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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge heads to first with a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Pinstriped Performances

Pinstriped Performances: Saturday April 21, 2018

Saturday was an eventful day for the New York Yankees and their organization as top prospect Gleyber Torres is heading up to the Bronx to make his MLB debut on Sunday. In the five games that were played, the teams combined for a 3-2 record. Let’s take a look at the key performers on the diamond for the Yankees and their affiliates:

New York Yankees (MLB): The Yankees (10-9) were able to pull away from the Blue Jays with a seven-run sixth inning in their 9-1 win.

  • Aaron Judge continued his great month of April. He went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, three RBIs (13,14,15) and a two-run home run in the bottom of the third (6).
  • Miguel Andujar went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a bases-clearing double in the sixth (7,8,9). The third baseman has driven in six runs in his last four games.
  • Jordan Montgomery (2-0) had the quality start that the Yankees needed. The left-hander went six innings, gave up one run on four hits, struck out five, and walked three on 91 pitches (54 strikes).
  • Chasen Shreve and Jonathan Holder did not give up a hit over the final three innings and they each struck out two Blue Jays apiece.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (7-8) nearly erased a six-run deficit, but they lost their fifth straight game, 6-5, to the Toledo MudHens.

  • Shane Robinson had a good game in the leadoff spot. He went 3-for-5 with a stolen base (5), two runs scored, and an RBI double (2).
  • Abiatal Avelino had the other multi-hit game of the afternoon. He was 2-for-5 with an RBI (14) and a stolen base (4).
  • Kyle Higashioka was 1-for-4 at the plate with a walk and a two-run single (7,8) in the fifth.
  • Brody Koerner (1-1) started the game and gave up all six runs in the second. He did pitch into the sixth inning (5.2 innings), surrendered five hits, struck out one, and walked two on 79 pitches (52 strikes).
  • Nestor Cortes Jr. and Cale Coshow shut out the Mudhens over the final 3.1 innings.
  • In his last Triple-A game before being promoted to the Yankees, Gleyber Torres was 0-for-3.

Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (8-7) scored all of their runs in the fourth inning as they beat the Portland Sea Dogs, 3-1.

  • Jhalan Jackson gave the Thunder a 2-1 lead when he hit a two-run home run to left for his sixth home run of the season.
  • Ben Ruta extended his hit streak to eight games by going 1-for-3 with a stolen base (5) on the afternoon.
  • Will Carter got the start but did not qualify for the win. He went 4.1 innings, gave up one run on six hits, walked three, and struck out two on 92 pitches (53 strikes).
  • Jose Mesa Jr. (2-0) gave up one hit over two innings after Carter and picked up the win. He struck out three of the nine batters he faced while walking two.
  • Joe Harvey retired the side in the ninth with one strikeout to pick up his third save of the season.

Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (7-9) gave up 17 hits in their 7-3 loss to the Clearwater Threshers.

  • Isiah Gilliam‘s hit streak ended at nine games when he went 0-for-4, but he did pick up an RBI (13) on a groundout to the pitcher.
  • The other RBIs from the Tarpons came from Thairo Estrada (3) and Diego Castillo (5).
  • Brandon Wagner extended his hit streak to six games after going 1-for-3 with a double.
  • Michael King went five innings, gave up one run on six hits, struck out six, and walked four on 91 pitches (59 strikes) in a no-decision. He has given up a total of five earned runs in three starts.
  • Christian Morris (0-1) picked up the loss after giving up three runs and three hits in 2.3 of an inning.
  • Justin Kamplain finished up the afternoon by striking out four batters over two innings. He gave up one run on three hits in his outing.

Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs (7-9) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Greensboro Grasshoppers

  • Wilkerman Garcia led off the night with a solo home run, his first of the season. He was 2-for-3 with runs scored, a walk, and a stolen base (3).
  • JP Sears came off the disabled list and had a good return to the rotation. He gave up one hit over four innings while striking out five batters on 52 pitches (34 strikes).
  • Daniel Ramos (2-1) gave up a two-run home run in the fifth but still managed to get the win. He went 4.1 innings, allowed two runs on four hits, struck out six, and walked two on 78 pitches (46 strikes) in the win.
  • Matt Wivinis got the final two outs of the night and picked up his fifth save of the season.


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