On a night where the New York Yankees were idle before their four-game set with the Blue Jays, the four minor league affiliates were all in action and played a total of five games since Trenton had a doubleheader. In total, the teams combined for a 2-3 record, but there was good pitching for Trenton and an offensive slugfest by Tampa. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from Wednesday night’s action.
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (7-6) ended up being swept by the Gwinnett Stripers after their 6-3 loss on Wednesday afternoon.
- Abiatal Avelino had three of the team’s seven hits. He went 3-for-4 with an RBI single in the first inning (13). It was his second three-hit game on the road trip.
- Gleyber Torres was back in the lineup at third base and went 1-for-2 with a run scored, a double, two RBIs (11), and two walks.
- David Hale (0-1) had a rough afternoon. He went four innings, gave up six runs on 12 hits, and struck out three on 84 pitches (53 strikes) in the loss.
- The bullpen trio of Brady Lail, Jonathan Holder, and Cody Carroll combined to give up one hit over the final four innings.
Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (6-6) played a pair of close games against the Erie Seawolves and ended up getting a split. They won Game 1 (2-1) and lost Game 2 (3-2).
- Jorge Saez ended up driving in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the fifth (2). He went 2-for-3 in the win.
- Ben Ruta had the other multi-hit performance in Game 1 (2-for-2, walk, a stolen base, and a run scored).
- Erik Swanson (3-0) had another strong start for the Thunder. He went five innings, gave up one run on three hits, struck out eight, and walked three on 95 pitches (61 strikes) in the win. The eight strikeouts were the most for him since he had eight for Single-A Hickory on July 22, 2016.
- Joe Harvey did walk two batters in the seventh inning, but he struck out three and hung on to get his second save of the season.
- Brian Keller (0-2) threw 5.2 innings, gave up three runs on seven hits, struck out four, and walked two on 100 pitches (65 strikes) in the loss.
- Mandy Alvarez went 2-for-3 and had an RBI single in the seventh (5).
- Chace Numata followed up Alvarez’s single with one of his own (2), but the comeback stopped there.
- The top four hitters in the Trenton order combined to go 0-for-12 with seven strikeouts.
Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (6-7) hit four home runs, everybody got a hit in the starting lineup, and they got great pitching in their 12-0 shutout of the Daytona Tortugas.
- Trevor Stephan (1-0) was dominant on the mound. He went six innings, gave up two hits, struck out eight, and walked two on 88 pitches (57 strikes). He has seven or more strikeouts in each of his three starts.
- Isiah Gilliam remains hot at the plate for the Tarpons. He went 2-for-5 with a run scored, three RBIs (10,11,12), and a two-run home run in the third. Gilliam has a hit and an RBI in eight consecutive games.
- Thairo Estrada got the chance to play in his first game of the season. The shortstop went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.
- Pablo Olivares was 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored, two RBIs, a walk, and he hit a solo home run in the fourth (2).
- Angel Aguilar hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third, as part of a 2-for-3 night with two runs scored.
- Brandon Wagner continued his power surge to start the season with his fourth home run of the year, a three-run homer in the sixth.
- Trevor Lane and Matt Frawley helped complete the shutout for the Tarpons.
Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs (6-7) were unable to complete their comeback on Wednesday afternoon in their 5-4 loss to the West Virginia Power.
- Chris Hess went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. He now has four home runs on the season.
- Rony Garcia (0-1) got the start for Charleston. He went 5.2 innings, gave up five runs (two earned) on nine hits, and struck out four on 89 pitches (63 strikes).
- Kyle Zurak has yet to allow a run in 2018. He went 2.1 innings, gave up one hit, and struck out three. He has at least three strikeouts in each of his three appearances.
- Luis Cedeno struck out three of the four batters he faced in the ninth inning and has also not given up a run in three outings.