Marquez hammered in Triple-A debut

Game Seven: What about Morgan?
An old dog learns some new tricks

Triple-A Scranton (9-2 loss to Louisville) check out which old pal batted cleanup for Louisville
Justin Christian: 1 for 4, 1 RBI – playing CF while Brett Gardner nurses a sore foot
Jason Lane: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – broke up Justin Lehr’s perfect game, no-hitter and shutout with a solo job in the 7th
Chad Moeller: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 20, 5 K – Cody Ranson K’ed twice and committed a fielding error … Eric Duncan K’ed once … Nick Green K’ed twice
Jeff Marquez: 4 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 8-3 GB/FB – he threw 38 pitches in a 6 run first, although he wasn’t removed from the game … the Yanks have a weird rule about taking guys out of the game after “high stress” innings, which are innings that require more than 30 pitches … maybe they just wanted him to suck it up and learn to get by on a day when he doesn’t have his best stuff
Dan Giese: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Heath Phillips: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Altoona)
Ramiro Pena: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (throwing)
Austin Jackson: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 K – still has more walks than strikeouts on the young season … threw a runner out at first
Jose Tabata: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – first hit in 10 at-bats
Colin Curtis: 0 for 4, 2 K
Cody Ehlers: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Joe Muich & Marcos Vechionacci: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Muich doubled & K’ed … Vech drove in a run and committed his third error (fielding)
Jason Jones: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 7-7 GB/FB
David Robertson: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-3 GB/FB
Mike Gardner: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – picked a runner off first

High-A Tampa (7-1 loss to Sarasota)
Hit Streak Hilligoss: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Luis Nunez: 3 for 3, 1 R, 1 SB
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 25 – Eduardo Nunez, Tim Battle, Seth Fortenberry, Josue Calzado and Kyle Anson all K’ed twice … Anson walked once, Fortenberry twice … Calzado gunned a runner down at home from RF
Ivan Nova: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 6-6 GB/FB – I’m kinda shocked they moved him up after he posted a 4.98 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, .306 BAA in just about 100 innings in Charleston last year
Mark Melancon: 2 P, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Edgar Soto: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP

Low-A Charleston (4-2 win over Savannah)
Abe Almonte & Jesus Montero: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Montero started at DH and K’ed once … Almonte got caught stealing
Justin Snyder: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Brandon Laird: 2 for 3, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP – 5 games, 5 RBI … business as usual
Austin Romine & Carmen Angelini: combined 0 for 7, 4 K – each K’ed twice … Romine caught and had a passed ball
Zach McAllister: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 9-1 GB/FB – brilliant full season debut for Z-Mac
Jason Stephens: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Chase Vasek: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP

Game Seven: What about Morgan?
An old dog learns some new tricks
  • Joe

    How did A-Jax throw the guy out at first? Doubling him off on a line drive, or softball-style on what should’ve been a single?

    • Mike A.

      Here’s the play from the game recap:

      Brad Corley flies into double play, center fielder Austin Jackson to second baseman Reegie Corona to first baseman Cody Ehlers. Jonel Pacheco doubled off 1st.

      You figure it out ;)

      • Joe

        I wouldn’t exactly call that throwing a guy out, then, but it’s still nice to see. Not as nice as it’ll be once he and Tabata start hitting, though.

  • Chip

    I’ve heard some big ideas about Ian Nova this year. Apparently the scouts see something in him that isn’t showing up in the numbers.

    Kinda unfortunate that Melancon had a rough outing but at least he had a decent GB/FB and a K so it’s not all bad.

    Looking at Marquez’s line, I see a lot of the same. Screw the runs and hits, look at the 8-3 GB/FB. He could have just run into some bad luck with hits finding holes.

    • Jamal G.

      I’ve heard the same. I’ve actually read that he flashes three plus pitches at times but the kid just doesn’t know how to pitch as of yet. I am surprised as well as Mike is on his debut in A+ but maybe the Yankees feel his stuff is just too good and the better competition will bring out the beast that lies so dormant.

  • CB

    McAllister was so good in Staten Island last year there seemed to be a pretty good shot he’d excel off the bat in low A ball.

    Nice to see him get off so well. Tampa may be in his future at some point this year.

    Betances, Heredia and McCutcheon all had solid opening games.

    Also good to see Melancon throw 2 innings. Hopefully the yankees will feel confident to put him on the usual multiple innings schedule they have for most of their relievers in the lower levels.

    The BA guys are always talking about how much the yankees like Nova. I wonder if this is analogous to what they did last season where they promoted Jackson to Tampa based on his tools more than his performance? It seems they feel that Nova’s stuff at this point is way ahead of his performance and he’ll benefit from the challenge?

    • Joe

      That’s the same thought I had with regards to Nova, actually. If it worked once, why not try it again?

  • Jake T

    Dave Robertson is a stud.

  • zack

    9-1 GB/Fb ratio with 5Ks in 5IP is just narsty…

  • Malcard89

    Almonte has got to learn to steal. Plus plus speed but no idea how to use it on the basepaths.

  • Tripp

    Zack McCallister was great last night. He struck out the side in the first inning. He got into some trouble I think in the third and fourth innings and each time was able to get someone to ground out either for a double play or for the last out of the inning.

    He was really trying to work inside on the hitters too. He knocked down the Sand Gnat’s clean up hitter with a hard fast ball under the chin. Then came back with another fast ball low and inside and struck him out with a late swing.

    Suttle is a monster in size. Montero hit one to the opposite warning track which is a long way in the Charleston stadium.

    Romine was behind the plate and they stole on him multiple times. I wasn’t sure if that was Romine or McCallister being slow in his delivery. Each one of Romine’s throws were right on the money though, and I seriously think the ump missed a tag.

  • jason

    Just looking at the game log and Melancons runs, double followed by homerun, were after five outs. Perhaps he tired a bit?

  • jason

    Anyone know when Garcia is scheduled to pitch? I think I saw he had a bit of a hurt shoulder. Please help.