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Great game, Bobby. You'll be sitting on the bench today.

One of the craziest box scores of the year right here. The GCL Cardinals were getting no-hit into the 15th inning (!) then walk-off with a 1-0 win in the 17th inning. Insane.

Oh, and this comes straight from the horse’s mouth:

Some people have expressed concern over the fact that I have just three home runs this season. I don’t worry too much about it. What matters is that I’m hitting the ball. The power will come as long as I continue to have confidence in myself.

Amen. 

Triple-A Scranton (9-6 win over Louisville)
Brett Gardner: 0 for 3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – solid showing in his AAA debut
Justin Christian: 3 for 5, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – 21 hits in his last 11 games
Shelley Duncan: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – why not call him up to give the Yanks a little thump off the bench?
Angel Chavez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
Eric Duncan: 0 for 4, 1 BB – BA down to .223
Andy Cannizaro & Raul Chavez: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Cannizaro walked, Chavez drove in 2 and picked a runner off first
Chase Wright: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K – the good: he outpitched this guy…the bad: he gave up this guy’s first career AAA homer 
Sean Henn: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Chris Britton:  0.2 IP, zeroes across the board
Jim Brower: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K – in other news, Kyle Farnsworth allowed 2 more baserunners

Double-A Trenton (6-4 win over New Hampshire)
Colin Curtis: 1 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
Alberto Gonzalez: 0 for 4, 3 K
Cody Ehlers: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K – 11 K in his last 6 games
Juan Miranda: 0 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP - 7 RBI in his last 3 games
Bronson Sardinha: 3 for 3, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) – send me to Trenton will ya…
Ian Kennedy: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 3-8 GB/FB – his line looked a whole lot better before Jeff Kennard allowed 2 inherited runners to score
Kennard: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Justin Pope: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

High-A Tampa (7-6 loss to St. Lucie)
Reegie Corona: 1 for 4, 1 K
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – I’m all out of ways to say “he’s really really hot right now”…sorry
Jose Tabata: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – multi-hit games in 3 of his last 5 contests
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB – third straight 2-fer
Chris Malec: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 4 – picked off first
Jared Greenwood: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – replaced Frankie Cervelli with 2 outs in the bottom of the second, before Cervelli got an AB…
Anthony Claggett: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Zach Kroenke: 1 IP, zeroes across the board
David Robertson: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – last gave up a run on June 11th, 16 IP ago…he gets a pass on this one

Low-A Charleston (3-0 win over Columbus) perfection was but a first inning single away…
Mitch Hilligoss: 1 for 4 – only nine 0-fers in his last 66 games
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 SB, 1 CS
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 1, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB – 8 RBI in his last 7 games
Josue Calzado & Kyle Anson: combined 0 for 7, 2 RBI – RBI each
James Cooper: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Gaby Medina: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 3-8 GB/FB
Ferdin Tejeda: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – 22-3 K/BB ratio
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, zeroes across the board

Short Season Staten Island (9-5 win over Auburn)
Justin Snyder: 3 for 5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K – .338-.489-.515-1.004 with a 12-18 K/BB ratio
Damon Sublett & Jose Gil: both 2 for 5, 1 2B – Sublett scored a run when Gil drove him in…Gil also K’ed and was caught stealing
Taylor Holiday: 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP
Isaiah Howes: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – that’s only his 3rd XBH in 14 games
Austin Krum: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
David Williams: 2 for 4, 1 RBI – 4 game hit streak after going hitless in his previous 6 contests
Jeff Karstens: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K – I’ll take that from my long reliever any day of the week…
Ryan Zink: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K – 9 ER & 16 baserunners in his last 7 IP

The Rooke GCL Yanks box score hasn’t been updated yet. I’m not waiting around for it, here’s the league scoreboard.

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Slow news day: let's talk about Piazza
Great game, Bobby. You'll be sitting on the bench today.
  • Barry

    Shelley needs to be in the Bronx. The only thing is, who do you send down? I’ve been trying to think of who is send-downable right now. How about Farnsworth?

  • yankz

    Farns doesn’t have options. It’d probably be Edwar, though if Damon can play the OF, it might be KT.

    Mike, I know this is a totally random question, but do you know if there’s somewhere that has (somewhat) advanced stats for college players? I.E. BABIP, ERA , etc…thanks.

  • Stuart

    Screw sending down Edwar, bye bye myers or villone or both..

    the lefty blah blah blah.. these guys are not good lefty specialist so forget it…

    try to trade one of these guys or even Bruney……they can trade Myers or Bruney and get something probably not much but something..

    13 pitchers is a joke….

  • Barry

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....;type=lgns

    just a little praise for Joba I thought you’d like to see if you haven’t already.

  • CB

    At some point do the Yanks need to send Eric Duncan down to Trenton?

    I know that would be a big blow to his confidence, but at the same time he’s just not hitting at Scranton. He’s striking out less this year and getting more walks. Maybe that improved patience would translate better into hits in AA? Plus, Miranda has to be closer to being major league ready at this point.

