Dominican Instructs - Pirela In The Clutch

Pirela drove home the game-winning runs

The Yankees beat the Bombers 6-5 in intrasquad fashion at Dominican Instructs on Wednesday thanks in large part to the clutch hitting of Jose Pirela.

  • Jose Pirela drove home the last three runs in the game for the Yankees, including a two-run single in the top of the tenth inning [in a scheduled 10-inning game] to score the winning runs. It was his lone hit of the day. He had a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield in his previous at-bat and hit two screaming hard-liners to right-centerfield prior to that but both were caught on nice plays. He was shooting hard gappers in batting practice before the game and drew the praise of the batting coaches by day's end.

  • Dellin Betances put the Yankees in an early hole on Wednesday, loading the bases in each of his two innings of work and both times doing it without recording an out! He walked the first three batters he faced before Elio De La Rosa plated the first run for the Bombers with an RBI single. In true exhibition format, he reached his inning pitch count after getting the first out in the frame and they simply ended the inning.

    He didn't do much better in his second inning of work, giving up two quick singles and walking a batter before giving up a long sacrifice fly to deep right field by Alvaro Ramirez.

  • Yankees Batting Order - Jose Pirela, Prilys Cuello, Austin Romine, Kelvin De Leon, Taylor Grote, Jimmy Paredes, Zoilo Almonte, Carlos Urena, and Francisco Arcia.

  • Bombers Batting Order - Jose Mojica, Eduardo Sosa, Chase Weems, Elio De La Rosa, Jahdiel Santamaria, Jose Tuossen, Henry Pena, Melky Mesa, and Alvaro Ramirez.

  • Zoilo Almonte, known for his ability to make contact and showing that skill off in batting practice earlier in the day, officially went 0-0 on the afternoon after drawing walks in all four of his plate appearances.

  • Austin Romine continues to draw the 'oohs-and-aahs' from his Latin farmhands during batting practice as he flashes the power. He hit three monstrous home runs in BP before the game on Wednesday and proceeded to hit a screaming liner off the left-centerfield wall in his very first at-bat of the game, driving in a run off of the rehabbing Lance Pendleton [2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 K]. He did strike out in his next two at-bats before flying out to deep centerfield in his last plate appearance.

  • While Pendleton and Betances struggled, newcomer Arodys Vizcaino walked away with one of the more impressive performances. Sitting 89-92 MPH with his fastball, he recorded the first 1-2-3 inning by any pitcher and wound up striking out three batters in his only two innings of work [including Romine and Grote, both swinging]. While he threw mostly live fastballs, he did mix in a changeup and a curveball that left opposing batters guessing.

  • Kelvin De Leon is making sure Romine isn't the only slugger getting noticed in camp these days. While he did go 0-5 with three strikeouts in the game, he put on one of the more impressive power displays before the intra-squad tilt. He hit three no-doubters in batting practice and continues to show a good ability to drive the ball to the opposite field.

  • Chase Weems continues to be an on-base machine so far, getting on base four more times Wednesday after successfully reaching base three times on Monday. Just like Monday however, it wasn't his bat doing the talking. He drew a walk, reached on an infield single, reached on an error, and was hit by another pitch. He hasn't been tested yet on the base paths but has been showcasing a gun during drills.

  • With most hurlers each getting in two innings of work, only one pitcher had a perfect outing on Wednesday - Ivan Nova. He made quick work in his first inning, inducing a lot of contact, and then wowed onlookers in his second inning of work when he struck out both Romine and Grote on perfectly placed fastballs at the knees.

  • Francisco Arcia continues to quietly impress in his opportunities. With Abraham Almonte out of the lineup with minor aches, Arcia took his place in the batting order and chipped in with a two-run triple to dead-center. He also impressed coaches during his batting practice session when he was hitting opposite field gappers with regularity.

  • Jimmy Paredes didn't have a noteworthy game at the plate, going just 1-5 with a harmless single. But defensively however, he has really showed off a plus arm at the hot corner recently. He has also put on quite a few pounds of muscle since he signed last July.

  • Noel Castillo flew under the radar during the regular season but he continues to force people to sit up and take notice. Throwing a fastball that reached 94 MPH, he faced just one batter over the minimum on Wednesday and worked quickly.

  • Jose Mojica hasn't been knocking the cover off the ball by any means recently, but despite going 0-3, he still reached base three times [two by the walk] in an otherwise forgetful day. He has shown a live bat in batting practice with surprising power given his rather small frame.

  • Eduardo Sosa, like Mojica, didn't record a hit the game on Wednesday but still managed to get on base a couple of times. Making some good plays in the outfield however, he is already pretty polished defensively.

  • Carmen Angelini, suffering with some minor wrist tendonitis, has yet to play in a game or take batting practice. He has been able to take some grounders in the field and he's hoping to get in a game by the end of the week.

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