the Double-A Eastern League and Low-A South Atlantic League. Fleming has four homers in his last five games and five homers in his last eight games. Who knew?
  • C Saul Torres made today’s Monday Morning Ten Pack at Baseball Prospectus. His blurb is above the paywall, so check that out. “He has an athletic comfort behind home plate, demonstrating soft hands and the ability to block breakers in the dirt, moving easily … He puts on a good BP with plus raw power … there is a lot to work with here,” said the write-up.

Triple-A Scranton was rained out. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow.

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Portland)

  • SS Jorge Mateo: 1-5, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing)
  • CF Tito Polo: 0-4, 2 K
  • 2B Thairo Estrada: 2-5, 1 R, 1 K — this dude just doesn’t stop hitting
  • RF Rashad Crawford: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Yefry Ramirez: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 5/1 GB/FB — 62 of 97 pitches were strikes (64%) … been struggling the last few times out … he’s on the 40-man roster bubble and I wonder if he’ll make it through the season if the Yankees need more space
  • RHP Branden Pinder: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — only 16 of 35 pitches were strikes (46%) … hopefully this is just a blip, but whenever a dude comes back from Tommy John surgery and struggles to throw strikes, you always worry a bit

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