Saturday was an abbreviated day of action for the New York Yankees and their affiliates as Single-A Charleston had their game postponed. Still, the four other teams in action combined to go 3-1 on the day after only getting one win yesterday. Here are some of the key performances:
New York Yankees (MLB): The Yankees (5-4) bounced back after a rough 14-inning loss on Friday with an 8-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
- Brett Gardner (2,3), Aaron Judge (7), and Tyler Austin (4, 5) all had multi-RBI games with each player driving in two.
- Ronald Torreyes got the start at second base and went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
- Sonny Gray gave the Yankees the length they needed in his quality start. He went six innings, gave up three runs on four hits, struck out four, and walked two on 86 pitches (55 strikes) in the win.
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (1-1) had the winning run on-base in the bottom of the ninth, but a Cody Asche popout ended the game as the Syracuse Chiefs won. 4-3. They were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
- Josh Rogers recovered after a bad first inning to put together a solid day in his first Triple-A start. He went five innings, gave up two runs on six hits, struck out four, and walked three on 79 pitches (45 strikes).
- Billy Fleming‘s RBI double (2) in the second got Scranton Wilkes-Barre on the board. He has an RBI in each of the first three games of the season dating back to the season opener with Trenton.
- Gleyber Torres was 1-for-5 on the afternoon, but his one hit was a game-tying two-run home run in the sixth.
- Ryan McBroom had the only multi-hit day on the afternoon (2-for-4).
- Anyelo Gomez took the loss in his 2018 debut, but it was due to an unearned run on a throwing error by Kyle Higashioka.
Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (2-1) got back on the winning track with their 6-2 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
- Dillon Tate shut down the Flying Squirrels offense all afternoon. He went six innings, gave up one run on two hits and struck out five on 75 pitches (49 strikes) in a win.
- Jhalan Jackson homered for the second straight game as he hit a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth.
- Gosuke Katoh and Ben Ruta were the only two players with two hits today. Ruta’s two hits were both doubles (2-for-3).
- Caleb Frare and Jose Mesa Jr. combined for five strikeouts out of the bullpen in two perfect innings.
Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (2-1) used four pitchers to complete a 2-0 shutout against the Lakeland Flying Tigers without walking a single batter.
- Jonathan Loaisiga had a strong first outing in the Florida State League. In five shutout innings, he gave up four hits (all singles) and struck out five on 64 pitches (46 strikes) as he got the win.
- Brandon Wagner continued his good power start to the season with a solo home run in the sixth, his second in as many days.
- Hoy Jun Park was one of two Tarpons to have a multi-hit game (Diego Castillo). Park, who turned 22 on Saturday, is 5-for-10 to start the season.
- Isiah Gilliam drove in the game’s first run with an RBI double in the fourth.
- Justin Kamplain, Trevor Lane, and David Sosebee (save) were the three relief pitchers who helped finish the shutout.
Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): Since the Riverdogs were postponed in Lexington due to snow, they will play a doubleheader on Sunday with Game 1 beginning at 1 p.m ET. Nick Nelson will start the first game with Dalton Lehnen getting the nod in Game 2.