Luis Gil made his second major league start for the Yankees on Sunday, and the right-hander has yet to concede a run. The right-hander pitched five scoreless innings, gave up just two hits and struck out eight batters.
Despite the brilliant performance, the Bombers lowered the Dominican to Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre again after the game against the Mariners.
“He shows confidence in his pitching by the way he attacks the strike zone,” said New York catcher Kyle Higashioka. “The main thing when you get here is to be sure to hit the strike zone and not be down on the count.”
Gil even demonstrated for the first time the ability to get out of trouble. In the second inning, Seattle had the bases loaded and one out, but the youngster was able to strike out Dylan Moore and got Jake Bauers to ground out to Luke Voit at first to end the threat.
“He wasn’t as fine as his first outing,” Boone said. “In the first opening, he had a great command. This time, he showed less control, but did hit several big pitches. We are very optimistic. When he wasn’t as dominant, it still showed the blank swings he can pull off. He did the pitches he needed. “
Gil also made history on Sunday. The right-hander became the first pitcher in the Modern Era (since 1900) with at least 14 strikeouts, fewer than 10 running backs allowed and no runs conceded in his first two starts in the majors.
Additionally, he is also the second pitcher in Yankees franchise history to record at least five scoreless innings in each of his first two career outings.
His five blank episodes also made him the first pitcher in Big Top history to hang five rings in each of his first two career starts or appearances since Jordan Yamamoto made it to the Marlins in 2019.
Gil expressed that he is grateful to be able to have this excellent start in the majors.
“I always pray that I have the strength to give up and find a way to help my team. I have asked God for it and he has given me a lot of strength ”, declared Gil.