Around the System - June 24
Quick poll: If you thought Reegie Corona would have more longballs than Jesus Montero nearly halfway through the season, raise your hand. Well, if your hand is raised, you are correct. Corona swatted his fifth dinger of the year, a two-run shot, and the Yankees topped the PawSox. Montero, who has but four homers, was 1-for-4. Overall, Corona was 2-for-4 with the two RBIs and two runs scored. Eduardo Nunez and Justin Christian also had two hits apiece.
Double-A: Trenton 11, Erie 2
Brandon Laird did what usually does -- destroy pitching --and the Thunder mounted a late comeback to drop the SeaWolves. From the seventh inning on, Laird was 2-for-2 with a grand slam and a three-run homer, both of which came off of reliever Jay Voss. Overall, Laird was 3-for-5. Austin Romine was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Oh, and then there was Hector Noesi, who fanned 10 over seven innings of two-run ball. It's the second time during his tenure with the Thunder that he's fanned ten.
High-A: Tampa 4, Clearwater 2
Shaeffer Hall, starting in place of the recently promoted Andrew Brackman, was magnificent, allowing two runs (none earned) over six innings. He fanned six and walked none before being replaced by Trenton Lare. In 23 1/3 High-A innings, Hall has permitted just two earned runs.
Jose Pirela was 3-for-3 with a run, Trent Lockwood had two hits, and Walter Ibarra went deep.
Low-A: Greenville 7, Charleston 6
Kyle Higashioka went deep and J.R. Murphy was 2-for-5, but the bullpen blew this one to the Drive. Neil Medchill, in his first game after being sent down from Tampa, was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and even stole a base. Emerson Landoni swiped two bags, and Jimmy Paredes also stole one. Jairo Heredia started and allowed two runs on three hits and three walks before being removed.
Short Season: Aberdeen 8, Staten Island 5
Eduardo Sosa doubled, tripled and drove in three runs, but the Yankees couldn't overcome a poor performance from starter Sam Elam. The lefty allowed five earned runs on six hits and four walks over 3 2/3 innings before handing the ball to Matthew Jernstad. Jose Mojica also collected two hits. He's hitting .409 in the early going.
Gulf Coast League: Yankees 6, Tigers 5
Anderson Felix, Fu-Lin Kuo and Ramon Flores were a combined 8-for-15 with five runs and four RBIs, and the Yankees edged the Tigers. With five innings of three-run ball, Brett Gerritse earned the win. He struck out five and walked just one.
Dominican Summer League 1: PPD
Dominican Summer League 2: PPD