Pinstriped Performances: Monday, April 15, 2019


Chris Gittens had four hits and drove in five runs in Trenton’s win over Akron on Monday. (Photo by Martin Griff)

While the New York Yankees had the night off on Monday, their four minor league clubs were all in action and three of them picked up victories. In Scranton, one player hit a home run for their third straight game and the team needed extra innings. One player had a career game for Trenton and a Riverdogs reliever continued his great start to the ’19 campaign. Find out more about those players in tonight’s Pinstriped Performances and be sure to vote in our Pinstriped Performer of the Night poll:

Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (8-4) defeated the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs, 6-5, in 10 innings. They have won five games in a row.

Ryan McBroom was 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run (3) in the bottom of the third. He has now homered in three straight games. (Cheryl Pursell)
  • Billy Fleming went 1-for-2 with a walk and a grand slam (1) in the second.
  • Thairo Estrada was 2-for-5 with a walk and the walk-off single (6) in the 10th. He has five RBIs in his last three games.
  • Mike Ford was 0-for-5, which was his first game without a hit this year.
  • Nestor Cortes Jr. took the no-decision in his start. He allowed four runs on eight hits, struck out five, and walked two over five innings. 63 of his 96 pitches were for strikes.
  • J.P. Feyereisen struck out two batters and walked one over 1.1 hitless innings.
  • Stephen Tarpley came in after Feyereisen. He allowed one run on three hits, struck out two, and walked one over 2.1 innings.
  • Cale Coshow (2-0) got the win in relief. He struck out two batters over 1.1 perfect innings of relief.

Trenton Thunder (Double-A): The Thunder (7-3) defeated the Akron Rubberducks, 8-6, and picked up their fourth straight win.

Ben Ruta continued his great start to the season as he went 3-for-4 with a double. He has had three hits in back-to-back games and is hitting .444 on the year. (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)
  • Chris Gittens had a career night at the plate. He went 4-for-4 with a double, a two-run home run (2) in the bottom of the sixth, and five RBIs (5,6,7,8,9). It’s his first four-hit game since he was with Single-A Advanced Tampa in 2017. Plus, the five RBIs were the most he has had in a game since he was with Single-A Charleston in 2016.
  • Jorge Saez was 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the eighth (2).
  • Kyle Holder went 1-for-4 with a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh (4,5).
  • Hoy Jun Park was 3-for-5 with a double out of the leadoff spot.
  • Nick Green got a no-decision in his first start of the year. He allowed three runs on two hits, struck out two, and walked two over 5.1 innings. 43 of his 73 pitches were for strikes.
  • James Reeves (1-0) won the game in relief. He allowed three hits and struck out two over 1.2 scoreless innings.
  • Trevor Lane allowed one run on one hit and walked two in the eighth.
  • Daniel Alvarez allowed two runs on two hits, struck out two, and walked two in the ninth.

Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (4-8) lost their series opener to the Bradenton Marauders, 4-1.

Steven Sensley was 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth (5).  (Photo Credit Mark LoMoglio/Tampa Tarpons)
  • Diego Castillo was 1-for-2 with two walks.
  • Frank German (0-1) took the loss in his Tarpons debut. He allowed two runs on three hits, struck out three, and walked one over 4.1 innings of work. 50 of his 67 pitches were for strikes.
  • Janson Junk came in after German. He allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out two over 3.2 innings.
  • Brooks Kriske struck out one batter in a 1-2-3 ninth.

Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs (6-6) began their series against the Greenville Drive with a 6-2 victory.

Shawn Semple picked up his second save of the season. He threw four perfect innings while striking out five. He has 26 strikeouts to one walk in three outings this year. (Robert M. Pimpsner)
  • Mickey Gasper was 3-for-3 with a walk, a double and a solo home run (1) in the bottom of the seventh. It’s his second three-hit game of the year.
  • Kyle Gray went 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, and a triple.
  • Canaan Smith was 1-for-2 with a walk and a pair of RBIs (2,3).
  • Brandon Lockridge went 1-for-5 with a solo home run (2) to lead off the first.
  • Nelson Gomez went 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and a double.
  • Eric Wagaman was 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a sacrifice fly in the first (5).
  • Alexander Vizcaino (1-0) picked up the win in his start. He allowed two runs on three hits, struck out nine, and walked two over five innings. 56 of his 88 pitches were for strikes. He had nine strikeouts in two starts last year with Rookie Level Pulaski.