The Staten Island Yankees (3-8) lost their second straight game, and have now lost each of their four series’ this season.
Juan De Paula (0-0, 0.93) got the start for the Staten Island Yankees. De Paula struggled with his command, having seven full counts throughout his five innings. For the day, De Paula gave up three hits, no runs, four walks, and five strikeouts. In his 81 pitches, he threw 44 for strikes. De Paula sat 92-94 with his fastball, touching 96mph.
“He wasn’t commanding his fastball, and that’s what got him in trouble. Credit to him, he was able to get out of it,” said Manager Lino Diaz. “I think he did a pretty good job, considering how deep into the counts he was, and everything else, so he did a pretty good job getting out of those situations.”
Drew Finley (0-2, 13.50) would come in for De Paula, and pitch 0.2 of an inning, giving up no hits, one run (earned), two walks, and one strikeout. Finley would pick up his second loss of the season.
Chase Hodson (1 -1, 2.84) came in to relieve Drew Finley. Hodson would give up an RBI single in the sixth. This run would be credited to Drew Finley, as this was an inherited runner. This run would barely count as Junior Soto showed off his arm, nailing a runner at third. This would be the second assist for Soto on the night, cutting down another runner at home plate during the first inning.
The Tri-City ValleyCats (Houston Astros) would get another run in the seventh inning off Hodson. His end line would be 1.1 innings, giving up three hits, one run (earned), and one strikeout.
Paul Young (0-0, 7.36) came in to the game in the eighth inning, and looked dominant, striking out the side. Young would come back out for the ninth inning, but was not able to repeat his eighth inning performance. Young’s line would be a tale of two innings; giving up four hits, three runs (earned), one walk, and five strikeouts.
“Paul Young has a great arm, but he left a couple of balls up a little bit, and they ran into them pretty much.” said Diaz.
Alex Junior has been a walking machine for the Yanks. Junior led off the first inning with another walk, giving him eight on the season, one behind the league lead (shared by teammate Frederick Cuevas). In his fourth game, Junior would get his first professional hit, a single in the third inning.
The Yankees would have their opportunities, but would only score one run in the game.
“We had chances early. We had several chances, we have probably six or seven chances to score some runs, and wasn’t able to bring it through,” Diaz, speaking of the offensive struggles.
Kyle Gray would lead off the bottom of the eighth with a double down the right field line. He would advance to third, after the ball got away from Catcher. Gray would eventually score on an RBI groundout by Canaan Smith.
Eduardo Torrealba and Jerry Seitz returned to the Yankees Lineup, replacing Ryan Lidge and Frederick Cuevas. Eric Wagaman and Junior Soto switched places in the lineup (6-7). The lineup is relatively unchanged from the previous game, a sign the batting order and defensive alignment is becoming stable.
Star of the Game:
Andres Chaparro was on base three more times in this game, raising his batting average to .229. Alex Junior, Jesus Bastidas, and Jerry Seitz did get on base twice. Even though he struggled, Juan De Paula did pitch five shutout innings.
First Base Coach:
After Pat McMahon was visiting over the weekend, the first base job was open again for this game. Ricky Surum was given the honors this time.
The Yankees will host the finale of the three-game home series against Tri-City (June 26). Nolan Martinez (0-0, 7.71) is scheduled to start this game. He will be piggyback by Reiver Sanmartin (1-0, 0.00).