Friday the 13th was not an unlucky day for the New York Yankees and their minor league affiliates. Out of the five games that were played, the teams combined to go 4-1 and they were three outs away from an undefeated record. Check out some of the key performances from the night’s action.
New York Yankees (MLB): The Yankees (7-7) started off their three-game series in Detroit with an 8-6 win over the Tigers.
- Aaron Hicks picked up his first two home runs of the season (1,2), which included an inside-the-park home run in the top of the second. He was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, two walks, and three RBIs.
- The bottom of the order stepped up as Miguel Andujar went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a triple and Ronald Torreyes was 3-for-4 with an RBI (3).
- Aaron Judge extended his hit streak to 11 games with an RBI single in the fifth (9).
- Jordan Montgomery (1-0) had a quality outing in Detroit. He went six innings, gave up three on five hits, and struck out four on 91 pitches (62 strikes) in the win.
- Dellin Betances had a rough eighth inning as he gave up three runs on five hits before being replaced by Chad Green.
- Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his second save of the season.
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (5-3) had the lead in the top of the tenth, but ended up losing to the Charlotte Knights, 6-5.
- Zack Zehner was 4-for-5 on the night with a run scored, a double, a solo home run in the seventh inning (1), and two RBIs (3,4).
- Abiatal Avelino continued his great start to the season as he tied the game with a two-run double in the eighth (10,11). He has eight RBIs in his last four games.
- Gleyber Torres was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI single (7). He has three multi-hit games in his last four.
- David Hale got the start and went 4.2 innings. He gave up three runs on six hits, struck out six, and walked one on 89 pitches (59 strikes).
- Cale Coshow (0-1) took the loss after making two throwing errors in the bottom of the tenth.
Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (4-4) started off their seven-game road trip with a 2-1 win over the Akron Rubberducks, 2-1.
- Mandy Alvarez tied the game in the top of the seventh by stealing home. He singled with two outs to start the rally.
- Chris Gittens (2-for-4) was the hero in the top of the eighth when he doubled to center to drive in Gosuke Katoh for his third RBI of the season.
- Justus Sheffield didn’t get the win, but had a big improvement from his first start. He went 5.2 innings, gave up one run (solo home run) on two hits, struck out nine, and walked two on 96 pitches (60 strikes). The nine K’s ties the most strikeouts he’s had in a Thunder uniform (September 2, 2016 against Reading).
- Caleb Frare (1-0) gave up one hit and struck out two over 2.1 innings to get the win.
- Joe Harvey struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth and got his first save of the year.
Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (4-5) snapped their three-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Fort Myers Miracle.
- Jonathan Loaisiga (2-0) has not allowed a run in any of his two starts. He went five innings, gave up two hits, and struck out five on 63 pitches (45 strikes) in the win.
- Isiah Gilliam was 3-for-4 at the plate and had an RBI single in the seventh (6). It extends his RBI streak to four games.
- Hoy Jun Park moved up to the leadoff spot on Friday and went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.
- Timmy Robinson (2-for-3) and Francisco Diaz (2-for-3) had the other multi-hit games in the win.
- Trevor Lane and David Sosebee combined to give up two hits (both against Lane) and strike out three batters over the final four innings.
Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): For the second straight night, the Riverdogs (5-4) got late-inning heroics in their 2-1 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators.
- Steven Sensley was the star of the game. He went 3-for-3 and hit the go-ahead solo home run (3) in the bottom of the eighth.
- Chris Hess tied the game at one in the seventh with an RBI single. He now has eight RBIs on the season.
- Nick Nelson had one of his best games as a professional on the mound. He went five innings, gave up one run on two hits, struck out 12 (career-high), and walked three on 90 pitches (56 strikes).
- Kyle Zurak (1-0) got the win in relief. He threw three scoreless innings and struck out three.
- Luis Cedeno threw a 1-2-3 ninth (one strikeout) and picked up his first save of the year.