Luis Gil mostly struggled in today’s outing, allowing five runs (three earned) in three-plus innings in today’s 6-5 win over the Harrisburg Senators.
A top-five prospect for the Yankees, Gil was exceptional for Somerset in his Opening Day outing on Tuesday, but allowed those five runs on three walks and four hits, while striking out five, mostly using a fastball that sat between 92-96 and touched 97 once on the day to do so.
But Harrisburg also made pretty consistent hard contact off of him — even some of the outs — including Drew Mendoza’s first Double-A homer.
“I just think he was trying to do too much,” said Patriots manager Julio Mosquera. “He had a hard time locating his fastball, so it got his pitch count up early because he was missing a little bit. So, it was a little difficult for him today. But, he still managed to make some pitches when he needed to.”
Gil got the hook after his 64th pitch of the day, which went for a bad luck, flare triple to short right field off the bat of Manuel Geraldo that plated the two runners he walked after the Mendoza homer. It also put Geraldo at third with no outs, but Jefry Valdez managed to shut the door after that and combined with Kevin Gadea and Keegan Curtis to allow just one walk — and that’s it, no hits against any of the trio — in six innings of work to keep Somerset in the ballgame.
“They’re doing a pretty good job,” Mosquera said of his bullpen as a whole.
“It’s something where guys are coming and attacking hitters and throwing strikes, so it’s good to see. We have a well-balanced pitching staff, and every time we bring in someone from the bullpen, I feel really comfortable with them.”
So, that was good.
So too were the bats, who came through when the Patriots needed them to the most; Somerset only collected six hits on the miserable, rainy day, but three of them were homers.
Estevan Florial homered *again* to give him four in six games, while Hoy Park — we’ve dropped the “Jun” from his name, so he’s just “Hoy Park” now for future reference — and Diego Castillo also went yard.
All good things, as was the case for the majority of the week in Bridgewater, where the Patriots went 5-1 in their inaugural series as the Yankees Double-A affiliate, but also against a Senators club that left a lot to be desired in, well, just about every facet of the game.
Yes, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats also went 1-5 to start the season like Harrisburg did, but have some more upper echelon talent on their roster as well; namely Simeon-Woods Richardson, Jordan Groshans and Austin Martin.
Three prospects a good team does not make, but an argument certainly can be made that the upcoming series won’t be as “easy” as this one was.
“We’re going to go out there and compete no matter who we face,” Mosquera said.
“We don’t take any opponent lightly. We try to compete with anybody, and we’re going to play our game and not worry too much about what they do or who they have on their roster. We’re just going to go out there and prepare and make sure we finish our job and see if we can do the best we can against them.”