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Pinstriped Performances: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Luis Gil threw six shutout innings for Charleston in their win over West Virginia on Thursday. (Robert M. Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

While the big league club was off on Thursday, the New York Yankees’ affiliates combined to go 3-1 in the four games that were played. The Railriders had three home runs hit in their series finale, the Thunder were able to win the opener of their series, and the Riverdogs got another strong pitching performance to secure a sweep. Find out more about those games in our Pinstriped Performances and vote for the Pinstriped Performer of the Night:

Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (19-16) salvaged the series finale from the Indianapolis Indians, 7-4.

Cliff Pennington was 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the top of the fourth (4). The 34-year-old hit his first home run since April 26. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
  • Billy Burns went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and an RBI single in the fourth (10). Burns has recorded a hit in five straight games and is 12-for-22 at the plate this month.
  • Kyle Higashioka went 1-for-2 with two walks and a solo home run in the fifth (4). Higashioka has four home runs in his last six games and is on an eight-game hit streak.
  • Brad Miller was 1-for-2 with two walks and a solo home run in the fifth after Higashioka’s home run (4). Miller has homered in back-to-back games.
  • Trey Amburgey went 2-for-4 with a triple and two stolen bases out of the leadoff spot. Amburgey has had at least one hit in six of the last seven games.
  • Drew Hutchison (3-2) picked up the win in his start. He allowed an unearned run on five hits, struck out nine, and walked one over six innings. 64 of his 99 pitches were for strikes. The nine K’s are a season-high.
  • Danny Coulombe came in the game after Hutchison. He allowed two runs on four hits, struck out two, and walked one in two innings of work. 16 of his 23 pitches were strikes. It was his first appearance in a game since April 9.
  • J.P. Feyereisen allowed one run on one hit and walked two while only getting two outs in the ninth. 9 of his 21 pitches were strikes.
  • Cale Coshow walked a batter and struck out one as he picked up his second save of the year. 6 of his 11 pitches were strikes.

Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (22-14) began their series against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies with a 5-4 win.

Zack Zehner went 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run home run in the bottom of the first (1). Zehner has six RBIs in five games since going to Trenton. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)
  • Chris Gittens was 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in the fifth (8). He is at 28 RBIs for the year and it was his first home run since May 2.
  • Matt Lipka went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI groundout in the third (1).
  • Ben Ruta was 1-for-3 with a walk and he picked up his tenth stolen base of the year.
  • Kyle Holder went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
  • Jorge Saez and Mandy Alvarez were both 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Garrett Whitlock got the no-decision in his start. He allowed two runs on five hits, struck out three, and walked two over 3.2 innings. 40 of his 66 pitches were for strikes.
  • Will Carter (1-0) won the game in relief. He allowed one hit and struck out two over 3.1 scoreless innings. 30 of his 45 pitches were for strikes. He has allowed one earned run or fewer in eight straight outings and he has a 0.84 ERA in the last four games.
  • Daniel Alvarez allowed two runs on two hits, struck out three, and walked two over the final two innings. He picked up his fourth save of the year.

Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (17-22) were held to three hits in a 5-0 loss to the Palm Beach Cardinals. They have been shut out in back-to-back games and they have lost four games in a row.

Diego Castillo went 1-for-3 with a walk on Thursday. He has had a hit in four straight games. (Bryan Green)
  • Pablo Olivares went 1-for-3 out of the leadoff spot.
  • Isiah Gilliam was 1-for-4 and had the other hit for the Tarpons.
  • Frank German (1-2) took the loss for Tampa. He allowed two runs on three hits, struck out five, and walked five over 5.1 innings. 48 of his 88 pitches were for strikes. Despite 12 walks in six appearances, German hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any start this year.
  • Matt Frawley came in after German. He allowed three runs on three hits and struck out a batter in 1.2 innings of work. 24 of his 37 pitches were for strikes.
  • Hobie Harris walked a batter and struck out one in a scoreless eighth. 12 of his 22 pitches were for strikes.

Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs (23-17) held the West Virginia Power to six hits in a 5-0 win as they swept the three-game series.

Josh Breaux went 2-for-4 with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth (27, 28). (Robert M Pimspner/Pinstriped Prospects)
  • Mickey Gasper went 3-for-4 and is now hitting .312 on the year. He is on a five-game hit streak.
  • Max Burt was 1-for-4 and hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second (1).
  • Frederick Cuevas went 2-for-3 with a walk and a double. Cuevas has drawn a walk in four of his last five games.
  • Ricky Surum was 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI (4). He has driven in a run in three of his last four games.
  • Luis Gil (2-2) was dominant in a win. He allowed five hits and struck out four over six shutout innings. 64 of his 92 pitches were for strikes. Gil has a 0.82 ERA in seven starts this year and has not allowed a run in each of his last two outings.
  • Jhony Brito helped preserve the shutout. He allowed one hit, struck out three, and walked one without allowing a run in the final three innings. He picked up his first save of the year. Brito has a 1.08 ERA in five relief appearances.