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Pinstriped Performances

Pinstriped Performances: Sunday April 8th, 2018

Sunday was a wild day for the New York Yankees and their affiliates. On a day where the five teams went 2-4, Trenton played their first extra-inning game with the new rules, Charleston got their first win of the season, and the big league club lost another extra-inning game. Here were some of the key performers in the day’s action.

New York Yankees (MLB): Despite having a 5-0 lead after the first inning, the Yankees (5-5) lost another close game to the Baltimore Orioles, 8-7, in 12 innings.

  • The Yankees had the bases loaded with nobody out in the 12th, but Aaron Judge grounded into a 1-2-5 double play and Giancarlo Stanton struck out swinging (one of five strikeouts) to end the rally.
  • Austin Romine was the team leader in hits (3-for-5) and drove in three runs (2,3,4).
  • Miguel Andujar was the other Yankees to drive in more than one run on the afternoon (2,3)
  • It was a rough day for Jordan Montgomery on the mound. He went only 4.1 innings, gave up four runs on ten hits, struck out four, and walked two on 86 pitches (57 strikes).
  • Domingo German did give up a two-run home run in the seventh and he allowed three runs in two innings, but he also struck out five of the 12 batters he faced.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (2-1) scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth and hung on to defeat the Syracuse Chiefs, 5-4

  • Gleyber Torres was on fire at the plate as he went 4-for-5 and had what ended up being the game-winning two-run single in the eighth.
  • David Hale didn’t get the win, but he had a good opening start. He gave up two hits, walked a batter, and struck out one over six innings on 75 pitches (46 strikes).
  • Ryan McBroom had the only other multi-hit game besides Torres (2-for-4).
  • Billy Fleming (1-for-4) had an RBI double in the sixth and he has at least one RBI in four straight games.
  • Erik Kratz and Shane Robinson helped break the scoreless tie in the eighth with back-to-back bases-loaded walks.
  • J.P. Feyereisen got Irving Falu to fly out to center for the final out and he got the save (1).
  • Cody Carroll (1-0) got the win despite giving up three runs in the ninth.

Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (2-2) did not score a run after the second inning in their 3-2, ten-inning loss to the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

  • Jhalan Jackson‘s power surge continued with a two-run home run in the second inning. He has now homered in each of the first three games.
  • Will Carter struggled with his control Sunday afternoon. He went 4.2 innings, gave up two runs on four hits, struck out six, and walked four on 88 pitches (48 strikes). It is the first time he’s walked four or more in an outing since June 13, 2016 when he was Tampa.
  • Ben Ruta went 3-for-4 on the afternoon and is 5-for-7 in his last two games. It is the fourth time in his professional career that he has had three hits in a game.

Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (2-2) were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and it cost them in a 3-1 loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

  • Michael King had a good debut in the Yankees organization. He went 6.1 innings, gave up one run on six hits, struck out seven, and walked one on 88 pitches (62 strikes).
  • Pablo Olivares went 2-for-5 and drove in Tampa’s only run with what was a game-tying home run in the bottom of the seventh.
  • Brandon Wagner was 2-for-5 and he finished the series going 6-for-12 at the plate in the final three games.
  • Hobie Harris got the loss in relief as he gave up a run on two hits while striking out a batter in 1.2 innings.

Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): In a doubleheader with the Lexington Legends, the Riverdogs (1-3) lost Game 1, 7-4, but got their first win of the season in Game 2, 2-1.

Game 1

  • Nick Nelson had a rough opening start of the season. He gave up seven runs on five hits, struck out two batters, and walked four in 1.2 innings. All seven runs were scored in the second.
  • Wilkerman Garcia and Jason Lopez had the multi-hit games for the Riverdogs.
  • Oswaldo Cabrera and Leonardo Molina each drove in their first run of the season.
  • Kyle Zurak did a good job in relief of Nelson. He threw three scoreless innings, gave up one hit, struck out four, and walked two on 49 pitches (29 strikes). Dating back to last year, he has struck out four batters or more in five straight appearances.

Game 2

  • Dalton Lehnen (1-0) was able to give the Riverdogs the length they needed in his first start. He went six innings, gave up a solo home run on four hits, and struck out 5 on 72 pitches (51 strikes) in the win.
  • Frederick Cuevas had two of the team’s five hits and both of them were doubles. One of those doubles came in the sixth, which tied the game at one.
  • David Metzgar drove in the game-winning run on a fielder’s choice in the seventh.
  • Matt Wivinis threw a 1-2-3 seventh with two strikeouts to pick up the save.
  • In the two games the Riverdogs played today, they were 0-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
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