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Left-handed pitcher Josh Rogers pitching for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in a minor league spring training at the Yankees Player Development and Scouting Complex on March 18, 2017. (Robert M. Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

Pinstriped Performances

Pinstriped Performances: Thursday April 12, 2018

The Trenton Thunder had the night off on Thursday, so only three minor league affiliates were in action along with the New York Yankees. Outside of an offensive explosion by Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, the teams combined for a 2-2 record. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from the night’s action:

New York Yankees (MLB): The Yankees (6-7) dropped the rubber game of their three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, 6-3.

  • Aaron Judge broke up Rick Porcello‘s no-hit bid with a double to left center in the seventh. The double extended his hit streak to ten games.
  • Sonny Gray (1-1) could not shut down the Red Sox offense. He went three innings, gave up six runs on seven hits, struck out three, and walked two on 68 pitches (43 strikes).
  • Gary Sanchez drove in the lone runs of the night for the Yankees with a bases-clearing double in the ninth (8,9,10). He has seven RBIs in his last two games.
  • The bullpen trio of Domingo German, Tommy Kahnle, and Adam Warren combined to give up one hit, striking out six and walking one over the final five innings.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (5-2) offense broke out in a big way. After being shut out on Wednesday, they routed the Charlotte Knights, 11-1 as every player in the lineup got at least one hit.

  • Mike Ford was 2-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs (1,2) in the fourth and sixth inning respectively.
  • Abiatal Avelino was 3-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored, two stolen bases, and five RBIs (5,6,7,8,9). The five runs batted in are a new career-high for the shortstop.
  • Gleyber Torres was 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs (5,6).
  • Josh Rogers (1-0) had one of his best outings as a professional. He went seven innings, gave up one run on three hits, and struck out ten (career-high) on 86 pitches (64 strikes).
  • Rashad Crawford had a multi-hit and multi-RBI (1,2) night as well (2-for-5, triple).

Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (3-5) ended up being swept by the St. Lucie Mets after being defeated, 8-4.

  • Isiah Gilliam was 2-for-5 and had the lone extra-base hit for the Tarpons. His RBI single (5) in the first gave the Tarpons a 1-0 lead. The right fielder has driven in a run in three straight games.
  • Francisco Diaz and Pablo Olivares had the other two RBIs of the night. Both players drove in their second run of the season.
  • Estevan Florial was 2-for-4 with a walk for his second multi-hit game of the season.
  • Freicer Perez (0-1) had a rough night on the mound. He went four innings, gave up six runs (five earned) on eight hits, struck out three, and walked two on 86 pitches (53 strikes) in the loss.
  • Phillip Diehl followed up Perez by striking out four batters in two scoreless innings of relief (one hit allowed).

Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): On the night of their home opener, the Riverdogs (4-4) rallied from a 4-0 first inning deficit to defeat the Kannapolis Intimidators, 6-4.

  • Frederick Cuevas was 2-for-4 with an RBI single that got Charleston on the board in the second (3). He has had three multi-hit games during his five-game hitting streak.
  • Charleston won the game on a wild pitch in the eighth followed up by a key insurance run via a sacrifice fly by Leonardo Molina (2).
  • Rony Garcia got the no-decision in his first outing of the season. He went five innings, gave up four runs (two home runs) on nine hits, and struck out four on 74 pitches (53 strikes).
  • Brian Trieglaff (1-0) got the win out of the bullpen. He gave up three hits and struck out four over three shutout innings.
  • Matt Wivinis picked up his third save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning (one strikeout).
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