All of the Yankees’ affiliates games were cancelled or postponed tonight, so let’s catch up on yesterday’s action:
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
Game 1: SWB dropped the first of two, 5-1 (box score).
- Rehab watch: Starting pitcher: RHP Michael King: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR — 13 of 21 pitches were strikes (62%)…This was his first rehab appearance. He was put on the IL with a right finger contusion on July 8th. I don’t expect to see him in the majors again this year, but at least he’s healthy.
- In relief: RHP Nick Goody: 0.1 IP, zeroes — 2 of 3 pitches were strikes (67%)
- In relief: RHP Clarke Schmidt: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR — 50 of 73 pitches were strikes (68%)…I know the Yankees want to get him innings after missing so much of the season, but I’d be curious to see him in a bullpen role for the rest of this season.
- In relief: RHP Adam Warren: 0.2 IP, 1 K, zeroes — 7 of 15 pitches were strikes (47%)
- In relief: RHP Reggie McClain: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K — 12 of 24 pitches were strikes (50%)
- Rehab watch: SS Gleyber Torres: 0-3, K — The Yankees plan to activate him for Friday’s game against Baltimore
- Hitting star: LF Jonathan Davis: 1-3, R, HR, RBI, K
- Leftovers: C Donny Sands was hitless in three at-bats…1B Rob Brantly doubled and CF Greg Allen singled. No one else had a hit.
Strikeout No. 5 for Clarke Schmidt. He’s really spinning the ball today. pic.twitter.com/t0JUQFb1i0— Conor Foley (@RailRidersTT) August 31, 2021
Game 2: Buffalo completed the doubleheader sweep, 3-0 (box score).
- Starting pitcher: RHP Brian Keller: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K — 14 of 28 pitches were strikes (50%)
- In relief: RHP Brody Koerner: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR — 22 of 42 pitches were strikes (52%)
- In relief: RHP Ron Marinaccio: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K — 29 of 36 pitches were strikes (81%)…Absolutely pounded the zone. Has 84 strikeouts in 53.2 innings between Somerset and Scranton.
- Hitting star: RF Trey Amburgey: 1-3, 3B, K — Struggled since returning from injury, hit .137/.233/.216 in August
- Leftovers: DH Donny Sands didn’t reach base…LF Matt Pita and SS Cristian Perez had the only other hits, both singles, for the RailRiders.
Double-A Somerset Patriots
The Patriots won a shootout against the Baysox, 13-10 (box score). This was a wild one: Somerset took a 4-0 lead, then promptly allowed 9 unanswered runs in the second and third innings combined. Later, down 10-7, the Patriots rallied for 6 in the 8th inning to take the lead for good.
- Starting pitcher: LHP Ken Waldichuk: 1.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K — 27 of 47 pitches were strikes (57%)…Easily his worst start of the season. Bound to have a rough outing eventually. He had allowed more than three runs in a game just once this season. Raises his ERA with Somerset to 4.45 in 64.2 innings (along with 90 strikeouts). By the way, I knew he was great for Hudson Valley pre-promotion, but I totally forgot that he had a 0.00 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 30.2 innings for the ‘Gades. Lol.
- In relief: RHP Sean Boyle: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K — 58 of 89 pitches were strikes (65%)
- In relief: RHP Jefry Valdez: 2.0 IP, 1 K, zeroes — 25 of 33 pitches were strikes (76%)
- In relief: RHP Nick Ernst: 1.0 IP, 2 K, zeroes — 10 of 17 pitches were strikes (59%)
- Hitting star: 3B Oswaldo Cabrera: 4-5, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI, K, SB — Stays hot after going 2-for-5 with a homer on Sunday.
- Prospect watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 3-4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB — Took knuckleballer Mickey Jannis deep. Also made a fielding error. He’s got 8 errors in 81 games this year, which seems pretty good even though errors aren’t the best proxy for a defensive skillset.
