Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (AAA): Since we last checked in on the AAA Yankees’ affiliate, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has gone 4-4 and are currently riding a three game win streak. They dropped two games to the Pawtucket Red Sox before splitting a series with the Buffalo Bison. The Yankees have taken the first two games of a four game series against Pawtucket this weekend.
Pitching has been a big part of the Yankees recent success. D.J. Mitchell (SP) has been coming on strong in Scranton lately. He made two starts this past week, and gave the Yankees exactly what they needed. He pitched 13.2 innings over the two games, giving up just three earned runs and eight hits. He struck out eight and walked four. On the season, Mitchell is 2-2 with a 2.50 ERA, 23 strikeouts and sixteen walks. He has given up just three long balls over his 36 innings. Kevin Whelan (CP) has been doing his job out of the pen. He made four appearances over the last week and pitched 4.1 innings, giving up just one run and four hits. He has four strikeouts and two walks.
Jesus Montero (C), who is becoming more intriguing as the Jorge Posada story drags on, has cooled a bit this May, though his line of .336/.365/.437/.802 is still impressive. He went 3-5 yesterday with a double and a RBI. He also had a big homer against Buffalo on May 12th. Jorge Vazquez (1B) continues his hot hitting. He has three multi-hit games in the last week, going 2-4, 3-5 and 2-4 on the 9th, 10th and 14th respectively. His hits on the ninth were both solo homers. There are good signs from Brandon Laird (3B) finally. Over his last ten games he has hit .317/.333/.390/.724. That has only brought his line for the season up to .228/.262/.317/.579, but at least it is a start.
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