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Justus Sheffield is slated to pitch for Trenton on Friday. (Martin Griff)

Pinstriped Performances

Pinstriped Performances: Thursday April 19, 2018

With Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre having the night off on Thursday, the Yankees organization had four teams in action, including their big league club. In total, the teams combined for a 2-2 record with the big league club and Double-A Trenton picking up the lone wins of the night. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

New York Yankees (MLB): After a day off Wednesday, the Yankees (9-8) began their four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays with a 4-3 win.

  • Aaron Judge went 1-for-3 with a run scored and he hit his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh.
  • Didi Gregorius gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead when he singled to right in the fifth. He now has 17 RBIs on the season.
  • Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes each drove in their fourth run of the year from the bottom of the lineup.
  • C.C. Sabathia made his return off the disabled list. He went 4.1 innings, gave up two runs (none earned) on four hits, struck out one, and walked one on 71 pitches (50 strikes).
  • Chad Green (1-0) came in for Sabathia and ended up getting the win after 1.2 scoreless innings of relief (two strikeouts).
  • Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth and picked up his third save of the year.

Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (7-6) wrapped up their six-game road trip with a 4-2 victory over the Erie Seawolves.

  • Justus Sheffield (1-1) put together a quality outing and got his first win of the season. He went six innings, gave up two runs on six hits, struck out eight, and walked two on 98 pitches (67 strikes).
  • Chris Gittens was 2-for-4 on the afternoon and had the eventual game-winning hit, a two-run single in the top of the sixth (4,5).
  • Ben Ruta extended his hit streak to seven games with a base hit in the seventh (1-for-4, one run).
  • Trey Amburgey was 2-for-3 out of the cleanup spot with a double, a single, an RBI (4), and a walk.
  • Caleb Frare went 1.1 innings, gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out one as he picked up his first save of the season.

Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (6-8) were unable to generate much offense in a 5-2 loss to the Daytona Tortugas in the rubber game of the series.

  • Tim Lynch drove in the lone two runs of the day (5,6) with his two-run home run in the fourth inning. It was his first home run of the season.
  • Isiah Gilliam extended his hit streak to nine games with a 2-for-4 night (one run scored).
  • Freicer Perez (0-2) has still yet to record a win in 2018. He went five innings, gave up three runs on six hits, struck out three, and walked two on 97 pitches (57 strikes) in the loss.
  • Phillip Diehl followed up Perez by throwing three innings out of the bullpen. He gave up two runs (one earned) on one hit, walked two, and struck out four. He has four strikeouts in back-to-back outings.
  • David Sosebee struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth and he has yet to allow a run in five appearances.

Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs (6-8) started off their series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers with a 3-2 loss in walk-off fashion.

  • Jason Lopez had the lone runs for Charleston when his two-run home run in the eighth inning tied the game at two. It was the catcher’s first home run of the season.
  • Nick Nelson put together a quality start. In six innings, he gave up two runs on six hits, struck out eight, and walked one on 94 pitches (62 strikes). He has 20 strikeouts in his last 11 innings.
  • Greg Weissert (0-1) took the loss out of the bullpen. He went 2.2 innings, gave up one run on one hit, walked two, and struck out four.
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