I had to go for my eye exam today and my eyes are still dilated so it is a little difficult for me to do things until the drops wear off. As a result, I’ll just quickly recap last night’s Yankee game and there will be only a very, very slight minor league report from Friday’s action at the end of this article.
Robert Refsnyder has been called up by the Yanks and in Fenway, and against two lefties, will be playing Saturday (MLB debut) and Sunday. The second baseman, a righty hitter, is 24 and was hitting .290-7-37 with 10 SB at AAA SWB. Last year between AA/AAA he hit .318.
Michael Pineda was on last night, A-Rod homered and the Yanks took advantage of bad Boston fielding to win 5-1. With the win, they maintained their three game lead in the AL East.
A-Rod’s HR (17, #671 career) in the first put the Yanks up 1-0.
In the fourth, Clay Buchholz of Boston had to leave the game because of tightness in his pitching elbow. McCann led off the inning with a single, and with one out, Gregorius doubled. Buchholz then had to leave the game. Drew reached on an error, runners holding. After a popup for the second out, Ellsbury reached on a error, one run scoring, Gardner reached on an infield hit which could have been an out with better fielding, another run scoring, and A-Rod walked with the bases loaded to force in a third run. 4-0 Yanks.
Pineda gave up a HR to Mookie Betts in the fifth. 4-1.
In the eighth, Young walked and Gregorius was HBP. After a couple of outs, Ellsbury singled in a run to make it 5-1.
Pineda (W, 9-5, 3.64) 6 2/3 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 6 K.
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.84.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.58
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.59.
Just some quick minor league notes: Brendan Ryan had two hits for AA Trenton while on rehab. Brady Lail for Trenton tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just 3 hits.