YMLN - Camarena Mows 'Em Down

Camarena had some explosive stuff on Wednesday

TAMPA, FL - The Yankees were once again victorious in Instructional League action on Wednesday, doubling up the Blue Jays 6-3 and Daniel Camarena was dominating on the mound.

  • Daniel Camarena, spotting his 88-91 mph fastball in all four quadrants of the plate and showing a very advanced curveball, pitched four scoreless innings. He walked two and did give up one hit, but he struck out a team-high six batters along of the way, four of them swinging. He was flat-out dominating.

  • Daniel Lopez, who got on base all four times during intrasquads on Tuesday, got on base four times again on Wednesday. He went 2-3 with two walks. His best swing of the game came in his first at-bat when he laced a single to left-center and was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double.

  • Yankees Starting Lineup: Daniel Lopez, Angelo Gumbs, Cito Culver, Gary Sanchez, Tyler Austin, Kelvin De Leon, Ramon Flores, Greg Bird, Bubba Jones, and Matt Duran.

  • Lopez wasn't the only one having a second consecutive great game on Wednesday. Right-hander Manny Barreda followed up his 1-2-3 inning on Tuesday with another scoreless inning on Wednesday. While he did walk a batter, he wound up striking out the side with his newfound wicked slider -- two of them looking.

  • Kelvin De Leon had a productive game of his own, going 2-4 with a hard-hit RBI double to right-center and a stolen base, and he didn't strike out in the game.

  • Bryan Mitchell started the game for the Yankees and never really got comfortable, most likely due to the fact that he was prohibited from throwing his curveball. He went 3 2/3 innings, walked two and gave up two hits [both of which were doubles]. He even balked in one of the two runs he surrendered. However, the silver lining was he struck out four batters and did so mostly on the strength of his improved changeup.

  • Austin "Bubba" Jones went 2-4 with a pair of singles to the opposite field, one of which drove home a run. He also drew a walk in the game and played solid defense over at first base.

  • Francisco Rondon pitched just 1 1/3 innings after relieving Mitchell and still managed to strike out a pair of batters with his nasty slider. He retired all four batters he faced.

  • Matt Duran got on base twice on Wednesday, walking in his final plate appearance and stinging an RBI single to centerfield earlier in the game. He could have had another hit, however, but was robbed when the Blue Jays right fielder made a highlight reel diving stab ranging towards right-center to rob him of a would-be run scoring double in his first at-bat.

  • Gary Sanchez has been showing some great hustle as of late. He went just 1-3 in the victory, but his lone hit was an RBI triple to left-centerfield and he was able to do that because he busted it right out of the batter's box. Despite striking out twice, he scored two runs in the game as well and drew a walk.

  • Tyler Austin went 1-3 in the game with a strikeout, but reached base safely three times. He drew a walk in his first plate appearance, drove home a run with a sharp single to left field in his second at-bat, and reached second base on an error on a popup in his last plate appearance before scoring another run.

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