Friend of the Brand Dillon Thomas may find it tough to pick out his best accomplishment from the Yard Goats’ 7-3 win on Monday night. The 24-year-old outfielder went 5-for-5 with four doubles, three runs and two RBI. On top of it all, Thomas stole home on a double steal in the sixth inning. The left fielder may have had a slow start to the season, but the performance last night gives hope that Thomas’ breakout 2016 wasn’t smoke and mirrors.
The Yard Goats offense was also lifted by Josh Fuentes and Anthony Phillips. Fuentes finished with a 2-for-5 night adding an RBI and Phillips hit a home run for the third straight game.
All of this offense came to the aid of Ryan Castellani, the Rockies No. 9 prospect, who was effectively wild in his ninth Double-A start. Castellani finished with six innings pitched, allowing five hits and two runs. He walked three batters and 37 of his 95 pitches were outside the zone. It’s an improvement for Castellani, who is still adjusting to the Double-A competition at only 21 years of age.
The Goats improved to 20-22 with the win, other news and notes from the affiliates are below:
Derrick Gibson: 3-for-4, RBI
Dustin Garneau: 1-for-4, HR
Trevor Story: 0-for-3, BB, 2 K
Jerry Vasto: 1 1⁄3 IP, 1 R, 1 K
Ryan Castellani (No. 9 PuRP): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 K, 3 BB
Dillon Thomas (Friend of the Brand): 5-for-5, 4 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB
Garrett Hampson (No. 22 PuRP): 3-for-5, 2B
Brendan Rodgers (No. 1 PuRP): 1-for-4,
Helmis Rodriguez: 4 IP, 0 R, 3 K
Vince Fernandez: 1-for-4, HR
Bryan Baker: 1 IP, 2 K
Triple-A Albuquerque: Ryan Carpenter (2-3, 4.65 ERA) vs. Oklahoma City
Double-A Hartford: Jack Wynkoop (3-2, 3.71 ERA) vs. Bowie
Single-A Advanced Lancaster: TBD vs. San Jose
Single-A Asheville: Riley Pint (1-5, 3.25 ERA) vs. Rome