On the second day of the minor league season, the New York Yankees and their affiliates went a combined 1-4, but there was one memorable moment down in Scranton-Wilkes Barre on their Opening night. Let’s take a look at some of the key performers from the night’s action.
New York Yankees (MLB): On a night where the Yankees (4-4) had C.C. Sabathia, Brandon Drury, Tyler Wade, and Gary Sanchez all leave the game early, they lost 7-3 to the Baltimore Orioles in 14 innings.
- Didi Gregorius continued his hot start to the season when he hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the eighth (3).
- Sabathia left the game after four innings and 58 pitches due to right hip soreness. Before leaving, he gave up three solo home runs (two of them by Manny Machado).
- Before Jonathan Holder gave up the grand slam to Pedro Alvarez in the 14th, the Yankees bullpen did not give up a run for nine consecutive innings (13 strikeouts, eight walks).
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (1-0) were down 5-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning. They were able to score five runs in the inning against the Syracuse Chiefs to cap off a wild 6-5 win on Opening Night.
- After a sacrifice fly by Billy Fleming and an RBI single by Zack Zehner, Abiatal Avelino capped off the wild comeback with a three-run home run to right against Chris Smith.
- Kyle Higashioka had the first run of the season with his solo home run in the bottom of the fourth.
- Chance Adams did not have a great outing as he went 3.2 innings, gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits, struck out five, and walked two on 84 pitches (54 strikes) in the loss. It is only the sixth time in his professional career that he has given up four or more earned runs in an outing.
- The Railriders bullpen held the Chiefs scoreless over the final 5.1 innings and gave up a combined three hits. Cale Coshow and J.P. Feyereisen had three combined strikeouts out of the ‘pen. Feyereisen ended up getting the win for a scoreless ninth.
Trenton Thunder (Double-A): Thunder pitching combined to walk 11 batters as their record dropped to 1-1 after a 5-2 loss to the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
- Justus Sheffield did not have the best command in his first start of 2018. In 4.1 innings, the left-hander walked six (career-high) and struck out five. While he only gave up three runs on two hits, his pitch count was all the way up at 93 pitches (48 strikes) in the loss.
- Jhalan Jackson got the scoring started for Trenton in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run.
- Chace Numata had his first RBI of the season in the seventh when he drove in Jackson with a triple.
- Kaleb Ort was dominant in his Double-A debut out of the bullpen. In two innings, he struck out five of the nine batters he faced and gave up one hit (walked one). The five strikeouts were a career-high.
Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (1-1) had a man on third with no outs in the ninth inning but were unable to bring the tying run home and they lost 6-5 to the Lakeland Flying Tigers
- Estevan Florial went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the first inning
- Brandon Wagner was the star of the night at the plate as the designated hitter. He followed Florial’s home run with one of his own in the first and went 3-for-4, including a double.
- Freicer Perez went 4.1 innings, gave up three runs on three hits, walked four, and struck out four on 84 pitches (51 strikes) in a no-decision.
- Phillip Diehl struggled in relief of Perez as he gave up three runs on five hits in 1.2 innings and took the loss.
Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs dropped to 0-2 on the season after their 5-2 loss to the Lexington Legends.
- Steven Sensley was the only Riverdogs position player with a multi-hit game. He went 2-for-3 and had a solo home run in the top of the third.
- Wilkerman Garcia had the other RBI for Charleston when his single in the top of the first drove in Oswaldo Cabrera.
- Glenn Otto got the start and went 4.1 innings, gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits, struck out three, and walked three on 78 pitches (44 strikes) in the loss.
- Brian Trieglaff kept the team in the game with a strong outing out of the bullpen. He threw 2.2 scoreless innings, gave up three hits, and struck out four (career-high).