Chase Whitley is turning into quite the dependable starter for New York.
The former RailRiders’ right-hander is 3-0 for the Yankees with a 2.56 ERA, while striking out 26 and walking just four.
That kind of start probably could have been expected because when the 25-year-old was with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre he had 32 Ks and just seven walks with a 2.39 ERA.
In a recent article on ESPNNewYork.com, Whitley credited current RailRider Matt Daley for helping him adjust to the Majors when they were both with New York.
“Matt Daley is a guy I’ve trusted the last couple of years,” Whitley said to the publication. “Whatever he says, I’m almost there with a notepad. And he told me it’s the same game.”
Daley got off to a rough start for the Yankees in his April 19 debut, but after that he tossed 10 1/3 scoreless frames in May. He was optioned to SWB on June 11 when Shawn Kelley returned to the Yankees bullpen from an injury.
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After getting swept by Columbus in four games to start the road trip, the RailRiders could have been looking at sweeping four from Toledo.
But it wasn’t in the cards. SWB won the first two games against Toledo, but lost last the last two despite making comebacks in each one. In the third game of the series, SWB got within one run and had the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth when the game was halted due to heavy rain.
The final game of the trip saw Scranton/Wilkes-Barre overcome a 3-0 deficit to equal the score late, only to lose the lead and the game.
Toledo slugger Mike Hessman didn’t play in any of the four games in the series, and missed all eight games of the season series due to a wrist injury, but had not been added to the disabled list. He still has 258 career longballs in the International League. His next one will break the tie with Ollie Carnegie for the most ever in league history.
Once Pawtucket leaves town on Monday, the RailRiders host Rochester for two games. The Red Wings have won five of six games against SWB this season and eight of the last nine dating back to last season.
Rochester has been slumping of late as they dropped three of four games to Pawtucket last week at home. Josmil Pinto, who spent the majority of the season with Minnesota, was optioned to Rochester earlier this month. The catcher hit seven homers in 43 games for the Twins and was a Baseball America Minor League All-Star last season. Chris Colabello, the reigning I.L. MVP is also back with Rochester after being in the Majors most of the season.
The RailRiders then head on the road for four games to Syracuse and Lehigh Valley starting on Thursday. SWB has won five of seven games versus the Chiefs this season, while dropping six of eight to the IronPigs.
This week’s promotions
There’s four home games on the slate this week, today through Wednesday. Today is Family FunDay highlighted by kids run the bases after the final out. Monday is dollar dog night, while Tuesday is Social Media Night and free T-shirt Tuesday. The slate at home this week wraps up on Wednesday with Kids Eat Free night.