While the New York Yankees had the night off on Monday, their minor league affiliates brought the power to the ballpark. The four teams had a combined 3-1 record and they had five home runs with one player having a career night in the South Atlantic League. Here are some of the highlights from Monday night’s action:
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (3-1) got their series started on the right note against the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs with a 5-3 victory.
- Kyle Higashioka drove in three of Scranton’s five runs. He had a two-run home run in the first inning (his second of the season) and his sacrifice fly in the seventh (2, 3, 4) ultimately was the game-winning run.
- Billy Fleming continues to drive in runs. He went 2-for-4 on the night and extended his RBI streak to five games with a single in the sixth inning (4).
- Zack Zehner (RBI single in the eighth) and Mike Ford (two doubles) joined Fleming as the other Railriders with two hits.
- Daniel Camarena got a no-decision, but he shut out the Ironpigs over 4.1 innings. He allowed four hits, struck out three, and walked two on 72 pitches (43 strikes).
- Anyelo Gomez got his first save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth and Jonathan Holder got the win (four strikeouts, two runs allowed in two innings).
Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (2-3) ran into a buzzsaw Monday night as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3-for-3, home run, six RBIs) and the New Hampshire Fishercats routed them, 11-1.
- Brian Keller (0-1) had a rough Double-A debut. He went 4.2 innings, gave up six runs on eight hits, struck out two, and walked two on 88 pitches (60 strikes). The Fishercats also stole four bases against him.
- Out of Trenton’s five hits (all singles), Gosuke Katoh had two of them.
- Bruce Caldwell had the lone RBI of the game for the Thunder with his sacrifice fly in the first (2).
Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): Three Tarpons (3-2) pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter in their 5-1 win over the St. Lucie Mets.
- Nick Green (1-0) got the start and dominated the Mets lineup. He went five innings, gave up one run on one hit, struck out six, and walked two on 87 pitches (52 strikes) in the win.
- Isiah Gilliam went 2-for-5 with two runs batted in (2, 3) and hit his first home run of the year, a solo shot, in the eighth inning.
- Estevan Florial went 1-for-4, but his two-run single (4, 5) in the third gave Tampa a 3-0 lead.
- Hoy Jun Park hit his first home run of the season in the top of the sixth (a solo shot)
- Phillip Diehl and Matt Frawley combined to strike out six batters and they did not give up a hit over the final four innings.
Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs (2-3) picked up a dominating 10-2 win over the Rome Braves thanks to the power performance at the plate from Chris Hess.
- Hess stole the show in Rome. He went 3-for-5 with home runs in the first (two-run home run) and the third inning (three-run home run). His six RBIs (2, 3,4,5,6,7) are a new career-high and nearly half of what he had all of last season (13).
- Steven Sensley joined Hess by going 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs (2,3) and he picked up his second double and first triple of the season.
- Frederick Cuevas (2-for-4, two doubles) and Dalton Blaser (2-for-4) also had multi-hit games in the win.
- Daniel Ramos (1-0) took advantage of the run support with a strong start. He went five innings, gave up one earned run on six hits, and struck out seven (career-high) on 86 pitches (60 strikes).
- Greg Weissert followed up Ramos with two shutout innings of relief. He gave up one hit and struck out three.