Wind-Assisted Pitchers Duel

Julio Lugo is fabulous
Ohlendorf added to AFL roster

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AFL Javelinas (2-0 loss to Surprise Rafters)

Brett Gardner: 0-4, 2 K’s – In true Johnny Damon fashion, Gardner was the DH and hit lead off. It was his first game without a hit.
Juan Miranda: 0-4, 1 K – Has batted Cleanup in every game he’s played.
Reegie Corona: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 K – Still looking for his first hit from the right side.

It’s amazing what a little wind can do in a hitters league like the AFL. There was a 25mph wind blowing in from RF and the Javelinas were held to just two hits and no runs. One of the hits came from Corona and it was a ball that a cheap pair of sunglasses should have caught without a problem. They have a strange rule in the AFL – if the fielder looses the ball in the sun and he doesn’t touch it – it’s ruled a hit (or a double in the case of Corona). For what it’s worth, Gardner hit the deepest fly out of the day. He hit the ball straight into the wind and the right fielder caught it on the edge of the warning track. The game photo’s are on the other side.
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Julio Lugo is fabulous
Ohlendorf added to AFL roster
  • A. Phil

    Great stuff indeed.

  • dan

    Brett Garnder’s Wikipedia page has a link to his bio at IGWT

    • dan

      Gardner*

    • http://riveraveblues.com JP Surget

      Interesting, but I think they got his draft info wrong. He was drafted as a four-year senior.

    • http://riveraveblues.com JP Surget

      Mike, that’s still an intriguing question you had on IGWT… who do you think will be the first one from the ’05 draft to make it to the majors? Gardner or Cox.. or even A-Jax or Horne?

      • Mike R.

        My guess would be Horne. If he keeps up with last year’s pace he would be number one on the list of replacement pitchers in case of injury. A-Jax wil probably spend the year at AA next year and Cox should have been the first to the majors if not for the elbow surgery. Gardner is probably the closest to being major league ready, but nothing short of a catastrophe gets him into the line-up next year. He has Melky, Damon, Matsui and Abreu on the big league club and if one of them gets hurt I don’t think they call up Gardner just to sit him on the bench and affect his development. They could call up Justin Christian for that.

  • Mike R.

    I’m cautiously optimistic about Gardner. He seems to be getting better every step of the way. Am I crazy for thinking he could start for the Yanks in ’09?

    • dan

      Melky would probably have to be gone for that to happen. I don’t see melky being able to hit for enough power to play a corner spot, and gardner most definitely will not.

      • Mike R.

        I agree 100%. With all the rumors flying around I think I have subconsciously assumed that Melky will be traded at some point during next year. I certainly hope not, but I’m starting to have my doubts.

        • dan

          Hopefully none of this matters, and Gardner is forced to stay as the 4th outfielder for lack of space. Best case scenario is A-Jax taking over center shortly after Gardner claims it (sorry, brett), forcing brett to a 4th outfielder role.

          It would be weird to have 4 outfielders (tabata, jackson, melky, gardner) with the centerfielder being the greatest power threat.

      • http://riveraveblues.com JP Surget

        I agree. I can’t see Gardner taking the CF job as long as Melky can show progress next year. They are completely different players. I wouldn’t say that Melky is better… but it will be very hard for him to bump a guy that’s still younger than him and has already proven himself at the major league level.

        My personal feeling is that Gardner would be a better fit the way the roster is currently setup. He’s not close to Melky in terms of arm strength or power potential but when the guy gets on base – he scores – plain and simple. I think that’s what the Yankees need at the top of the order right now.