Rightfielder Aaron Judge, the Yankees' top position prospect, had already logged a handful of Triple-A firsts through his initial 16 plate appearances with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
His third at-bat produced his first hit. He earned his first RBI in his second game. He walked twice during his third game.
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But, stepping to the plate at PNC Field in the top of the eighth inning on Thursday night, there was still something Judge had yet to accomplish. The thing he is becoming known for. Going deep.
And in his 17th plate appearance, Judge launched his first Triple-A home run on a line drive to left field, scoring second baseman Rob Refsnyder and producing the only RailRiders runs in a lopsided 15-2 loss to Louisville.
Judge, the 6-7, 275-pound power-hitting prospect, has hit 13 home runs in 67 games this season and 30 home runs in 198 career games. The 23-year-old from California also has an additional 47 career extra-base hits.
Judge's home run was about all that went right for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. Righthander Jaron Long had the worst outing of his career, allowing 11 runs and 14 hits in 4 1/3 innings. Long (5-5, 5.11) yielded nothing through his first two innings, but gave up seven runs in the third. He allowed another run in the fourth and two more in the fifth before he was pulled for Long Island's Danny Burawa, who allowed an inherited runner to score.
Long, the son of ex-Yankees and current Mets hitting coach Kevin Long, saw his ERA rise from 4.04 before first pitch to 5.11 just a few hours later. It's been a rough introduction to Triple-A for Long, who had dominated the lower minor leagues. And while he's shown flashes of his talent in 2015, Long has been susceptible to blow-ups and short outings, too. In 15 games, he's given up four or more earned runs five times, allowed 10 or more hits three times and lasted five or fewer innings nine times.
Long looked to be turning a corner, having allowed a total of four earned runs in his last four starts. Of the 14 hits he allowed on Thursday, four went for extra-bases: two doubles, a triple and a home run.
Shortstop Ali Castillo went 3-for-4 and first baseman Rob Segedin was 2-for-4 for the RailRiders (43-32, 1st place in International League North).
(39-34, 2nd place in Eastern League Eastern, 1 game back)
Centerfielder Jake Cave was 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base, and third baseman Dan Fiorito went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases as the Thunder beat Richmond, 4-0. The game was completed with two outs in the top of the sixth due to rain.
SINGLE-A ADVANCED TAMPA
Tampa's game against Lakeland was postponed due to rain.
In the first game of the second half, shortstop Jorge Mateo was 1-for-4 with a stolen base and second baseman Angel Aguilar went 1-for-4 with a double, but the Riverdogs fell to Greenville, 4-0.
SINGLE-A SHORT SEASON STATEN ISLAND
(4-3, T-1st place in New York-Penn League McNamara)
Designated hitter Griffin Gordon got the Yankees' lone hit, a single with one out in the seventh as Staten Island was shut out by Tri-City, 6-0.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE YANKEES 1
(17-6, 1st place in DSL Boca Chica South)
Third baseman Nelson Gomez was 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk, second baseman Yeison Corredera went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk and first baseman Nelson Alvarez was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk as the Yankees beat the DSL Red Sox 1, 16-11.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE YANKEES 2
(10-13, 7th place in DSL San Pedro de Macoris, 7.5 games back)
Shortstop Welfrin Mateo was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk and leftfielder Jonathan Amundaray went 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk, but the Yankees fell to the DSL Mets 2, 5-2.
ROOKIE - GULF COAST LEAGUE YANKEES 1
(1-2, T-2nd place in GCL Northwest, 2 games back)
Leftfielder Jordan Barnes homered and shortstop Daniel Barrios, first baseman Chris Gittens and rightfielder Cesar Diaz each singled and doubled in the Yankees' 6-4 win over the GCL Blue Jays.
ROOKIE - GULF COAST LEAGUE YANKEES 2
(3-1, 2nd place in GCL Northeast, 1 game back)
Righthander Daris Vargas struck out three in five scoreless innings, allowing two hits in a 10-2 win over the GCL Astros. Leftfielder Dominic Jose was 2-for-4 with a home run, third baseman Renzo Martini went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk and second baseman Griffin Garabito was 3-for-4.
ROOKIE - PULASKI
(1-2, T-4th place in Appalachian League East, 1 game back)
First baseman Matthew Duran doubled twice, leftfielder Frank Frias went 2-for-5 with a triple and DH Billy Fleming was 3-for-4 with a walk as the Yankees beat Danville, 8-2. Lefthander Nestor Cortes struck out six in five innings of relief, allowing seven hits and one unearned run.