Notes and notes and notes and notes:
- RHP Luis Severino did indeed throw a ton of changeups during last night’s start, writes Shane Hennigan. “They told me that I had to throw more changeups. (The Yankees) told me that they didn’t care what the score is. They told me that I had to throw changeups and that’s what I did,” he said. That’s good. The stats don’t matter. Severino needs to throw that pitch and work on it.
- According to the team’s Twitter account, OF Blake Rutherford was in Pulaski’s original lineup today, though he was later scratched. My guess is he went through batting practice and all that, and the team decide to give him an extra day. Rutherford is reportedly dealing with a knee issue.
- After flirting with a perfect game last night, LHP Nestor Cortes landed in today’s Prospect Hot Sheet. “Cortes pitches backward, leading with his offspeed stuff and using his fastball as a putaway pitch,” said the write-up.
Triple-A Scranton (4-0 win over Pawtucket)
- RF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — 18-for-45 (.400) during his eleven-game hitting streak
- LF Clint Frazier: 0-4, 3 K
- 2B Rob Refsnyder: 4-4, 1 R, 1 2B — 15-for-31 (.484) in nine games since being sent down
- C Kyle Higashioka: 1-4, 2 K, 1 CS
- CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 R, 2 K
- DH Jake Cave: 1-3, 1 BB
- LHP Jordan Montgomery: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 10/1 GB/FB — 63 of 102 pitches were strikes (62%) … third straight scoreless start … 123/43 K/BB in 127.2 total innings … he seems to be getting better each time he gets promoted
- RHP Nick Goody: 1 IP, zeroes, 1/1 GB/FB — ten of 12 pitches were strikes
- RHP Ben Heller: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0/1 GB/FB — eight of 13 pitches were strikes … 55/14 K/BB in 48 innings