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    Pinstriped Performances: Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Due to Tampa being rained out once again, the New York Yankees organization had only four teams play on Sunday and it was a mixed result as they combined for a 2-2 record. The big league club continued its power surge and the third baseman in Charleston hit his first home run of the season. Meanwhile, a Trenton pitcher made his debut today on the mound. Check out some of the key performances from Sunday’s action:

    New York Yankees (MLB): The Yankees (30-13) clinched their eighth consecutive series win with a 10-1 blowout of the Kansas City Royals.

    • Tyler Austin had a 2-for-4 afternoon and both of his hits left the yard. He hit a pair of two-run home runs in the top of the fourth and fifth (2,3).
    • Miguel Andujar was 3-for-5 with a triple, a solo home run (4), and an RBI (16).
    • Austin Romine got the start behind the plate and took advantage of it. He went 3-for-5 with a double, a solo home run (1), and two RBIs (8,9).
    • Sonny Gray (3-3) was the beneficiary of all that offense. He went eight innings, gave up one run on four hits, struck out five, and walked one on 92 pitches (62 strikes) in the win.

    Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (19-22) were swept by the Buffalo Bisons as they lost Sunday’s game, 4-3.

    Zack Zehner hit his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot, in Scranton’s loss to Buffalo. (Photo by Cheryl Pursell)
    • Kyle Higashioka had the lone multi-hit game of the day. He went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and drove in a run (18) with a single in the top of the fourth.
    • Ryan McBroom (0-for-3) had the other RBI (11) when he hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
    • David Hale got the start for Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He went 4.2 innings, gave up one run on three hits, struck out four, and walked two on 66 pitches (43 strikes).
    • Nestor Cortes Jr. (0-3) took the loss in relief. In three innings, he gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits, struck out two batters, and walked one.

    Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (27-15) had their four-game win streak snapped after losing to the Bowie Baysox 10-5.

    Gosuke Katoh hit a home run for the second straight game (3) in Trenton’s loss against Bowie. (Photo by Martin Griff)
    • Chris Gittens (1-for-4) tied the game at five with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth (4). He is now at 20 RBIs for the season.
    • Ben Ruta went 1-for-4 and had an RBI single in the fourth (10). Plus, he stole his 10th base of the season and he has six RBIs in his last four games.
    • Michael King struggled in his Trenton debut. In five innings, he gave up five runs on 10 hits, struck out three, and walked one on 74 pitches (53 strikes).
    • Stephen Tarpley came in after King and threw two perfect innings of relief (struck out one).
    • Andrew Schwaab (2-3) did not record an out in the eighth. He walked a batter and gave up three runs on one hit.

    Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): Rain once again prevented the Tarpons (23-18) from playing baseball as their doubleheader against the Lakeland Flying Tigers was postponed. They will make up the games during the May 29-31 series in Tampa.

    Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs (19-23) won a low-scoring game against the Columbia Fireflies, 2-1.

    Dermis Garcia hit his first home run of the season for Charleston in the bottom of the seventh and it ended up being the game-winning hit (Paul Pagnato III)
    • Wilkerman Garcia (1-for-4) had the other extra-base hit for Charleston when he hit a double in the fourth.
    • Pablo Olivares went 2-for-3 and he is now hitting .354 with the Riverdogs.
    • Rony Garcia got the no-decision in this game. In five innings, he gave up one run on three hits, struck out seven, and walked two on 92 pitches (61 strikes).
    • Austin DeCarr (1-0) got the win in relief. He struck out two batters and walked two in two hitless innings.
    • Braden Bristo picked up his first save of the season as he gave up a hit and struck out three over the final two innings.