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Pinstriped Performances

Pinstriped Performances: No Offense, No Problem

No Yankees affiliate managed more than three runs on Tuesday, but three of the four still ended up in the win column.

Thomas Milone playing for the Somerset Patriots on May 7, 2021. (Chris Jones)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (13-5): With the score knotted at 2, the visiting Buffalo Bisons put up three runs in the ninth on RailRiders closer Luis García and shut the door for a 5-2 defeat of their hosts.

  • Star of the Game: Thomas Milone – 2-for-4, 1 double, 1 run scored, 1 strikeout. Milone’s hitting streak reached eight games and he’s hitting .379 with Scranton
  • Estevan Florial: 1-for-5, 2 strikeouts
  • Rob Brantly: 2-for-3, 1 double, 1 run scored, 1 walk
  • Zack Zehner: 2-for-4, 1 double, 2 RBI, 2 strikeouts
  • Nestor Cortes Jr.: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 50 pitches (36 strikes). Cortes made his first start of 2021 and was very good
  • Braden Bristo: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 11 pitches (6 strikes)
  • Nick Nelson: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 30 pitches (19 strikes). Nelson served up a home run in the sixth that started the Bisons’ comeback
  • Nick Goody: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
  • Sal Romano: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
  • Luis García: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 31 pitches (18 strikes). Can’t win ’em all. The 34-year-old journeyman has been mostly great in a high-leverage role, but he imploded in the ninth inning on Tuesday
  • Addison Russ: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 6 pitches (4 strikes)

JP Sears pitching for the Somerset Patriots on May 7, 2021. (Chris Jones)

Somerset Patriots (14-5): The Patriots and visiting Fisher Cats spent the vast majority of the night deadlocked in a scoreless tie, but Somerset broke through late in a 2-0 victory.

  • Stars of the Game: Janson Junk and JP Sears. Junk: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K, 68 pitches (49 strikes). Sears: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. Junk and Sears tag-teamed almost the entire game and each was fantastic. Junk has 15 strikeouts in 11 innings through four starts. Sears ran into some slight trouble in the ninth and was yanked with two outs for Greg Weissert, who closed things out
  • Michael Beltre: 1-for-3, 1 run scored, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts
  • Donny Sands: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout. Sands’ eighth-inning base hit broke the tie in scoring Matt Pita
  • Dermis Garcia: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout. No home runs for Dermis in this one, but he followed up Sands with another run-scoring base hit to give the Patriots an all-important insurance run
  • Greg Weissert: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 5 pitches (3 strikes). Brought in to get the final out, Weissert bent but didn’t break. He threw a wild pitch to put the tying run in scoring position and went down in the count 2-0, but roared back with three straight strikes to end the game

James Nelson (Robert M Pimpsner)

Hudson Valley Renegades (10-9): Two two-out, solo home runs, one in the fourth and one in the fifth, along with an RBI single were all the offense the Renegades needed as they eked out a 3-2 win over Jersey Shore.

  • Star of the Game: James Nelson – 3-for-4, 1 home run (2), 2 RBI, 1 run scored. Nelson’s fourth-inning home run tied the game at 1, and his sixth-inning RBI single scored HV’s third run that would eventually win them the game
  • Oswald Peraza: 0-for-3. Peraza is having a streaky season. His batting average peaked at .349 on May 15 after a slow start, and it’s now back down to .276
  • Ezequiel Duran: 1-for-4, 1 triple, 1 run scored. Duran’s four triples are by far the most on the team. No other Renegade has more than one
  • Kyle MacDonald: 1-for-3, 1 home run (2), 1 RBI, 1 run scored. MacDonald hit a solo home run in the fifth inning
  • Jhony Brito: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 74 pitches (52 strikes). It’s tough to compete with what HV’s top three starters are doing lately, but Brito submitted a strong effort on Tuesday and earned a win
  • Elvis Peguero: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 36 pitches (25 strikes)
  • Tanner Myatt: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 29 pitches (13 strikes). Myatt walked himself into trouble but buckled down to strike out the side and get a save for his troubles

Matt Sauer (Photo by John Brophy/Pinstriped Prospects)

Tampa Tarpons (14-5): The normally high-powered Tampa lineup managed just two extra-base hits, but it was their pitching that supplied the fireworks in a 3-2 win over Dunedin.

  • Star of the Game: Matt Sauer – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 64 pitches (44 strikes). Sauer was impressively efficient in by far his best start of the year. He didn’t walk a batter for the first time
  • Anthony Volpe: 1-for-4, 1 run scored, 1 walk
  • Trevor Hauver: 2-for-4, 1 run scored, 1 strikeout
  • Jake Sanford: 2-for-3, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
  • Chad Bell: 2-for-4, 1 triple, 2 RBI. Bell’s clutch two-out triple in the eighth inning scored Sanford and Hauver to erase a one-run deficit and give Tampa the lead
  • Wellington Diaz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 9 pitches (6 strikes). Diaz picked up the win with a quick and scoreless seventh
  • Carson Coleman: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 30 pitches (14 strikes). The first save of the season in a multi-inning effort for Coleman
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