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Pinstriped Performances: Tuesday April 24th, 2018

Due to the Charleston Riverdogs having to play a doubleheader, there were six games played across the New York Yankees organization on Tuesday night. In those games, the teams had a combined record of 5-1 with the one loss being a one-run game down in Scranton. Let’s take a look at some of the key performers from the night’s action.

New York Yankees (MLB): The Yankees (13-9) offense continued to roll on Tuesday night as they extended their win streak to four with an 8-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

  • Gary Sanchez had a huge night at the plate. He was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBIs (16, 17,18), and he had a pair of home runs (4,5).
  • Didi Gregorius continued his great month of April. He went 3-for-4 with a run scored, a home run (8), and drove in three runs (25,26,27).
  • Aaron Judge was a triple shy of the cycle on a night where he was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and a solo home run (7).
  • Gleyber Torres picked up his first RBI as a Yankee on a base hit to center in the fourth. He was 2-for-4.
  • CC Sabathia (1-0) took advantage of that run support. He went six innings, gave up one unearned run on two hits, struck out four, and walked one on 82 pitches (53 strikes) in the win.

Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A): Despite getting 11 hits, the RailRiders (9-9) came up short against the Columbus Clippers, 3-2.

  • Shane Robinson went 2-for-5 and had the first RBI of the night for Scranton with a base hit to right in the first (5). Plus, he stole two bases (4).
  • Kyle Higashioka (2-for-4) extended the lead to 2-0 in the same inning with an RBI groundout (10).
  • The other multi-hit night for Scranton came from Tyler Wade, who went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored out of the leadoff spot.
  • Ryan Bollinger made his 2018 debut for Scranton and picked up a no-decision. In five innings, he gave up one run on four hits, struck out five, and walked two on 81 pitches (50 strikes).
  • Joe Harvey (0-1) took the loss in his first appearance since being promoted from Double-A Trenton. He gave up two runs on four hits in the sixth inning.

Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (11-7) got their fourth straight win, 1-0, against the Harrisburg Senators as four pitchers combined for the shutout.

  • Ben Ruta had a rare hitless night (0-for-3), but his RBI groundout in the third inning (3) was the lone scoring in the game.
  • Out of the Thunder’s five hits, two of them came for Gosuke Katoh (2-for-4, double).
  • Brian Keller (1-2) picked up his first win of 2018. In 5.2 innings, he gave up two hits, struck out six, and walked one on 92 pitches (60 strikes).
  • Jordan Foley did walk a batter in the ninth. However, he also struck out one as he got his second save of the year.
  • Kaleb Ort (1.1 innings, one hit, one walk, one strikeout) and Hobie Harris (one inning, one hit, one strikeout, one walk) were the other two pitchers that helped complete the shutout.

Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (10-9) were able to get the decisive two runs in the ninth in their 4-3 win over the Bradenton Marauders.

  • On his first night with the Tarpons, Adam Lind went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, a run scored, and an RBI single in the top of the ninth that broke a 2-2 tie.
  • Alexander Palma got the scoring started in the second with a two-run home run (1) to right.
  • Trevor Stephan had another good start, but he picked up a no-decision. In five innings, he gave up two runs on four hits, struck out six, and walked one on 89 pitches (55 strikes). He has six or more strikeouts in each of his four starts this year.
  • Christian Morris (1-0) got the win while only facing two batters.
  • David Sosebee did give up a run in the bottom of the ninth but that didn’t stop him from getting his fourth save of the season.

Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): While the Riverdogs (9-10) needed extra innings in one of their two games on Tuesday, they were able to sweep the Columbia Fireflies with a 7-5 win in Game 1 and a 2-1 win in Game 2.

Game 1

  • Wilkerman Garcia was the hero in Game 1 with his walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth (2). He was 3-for-4 in this game with a triple, stolen base, two runs scored, and two RBIs (3,4).
  • Oswaldo Cabrera was 2-for-4 with two RBIs (5,6). His base hit in the bottom of the first got the Riverdogs on the board.
  • Ricardo Ferreira got a pair of RBIs (1,2) out of the nine spot in the order. His lone hit of the night (1-for-3) was an RBI triple in the second.
  • Rony Garcia got the start for Charleston. He went five innings, gave up five runs on nine hits, struck out two, and walked one on 74 pitches (47 strikes).
  • Chad Martin (1-0) got the win out of the bullpen and has yet to allow a run in three outings this season. He went three innings, gave up one hit, and struck out two on 38 pitches (28 strikes).

Game 2

  • Charleston picked up their runs on an Eduardo Navas RBI double in the second (2) and a Chris Hess RBI single in the third (12).
  • Steven Sensley had the lone multi-hit game of the night for the Riverdogs (2-for-3, double).
  • Nick Nelson (1-1) threw five shutout innings, gave up three hits, struck out six, and walked one on 86 pitches (54 strikes) in the win.
  • Matt Wivinis struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh. He is now 6-for-6 in save chances and has yet to allow a run in 2018.