McAllister is McAwesome

Game 28: Brittongate Continues
A-Rod on the DL

Triple-A Scranton (8-5 win over Buffalo)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 4, 2 R, 2 BB
Bernie Castro: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
Nick Green: 0 for 6, 2 K, 1 E (throwing) – 0 for 9 since moving to the 3-hole
Juan Miranda & Chris Kunda: both 1 for 2, 1 2B – Miranda drove in 3, Kunda drove in 2 .. Miranda left the game in the 4th, so it looks like you can add another to the walking wounded
Jason Lane: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – threw a runner out at home from LF
Eric Duncan: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI – .279-.426-.508 this year … don’t write him off yet
Eladio Rodriguez: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K – fresh off his MVP season in the Israeli Baseball League
Dan Giese: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Billy Traber: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – faced 3 lefties … walked one, K’ed one, one reached on an error
Scott Patterson: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Heath Phillips: 0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP
Steven Jackson: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Jose Veras: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K

Update: Chad Jennings reports that Miranda hurt his shoulder swinging the bat one pitch before he ripped a three run double. If only Posada’s bum shoulder worked like that.

Double-A Trenton (4-1 win over Connecticut) still no sign of Tabata…
Kevin Russo: 1 for 5, 1 K, 1 SB
Austin Jackson & Matt Carson: both 0 for 5 – Ajax K’ed twice … Carson scored a run & threw a runner out at second from RF
Colin Curtis: 2 for 5, 1 R
Cody Ehlers: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – 4 doubles & 3 homers in his last 7 games
PJ Pilittere: 2 for 4, 1 K – better than Chris Stewart? totally
Chase Wright: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 12-4 GB/FB – hey look, it’s Erik Bedard!
Mike Gardner: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa had a scheduled off day. That’s the only way to stop Edwar Gonzalez from racking up another extra base hit.

Low-A Charleston (6-3 win over Augusta)
Abe Almonte: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B
Justin Snyder: 0 for 4, 1 RBI – on-base only 11 times in his last 10 games after reaching base 29 times in his first 13 games
Jesus Montero: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 PB – 6 doubles and a homer in his last 8 games
Wady Rufino: 0 for 1 – left the game in the 4th inning … looks like yet another injury
Brandon Laird: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – a double, 2 homers and 6 RBI in his last 4 games
Walt Ibarra: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
Zach McAllister: 8 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 E (throwing), 14-3 GB/FB – 1.13 ERA, 0.75 ERA, .177 BAA, 3.12 GB/FB this game
Jonathan Ortiz: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB

Game 28: Brittongate Continues
A-Rod on the DL
  • Jamal G.

    Question about Jose Tabata, multiple game suspension or deep in the organizational doghouse?

    Also, how probable is it that Daniel McCutchen is promoted to Triple-A as Zach McCalister does the same and gets to Tampa, maybe even skip a level (highly unlikely I know) to take Danny MaCs rotation spot in Trenton.

    Ok seriously, I just mean a promotion to Scranton for Danny MaC and a promotion to Tampa for Zach Mac. End of this month for McCalister, 2-3 more starts for McCutchen?

    • Mike A.

      I bet McCutchen will be with Scranton by June 1st. I can see them moving McAllister to Tampa in August, but I’d be surprised if it’s any earlier. He’s making me look good for calling him projected breakout prospect of the year.

      • Jamal G.

        And no details on Jose Tabata’s DNP?

        • Mike A.

          Whoop, forgot about that. He was suspended for one game only, but they could have just benched him for the night so he gets his ass in gear. I’d like to see him bumped down to Tampa personally, but what do I know.

      • Tripp

        What about Eric Hacker taking Dan McCutchen’s spot in AA?

        He seems like he’s ready to make the jump.

        • Mike A.

          He’s getting there. He’s older (25) and missed a bunch of time with injuries, so I suspect they’ll bump him up to Trenton to see what they have. Maybe by June.

          • Tripp

            Yeah I knew he was getting old so that’s probably the main reason for the domination of his league. But he throws hard and has good command so far. I just think he seems like a better option then Phil Coke.

  • Pablo Zevallos

    I’m not sure you’re kidding about PJ over Stewart…

    • Mike A.

      I’m not kidding at all.

      • RollingWave

        that’s less of a compliment to PJ then a condemnation to Stewart though.

        • A.D.

          After Sterwarts day, I’d take cervelli without the wrist fully healed

  • dan

    I forgot, what’s the reason behind the Wright/Bedard thing?

    • Joseph P.

      Just a dumb, dumb comparison made elsewhere.

  • Jamal G.

    Michael Schur on Costas NOW, ‘One of the points of our blog is to look at sports journalists and point out how they’re dumb’. Classic.

    • Mike A.

      At times like this I wish I dropped the extra $7 a month for HBO and Cinemax.

  • Bruno

    How’s Cervelli rehab coming?

    • Mike A.

      Not sure, although I’m not exactly making a strong effort to find anything out. I’ll do some digging and let you know.

      • J.R.

        My geuss would be he is still in a cast and not rehabing at all.


    if those rumors about tabata’s attitude and work ethic are true then it is time to trade his ass.

    • Charles

      Uhm, he’s still very young. I wouldn’t trade such a talent with loads of potential. I think he just needs some time. He’s clearly frustrated with his showing thus far.

      • A.D.

        Tabata is 19, there’s been older guys with attitude problems, that turned it around (See Carlos Beltran). If he has attitude problems, if his wrist is bothering or not a bit and such he’s probably upset he’s not wripping it up, and he’s immature and letting that out in the wrong way. Still a major talet that can be waited for.

  • Charles

    Jose Veras has been pretty good eh?

  • Chris

    I was poking around the other day, and saw that Eric Duncan is over a year younger than Brett Gardner or Juan Miranda… seems like he’s been around forever…

    • Jamal G.

      That’s why I have not (nor am I anywhere near) of giving up o him. He’s looking like he has that corner in sight, you know the one, the cliched “turned corner”.

      • Jamal G.

        *That’s why I have not given up on him.

  • ansky

    McAllister longest start for Riverdogs pitchers this season and Ortiz leading the SAL in saves. What a team!!

  • Tripp

    I’ve seen Zach McCallister pitch twice and the best thing about him is the way he works inside on hitters. He pounds the inside and then throws away to get a bunch of weak ground outs.