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Garrett Whitlock pitching for the Charleston RiverDogs in a minor league spring training game at the Yankees Player Development & Scouting Complex.

Pinstriped Performances

Pinstriped Performances: Saturday May 5th, 2018

On Saturday night, the five teams in the New York Yankees organization had a combined record of 3-2. There were extra-innings in Trenton, a pitcher making his debut for Tampa, and a Charleston pitcher who set a career-high for strikeouts in a game. Of course, there’s the big league club that just continues to win games as well. Let’s take a look at some of the key performances around the organization from Saturday:

New York Yankees (MLB): Despite only having four hits, the Yankees (23-10) defeated the Indians, 5-2. They have now won five in a row and 14 of their last 15 games.

  • Austin Romine was 1-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, and a bases-loaded walk that tied the game in the bottom of the fifth (7).
  • Brett Gardner went 1-for-3 and drove in two runs (8,9).
  • Sonny Gray (2-2) had another quality start in a win. He went 6.2 innings, gave up two runs on four hits, struck out seven, and walked two on 93 pitches (55 strikes).
  • Chad Green threw two perfect innings after Gray and struck out four of the six batters he faced.
  • David Robertson gave up a hit and struck out two batters in the ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (13-15) struggled on offense tonight in a 2-0 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox.

  • Clint Frazier had two of the Railriders’ five hits in the game. He was 2-for-3 out of the leadoff spot.
  • The other three hits by the offense were from Thairo Estrada (1-for-4), Adam Lind (1-for-4, double), and Mike Ford (1-for-4).
  • Josh Rogers (2-3) surrendered a lot of free passes Saturday night. In 4.1 innings, he gave up two runs on four hits, struck out five, and walked five on 94 pitches (54 strikes) in the loss.
  • Cody Carroll had a strong night out of the bullpen. He gave up two hits and struck out four in 2.2 shutout innings.

Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (17-10) won their fourth straight game and they did it in walk-off fashion as they defeated the Harrisburg Senators, 3-2, in ten innings.

  • Chris Gittens was the hero in this game as his sacrifice fly in the 10th drove in the game-winning run. He was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs (13,14).
  • Bruce Caldwell (1-for-3) drove in a run in the fourth via a bunt single (11).
  • Gosuke Katoh had the other multi-hit game for Trenton. He was 2-for-4 with a run scored, a walk, and a double.
  • Will Carter went five innings, gave up one run on three hits, struck out three, and walked two on 84 pitches (51 strikes) in a no-decision.
  • James Reeves threw two perfect innings after Carter and struck out four. He has not allowed a run in five consecutive outings (17 strikeouts in that span).
  • Jordan Foley (1-0) blew the save in the ninth when he gave up a home run, but that was the only run and hit he allowed in two innings (two strikeouts) as he got the win.

Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (16-13) were held to only three hits in a 3-0 loss to the Florida Fire Frogs.

  • Hoy Jun Park (1-for-4) had the lone extra-base hit for Tampa in the game when he doubled in the top of the sixth. Plus, he stole his seventh base of the season.
  • Isiah Gilliam (1-for-4) and Brandon Wagner (1-for-3, walk) had the other hits in the loss.
  • In his Tampa debut, Nick Nelson (0-1) went three innings, gave up three runs on three hits, struck out one, and walked three on 67 pitches (35 strikes) in the loss.
  • Justin Kamplain came in after Nelson and allowed three hits and struck out two in three shutout innings.
  • Hobie Harris finished the night by throwing two perfect innings (two strikeouts).

Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs (14-15) were able to shut out the Lexington Legends by a final score of 6-0.

  • Garrett Whitlock (2-1) continues to shut down South Atlantic League bats. In seven innings, he gave up two hits, struck out ten (career-high), and walked one on 87 pitches (62 strikes) in the win. He has not allowed a run in his last 25 innings (1.06 ERA for the season).
  • Chris Hess (3-for-4, two doubles, run scored, walk) drove in his 14th run of the year with a double in the bottom of the fourth. He’s now hitting .337 this season.
  • Pablo Olivares went 3-for-5 out of the leadoff spot with a double and a stolen base (1).
  • David Metzgar (2-for-4, double, run scored) and Ricardo Ferreira (2-for-4, RBI) had the other multi-hit games in the win.
  • Leonardo Molina (1-for-5) was the only Riverdogs player to drive in two runs (6,7).
  • Braden Bristo gave up three hits in the final two innings and preserved the shutout.
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