Pinstriped Performances are back as the minor league season got underway Thursday night for three of the four full-season affiliates. Two of the Yankees’ top pitching prospects took the mound and put up good performances with one of them not allowing a hit. As for the big league club, they used four home runs to get back on the winning track. Check out how those games went and more with our Pinstriped Performances:
New York Yankees (MLB): The Yankees (3-4) snapped a three-game losing streak with an 8-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
- Gleyber Torres stole the show in Baltimore as he went 4-for-4 with a double, two home runs (1,2). and four RBIs (1,2,3,4). His three-run home run in the top of the sixth gave the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
- Gary Sanchez was 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the sixth (3) that sparked the rally.
- Luke Voit went 1-for-5 and had a three-run home run in the ninth (2).
- Brett Gardner had the only multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4.
- James Paxton (1-1) got his first win with the Yankees. In 5.1 innings of work, he allowed four runs on eight hits, struck out nine, and walked two on 99 pitches (63 strikes) in the victory.
- Tommy Kahnle threw 1.2 scoreless innings of relief after Paxton left the game. He struck out a batter and walked one.
- Zack Britton threw a scoreless eighth as he allowed a hit, struck out one, and walked one.
- Aroldis Chapman allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth.
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders (Triple-A): The Railriders (0-1) dropped their season opener to the Buffalo Bisons, 8-3.
- Matt Lipka went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run home run (1) in the top of the seventh inning.
- Mike Ford was 1-for-4 and got the scoring started in the Yankees organization with an RBI single in the fifth (1).
- Trey Amburgey went 3-for-4 with three singles out of the leadoff spot.
- Kyle Higashioka and Gio Urshela both went 1-for-4 with a double.
- It was a rough afternoon for Gio Gonzalez (0-1) on the mound. In four innings of work, he gave up eight runs on eight hits, struck out a batter, and walked three on 76 pitches (45 strikes) in a loss.
- Adonis Rosa came in after Gonzalez and threw two perfect innings while striking out one. 15 of his 20 pitches were for strikes.
Tampa Tarpons (Single-A Advanced): The Tarpons (0-1) had a no-hitter going after seven innings, but lost to the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 4-3, in 10 innings.
- Clarke Schmidt was dominant in his Tampa debut. He threw five no-hit innings and struck out nine on 65 pitches (46 strikes) in a no-decision. The nine strikeouts are a career-high and he had four strikeouts in the fourth inning alone.
- Isiah Gilliam went 1-for-4 and he broke a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh with an RBI double (1).
- Steven Sensley was 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the seventh (1).
- Oswaldo Cabrera went 1-for-4 with a double.
- Brooks Kriske (0-1) took the loss in relief. He gave up an unearned run on one hit, struck out one, and walked three over the course of an inning.
Charleston Riverdogs (Single-A): The Riverdogs (1-0) won a low-scoring game against the Columbia Fireflies, 2-1.
- Kyle Gray went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the top of the second (1).
- Eric Wagaman had the other multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4.
- Mickey Gasper did not have a hit (0-for-3), but he had an RBI groundout in the second (1).
- Nelson Gomez had the other extra-base hit for Charleston (1-for-4, double).
- Aaron McGarity shut out Columbia over the final four innings as he got his first save of the year. He allowed two hits and struck out four with 40 of his 50 pitches going for strikes.