Betances cruises in fourth start. Yankees righty allows one hit, K's seven in five frames
Dellin Betances posted another strong effort Monday as he aims to increase his innings following a stint on the disabled list.
The 23-year-old allowed just one hit over five innings, striking out seven, for his second win in four starts as Double-A Trenton beat Reading, 2-0, at Trenton Waterfront Park.
The Yankees' top right-handed prospect missed time in April after developing a blister on his right hand, but since returning from the DL on April 29, the New York City native has held batters to one earned run over 13 1/3 innings.
Betances overcame some early control issues in the first inning, working his way around two walks thanks to consecutive strikeouts of Cody Overbeck and Carlos Rivero, before breezing through the next two frames.
Reading finally got a hit in the fourth when Overbeck hit a one-out single to left ield, only to be thrown out while attempting to steal moments later. Betances walked the next two batters, Rivero and Derrick Mitchell, but got Michael Spidale to line out to second to end the inning. He worked a 1-2-3 fifth, popping up Freddy Galvis to end his day.
The 6-foot-8 right-hander made a big impression on the Yankees this spring alongside his current rotation mate, Manny Banuelos, when both competed for attention at Spring Training. The Bombers' eighth-round pick in 2006 was born in Manhattan and grew up in Brooklyn -- he attended David Wells' perfect game as a Yankees fan in 1998 -- before signing with his favorite childhood team in '06.
Betances, considered to be the Yankees' third-best prospect behind Banuelos and Triple-A catcher Jesus Montero, went 8-1 with a 2.11 ERA in 17 outings between Class A Advanced Tampa and Trenton last year, striking out 108 in 85 1/3 frames.
Austin Krum had a sacrifice fly in the third and Melky Mesa followed with an RBI single in the fourth for Trenton.
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By Danny Wild / MLB.com
05/09/2011 9:40 PM ET