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Matt Krook pitching for the Somerset Patriots on May 6, 2021 (Chris Jones)

Yankees MiLB Previews

Pinstriped Previews: Will The Friday Rain Stay Away?

Well, the rain wasn’t kind to the Yankees affiliates yesterday. While the teams combined to go 2-1 in the three games that were played, three affiliates have scheduled doubleheaders today. Will the rain be kind to them today to start this 4th of July weekend? Find out who is tentatively scheduled to start in our Pinstriped Previews.

Matt Krook pitching for the Somerset Patriots on May 6, 2021 (Chris Jones)

Triple-A

Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (34-14) vs. Worcester Red Sox (30-21)

Polar Park I 6:35 PM ET

LHP Matt Krook (0-0, 1.42 ERA) vs. LHP Kyle Hart (3-4, 4.94)

On Thursday, Scranton Wilkes-Barre and Worcester were able to split a doubleheader. Worcester won the resumption of Wednesday’s game, 6-2. In the originally scheduled game that went seven innings, the RailRiders picked up a 1-0 win in 5 innings. Reggie McClain and Trevor Lane combined to hold the Red Sox to two hits and Socrates Brito drove in the lone run of the game, his 30th of the season.

Tonight, the RailRiders send Matt Krook to the mound. The 26-year-old left-hander has walked three batters in each of his two Triple-A appearances. With that being said, he has only allowed one hit, a solo home run. In his first Triple-A start on June 26 against Lehigh Valley, Krook went four innings, allowed the aforementioned home run, walked three, and struck out six on 71 pitches (41 strikes) in a no-decision.

The Red Sox will counter with another lefty in Kyle Hart. Hart was a 19th Round pick of the Red Sox back in 2016. He made his MLB debut last season. In the month of June, the 28-year-old went 2-3 with a 5.23 ERA in five outings (four starts). He isn’t a pitcher that is going to produce many strikeouts (17 in those 5 outings).

In Hart’s last outing on June 25 against Rochester, he had a quality start in a loss. In six innings of work, he allowed three runs on five hits, walked four for the second straight start, and struck out two on 113 pitches (68 strikes). All three runs he allowed were solo home runs.

JP Sears pitching for the Somerset Patriots on May 7, 2021. (Chris Jones)

Double-A

Somerset Patriots (32-17) vs. Harrisburg Senators (19-30)

FNB Field I 5:00 PM (Game 1)

Game 1: LHP JP Sears (3-0, 2.37) vs. RHP Mario Sanchez (1-4, 3.49)

Game 2: RHP Hayden Wesneski (1-1, 5.40) vs. LHP Tim Cate (2-3, 4.11)

Somerset and Harrisburg were able to only play one of their games in the doubleheader on Thursday. Game 1 went to 9 innings in what was supposed to be a 7-inning game. After Ken Waldichuk and Cade Cavalli matched each other, Somerset was able to score a run in the ninth to win, 4-3.

Since Game 2 was postponed due to rain, the two teams will attempt to play a doubleheader today. JP Sears and Mario Sanchez were supposed to be the starters in Game 2, so you can go to yesterday’s Pinstriped Previews to check out more information on those pitchers.

The other Harrisburg pitcher scheduled to pitch is Tim Cate. The second-round pick of the Nationals back in 2018 had a rough month of May (5.92 ERA in 5 starts), but he bounced back in June in a big way.

The 23-year-old southpaw went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in four starts in June. He had 18 strikeouts to 6 walks over the course of 21.2 innings. He has pitched well at FNB Field as well (1.59 home ERA in four starts).

In Cate’s last start on June 26 against Altoona, he went five innings, allowed one run on six hits, and struck out four on 56 pitches (39 strikes) in a win. He faced Somerset twice to begin the season and went 0-1 in those outings while allowing four home runs. He went a combined eight innings, allowed nine earned runs on nine hits, walked seven, and struck out six in that opening series.

The other starter listed for Somerset is Hayden Wesneski. Wesneski struggled in his Double-A debut, the 23-year-old right-hander was excellent against Portland on June 26. He threw six scoreless innings, allowed two hits, walked two batters, and struck out seven on 86 pitches (54 strikes).

Ezequiel Duran (Robert M Pimpsner/Pinstriped Prospects)

High-A

Hudson Valley Renegades (32-17) vs. Jersey Shore BlueClaws (20-29)

FirstEnergy Park I 5:05 PM (Game 1)

The Renegades and BlueClaws will play a doubleheader today after Thursday’s game was postponed due to rain. These two teams have met a total of 20 times on the season with Hudson Valley going 14-6 in those games, including winning the first two games in this series.

No starters have been announced for either game for Hudson Valley. As for Jersey Shore, one starter who will take the ball Is right-hander Jonathan Hughes (2-3, 5.52 ERA).

Hughes has not had a win since May 18 and he went 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in five games (four starts). He struck out 17 batters and walked 7 over the course of 17.1 innings. In his last start on June 25 against Brooklyn, he went four innings, allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits, walked three, and struck out three on 81 pitches (51 strikes) in a loss.

In the start before that, he lost against Hudson Valley on June 18. In that game, he went five innings, allowed two runs on five hits, walked one, and struck out four on 78 pitches (46 strikes). Ezequiel Duran went 2-for-2 in that game with a walk, a stolen base, and a pair of RBIs. Duran hit .279 in the month of June with five home runs, 14 RBis, and 18 walks in 24 games.

Anthony Volpe (Photo by John Brophy/Pinstriped Prospects)

Low-A

Jupiter Hammerheads (22-27) vs. Tampa Tarpons (33-15)

GMS Field I 4:00 PM (completion of suspended game)

Well, the rain hasn’t gone away for the Tarpons. They were able to get one game in on Thursday and they were dominant in that game as they defeated Jupiter, 8-1. The trio of Yoendrys Gomez, Anderson Munoz, and Trevor Holloway combined to allow one hit, strike out nine batters, and walked two in the seven-inning game.

On offense, Anthony Volpe started his July where he left off in June as he went 2-for-3 with a walk and a grand slam (his 10th home run of the year). Volpe was named Low-A Southeast Player of the Month for June.

In the second game, Clay Aguilar retired the Hammerheads struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning before the skies opened. They will try to play a doubleheader today with the completion of the suspended game (seven innings) and a seven-inning game after that.

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

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