Yankees top position prospect Aaron Judge drove in his first Triple-A run, but other, less-heralded farmhands did the bulk of the heavy lifting during Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 6-4 win over Louisville on Tuesday.
Judge (0-for-3), playing in his second Triple-A game, drove in second baseman Rob Refsnyder with a one-out sacrifice fly that gave the RailRiders a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
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But Judge, batting fifth and playing rightfield, was overshadowed by first baseman Kyle Roller, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI and his third home run in as many days, and catcher Austin Romine, who was 4-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Leftfielder Ali Castillo was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI,and third baseman Cole Figueroa went 2-for-4 with a run scored for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (42-31, 1st place in International League North).
Roller, 27, is hitting .363 (8-for-22) with three home runs and eight RBIs during a five-game hitting streak. He's batting .253 with a .358 on-base percentage, 10 doubles and 12 home runs in 68 games this season.
Romine's four-hit game was his second of the season. His six total bases were a season-best, as were his two extra-base hits. Romine, 26, is hitting .270 with a .338 OBP, 13 doubles and five home runs in 50 games this season.
(37-34, 4th place in Eastern League Eastern, 3 games back)
Leftfielder Devyn Bolasky was 2-for-3 with a triple, but the depleted Thunder lineup managed just five other hits - all singles - during a 4-0 loss to Richmond. Trenton is missing the thump of regular rightfielder Aaron Judge (promotion to Triple-A), third baseman Eric Jagielo (disabled list) and catcher Gary Sanchez (disabled list).
SINGLE-A ADVANCED TAMPA
(33-35, 3rd place in Florida State League North, 4 games back)
The Yankees' game vs. Dunedin was postponed due to inclement weather.
(34-36, 3rd place in South Atlantic League Southern, 5 games back)
Charleston was off.
SINGLE-A SHORT SEASON STATEN ISLAND
(2-2, 3rd place in New York-Penn League McNamara, 1.5 games back)
The Yankees' game vs. Connecticut was postponed due to rain.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE YANKEES 1
(16-5, 1st place in DSL Boca Chica South)
Rightfielder Estevan Florial tripled to lead off the top of the 11th and scored the go-ahead run on first baseman Nelson Alvarez's one-out sacrifice fly during the Yankees 8-7 win over the DSL Mets 1. The Mets had tied the score and forced extra innings with two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Shortstop Ricardo Ferreira was 2-for-4 with a triple, two walks and a stolen base.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE YANKEES 2
(9-12, 9th place in DSL Boca Chica North, 7 games back)
Shortstop Yonauris Rodriguez was 4-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base, first baseman Kevin Gonzalez went 2-for-3 with a double and three walks and catcher Miguel Flames was 2-for-3 with a double and two walks as the Yankees pounded out 18 hits en route to a 23-3 win over the DSL Marlins.
ROOKIE - GULF COAST LEAGUE YANKEES 1
(0-1, T-2nd place in GCL Northwest, 1 game back)
The Yankees' game vs. the GCL Phillies was suspended in the bottom of the fourth due to rain. The Phillies lead the Yankees, 6-3. The game is scheduled to be completed on July 8.
ROOKIE - GULF COAST LEAGUE YANKEES 2
(1-1, T-2nd place in GCL Northeast, 1 game back)
Shortstop Yancarlos Baez and centerfielder Andy Diaz each doubled and walked, second baseman Griffin Garabito was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk and third baseman Renzo Martini went 2-for-5 with a triple, but the Braves tied the score in the eighth and scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th as the Yankees fell, 8-7.
ROOKIE - PULASKI
(0-1, T-3rd place in Appalachian League East, 1 game back)
Rightfielder Kendall Coleman and catcher Jesus Aparicio each homered, third baseman Allen Valerio was 2-for-3 with a walk and a double and centerfielder Carlos Vidal went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base, but the Yankees fell to Danville, 9-6.