There are plenty of ways to express how good righthander Brady Lail has been this season for Yankees' Double-A affiliate Trenton.
In 10 of Lail's 15 outings, he's held the opposition to one or zero runs.
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He's walked one or none in 12 games.
He's given up only two home runs.
Or, just recite his line from Wednesday's 7-3 win over Richmond: Seven innings, three hits, one run, one walk, four strikeouts. All in just 83 pitches for the Thunder (38-34, T-2nd place in Eastern League Eastern, 2 games back)
Lail (5-3, 2.30 ERA) hadn't appeared so dominant early in the season. He never went deeper than 5 1/3 innings during any of his first six starts and came into a game on May 11 with a 4.43 ERA. During that game, Lail was struck in the head by a line drive just seven pitches in. He tweeted later that night he was "just fine." Indeed.
In his eight starts since getting beaned, Lail is 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA. He's allowed 33 hits and eight walks in 42 2/3 innings for an 0.96 WHIP and has struck out 31, giving Lail a 3.8 strikeout to walk ratio.
In four seasons in the Yankees' system, the 21-year-old Lail is 22-9 with a 3.03 ERA.
(43-31, 1st place in International League North)
Third baseman Cole Figueroa was 3-for-6 with a triple, centerfielder Ben Gamel went 3-for-6 with a double and shortstop Nick Noonan hit two doubles as the RailRiders beat Louisville, 8-1. Designated hitter Aaron Judge was 0-for-3 with two walks and an RBI. Second baseman Rob Refsnyder went 1-for-1 with three walks and stole two bases.
Righthander Joel De La Cruz (5-0, 2.55 ERA) and lefthander James Pazos (1.93 ERA) closed out the game with five innings of perfect relief, striking out two.
SINGLE-A ADVANCED TAMPA
(34-36, 3rd place in Florida State League North, 3 games back)
The Yankees split a doubleheader with Dunedin, winning Game 1, 5-1, and losing Game 2, 7-5.
Righthander Rookie Davis (5-4, 3.22 ERA) was excellent in Game 1, striking out eight in six innings, allowing three hits, a walk and an unearned run. Centerfielder Dustin Fowler was 3-for-3 with a double.
Leftfielder Ericson Leonora was 2-for-3 with two triples, and rightfielder Michael O'Neill and centerfielder Dustin Fowler were each 2-for-4 in Game 2.
The doubleheader officially ended the first half of Tampa's season.
Charleston finished the first half of its season 34-36 and in third place in the South Atlantic League Southern division, five games behind first-place Savannah, the Mets' affiliate. Charleston starts the second half of its season on Thursday. Playoff teams are determined by first- and second-half division winners.
SINGLE-A SHORT SEASON STATEN ISLAND
(4-2, T-1st place in New York-Penn League McNamara)
Staten Island won both ends of a doubleheader against Connecticut, 12-7 and 7-4.
Rightfielder Junior Valera was 4-for-5 with a triple and a stolen base, centerfielder Jeff Hendrix went 3-for-3, leftfielder Griffin Gordon was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk and catcher Eduardo de Oleo was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk in Game 1.
In Game 2, rightfielder Jhalan Jackson was 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk and third baseman Drew Bridges went 2-for-3. Lefthander Derek Callahan (1-0, 0.90) started, striking out three in five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE YANKEES 1
(16-6, 1st place in DSL Boca Chica South)
Righthander Gilmael Troya struck out six in five innings, allowing three hits, two walks and a run, but the DSL Mets 1 struck for six runs in the top of the ninth en route to an 8-7 win. Centerfielder Estevan Florial was 3-for-5 with two doubles, shortstop Ricardo Ferreira went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and rightfielder Lisandro Blanco was 2-for-4 with a walk.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE YANKEES 2
(10-12, T-6th place in DSL San Pedro de Macoris, 6.5 games back)
Righthander Daniel Alvarez struck out five in five innings, allowing two hits, one walk and one run in a 2-1 win over the DSL Marlins. Righthander Arcadio Campusano struck out two and walked one in four hitless innings of relief. Catcher Algeni Mateo was 1-for-2 with a double and two walks and leftfielder Brayan Emery went 1-for-2 with a triple and a walk.
ROOKIE - GULF COAST LEAGUE YANKEES 1
(0-2, 4th place in GCL Northwest, 1.5 games back)
First baseman Chris Gittens, third baseman Donny Sands and designated hitter Victor Rey had the only hits (all singles) in a 1-0 loss to the GCL Blue Jays.
ROOKIE - GULF COAST LEAGUE YANKEES 2
(2-1, 2nd place in GCL Northeast, 1 game back)
Rightfielder Pedro Urena was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, and second baseman Griffin Garabito went 2-for-4 with a double as the Yankees beat the GCL Astros, 5-2.
ROOKIE - PULASKI
(0-2, 5th place in Appalachian League East, 2 games back)
Centerfielder Carlos Vidal was 2-for-4, but Danville beat the Yankees, 3-1.