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Robert Refsnyder still going strong for Yankees in minors
An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Wednesday (and a glance at the overall playoff picture):
TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
The skinny: Buffalo scored five runs in the top of the seventh, rallying for a 6-5 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The RailRiders beat Buffalo, 8-3, in Game 2.
Robert Refsnyder, 2B: 2-for-4 with a double in Game 1
Jose Pirela, 2B: 2-for-4 with a double in Game 2
Kyle Roller, 1B: 3-for-3 with a double and a home run in Game 2
NOTES: Since the Yankees traded for Martin Prado, talk of promoting Refsnyder has cooled somewhat. But that doesn’t mean Refsnyder has cooled down at the plate. In August (25 games), he’s hitting .320 with a .393 on-base percentage, eight doubles and a home run.
DOUBLE-A – Trenton Thunder
The skinny: Trenton scored in five of the first six innings en route to an 8-2 win over Akron.
Jake Cave, CF: 2-for-5 with a home run
Gary Sanchez, C: 2-for-4 with a walk
Greg Bird, 1B: 1-for-2 with two walks
NOTES: Every Trenton starter had at least one hit.
SINGLE-A ADVANCED – Tampa Yankees
The skinny: Clearwater scored three runs in the top of the ninth to tie the score and scored twice in the 11th inning to go-ahead in a 9-7 win over Tampa.
Cito Culver, SS: 4-for-6 with two doubles and a home run
Eric Jagielo, 3B: 2-for-6 with a double and a home run
Aaron Judge, RF: 2-for-4 with two walks
Reymond Nunez, DH: 1-for-3 with a double and two walks
SINGLE-A – Charleston RiverDogs
The skinny: Charleston pitching held Greenville to just three hits while the RiverDogs pounded out 13 hits in an 8-0 win.
Claudio Custodio, LF: 2-for-5 with a home run and a stolen base
Tyler Wade, SS: 2-for-5 with two doubles and a stolen base
Miguel Andujar, 3B: 2-for-4 with a triple
Brandon Thomas, CF: 2-for-4 with a double and a triple
Gosuke Katoh, 2B: 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base
Gabriel Encinas, RHP: Allowed one hit and one walk in four scoreless innings, striking out six
NOTES: Every Charleston starter had a hit.
SINGLE-A SHORT-SEASON – Staten Island Yankees
The skinny: Connor Spencer scored for the Yankees on a one-out wild pitch in the seventh to tie the score, but Amed Rosario was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 11th to win it, 3-2, for Brooklyn.
Devyn Bolasky, CF: 2-for-4 with a walk
Ty McFarland, 3B: 1-for-3 with a walk
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre – Eliminated
Trenton – Eliminated
Tampa – 3 games out of first, tragic number is 2. Tampa’s final series of the season is a three-game set at Daytona, the club they trail in the standings. They have four games left overall.
Charleston – Eliminated
Staten Island - Eliminated