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Pinstriped Performances: Friday, July 27, 2018

Friday night in the New York Yankees organization saw two teams get rained out (New York and Staten Island) and both Gulf Coast League squads played a doubleheader. In the ten games that were played, there was a combined record of 4-6. Out in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, one player drove in five runs for the third time this season. Meanwhile, a top pitching prospect began his rehab assignment in the GCL. Find out who those players were and more in our Pinstriped Performances:

New York Yankees (MLB): The Yankees (65-36) had their game against the Kansas City Royals postponed due to rain. They will make it up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday with Game 1 beginning at 1:05 p.m and Game 2 at 7:05 p.m.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (54-47) defeated the Gwinnett Stripers, 9-3.

Mike Ford was 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, and drove in two runs (33,34) on Friday. (Matt Bufano)
  • Abiatal Avelino was 3-for-5 with five RBIs (25,26,27,28,29) and he hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth (5). It is the third time he has driven in five runs in a game this year.
  • Tyler Austin (2-for-5) hit a solo home run in the seventh (11).
  • Bruce Caldwell (0-for-1, two walks) had a sacrifice fly in the sixth (21).
  • Francisco Diaz had a multi-hit game (2-for-3, double).
  • Erik Swanson had a no-decision in his start. He went four innings, gave up one run on two hits, struck out seven, and walked one on 74 pitches (48 strikes).
  • Raynel Espinal (5-1) got the win in relief. He struck out two batters over 1.2 perfect innings.
  • Tommy Kahnle struck out one in a 1-2-3 ninth.

Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (57-47) lost their series opener to the Portland Sea Dogs, 5-1.

Trevor Stephan had a strong outing in a no-decision. He threw 5.2 shutout innings, allowed two hits, struck out seven, and walked one on 93 pitches (58 strikes) (Photo by Martin Griff)
  • Jeff Hendrix went 1-for-3 with a walk and drove in the only run of the game on a base hit in the bottom of the fourth (18).
  • Kyle Holder (2-for-3, double, walk) and Jorge Saez (2-for-4, double) had the only multi-hit games.
  • Phillip Diehl (0-1) allowed two runs on two hits, struck out five, and walked one over two innings of relief as he took the loss.
  • Matt Wivinis made his Trenton debut. He allowed three runs (one earned) on one hit, struck out a batter, and walked one in the ninth.

Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (52-52) were on the wrong end of a high-scoring game in a 12-11 loss to the Palm Beach Cardinals.

Steven Sensley went 1-for-3 with two walks and he hit a two-run home run (4) in the bottom of the first. (Credit Mark LoMoglio)
  • Ben Ruta was 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and he drove in two RBIs (21,22).
  • Kellin Deglan was 1-for-4 with a walk, a double, and three RBIs (7,8,9).
  • Angel Aguilar (1-for-5) drove in two runs on a base hit in the third (36,37).
  • Estevan Florial (1-for-4, two walks, double) walked in a run in the fourth (9).
  • Ronald Torreyes had a multi-hit game (2-for-6).
  • Dalton Lehnen got the start. He went 4.1 innings, gave up seven runs on six hits and walked six batters on 87 pitches (44 strikes) in a no-decision.
  • Kyle Zurak (0-1) took the loss in his Tampa debut. In two innings of work, he allowed one run on one hit, struck out four, and walked two.
  • Andrew Schwaab struck out a batter in a 1-2-3 ninth.

Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A):  The Riverdogs (50-51) lost their series opener to the Greenville Drive, 4-2.

Daniel Alvarez was dominant out of the bullpen. In two innings of work, he struck out six of the seven batters he faced (one walk) and did not give up a hit. (Bryan Green)
  • Jason Lopez (2-for-4) had an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth (25).
  • Oswaldo Cabrera went 1-for-4 and got the scoring started with an RBI single in the third (43).
  • Janson Junk (4-3) took the loss in his start. He went five innings, gave up four runs on six hits, struck out three, and walked two on 86 pitches (57 strikes).
  • Austin DeCarr came in after Junk. He allowed one hit and struck out two batters over two scoreless innings.

Staten Island Yankees (Short-Season): The Yankees (21-17) had their game against the Tri-City Valleycats postponed due to rain. They will make up the game as part of a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 4 p.m.

Pulaski Yankees (Rookie): The Yankees (16-21) lost their series opener to the Greeneville Reds, 3-2.

  • Ezequiel Duran (0-for-4) had the lone RBI on a groundout in the top of the eighth (13).
  • Carlos Tatis and Carlos Narvaez both went 1-for-4 and had the only two hits for Pulaski.
  • Pedro Espinola got a no-decision in his start. He went four innings, gave up two runs on three hits, struck out five, and walked two on 83 pitches (52 strikes).
  • Gilmael Troya came in after Espinola. He allowed two hits, struck out five, and walked three as he threw three shutout innings.
  • Yoiber Marquina (0-1) allowed an unearned run on one hit and struck out three in the eighth as he took the loss.

Gulf Coast League (Rookie)

GCL East – The East squad (11-19) split both games of a doubleheader against the GCL Phillies West. They lost Game 1, 5-1. However, they won Game 2, 3-1, in 9 innings (7-inning game).

Game 1

Albert Abreu (0-1) made a rehab start. He went two innings, gave up four runs on four hits and struck out two in a loss. (Bryan Green)

Game 2

Juan Then got the start in Game 2. He allowed two hits and struck out a batter over five shutout innings. (Robert M. Pimpsner)
    • Matt McGarry went 1-for-4 with an RBI (3).
    • Raymundo Moreno did not have a hit (0-for-4), but he drove in a run (7).
    • Jesus Severino (2-for-3) and Asdrubal Alvarez (2-for-3, double) both had multi-hit games.
    • Alex Mejias (4-0) got the win in relief. He allowed an unearned run on two hits and struck out four over three innings.
    • Keegan Curtis struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth as he got his first save of the year.

GCL West – The West (15-14) split a doubleheader with GCL Tigers East. They lost Game 1, 2-0. However, they won Game 2, 3-1.

Game 1

Game 2

Anthony Garcia (1-for-3) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first (4). (Bryan Green)
  • Stanley Rosario (1-for-3) followed up Garcia’s home run with a solo shot (3).
  • Antonio Arias went 1-for-2 with an RBI (4).
  • Jose Martinez was 1-for-2 with a walk and a double.
  • Deivi Diaz had a no-decision in his start. He gave up an unearned run on three hits, struck out nine, and walked three over 3.2 innings. The nine K’s tied a season-high (June 4 for DSL).
  • Wilser Barrios (1-0) allowed one hit and struck out a batter over 2.1 scoreless innings of relief as he got the win.
  • Sean Boyle threw a 1-2-3 seventh as he got his first save.

Dominican Summer League (Rookie): The Yankees (19-28) had an 8-1 win over DSL Phillies Red.

  • Alan Mejia went 4-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run in the top of the seventh (2).
  • Carlos Moreno was 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs (3,4).
  • Deivi Munoz was 4-for-4 with two doubles.
  • Bryant Arrieche went 1-for-5 with three RBIs (4,5,6).
  • Randy Vasquez (1-0) went five innings, gave up no runs on two hits and struck out four in a victory.
  • Angel Obando pitched the final four innings. He allowed an unearned run on two hits, struck out five, and walked one as he got his first save.