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Austin Wells (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Pinstriped Performances

Pinstriped Performances: Some Slump-Busting Slams

The Renegades hit ten home runs on the night and put 14 runs on the scoreboard in the ninth inning, during which they hit two grand slams, as they emphatically avoided a disastrous sweep. Scranton’s worst week as a Yankees affiliate mercifully came to an end, while Somerset and Tampa keep humming along as league powerhouses.

Clarke Schmidt pitches for Somerset during a rehab start on August 5, 2021. Photo by Chris Jones.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (59-46): Make it nine losses in a row for the hapless RailRiders, who were swept in seven games by a Buffalo squad that’s roared past them into first place in the division. Today’s final was 9-6.

  • Star of the Game: Donny Sands – 2-for-4, 1 double, 3 RBI, 1 walk. Sands had a run-scoring single in the first and a two-run double in the in the fifth, both keeping the game close
  • Estevan Florial: 1-for-6, 1 double, 1 run scored, 3 strikeouts
  • Jonathan Davis: 1-for-2, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 stolen base
  • Matt Pita: 1-for-5, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 strikeouts
  • Armando Alvarez: 1-for-3, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 walks
  • Clarke Schmidt: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 80 pitches (51 strikes). Schmidt has an even 3.00 ERA with Scranton
  • Ron Marinaccio: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 41 pitches (28 strikes)
  • Greg Weissert: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 30 pitches (18 strikes)
  • Adam Warren: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 28 pitches (19 strikes)
  • Nick Goody: 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 22 pitches (14 strikes). The floodgates opened against Goody in the 11th after the RailRiders had battled back to tie the inning before

Somerset pitcher Hayden Wesneski. Photo by Chris Jones.

Somerset Patriots (63-44): Hayden Wesneski, who continues to come into his own, and three homers lifted Somerset over Bowie 7-3 for a series win.

  • Star of the Game: Hayden Wesneski – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 89 pitches (59 strikes). Two solo homers were the extent of the damage off Wesneski, who after a very tough start at Double-A pitched to a 2.22 ERA last month and has carried the dominance into September
  • Brandon Lockridge: 1-for-4, 1 home run (8), 2 RBI, 1 run scored, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts. Lockridge is hitting an impressive .317 at this level
  • Oswaldo Cabrera: 1-for-3, 1 home run (20), 2 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 2 stolen bases. Round number alert for Cabrera, who has homered in back-to-back contests and is second on the team in round-trippers
  • Isiah Gilliam: 2-for-3, 1 home run (10), 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 1 stolen base. Two round numbers for Gilliam: 10 home runs and 25 stolen bases
  • Zach Greene: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 43 pitches (31 strikes)
  • Addison Russ: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 13 pitches (8 strikes)

Eric Wagaman (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Hudson Valley Renegades (64-43): This game deserves more than the usual daily blurb. The Renegades hit ten home runs overall. They hit four home runs in the ninth inning alone. They hit TWO GRAND SLAMS in that ninth inning, en route to 14 runs – even with a position player pitching for part of the frame, it’s an unbelievable total. They won the game 23-4.

  • Star of the Game: Everson Pereira – 3-for-5, 3 home runs (9), 6 RBI, 5 runs scored, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
  • Star of the Game: Eric Wagaman – 5-for-6, 2 home runs (3), 2 RBI, 4 runs scored, 1 strikeout
  • Star of the Game: Austin Wells – 5-for-6, 1 home run (6), 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk. How to choose a star between a guy who hit three home runs including a grand slam and two other guys who recorded five hits? Two players recorded five hits in the same game? Was this entire evening a fever dream?
  • Anthony Volpe: 1-for-3, 1 home run (12), 3 RBI, 1 run scored, 1 strikeout. Volpe’s three-run shot in the fourth inning is almost an afterthought. He also got tossed after chirping the umpire rounding the bases
  • Andres Chaparro: 3-for-6, 1 home run (5), 1 triple, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 strikeout. A fun piece of trivia: Chaparro’s triple was the only non-homer extra-base hit of the night for the Renegades. They hit ten home runs, sixteen singles, and one triple
  • Carlos Narvaez: 2-for-6, 1 home run (1), 4 RBI, 2 runs scored, 2 strikeouts. Pereira hit the first grandy of the ninth, and Narvaez followed it up with the second
  • Jake Sanford: 2-for-6, 1 home run (7), 2 RBI, 1 run scored
  • Josh Maciejewski: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 93 pitches (61 strikes)
  • Freicer Perez: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 1 K, 36 pitches (15 strikes)
  • Derek Craft: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 19 pitches (13 strikes)

Jasson Dominguez (Photo by John Brophy / Pinstriped Prospects)

Tampa Tarpons (70-36): Tampa recovered from an early 3-0 hole to thump Bradenton 8-5 and consolidate its grip on first place in the division.

  • Star of the Game: Ryder Green – 2-for-5, 2 home runs (6), 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 2 strikeouts. Green went deep in the second and the ninth to score Tampa’s first run and its last
  • Jasson Dominguez: 3-for-5, 1 home run (5), 3 RBI, 1 run scored, 1 strikeout. Don’t look now: Dominguez has three straight multi-hit games, he’s 8-for-17 in September, and he’s raised his average to .272 after it bottomed out at .234 on August 17
  • Antonio Gomez: 1-for-3, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks
  • Tyler Hardman: 1-for-5, 1 home run (3), 2 RBI, 1 run scored, 3 strikeouts. Hardman’s two-run shot in the seventh gave Tampa valuable insurance runs
  • Blas Castano: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 8 K, 76 pitches (54 strikes). Castano was dominant yet again, striking out eight hitters for the second consecutive start
  • Harold Cortijo: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 35 pitches (17 strikes)
  • Kenlly Montas: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 28 pitches (15 strikes). Montas recorded his first save after being brought up from the FCL on August 27
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