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Pinstriped Performances: Thursday May 3, 2018

Thursday night was a perfect night in the New York Yankees organization as the big league club and its four affiliates won their games (5-0 record). There was a pair of walk-off wins in Scranton and Charleston and a comeback for the big league club in Houston. Plus, a top pitching prospect made their debut in Trenton and a Tampa pitcher set a career-high in strikeouts in a game. Let’s take a look at some of those key performances from the night’s action:

New York Yankees (MLB): The Yankees (21-10) scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning en route to a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros. They won three out of four games in the series.

  • Gleyber Torres went 1-for-3 with a run scored, but his one hit was a two-run single in the ninth that tied the game. Plus, he had three RBIs (3,4,5).
  • Aaron Judge (0-for-5) drove in the game-winning run on an RBI groundout (19).
  • Didi Gregorius (2-for-5, run scored) and Miguel Andujar (2-for-4, run scored) had the only multi-hit games of the day.
  • Masahiro Tanaka was great for six innings, but the seventh inning ended up costing him a win. He gave up three runs on five hits while striking out five on 83 pitches (60 strikes).
  • Chasen Shreve (1-0) got the final two outs of the eighth and picked up the win.
  • Aroldis Chapman gave up one hit and struck out three batters in the ninth as he picked up his seventh save of the season.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (13-13) won a game on a walk-off for the second straight day in their 4-3 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox. They have now won three games in a row.

  • Ryan McBroom was 0-for-3 on the night but his walk-off sacrifice fly (3) in the bottom of the ninth inning won the game for the Railriders.
  • Kyle Higashioka (1-for-4, run scored) hit a solo home run in the second (4).
  • Zack Zehner (1-for-3, run scored) give Scranton a 3-2 lead in the seventh with a two-run home run to right field (3).
  • Brandon Drury (2-for-3, walk) had the lone multi-hit game of the night.
  • Nestor Cortes Jr. got the start. He went 3.2 innings, allowed two hits, struck out three, and walked two on 57 pitches (37 strikes).
  • J.P. Feyereisen (2-1) blew the save in the ninth, but he still picked up the win. He gave up a run on six hits and struck out three in 2.1 innings.

Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (15-10) began their four-game series against the Harrisburg Senators with a 3-1 win.

  • Jonathan Loaisiga made his Double-A debut tonight. He went five innings, gave up a run on six hits, struck out four, and walked two on 89 pitches (55 strikes).
  • Bruce Caldwell (1-for-3, run scored) broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run home run to right center (2).
  • Chris Gittens (1-for-3) got the scoring started with an RBI single in the first (12).
  • Rashad Crawford was 3-for-4 with a double, run scored, and a stolen base (3) out of the leadoff spot.
  • Stephen Tarpley (3-0) threw three perfect innings out of the bullpen in the win.
  • Andrew Schwaab struck out a batter in a perfect ninth inning and recorded his first save.

Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (16-11) allowed four hits in a 5-0 win over the Fort Myers Miracle.

  • Michael King (1-2) picked up his first win in the Yankees organization. In 6.2 innings of work, he gave up three hits, struck out 11, and walked two on 105 pitches (62 strikes). The 11 strikeouts are a new career-high.
  • Alexander Palma was 3-for-4 with a run scored, two doubles, and he drove in two runs (5,6).
  • Isiah Gilliam (1-for-3, two runs scored) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the third (4). He is now up to 18 RBIs on the season.
  • Adam Lind (7) and Tim Lynch (8) had the other RBIs in this game with singles in the fourth and fifth inning respectively (Lynch had a bunt single).
  • Phillip Diehl finished the night by shutting out Fort Myers over the final 2.1 innings. He gave up a hit and struck out three as he picked up his third save of the year.

Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs (13-14) needed extra innings, but won it in walk-off fashion, 4-3, over the Asheville Tourists

  • Chris Hess had three of the team’s seven hits (3-for-4, run scored) and one of them was the walk-off single in the 10th (13).
  • Steven Sensley (1-for-4, run scored, walk) tied the game at two with a solo home run in the eighth (4) and is now at ten RBIs for the year.
  • David Metzgar (1-for-4) had the other RBI for the Riverdogs when he tied the game at one with a base hit in the fourth (5).
  • JP Sears had a quality start, but he got a no-decision. He gave up one run on four hits and struck out seven batters over six innings in a no-decision. 57 of the 75 pitches he threw went for strikes.
  • Chad Martin (2-0) kept his scoreless streak alive (12 innings). He gave up a hit, struck out two, and walked one in the win.