Sunday was the day of the long ball in the New York Yankees organization. Between the big league club and its minor league affiliates, 18 home runs were hit and four players had multi-home run games. In addition to the home runs, a big league pitcher made his return to the mound in a rehab assignment for Tampa. Find out who hit the long balls and more in our Pinstriped Performances and be sure to vote in our Pinstriped Performer of the Day poll:
Sunday was a day of the long ball in the #Yankees organization. Which player is your Pinstriped Performer of the Day? @swbrailriders @TrentonThunder @TampaTarpons #PinstripePride #MILB
— Pinstriped Prospects (@PinstripedPros) April 7, 2019
New York Yankees (MLB): The Yankees (5-4) hit seven home runs to finish off the sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 15-3 victory.
- Gary Sanchez had a career-day as the designated hitter. He went 3-for-6 with three home runs (4,5,6) and six RBIs (4,5,6,7,8,9). He hit two-run home runs in the third, seventh, and eighth inning.
- Clint Frazier went 4-for-5 with two home runs (2,3) and four RBIs (5,6,7,8). He hit a solo home run in the top of the third and a two-run home run in the ninth.
- Gio Urshela was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and an RBI single in the seventh (1).
- Gleyber Torres went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a solo home run in the second (3).
- Austin Romine was 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in the ninth (1).
- DJ LeMahieu was 1-for-4 with an RBI double in the seventh (3).
- Domingo German (2-0) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning as he got the win. He allowed two runs on two hits, struck out three, and walked two over six innings of work. He threw 89 pitches (60 for strikes).
- Stephen Tarpley allowed one run on two hits, struck out two, and walked one in the seventh.
- Luis Cessa allowed one hit and struck out a batter without allowing a run in the final two innings.
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (2-2) hit six home runs en route to a 10-2 win over the Buffalo Bisons.
- Mike Ford continued his power start to the season. The first baseman was 3-for-5 with three home runs (2,3,4) and four RBIs (4,5,6,7). He hit a solo home run in the first, a two-run home run in the third, and a solo shot in the ninth. According to Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune, it is the fourth three home run game in team history:
Mike Ford hits his third home run of the game, tying a franchise record.
Zoilo Almonte did it July 23, 2014. Tyler Austin (6/24/16) and Gary Bennett (8/16/98) did it in extra-inning games.
Buffalo TV is saying Ford's latest blast carried to rarefied territory.
— Conor Foley (@RailRidersTT) April 7, 2019
- Mandy Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in the fourth (1).
- Ryan Lavarnway was 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the fourth (1).
- David Hale (1-0) took advantage of all those home runs. He allowed one run on four hits, struck out two, and walked two over 5.2 innings in a win. 55 of his 88 pitches were for strikes.
- Jake Barrett made his Yankees organizational debut. He allowed a hit and walked a batter over 1.1 scoreless innings.
- Cale Coshow allowed one run on three hits and struck out two over the final two innings.
Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (1-2) dropped the rubber game of their series against the Erie Seawolves, 17-5.
- Jhalan Jackson was 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the seventh (1).
- Ben Ruta went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a triple.
- Rashad Crawford was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in the first (3). He drove in a run in all three games of the series.
- Kyle Holder went 1-for-5 with an RBI single in the first (1).
- It was a rough start to the season on the mound for Albert Abreu. He allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits, struck out a batter, and walked three in the loss. 49 of his 79 pitches were for strikes.
Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (2-2) defeated the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 3-2, in walk-off fashion.
- Isiah Gilliam went 2-for-2 with a walk and hit a walk-off two-run home run (1) in the bottom of the ninth. He has five RBIs on the season.
- Matt Pita had the other extra-base hit as he went 1-for-2 with a double.
- Oswaldo Cabrera went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
- Diego Castillo was 0-for-3 but tied the game at one with a sacrifice fly (1) in the sixth.
- Braden Bristo (1-0) won the game in relief. He allowed one hit, struck out three, and walked one in 2.1 innings.
Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs (3-1) ended their series against the Columbia Fireflies with a 7-2 win. 5 of their 7 runs were scored in the top of the third.
- Eduardo Navas was 1-for-3 and picked up his first two RBIs of the year on a single in the top of the third and a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
- Eric Wagaman went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the third (1).
- Mickey Gasper (2-for-3, walk, double) and Max Burt (2-for-4) both had multi-hit games.
- Luis Gil picked up a no-decision for Charleston. He allowed no runs on three hits, struck out six, and walked four over 3.1 innings of work. 43 of his 75 pitches were for strikes.
- Dalton Higgins (1-0) allowed just two hits and struck out three over the final three innings as he got the win.
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