The second inning did not go so well and was aided by solid defensive play. He allowed three hits to open the frame, a double and two singles, before a sacrifice fly setup runners in scoring position with one out.
A short fly to left field brought Luis Durango sliding in. He made the basket catch from his backside and chugged the ball to Lance Zawadzki as he was falling backwards. Zawadzki made a spin and tossed a bullet to Michael Barrett to nab the runner trying to score from third to end the frame.
The fourth inning brought a little more trouble, as he allowed a single and a double before a sacrifice fly brought home a second run.
Young's night ended after 87 pitches, including 62 strikes. He worked in the 85-87 MPH range with his fastball and tossed worked in his curveball and changeup. Young surrendered six hits over his five innings of work and struck out four.
"Few have the downward plane of Young," special pitching assistant Bob Cluck said. "He throws 85-88 and uses deception and hits his spots."
Interestingly, Barrett aided Young in the third inning. After an error to open the inning, Barrett threw out a runner at second base – something that rarely happened when Young was on the hill in 2007.
His next inning did not go as well. The right-hander allowed two homers – one on a fastball and another on a changeup. He worked a third inning and ended his night after 49 pitches.
Colt Hynes finished off the game for the save. After an inning-opening error, the left-hander induced a double play grounder before freezing the final batter with a two-seam fastball. Eleven pitches after the inning began, the game was over.
"Anytime I get a guy on base, I just think ground ball," Hynes said. "Two outs with one pitch – what can be better than that."
The second baseman hammered a fastball to deep left-centerfield for a triple, clearing the bases and putting the High-A squad on the board.
Simon Castro worked the next two innings and was tagged for a single run on three hits. It was a two-out homer in his second frame – a solo blast to left field – that put the blemish on his outing.
Castro, who has never had a true overhand delivery, is more three-quarters than ever and taking advantage of more movement with his pitches. His 38 pitches included two singles and an error he pitched around, and Castro appeared to be crisper with how he finished off his pitches.
Adam McDaniel cruised through both of his innings. He struck out three and induced three ground ball outs. McDaniel needed just 22 pitches to work his magic.
"That boy has some nasty sink," Cluck said.
"His line to the plate is straight," pitching coordinator Mike Couchee added.
John Hussey had an error mar his first inning of work, costing him an unearned run. His second frame produced two more runs against, but both of those were earned.
Shane Buschini collected three RBIs, banging out a double to drive home a run and adding a single and a walk. He did miss out on an opportunity with the bases loaded when he struck out.
Jeudy Valdez banged out two doubles and also drew a walk, showing some good patience and staying back on the ball.
Keoni Ruth fell a triple shy of the cycle, doubling in his second at-bat before hitting a two-run homer on a fastball. He singled in his final at-bat.
"It was a line drive that went up a little," Ruth said.
Robert Perry came into the game late and went 2-for-2, hitting a solo home run and adding a single. Brian Lauderdale also added a double down the line and scored a run while Edgar Garzon contributed a single and double with an RBI and run scored.
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