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Matt Sauer (Photo by John Brophy/Pinstriped Prospects)

Pinstriped Performances

Pinstriped Performances: Sauer Is Sweet

The system is a dismal 3-9 on the week after back-to-back-to-back nights on which only one team won. On Thursday, that team was Hudson Valley.

Hayden Wesneski throwing a simulated game during Yankees minor league mini-camp (John Brophy/Pinstriped Prospects)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (13-24): A two-run, walk-off home run sent the RailRiders to a heartbreaking 3-2 loss at the hands of the WooSox.

  • Star of the Game: David McKay – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 29 pitches (22 strikes). The 27-year-old has an impressive 2.13 ERA across 10 appearances this year
  • Estevan Florial: 1-for-4, 1 double, 1 run scored, 2 strikeouts
  • Miguel Andujar: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 run scored
  • Hayden Wesneski: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 87 pitches (50 strikes). Not an efficient outing, but it was Wesneski’s fourth straight allowing no more than two earned runs
  • Shelby Miller: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
  • Greg Weissert: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 22 pitches (13 strikes). Weissert pitched a clean eighth, but upon coming back out for the six-out save, walked the leadoff hitter and then served up the game-winning bomb

Sean Boyle. Photo by Matt Kardos

Somerset Patriots (23-12): The only affiliate with a winning record, the Patriots finally stumbled on Thursday, allowing seven runs in the eighth inning en route to a 12-4 loss to Reading.

  • Star of the Game: Max Burt – 2-for-3, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk, 1 strikeout. Burt picks up this award for the second time this week. He’s 5-for-10 with a home run in the series
  • Elijah Dunham: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 strikeout, 1 stolen base
  • Chad Bell: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts
  • Sean Boyle: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 8 K, 80 pitches (53 strikes). Boyle posted his third straight quality start and extended a streak of four starts with at least seven strikeouts
  • Steven Jennings: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
  • Kyle Zurak: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 7 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 23 pitches (11 strikes). Zurak hadn’t given up a single earned run over 14 innings prior to Thursday’s implosion
  • Derek Craft: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 26 pitches (17 strikes)

Eduardo Torrealba. Photo by Kylie Richelle

Hudson Valley Renegades (16-19): A brilliant Matt Sauer and some timely hits from the bottom of the lineup powered the ‘Gades to a 3-1 win over Brooklyn.

  • Star of the Game: Matt Sauer – 7.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 81 pitches (56 strikes). Sauer had not pitched into the eighth inning in his entire professional career, and his nine strikeouts marked a season high
  • Aldenis Sanchez: 2-for-3, 1 double, 1 run scored, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
  • Eduardo Torrealba: 1-for-4, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 2 strikeouts
  • Aaron Palensky: 1-for-3, 1 RBI. Torrealba and Palensky plated two runs in the fifth inning with a double and single, respectively
  • Alex Mauricio: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 34 pitches (18 strikes). Mauricio came in for the five-out save

Richard Fitts (Photo Credit: John Brophy/Pinstriped Prospects)

Tampa Tarpons (14-21): Tampa scored three times in the first, but gave it all back and then some as they slumped to yet another defeat to the Mets, this time by a 7-5 scoreline.

  • Star of the Game: Anthony Garcia – 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 run scored, 1 strikeout, 1 stolen base. Garcia is 11th in the Florida State League with 18 RBI on the season
  • Alex Vargas: 2-for-5, 1 run scored, 2 strikeouts
  • Benjamin Cowles: 2-for-4, 1 run scored, 1 strikeout
  • Grant Richardson: 1-for-4, 1 run scored, 1 strikeout, 1 stolen base
  • Richard Fitts: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 8 K, 84 pitches (58 strikes). Fitts had putaway stuff, but was bitten by the long ball – he served up three on the day
  • Harold Cortijo: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 23 pitches (18 strikes)
  • Bailey Dees: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 23 pitches (17 strikes)
  • Enrique Santana: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 20 pitches (11 strikes)
  • Trevor Holloway: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 4 pitches (3 strikes)
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