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Greg Bird flying high for Trenton
An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Thursday:
TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
The skinny: Louisville scored five runs in the fourth inning and never looked back during an 8-5 win over the RailRiders.
Jose Pirela, 2B: 1-for-3 with a double and a walk
Taylor Dugas, LF: 1-for-3 with two walks
NOTES: For the second consecutive day a position player pitched for the RailRiders. This time it was catcher Jose Gil, who threw a scoreless ninth inning, allowing just two walks.
DOUBLE-A – Trenton Thunder
The skinny: Trenton broke a tie and took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the fifth during a 4-3 win over Altoona.
The standouts: Since he started out his Trenton career 0-for-8, Bird is 10-for-28 (.357) with three doubles, four home runs and six walks.
Jake Cave, DH: 2-for-5 with two doubles
Greg Bird, 1B: 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk
Mark Montgomery, RHP: Earned the save with a perfect ninth inning, striking out two
SINGLE-A ADVANCED – Tampa Yankees
The skinny: Lakeland scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth during a 1-0 win over Tampa in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Tampa won Game 2, 4-3. Tampa tied the score and went ahead for good with a two-run fifth inning.
Brady Lail, RHP: Allowed five hits, one walk and one run (earned) in five innings, striking out two in Game 1
Caleb Smith, LHP: Allowed three hits, one walk and three runs (all earned) in five innings, striking out nine in Game 2
SINGLE-A – Charleston RiverDogs
The skinny: Charleston scratched out single runs in the sixth and seventh innings but couldn’t complete a comeback, falling 3-2 to Rome.
Tyler Wade, SS: 1-for-3 with a walk
Gosuke Katoh, 2B: 1-for-2 with two walks
SINGLE-A SHORT-SEASON – Staten Island Yankees
The skinny: Staten Island scored early and often during a 5-2 win over Connecticut.
Connor Spencer, 1B: 3-for-4
Chris Breen, LF: 2-for-4 with two home runs
Jonathan Holder, RHP: Allowed one hit in four scoreless innings, striking out five