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Pinstriped Previews: Gil tries to stop Somerset skid

Out of the four games that were played in the Yankees organization on Wednesday, the three affiliates in action combined to go 2-2 with Hudson Valley getting a split in their two games. Today, it is Scranton Wilkes-Barre’s turn to play a doubleheader in Trenton. Find out who takes the mound in those games and more in our Pinstriped Previews:

Deivi Garcia (Photo by Matt Bufano)


Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (20-9) vs. Buffalo Bisons (15-14)

Trenton Thunder Ballpark (Trenton, NJ) I 5:00 PM ET (Game 1)

Game 1: RHP Brian Keller (0-0, 3.18 ERA) vs. RHP Jacob Waguespack (1-1, 5.48 ERA)

Game 2: RHP Deivi Garcia (1-1, 4.71 ERA) vs. RHP Nate Pearson (0-2, 7.24 ERA)

After a rainout on Wednesday night, Scranton Wilkes-Barre and Buffalo will continue their series with a doubleheader on Thursday. We talked about Keller against Waguespack yesterday, so you can read about that in yesterday’s Pinstriped Previews.

Game 2 is probably one of the best matchups in all of minor league baseball with Garcia going up against Pearson. Both pitchers are one of, if not the top young pitcher, in their respective organization.

Garcia did not have a bad start against Lehigh Valley on June 4, yet he came away with the loss. He went 5.1 innings, allowed two runs on two hits, walked three batters, and struck out seven on 92 pitches (57 strikes). It was the third time at the Triple-A this season that the 22-year-old right-hander has had at least seven strikeouts in a start.

As for Pearson, he has allowed a total of nine runs over his last two starts (seven innings). He can get the fastball up to triple digits in velocity, but the command might not always be there as evident by the three hit batters he has had over the last couple starts.

Pearson’s last outing came on June 4 against Syracuse. The 24-year-old right-hander went four innings, allowed five runs on three hits, hit two batters, walked two, and struck out eight (tied a season-high) on 82 pitches (55 strikes) in a loss.

Before the Syracuse start, Pearson faced the RailRiders on May 26 and ended up losing that outing as well. In three innings of work, he allowed four runs on four hits, hit a batter, walked two, and struck out seven on 71 pitches (40 strikes).

Pearson allowed a home run to Hoy Park in that game and Park has been hitting the ball well with Scranton Wilkes-Barre. In his last 16 games, he is hitting .362 with five home runs, 14 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.178.

Luis Gil. Photo by Matt Kardos.


Somerset Patriots (20-11) vs. Erie SeaWolves (21-10)

UPMC Park I 7:05 PM

RHP Luis Gil (1-1, 3.12 ERA) vs. RHP Paul Richan (0-0, 5.71 ERA)

It’s been a rough start to this series for the Patriots out in Ohio as they have lost the first two games by a combined score of 12-4. Tonight, they will try to stop a three-game losing streak with one of their best pitchers on the mound in Luis Gil.

Gil is coming off of one of his worst outings of the season so far on June 4 against Reading. In his first loss of the season, the 23-year-old right-hander went 4.2 innings, allowed five runs on seven hits, walked four batters (season-high), and struck out seven on 90 pitches (54 strikes). Despite taking the loss, Gil has still struck out 32 batters over his last four starts.

RIchan was selected with the 78th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs and was traded to the Detroit Tigers in July 2019 in the deal that sent Nicholas Castellanos to Chicago. The 24-year-old right-hander relies on pitching to contact since he has only 15 strikeouts in five starts this season. However, he doesn’t give up many free passes (8).

In his last start on June 4 against Akron, Richan went four innings, allowed two solo home runs, walked two, and struck out four on 59 pitches (34 strikes). While Richan doesn’t walk many hitters, he has allowed seven home runs this year and he has allowed at least one home run in three consecutive games.

Mitch Spence (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images via AP)


Hudson Valley Renegades (16-14) vs. Brooklyn Cyclones (10-19)

Maimonides Park I 6:30 PM

RHP Mitch Spence (0-1, 5.93 ERA) vs. LHP Cam Opp (0-2, 15.58 ERA)

The Renegades were able to get a split of their doubleheader with the Brooklyn Cyclones on Wednesday and the two teams are 4-4 in the 8 games they have played against each other this year. In his debut with Hudson Valley, Josh Smith hit a leadoff home run to begin Game 1 as the Renegades were able to win the game, 3-2.

In the second game, Hudson Valley took a 3-0 lead early thanks in part to a Kyle MacDonald home run, but the Cyclones were able to rally against Luis Medina and steal a 5-3 victory. We talked about Cam Opp in yesterday’s preview, so read more about him there.

The Renegades will go with Mitch Spence, who will be making his third start of the season. His last outing came as a reliever on June 5 against Wilmington. The 23-year-old right-hander went three innings, allowed two runs on four hits, walked a batter, and struck out two on 43 pitches (29 strikes).

Spence faced the Cyclones once this season on May 21 and that outing was also out of the bullpen. He went 3.2 innings in that game, allowed one run on three hits and struck out two on 39 pitches (30 strikes).

Ryan Anderson (Photo by John Brophy/Pinstriped Prospects)


Tampa Tarpons (23-9) vs. Clearwater Threshers (17-15)

BayCare Ballpark I 7:00 PM

LHP Ryan Anderson (0-0, 9.00 ERA) vs. RHP Eduar Segovia (0-1, 3.38 ERA)

After scoring only one run in Tuesday night’s loss to Clearwater, the Tarpons offense got back on track with an 11-8 win on Wednesday night. Tampa drew 12 walks as a team, including three walks apiece from Anthony Volpe and Elijah Dunham.

The Tarpons will send Ryan Anderson to the mound tonight and he is coming off one of his better outings of the season. On June 3 against Lakeland, he threw three hitless innings, walked a batter, and struck out four (tied a season-high) on 40 pitches (24 strikes). That outing lowered his opponents batting average against from .349 to .294.

As for Segovia, the Phillies signed him to a minor league contract in 2018 out of Venezuela. In the GCL back in 2019, he went 1-2 with a 2.43 ERA and had 39 strikeouts to 10 walks in 29.2 innings of work (10 outings, 9 starts).

The 20-year-old right-hander has not gone more than 3.2 innings in any of his outings this season. He came out of the bullpen in his last outing on June 4 against Daytona. He went 3.2 innings, allowed two runs on five hits, walked a batter, and struck out four on 60 pitches (41 strikes).

Keep an eye out for our coverage of this game as Tampa beat writer John Brophy will be in Clearwater to chronicle all the action.

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