Due to rain on Thursday, the Yankees organization has two of their top pitchers in the organization slated to take the mound on Friday at the two highest levels. Find out who will get the start tonight in the four games scheduled in today’s Pinstriped Previews:
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (14-13) vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (18-7)
PNC Field I 6:35 PM ET
The RailRiders will look for their third straight win in this series tonight after a 5-1 victory on Thursday against the IronPigs. Trey Amburgey has had a hit in each of the four games he has played since returning to the lineup on May 29 and his current hit streak is at 10 games. Chris Gittens also had a good night at the plate last night as he went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks.
Scranton Wilkes-Barre will send Deivi Garcia to the mound tonight for the third time against Lehigh Valley this season. Garcia is back at Triple-A after starting for the Yankees on May 29 in Detroit. The 22-year-old right-hander took the loss that afternoon as he went 4.1 innings, allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits, walked a batter, and struck out three on 88 pitches (52 strikes).
When Garcia has faced Lehigh Valley, he has looked dominant. In two starts against them this season, he has thrown 10 innings (5 in each outing), allowed an unearned run on five hits, walked two, and struck out 16.
Bailey Falter will get the start for the IronPigs against Garcia. The 24-year-old southpaw has shown great command of his pitches to begin the season as he has 35 strikeouts to 6 walks in the first five outings of the season. He has allowed one run or fewer and has struck out at least seven batters in each of his last four starts.
In Falter’s last outing against Worcester on May 29, he allowed three hits, walked a batter, and struck out nine (season-high) over 4.2 scoreless innings (54 of 80 pitches for strikes). Falter did shut down the RailRiders on May 12 in his only start against them, In that game, he allowed three hits, walked a batter, and struck out seven in five scoreless innings.
If both pitchers are on their A game tonight, it should be a fun pitchers duel in Pennsylvania tonight.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (4-22) vs. Somerset Patriots (18-7)
TD Bank Ballpark I 7:05 PM
Mother Nature got in the way of Thursday night’s game between Reading and Somerset, so the two teams will makeup that game on Saturday as part of a doubleheader. Somerset will look for its fourth straight win tonight while Reading tries to snap a five-game losing streak.
McArthur was last night’s scheduled starter, so you can read more about him by going back to our preview of yesterday’s game. As for the Patriots, Luis Gil was supposed to start last night’s game on his birthday, but he will get the start tonight.
We mentioned yesterday how dominant Gil has been, but according to the team, Somerset has won all five games in which Gil has started.
Hudson Valley Renegades (14-11) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (13-13)
Frawley Stadium I 7:05 PM
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Like the Patriots, the Renegades had their game against Wilmington on Thursday night postponed due to rain and it will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The two teams have split the first two games of this series with Hudson Valley winning 8-3 on Wednesday night.
Lakeland Flying Tigers (13-14) vs. Tampa Tarpons (19-8)
George M. Steinbrenner Field I 6:30 PM
The Tarpons ended up splitting a doubleheader on Thursday night with Lakeland. After the Flying Tigers scored three runs in the top of the eighth to win Wednesday’s game, 7-6, the Tarpons offense erupted again with a 16-2 victory. Anthony Volpe hit two home runs and drove in six runs and Elijah Dunham had two home runs as well (five RBIs).
Tampa looks for their 20th win of the season tonight and they hand the ball to Randy Vasquez. The 22-year-old right-hander will look to bounce back after a rough outing in his last start against Dunedin on May 28.
In that game, Vasquez went two innings, allowed eight runs on seven hits, walked three, and struck out three on 64 pitches (35 strikes) in a loss. In his last four outings, Vasquez has managed only seven strikeouts. With that being said, he faces Lakeland for the third time this season tonight and he has had good success against the Flying Tigers this season.
So far, Vasquez has gone seven combined innings against Lakeland in two games. He has allowed an unearned run on two hits, walked three, and struck out seven. This includes a season-high five strikeouts he had on May 11 (second start of the season).
Lakeland will be going with Carlos Guzman and the 23-year-old right-hander is coming off of one of his better outings of the season. Back on May 29 against Fort Myers, Guzman went 5.2 innings, allowed one run on two hits, hit two batters, walked three, and struck out five on 93 pitches (56 strikes) in a win.
Guzman faced the Tarpons back on May 12 and ended up getting the no-decision. In that start, he went three innings, allowed an unearned run on two hits, walked two, and struck out four. That night, Lakeland had a 10-0 lead after two innings and cruised to a 15-4 win.