    What do people think about making a run at Rocco Baldelli this off season (or even now if he ever gets off the DL)? His trade value has to be reaching an all time low point and now might be a good time to buy. Tampa Bay has a plethora of positions players and outfielders (not even counting Dukes) but not much pitching (despite all those high draft picks spent on arms). Baldelli can’t seem to stay healthy but if he does he’s exactly the kind of young athletic position player they lack. It’s risky but would cost a lot less talent than someone like crawford (if he were available) Maybe they could get Baldelli on the Jose Reyes hamstring program?

    Great baseball game in Seattle today. King Felix and Andrew Miller. Seattle wins 3-2. The production Detroit has gotten out of the draft with pitching is remarkable. Maybe the model franchise in baseball right now.

  • C-Note

    agreed, eric duncan(& chase wright) are taking up space in AAA

    E Duncan is just not that good— let him try to find himself in Trenton

    and K Reese is still on the 40 man roster, is that somekind of joke?

  • Luddy Bazcej

    Forget demotion, I bet Eric Duncan will be released or traded by years end. He’s clearly not a ML caliber player or even a prospect any more.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    You may be on to something, Luddy. If he’s not on the 40-man after this year, he’ll be exposed to the Rule 5 draft.

  • James

    I’m not sure I agree on Eric Duncan. He’s struggled but he is still just 22. He may not end up as a superstar, but with the way the Yanks replace position players he could be their 1B in 2010 – at the age of 25. (that’s part joke, part not so much)

    Still, I’d rather the Yanks hold onto him and just give him time. It’s costs them nothing. He’s not blocking anyone. And he does know pitch selection. Send him back to Trenton to find his stroke.

    Would you rather they release him and he’s starting for the D-Rays in three years (again, at the age of 25) while the Yanks are starting the last gasps from Derek Lee?

  • James

    And I’m not convinced Miranda is any kind of answer either. He’s 24 on crusty papers and barely hit for a lick of power or average in A . Let’s see him keep this up and then Duncan and him trade places.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    Miranda was fine in A: .819 OPS. And that’s kind of skewed, because he got off to a very slow start. He probably had an OPS around .900 from May on.

  • James

    Joseph – do you believe that Miranda is 24?

  • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    They don’t check ID’s before letting you in the batter’s box.

  • James

    My only point is that an .819 OPS from a suspect 24 yo in A is really not great. That said, if he keeps up the current pace in Trenton then he’d have to be considered as the possible 1B next year sometime. That is, until Cashman signs Millar.

  • KAnst

    I dont expect a great hitter out of Miranda but I think he could be something like a .275/.350 type hitter who can hit 20-25 homers and like 40 doubles. My confusion is that when the Yanks signed him they touted how infrequently he strikes out but now hes striking out almost once per game.

    On an unrelated note, someone at another website recently compared Brett Gardner to Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury is a speed and fielding type with little power just like Gardner, yet Ellsbury is much more highly thought of. Is it because his defense is better? or because he is bigger and its easier to profile some power down the road for him?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

    I think it’s because of the Red Sox prospect hype machine, similar to that of the Yankees in years previous.

  • Zack

    KAnst, I don’t know if it was at Bronx Banter, where I made a comparison like that, or if it was a “real” article. In reality, Ellsbury is a better prospect. He’s got (slightly) better power, a (slightly) higher career average, and an all around better OPS. However, I would say that most of the reason Ellsbury is hyped so much is 1) the total lack of Sox prospects, especially positional ones, besides from their big two (mostly because their other three are already in/on way to majors Papelbon, Lester, and Pedroia). Aside from Bucholhz and Ellsbury, their farm system ain’t that attractive. And 2) Ellsbury destroyed AA for the first 1/4 of the season to the tune of a 1.162 ops (and that’s with no power, so it tells you he was on base, well over half the time). His AAA #s have been “eh” but creeping up, and I think the Sox recognize that he needs the rest of the season there. The call up was mostly to begin the hype machine, if you asked me, and it worked. The “Nation” are ready to declare him the next Ricky…

    As for Gardner, if he can hit AAA the way he was hitting AA, and continue to show gap power, he may assert himself as a very good 4th outfielder or even CF. The problem is that with Melky AND Gardner in the OF, there isn’t ANY power out there. Keeping Gardner as the 4th outfielder next year might actually be worse for him in terms of development, but if he shows himself to be ready, it might enable the Yanks to deal Melky in a package for someone we really need, say Tex…

    In any case, Ellsbury is faster and has more power potential than Gardner, as well as having shown himself to be able to use that to hit for high average with low ks. Not the biggest walker, but he has a good eye. Gardner does much of that but to a lesser degree, but there is no reason, if you ask me, for Ellsbury to be rated that high…

  • C-Note

    I don’t care if Miranda is 27, he’s still better than Duncan

    DUNCAN can not HIT

    the D-Rays are welcome to him

  • Tommy

    Great shot of Austin Jackson on the Baseball America site right now (www.baseballamerica.com). Looking a lot like Bernie Williams from the right side.

    I always thought “Austin Jackson” would look more like “Austin Kutcher” than “Reggie Jackson”, but that’s what happens when you only follow these kids on the internet.

    I also figured Sterling Hitchcock to be a 6-3, 235 pound black dude.

  • KAnst

    Thanks Zack, so its pretty much a case of Ellsbury being a little better at each tool combined with the hype. Thats what I was guessing