An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Sunday, plus a review of the organizational playoff picture:
TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
The skinny: Ramon Flores hit his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot with two outs, to cut Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s deficit to one run in the ninth inning. But Robert Refsnyder popped out to second base to end the 5-4 loss to Rochester. Rochester scored four runs in the eighth inning to take the lead.
Jose Pirela, CF: 2-for-5
Ramon Flores, RF: 3-for-5 with a double and two home runs
Robert Refsnyder, 2B: 2-for-4 with a double and a walk
Kyle Roller, 1B: 2-for-3 with a double and a walk
DOUBLE-A – Trenton Thunder
The skinny: Trenton was shut out through its final five innings, but when you scored seven runs in the first four, that can be overlooked. The Thunder beat Harrisburg, 7-3.
Luis Severino, RHP: Allowed four hits and one earned run in 2.2 innings, striking out two
Jake Cave, CF: 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and a walk
Rob Segedin, 3B: 1-for-2 with a home run and three walks
Greg Bird, 1B: 0-for-3 with two walks
NOTES: Despite not walking a batter, Severino tossed 57 pitches in 2.2 innings, 35 for strikes. That’s an average of 4.75 pitches per batter (he faced 12).
SINGLE-A ADVANCED – Tampa Yankees
The skinny: Tampa beat Dunedin, 5-1.
Brady Lail, RHP: Allowed five hits, two walks and one earned run in six innings, striking out two
Aaron Judge, RF: 2-for-4
Mike Ford, 1B: 2-for-4
NOTES: Lail has a 2.21 ERA in four starts since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 7. He has a 1.08 WHIP during that span, but he has struck out only 10 and walked six. With Tampa, Lail has struck out 14 total in 31.1 innings, walking eight, a far cry from his 95-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio with Charleston. That ratio was likely to decline as he faced beter competition, but the level to which it’s regressed is disconcerting.
SINGLE-A – Charleston RiverDogs
The skinny: Rome’s Reed Harper scored from third base on a wild pitch by Charleston reliever Evan Rutckyj with one out in the bottom of the 12th to give the Braves a 5-4 walk-off win.
Tyler Wade, 2B-3B: 1-for-5 with a triple, walk and stolen base
Yeicok Calderon, RF: 2-for-6 with a double
SINGLE-A SHORT-SEASON – Staten Island Yankees
The skinny: Staten Island scored two important insurance runs in the top of the ninth, rendering a Vermont run in the bottom of the inning moot during a 3-1 Yankees win.
Chris Breen, LF: 2-for-4 with a double
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre – Eliminated
Trenton – Eliminated
Tampa – 2.5 games out of first, tragic number is 5
Charleston – Eliminated
Staten Island - Eliminated