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.
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.