In a night that resulted in a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 6-1 loss to the Gwinnett Stripers, the most concern came when RailRiders infielder Gleyber Torres was pinch-hit for by Cody Asche in the top of the fifth inning.
In what was a move that sent panic throughout New York Yankees social media, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed that Torres exited the game with back stiffness, according to the New York Daily News. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman and Robert Murray were first to report the reasoning for the Yankees top prospect’s early exit.
Torres was 0-for-2 against Atlanta Braves No. 7 prospect Kolby Allard at the time.
The RailRiders scored their lone run on a fifth-inning Abiatal Avelino RBI single, scoring Billy Fleming. The single to left was the No. 9 hitter’s team-high 12th RBI of the season.
Billy Fleming had the RailRiders’ best night at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
RailRiders catcher Kyle Higashioka had the team’s lone extra-base hit — a first-inning double. The catcher’s double extended his hitting streak to a team-best eight straight games.
RailRiders right-hander Chance Adams registered his first loss of the season, giving up three runs in 4.1 innings. Adams allowed five hits and walked four batters while striking out four. But the fourth inning was the 23-year-old’s kryptonite. Rio Ruiz hit an RBI single to center and Rob Brantly hit a sacrifice fly to center to give the Stripers a 3-0 lead.
Atlanta Braves top prospect Ronald Acuna Jr. was 0-for-1 with a pair of walks in three plate appearances against Adams.
Gwinnett pulled away for good as Ruiz, Christian Colon and Johan Camargo combined for a three-run inning in the eighth. Ruiz started the scoring with an RBI double before Colon and Camargo each hit run-scoring singles.
Torres was rewarded for his strong start to the season on Tuesday.
The RailRiders infielder was named the International League Batter of the Week after hitting .385 with two doubles, a triple, home run and 10 RBI. Torres’ 22 total bases are tied for second in the IL, while his 10 RBI ranks second behind fellow RailRiders infielder Abiatal Avelino’s 11.
Indianapolis Indians pitcher Nick Kingham was named the first Pitcher of the Week after registering a 1-0 record, 0.82 ERA and 16 strikeouts in two starts.
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