With the New York Yankees having the night off on Friday, the minor leaguers stole the show with all four full-season teams in action. It was a night that saw three different pitchers record at least nine strikeouts in their outings. Meanwhile, one of the newest members of the Yankees organization had a three-hit night at the plate. Find out more about these games in our Pinstriped Performances:
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (1-1) got their first win of ’19 as they defeated the Buffalo Bisons, 6-1.
- Mandy Alvarez was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI single in the first (1).
- Trey Amburgey (1-for-5) and Cliff Pennington (1-for-3) each had a double in the win.
- Nestor Cortes Jr. (1-0) shut out the Bisons over 5.2 innings as he got the win. He allowed three hits and struck out nine on 75 pitches (56 strikes).
- Danny Coulombe came in the game after Cortes Jr. He allowed one run on one hit (home run), struck out three, and walked one over two innings of work.
- Joe Harvey retired the final four batters of the game and had one strikeout as he got his first save of the year.
Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (0-1) were held to three hits in an 11-1 season-opening loss to the Erie SeaWolves.
- Jhalan Jackson (1-for-3, walk, double) and Kyle Holder (1-for-4) had the other two hits for Trenton.
- Trevor Stephan got the start and did not last long in this game. He allowed one run on one hit, struck out six batters, and walked four over three innings. Out of the 76 pitches he threw, 45 of them were for strikes in a no-decision.
- Nick Green (0-1) came in after him and had a rough outing of relief in a loss. He allowed seven runs on eight hits, struck out two, and walked one in 2.2 innings of work.
- Will Carter struck out one batter in a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (0-2) lost to the Lakeland Flying Tigers by a final score of 5-3.
- Oswaldo Cabrera went 2-for-4 and got the scoring started with an RBI single in the first (1).
- Deivi Garcia (0-1) took the loss in his first outing of the year. He allowed four runs on four hits, struck out nine, and walked two over 3.1 innings of work. 44 of his 70 pitches were for strikes.
- Dalton Lehnen entered the game after Garcia. He allowed one run on two hits, struck out three, and walked one in 2.2 innings.
- Kyle Zurak allowed two hits and struck out three without allowing a run in the final two innings.
Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs (2-0) were able to defeat the Columbia Fireflies, 6-1.
- Josh Breaux was 1-for-3 with a two-run double in the top of the first (1,2).
- Kyle Gray went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI triple in the ninth (2).
- Eduardo Torrealba had the other multi-hit game for the Riverdogs as he went 2-for-4.
- Matt Sauer got the start and picked up a no-decision. He allowed one unearned run on four hits, struck out four, and walked one over four innings. 45 of his 72 pitches went for strikes.
- Shawn Semple (1-0) dazzled out of the bullpen to finish the game. Over the final five innings, he did not allow a hit while striking out ten and walking one batter (47 of his 65 pitches went for strikes). It is the second time he has struck out ten batters in a game in his professional career.