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Pinstriped Previews: Luis Gil Gets Birthday Start For Somerset

The New York Yankees affiliates all found a way to win their respective games on Wednesday that were finished. Tampa will finish their game from Wednesday this afternoon as part of a “doubleheader”. Meanwhile, Somerset’s ace takes the mound in what is a special day for him. Read about tonight’s pitching matchups with our Pinstriped Previews:

Brian Keller (Photo by Michael Dill)

Triple-A

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (14-12) vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (17-7)

PNC Field I 6:35 PM ET

LHP Matt Moore (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. RHP Brian Keller (0-0, 3.46 ERA)

The RailRiders offense came to the ballpark on Wednesday night and Albert Abreu (3.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 6 K’s) was dominant out of the bullpen as Scranton Wilkes-Barre defeated Lehigh Valley, 10-2, to even the series at a game apiece.

Tonight, Scranton Wilkes-Barre hands the ball to Brian Keller. Keller has gone four innings in each of his last two starts. However, he has walked four or more batters in three consecutive outings.

In his last start against Buffalo on May 27, Keller went four innings, allowed two runs on one hit (one home run), walked five, and struck out three on 70 pitches (40 strikes) in a no-decision. He faced Lehigh Valley back on May 14 and went 2.1 innings, allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits, walked five, and struck out three on 66 pitches (32 strikes).

The RailRiders will face Matt Moore, who is currently on a rehab assignment. Moore has been on the IL twice this season and was recently put on the injured list due to back spasms.

Luis Gil (Photo by Matt Kardos)

Double-A

Reading Fightin’ Phils (4-22) vs. Somerset Patriots (18-7)

TD Bank Ballpark I 7:05 PM

RHP James McArthur (0-3, 6.75 ERA) vs. RHP Luis Gil (1-0, 1.69 ERA)

The Patriots were down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday night and they found a way to win it 5-4 in 10 innings. Diego Castillo tied the game with a two-run home run with two outs in the ninth and Isiah Gilliam had a walk-off single in the tenth.

Somerset will look to continue that momentum tonight with Luis Gil on the mound. Gil turns 23 today and will look to give himself a great birthday present with another quality outing. The right-hander has allowed one run or fewer in four of his five outings and has had 25 strikeouts to 3 walks over his last three starts.

On May 27 against New Hampshire, Gil went six innings (season-high), allowed one run in two hits, walked two, and struck out eight on 86 pitches (56 strikes) in a win.

As for the pitcher Somerset will go up against, McArthur was drafted by the Phillies in the 12th Round back in 2018. The 24-year-old right-hander is in his first season in Double-A after making his last seven starts of 2019 at then High-A Clearwater (3-1, 3.03 ERA).

It’s been a struggle so far in 2021 for McArthur as he has not gone past four innings in any of his five outings (four starts). His last start against Richmond on May 29 was his worst outing of the season so far. He went 2.2 innings, allowed five runs on five hits, walked two batters, and struck out three on 63 pitches (41 strikes) in a loss.

Eric Wagaman (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

High-A

Hudson Valley Renegades (14-11) vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks (13-13)

Frawley Stadium I 7:05 PM

TBD vs. RHP Erick Fedde (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

The Renegades were able to put the series at a win apiece on Wednesday night with an 8-3 win over the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The star of the night was first baseman Eric Wagaman as he went 2-for-3 with a double, a three-run home run, and drove in five runs. Josh Breaux also went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run as both he and Anthony Seigler were in the lineup.

Hudson Valley does not have a starter listed for tonight’s game, If they stay on turn, there are two pitchers that could possibly get the start. One of them is Josh Maciejewski (2-1, 7.20 ERA). The 25-year-old lefty came out of the bullpen on May 27 against Jersey Shore and allowed four runs on four hits, walked a batter, and struck out three on 44 pitches (30 strikes).

Maciejewski is not a pitcher that is going to rely on the strikeout to get outs. Instead, he is able to get hitters to hit into weak contact by keeping the ball down in the zone. If Maciejewski is not the starter, another option is Mitch Spence (0-1, 5.91 ERA).

Spence made his first start on May 27. The Yankees’ 10th Round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft has pitched mainly out of the bullpen for the Renegades (two of his four outings were starts). He has 14 strikeouts to 4 walks over the course of 10.2 innings pitched so far this season.

In that start on May 27, Spence went three innings, allowed two runs on three hits, walked a batter, and struck out six (season-high) on 54 pitches (39 strikes).

Wilmington will start the night with Erick Fedde, who is currently on a rehab assignment for the Nationals. Fedde was placed on the COVID-related iL back on May 19 as the Nats are looking to get his arm strength back before calling him up to the big leagues. Back in 2014, the Nationals selected Fedde with the 18th overall pick in the MLB Draft and he has a career ERA of 4.98 in 54 games (42 starts).

Ryan Anderson (Photo by John Brophy/Pinstriped Prospects)

Low-A

Lakeland Flying Tigers (12-13) vs. Tampa Tarpons (18-7)

George M. Steinbrenner Field I 4:00 PM

Suspended Game: 4-4, bottom of the 6th inning

Originally Scheduled Game: RHP Gio Arriera (1-1, 2.95 ERA) vs. LHP Ryan Anderson (0-0, 12.00 ERA)

The rain prevented the Tarpons and Flying Tigers from finishing the second game of their series on Wednesday. After Anthony Volpe’s game-tying home run in the bottom of the sixth as Tampa rallied from a 4-0 deficit, the skies opened up. The two teams will finish the first game and then play the originally scheduled nine-inning game.

When that game starts, Ryan Anderson will be on the mound for Tampa. The 22-year-old left-hander has had 12 walks and 13 strikeouts over the course of nine innings this season. In his last start on May 27 against Dunedin, Anderson went 1.2 innings, allowed three runs on four hits, walked four (season-high), and struck out two on 62 pitches (33 strikes).

This will be Anderson’s third outing against Lakeland this season (second start). In those outings, he’s gone 3.2 innings, allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits, walked three, and struck out five.

The Tarpons will face Gio Arriera in Game 2. The 22-year-old right-hander (turns 23 on Monday) is off to a good start to the season in Low-A as he held opposing hitters to a .231 average and has 20 strikeouts to 8 walks while allowing one home run in 21.1 innings of work.

Arriera’s last start came on May 28 against Fort Myers. He went five innings, allowed two runs on three hits, hit a batter, walked three, and struck out three on 86 pitches (52 strikes). He has faced Tampa twice this season and has thrown the ball well against them.

On May 11, Arriera allowed two runs on three hits and struck out four over 4.1 innings. He allowed one home run to Carlos Narvaez in that start. Five days later, he took the ball again and held Tampa hitless and struck out seven over five innings. However, he did walk a season-high four batters.

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I am an alum of St. John's University, where I majored in sports management.

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