- Prospect watch: C Josh Breaux: 2-4, R, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, K — Only has two walks in 85 PA for the Patriots after posting a more reasonable 8.0 percent BB-rate at Hudson Valley. Still, he’s put up a strong line thanks to big power: .272/.294/.543 with 5 homers.
- Leftovers: DH Dermis García had two hits, including a home run. Everyone but RF Isiah Gilliam and 2B Jesus Bastidas recorded hits.
High-A Hudson Valley Renegades
Another wild game: After trailing 4-0 through four, Hudson Valley took the lead with five in the fifth. Then, in the ninth with the score 5-all, the Renegades took a 7-5 lead only to lose on a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the ninth (box score).
- Starting pitcher: LHP Josh Maciejewski: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR — 61 of 87 pitches were strikes (70%)…Breaks 11.2 inning streak without giving up a run (one start for the RailRiders, another for the Renegades).
- In relief: LHP Edgar Barclay: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K — 6 of 9 pitches were strikes (67%)
- In relief: RHP Trevor Holloway: 2.0 IP, 1 K, zeroes — 10 of 13 pitches were strikes (77%)
- In relief: RHP Derek Craft: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR — 18 of 29 pitches were strikes (62%)
- Hitting star: 2B Eduardo Torrealba: 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI — First two homers for Torrealba at this level.
- Prospect watch: SS Anthony Volpe: 1-5, R, HR, RBI, CS — Went back-to-back with Torrealba for his 22nd homer in the minors this season.
- Prospect watch: CF Everson Pereira: 1-4, R, HR, RBI, 2 K — Went back-to-back-to-back with Torrealba and Volpe. Too bad Austin Wells couldn’t continue it. Pereira has 12 homers in just 154 plate appearances this season, and 6 in 60 with HV.
- Prospect watch: C Austin Wells: 2-4 — Nice game, and always encouraging when he doesn’t strike out. His first game without one since August 17th. Went down on strikes in 38 of 102 plate appearances in August (37%)
- Prospect watch: RF Jake Sanford: 3-4, R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI — He also homered in the fifth inning, just much later in the frame. His power has jumped a bit at this level compared to Tampa. He’s got a .203 ISO with Hudson Valley compared to .147 in Tampa.
- Leftovers: In case you couldn’t tell, there were lots of homers in this one. LF Pat DeMarco hit one as well, along with a single in this game. Otherwise, only DH Elijah Dunham and 3B James Nelson didn’t reach base.
Single-A Tampa Tarpons
This one got out of hand in a hurry. Bradenton grabbed a 14-1 lead through three innings and went on to beat the Tarpons, 19-7 (box score).
- Starting pitcher: RHP Tyrone Yulie: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP — 32 of 58 pitches were strikes (55%)
- In relief: LHP Ben Keizer: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 HR, 2 HBP — 12 of 33 pitches were strikes (36%)…Oof.
- In relief: RHP Kenlly Montas: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 1 HBP — 37 of 59 pitches were strikes (63%)
- In relief: RHP Enrique Santana: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K — 14 of 24 pitches were strikes (58%)
- Position player pitching: C Pedro Diaz: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR
- The Martian: CF Jasson Dominguez: 1-5, R, HR, RBI — Homer traveled 419 feet and 103.4 MPH off the bat…He’s been hot of late and is riding a 10-game hit streak, during which he’s hit .308/.386/.513 (143 wRC+) with two homers in 44 PAs…Still too may strikeouts (13 during this stretch), but good to see some better results.
- First rounder: SS Trey Sweeney: 1-4, R, HR, RBI, BB, K — Home run didn’t get tracked by Statcast, but was his fourth of the year
- Prospect watch: C Antonio Gomez: 4-5, 2 R, HR, RBI — 339 foot 93.2 MPH wallscraper, but it coutns the same. Really needed a game like this, Gomez had just one hit in 17 at-bats with Tampa since the bump up from rookie-ball.
- Leftovers: Like HV, lots of homers in this one. 1B Anthony García, DH Ben Rice, and 3B Roberto Chirinos all hit homers. Only RF Juan De Leon didn’t reach base.