In the finale of Double-A Reading’s road series in Trenton on Sunday, Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda made a rehab appearance for the hosting Thunder.
The 26-year-old Dominican native, recovering from an elbow issue, looked strong in his initial frame, shutting down rising Phillies prospects J.P. Crawford, Nick William and Andrew Knapp in a quick 10-pitch, 1-2-3 inning.
The second time around, though, the 2011 big league All-Star wasn’t as lucky. With a run already home in the 3rd inning, Williams, a key return from Texas in last month’s Cole Hamels trade, slammed a fastball to deep center field for a three-base hit. Crawford, an Eastern League All-Star, would lace a liner down the left field line for another triple to score Williams.
Knapp, the owner of a 13-game hitting streak entering the contest, would get a second shot at Pineda, but he would fly out to end the inning.
That ended Pineda’s outing, as he was charged with two earned runs in three innings on four hits while walking none and striking no batters out.
The Reading Fightins, winners of 11 of their last 12 games played, lead the Eastern League’s Eastern division by three games over Binghamton, at the time of this writing. Trenton was in third place, three games out of the second place Wild Card spot.
Video footage of the pair of triples can be viewed in the media players below.