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Anthony Volpe (Photo by John Brophy/Pinstriped Prospects)

Pinstriped Performances

Pinstriped Performances: Stars Come Out

It was a banner day for the biggest names in the Yankees system on Saturday: Anthony Volpe, Austin Wells and Oswald Peraza were among the major offensive contributors as their teams emerged with mixed results.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (27-11): The weather has done more damage to the RailRiders this week than the Syracuse Mets have. Saturday’s game was postponed and will be made up on July 7.

Oswald Peraza. Photo by Chris Jones.

Somerset Patriots (26-14): Hayden Wesneski’s Double-A debut went poorly and the Patriots suffered a 14-5 blowout loss to Richmond.

  • Star of the Game: Oswald Peraza – 3-for-4, 1 home run (2), 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 walk. Peraza was the only Patriot with more than one hit, and crushed one of three Somerset solo homers on the night
  • Luke Voit: 1-for-1, 1 home run (2), 1 RBI, 1 run scored. Might we see Voit activated next week?
  • Jason Lopez: 1-for-4, 1 home run (1), 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 1 strikeout. Lopez added a garbage-time blow in the ninth
  • Hayden Wesneski: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 87 pitches (52 strikes). The erstwhile HV Big Three are now all with Somerset, and Wesneski joined Ken Waldichuk in struggling his first time out
  • Kevin Gadea: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 32 pitches (19 strikes)
  • Michael Gomez: 1 IP, 4 H, 6 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 25 pitches (17 strikes)
  • Addison Russ: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 9 pitches (8 strikes)
  • Zach Greene: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 17 pitches (11 strikes)

James Nelson (Robert M Pimpsner)

Hudson Valley Renegades (24-16): A five-run sixth inning powered the ‘Gades to an 8-4 win over Jersey Shore.

  • Star of the Game: James Nelson – 2-for-4, 1 home run (3), 3 RBI, 1 run scored. Nelson drove the first pitch he saw in the sixth inning over the left field wall, vaulting Hudson Valley into the lead
  • Ezequiel Duran: 0-for-4, 2 strikeouts
  • Josh Breaux: 1-for-3, 1 run scored, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
  • Elijah Dunham: 1-for-4, 1 double, 2 RBI, 1 run scored, 1 strikeout
  • Oliver Dunn: 2-for-4, 1 home run (3), 1 RBI, 2 runs scored. Dunn followed Nelson with a solo blast to increase the advantage
  • Frederick Cuevas: 2-for-4, 2 doubles, 1 RBI
  • Reid Anderson: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 1 K, 53 pitches (26 strikes). This was Anderson’s first appearance following his midweek demotion from Somerset
  • Barrett Loseke: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 44 pitches (25 strikes)
  • Nick Ernst: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 31 pitches (23 strikes). Ernst was excellent in earning his second win, and the 24-year-old right-hander has struck out 36 and walked eight in 19.1 innings
  • Derek Craft: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 24 pitches (13 strikes)

Austin Wells (Photo by John Brophy/Pinstriped Prospects)

Tampa Tarpons (28-13): Anthony Volpe put the team on his back Saturday night, homering twice including a walk-off solo shot as Tampa came from behind to beat Bradenton 7-6.

  • Star of the Game: Anthony Volpe – 3-for-5, 2 home runs (8), 1 triple, 4 RBI, 3 runs scored. Volpe is simply unstoppable right now. He has an active 15-game hitting streak during which he’s homered six times, including two multi-homer games, and also stolen five bases. On Saturday, he hit a three-run homer to tie the game at five in the seventh, and then took an 0-2 pitch deep to left in the ninth to win the ballgame. The kid’s doing it all
  • Austin Wells: 2-for-4, 1 home run (5), 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 strikeout. On any other night, Wells is probably the main star. He went deep in the first inning to put Tampa ahead 2-0
  • Trevor Hauver: 1-for-3, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
  • Pat DeMarco: 1-for-3, 1 run scored, 1 walk
  • Beck Way: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 43 pitches (20 strikes). Make it 10 walks and eight strikeouts in 10.1 innings now for Way
  • Matt Sauer: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 85 pitches (59 strikes). This was Sauer’s first relief appearance this season
  • Trevor Holloway: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 26 pitches (13 strikes). Holloway relieved Sauer with the bases loaded in the eighth and struck out former Yankee farmhand Maikol Escotto, but then walked in the game-tying run. Nevertheless, he finished the inning and then retired the side in order in the ninth to earn the win
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