An overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Monday:
TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
The skinny: Recently demoted Chris Leroux held Pawtucket in check, pitching six innings and allowing just a run, and the RailRiders won, 6-4.
Jose Pirela, 2B: 2-for-4
Rob Refsnyder, RF: 2-for-4 with a double
Kyle Roller, DH: 2-for-3 with a double and a walk
Austin Romine, 1B: 2-for-4 with a double
NOTES: Romine, typically penciled in at catcher, played his ninth game of the season (and his career) at first base on Monday. The move makes some sense given the Yankees' troubles at first this season due to Mark Teixeira's injuries. It's also a way to get both Romine and fellow catcher J.R. Murphy consistent at-bats at Triple-A. In his last 10 games, Romine is hitting .325 (13-for-40) with two doubles and a .371 on-base percentage.
DOUBLE-A – Trenton Thunder
The skinny: Trenton scored all of its runs in the first four innings during a 6-1 win over New Britain.
Jake Cave, DH: 1-for-3 with two walks
Gary Sanchez, C: 2-for-5 with a double and a home run
Peter O’Brien: 1-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch and a walk
Tyler Austin, RF: 1-for-3 with a walk
NOTES: Sanchez had just one extra-base hit in his prior nine games…Righthander Zachary Nuding has been quietly excellent this season. In his last eight starts he’s allowed one or zero runs six times, including on Monday. Nuding pitched six innings, allowing four hits, one walk and one earned run, striking out three. He lowered his ERA at Trenton to 2.71.
SINGLE-A ADVANCED – Tampa Yankees
The skinny: Tampa managed just four hits in a 3-1 loss to Charlotte.
Aaron Judge, RF: 0-for-1 with four walks
Eric Jagielo, 3B: 1-for-2 with a walk
SINGLE-A – Charleston RiverDogs
The skinny: Asheville scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to five Charleston a scare, but the RiverDogs held on for a 6-5 win.
Gosuke Katoh, 2B: 1-for-1 with two walks
Mark Payton, CF: 2-for-4 with a home run.
SINGLE-A SHORT-SEASON – Staten Island Yankees
The skinny: Connecticut scored a run in the ninth off reliever Rony Bautista to win it in Staten Island’s 5-4 loss.
Connor Spencer, 1B: 3-for-4