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Charleston RiverDogs center fielder Blake Rutherford during a game against the Lakewood BlueClaws at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston, SC on Thursday, May 4, 2017. (Martin Griff)

Pinstriped Performances

Pinstriped Performances – Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Check out the top performances across the New York Yankees farm system in the latest edition of Pinstriped Performances.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple A)

Eddy Rodriguez gave the RailRiders a lead that they would hold on to for the duration of the game by blasting a two-run home run in the top of the third inning off Pawtucket Red Sox starter Henry Owens. Caleb Smith gave up only one run in five innings pitched on a Sam Travis double in the bottom of the third. Smith permitted three hits, walked two and struck out four. A Mason Williams sacrifice fly, Ji-Man Choi RBI single, and a wild pitch that scored Tyler Wade would extend the RailRiders lead to 5-1. Scranton reliever Ernesto Frieri would give up the last run of the game to the Red Sox in the bottom of the ninth on a Tim Roberson RBI single.

Trenton Thunder (Double A)

Akron took an early lead that they would never give back in Trenton’s 4-2 loss to the RubberDucks. Thunder starter Domingo German yielded four earned runs on two home runs and a RBI double. He lasted 5.2 innings, struck out seven, walked one, and permitted five hits. The bullpen shut down Akron for the rest of the contest thanks to great performances by J.P. Feyereisen and Colten Brewer. Brewer has been unbelievable this season, he struck out two on Wednesday and still has yet to allow a run in 15.1 innings pitched (combined with the Tampa Yankees). The Thunder did score two runs on a Zack Zehner RBI fielder’s choice and a Billy McKinney RBI single.

Tampa Yankees (Single A Advanced)

Tampa fell to the Dunedin Blue Jays 4-2 in large part due to a lack of hitting with runners in scoring position. The team was a miserable 0 for 12 and left 10 runners stranded on the base-paths.  Yankees starter Josh Rogers fell to 2-3 on the season and yielded four earned runs on seven hits in seven innings. This start snapped the southpaw’s impressive streak of 20-consecutive quality starts. Offensively Jorge Mateo was the only Yankee to record a multi-hit game going 2 for 5 with a double. Jeff Hendrix and Nick Solak only had a hit a piece, but each reached base safely three times.

Charleston RiverDogs (Single A)

Charleston’s bats exploded in an 11-run barrage against the Hickory Crawdads on Wednesday. The RiverDogs’ bats were hot right from the start as Estevan Florial led off the game with a double. Following a Hoy Jun Park walk, Blake Rutherford hit his first triple of the game collecting two runs batted in on the hit. Isiah Gilliam went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Florial finished the game going 2 for 5 with a home run, double, two runs scored and three runs batted in. Rutherford led the offense as he went 4 for 5 with two triples, two runs scored and three runs batted in. In all, the RiverDogs collected 13 hits, including seven extra base hits. Jio Orozco posted his best start since joining the RiverDogs. He tossed five scoreless innings, struck out three and allowed two hits and two walks.

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