The Somerset Patriots fell to the Harrisburg Senators, 5-2, on Thursday night, suffering their first loss as the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.
“I was hoping we could win every single game of the season, but it’s not going to happen now,” manager Julio Mosquera quipped through a smile.
“We’ve just got to move on. Our guys came out there and tried to play a good game. Unfortunately, you’re going to win some games and you’re going to lose some games.”
This was, of course, one of those games they ended up losing. Zack Zehner’s RBI single and Donny Sands’ sac fly provided the offense for Somerset, while Matt Krook (pictured) allowed two runs — both came on a Cole Freeman homer on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the top of the third — in his debut outing in the Yankees organization.
He threw just 51 pitches over 2 2/3 innings, allowing just that one hit as well as one walk while striking out three.
“I thought he did pretty good,” Mosquera said. “Obviously, we’re trying to build him up and get him up to more pitches. He utilized his stuff pretty good. He came out there and made one mistake, which was trying to throw a cutter in there, and he gave up the home run early in the game. But, other than that, I thought he did pretty well for not pitching in a long time. It’s something to build on, and I liked what I saw.”
Mosquera did not necessarily like what he saw from Estevan Florial in the first inning; the Yankees top position player prospect that’s currently in Somerset smacked a leadoff double to the right field fence, but was nearly thrown out after coasting into second base.
Asked about it after the game, Mosquera explained that it was an honest mistake from his young outfielder.
“Every moment is a teachable moment for our guys, especially early in the season” he said. “It’s something that we talked about, getting to know outfielder’s arms, and he kind of misread the outfielder’s arm. We talked about it, and he was honest about it, he said he misread the outfielder’s arm. He thought he was going to make it a lot easier. ‘Flo’ has a lot of speed, so it’s something that he can make up for.”
It seemed very apparent he got the message. Later in the game, Florial was halfway to second base on a routine flyout to left field.