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Pinstriped Performances

Pinstriped Performances: Monday, July 16, 2018

On a day where Major League Baseball had their Home Run Derby, pitching ruled the day for the Yankees minor league affiliates as they went 3-4 in seven games (DSL had their game suspended). The two starters in Scranton Wilkes-Barre and Pulaski each had double-digit strikeouts and one affiliate continued its winning streak.  Meanwhile, there were four home runs in the organization on Tuesday with two of them coming from Gary Sanchez and Estevan Florial. Find out about those players and much more in our Pinstriped Performances:

Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (49-43) held the Toledo Mudhens to one hit in a 5-0 win.


Billy McKinney went 1-for-4 with a walk and drove in two runs (30,31). One of those runs was on an RBI triple in the top of the seventh. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Gary Sanchez was 1-for-5 with a solo home run in the top of the ninth (2) and he struck out twice. He has homered in back-to-back games on his rehab assignment.
  • L.J. Mazzilli was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI double in the fourth (18).
  • Ryan McBroom (2-for-5) and Mark Payton (2-for-3, double, walk) had multi-hit games in the win.
  • Nestor Cortes (4-3) was dominant on the mound. He went six innings, allowed no runs on one hit, struck out ten, and walked one on 90 pitches (64 strikes) in a win. It is his first double-digit strikeout outing since August 25, 2016 (Tampa).
  • Raynel Espinal struck out two batters in two perfect innings after Cortes pitched.
  • Tommy Kahnle struck out a batter in a 1-2-3 ninth.

Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (51-42) lost the series opener to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 4-2.

Jeff Hendrix went 1-for-4 and drove in both runs for Trenton on an RBI single in the top of the seventh (12,13) (Photo by Martin Griff)

Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (47-47) had their record go back to .500 after being blown out by the Charlotte Stone Crabs, 15-4.

Ben Ruta went 3-for-4 with a double for Tampa. (Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Tampa Tarpons)

  • Angel Aguilar (1-for-3) got the Tarpons on the board in the top of the ninth with an RBI single (26).
  • Daniel Barrios went 1-for-4 with an RBI single (2).
  • Nick Green (6-4) had a bad game on the mound. He went three innings, gave up seven runs on 11 hits, and walked four batters on 76 pitches (40 strikes) in a loss.
  • Matt Wivinis gave up a hit, struck out three, and walked two in two scoreless innings of relief.
  • Ricky Surum got a chance to pitch and walked a batter in a scoreless eighth.

Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs (45-46) lost their seventh game in a row, 4-2, to the Hickory Crawdads.

Welfrin Mateo went 1-for-4 and had a two-run single in the bottom of the third (8,9). (Bryan Green)

Staten Island Yankees (Short-Season): The Yankees (17-13) won their game against the West Virginia Black Bears, 6-3. They have now won seven games in a row.

Roansy Contreras had a strong start in a no-decision. In seven innings of work, he gave up an unearned run on three hits, struck out eight, and walked one on 86 pitches (57 strikes). In five starts, he has a 1.26 ERA.(Robert M. Pimpsner)

  • Andres Chaparro (1-for-3) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to break a 1-1 tie (3).
  • Jesus Bastidas went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in two runs (5,6).
  • Junior Soto was 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the eighth (14).
  • Ricardo Ferreira was 2-for-3 with a ground-rule double in the eighth (1,2).
  • Drew Finley (2-2) got the win in relief. He gave up two runs on two hits and struck out a batter in the final two innings.

Pulaski Yankees (Rookie): The Yankees (11-16) lost 4-3 to the Princeton Rays.

  • Juan De Leon went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh (9).
  • Ezequiel Duran went 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Robert Javier and Nelson Gomez had the other hits (both went 1-for-4).
  • Luis Gil (1-1) pitched well in a loss. In six innings of work, he gave up two runs on four hits, struck out ten, and walked one on 80 pitches (57 strikes). The ten K’s are a career-high.
  • Wellington Diaz allowed two runs on three hits and struck out three over the final three innings.

Gulf Coast League (Rookie): The GCL West Yankees (12-10) defeated the GCL Blue Jays by a final score of 6-4.

  • Estevan Florial went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a solo home run in the bottom of the first (3). He has homered in back-to-back games and has an RBI in six straight games.
  • Antonio Cabello went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the seventh (4).
  • Matt Pita went 1-for-4 with an RBI (3).
  • Connor Jones walked a batter and struck out one in a scoreless first inning.
  • Yoiber Marquina (1-1) struck out two batters in two hitless innings of work as he got the win.
  • Kenily Montas came in after Marquina. He went five innings, gave up a run on four hits, struck out two, and walked two.

Dominican Summer League (Rookie): The DSL Yankees (16-20) had their game against the DSL Nationals suspended due to rain. The Nats lead 4-0 after the top of the fourth and the Yankees do not have a hit.

  • Angel Obando started the game. He went 1.1 innings, gave up four runs on three hits, and walked four batters.
  • Randy Vasquez struck out four batters in 2.1 hitless innings of relief.
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