Avelino gets 4 hits, knocks in 5 to lift Thunder over Baysox
TRENTON » A lot of eyes this week will be on Greg Bird and Billy McKinney as they continue their rehab assignments with the Thunder, but take some time to watch Abiatal Avelino while you still can.
The shortstop collected four more hits, including a three-run homer and the Thunder crushed Bowie 11-5 in the series opener at Arm & Hammer Park on Thursday night.
Avelino has crushed Double-A pitching since starting the season in Scranton. In 16 games with the Thunder, he’s batting .410 (25-for-61) with three homers and 11 RBIs.
He went 4-for-5 with five RBIs and had a two-run double during a five-run first inning in which the Thunder (2514) sent 10 batters to the plate.
Avelino played the first 22 games of the season at Triple-A Scranton where he slashed a respectable .286/.337/.377 before falling victim to a numbers game. The Yankees presumably want the 23-year-old to play shortstop, so in order to do that regularly he needed to drop down to Double-A.
Ryan Bollinger scatters six hits across six innings and limited the Baysox (18-21) to a pair fo runs to pick up his third victory.
Bird and McKinney were a combined
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0-for-13 in two rehab appearances coming into the game until McKinney singled in the first inning.
Bird, meanwhile, worked three walks and scored three times.
McKinney finished 1-for-5 and struck out twice.
Manager Jay Bell said both are scheduled to play nine inning each of the next two days before taking Sunday off and then heading to their next destination.
The Thunder totaled 15 hits off four Bowie pitchers.
Bruce Caldwell went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs, while Trey Amburgey and Gosuke Katoh also had multi-hit games.
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Thunder’s Abiatal Avelino, left, is congratulated by teammate Bruce Caldwell, center, after both scored as Greg Bird, right, looks on against Bowie on Thursday night.
Yankees outfielder Billy McKinney, on a rehab assignment with the Thunder, watches the ball he hit during the second inning against Bowie on Thursday night.