Giese roughed up; Melancon cruises

Hell has frozen over
Why tonight's loss supports moving Joba to the starting rotation

Triple-A Scranton (9-8 win over Pawtucket)
Brett Gardner & Jason Lane: both 1 for 3 – Gardner walked twice, swiped three bags, scored two runs & K’ed … Lane doubled, walked & scored 3 runs
Alberto Gonzalez: 0 for 5
Ben Broussard: 3 for 4, 3 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB – helluva first impression I’d say
Cody Ransom: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
Justin Christian: 1 or 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K – 29 RBI in 37 games this year after 48 RBI in 105 games last year
Bernie Castro: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS
Dan Giese: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 2-5 GB/FB – he allowed only 6 earned runs in the 53.1 IP he threw this season prior to this game
David Robertson: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K – 18 of 34 pitches were strikes (52.9%) … he’s walked 10 batters in 13 IP with Scranton … he’s not ready for a call-up, so chill with that
Heath Phillips: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
JB Cox: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Billy Traber: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FB – retired 4 of the 5 LHB he faced
Scott Patterson: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Double-A Trenton (5-3 loss to New Hampshire) this was the completion of the May 18th game that was suspended due to rain
Ramiro Pena, Colin Curtis & Eladio Rodriguez: all 0 for 3 – Pena walked, scored a run & K’ed … Curtis K’ed … E-Rod drove a run in & allowed a passed ball
Austin Jackson: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Edwar Gonzalez & Reegie Corona: both 0 for 4
Cody Ehlers: 1 for 3, 1 BB
Jose Tabata: 2 for 4, 1 R – .274-.326-.345 in May after .200-.308-.233 in April
Dan McCutchen: 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 0-3 GB/FB – no he didn’t get demoted, he pitched in the first half of the game last week
Mark Melancon: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 8-3 GB/FB – you don’t build up arm strength by not pitching … go to see him log some innings
Steven Jackson: 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

High-A Tampa (4-3 win over Lakeland)
Damon Sublett: 1 for 2, 1 R – left the game after being taken out as he turned a double play
Luis Nunez: 3 for 5, 1 K
Mitch Hilligoss: 0 for 4 – only 40 hits in 42 games this year
Andres Perez: 3 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Kyle Anson: 1 for 4, 1R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – 8 RBI in his last 5 games
Jose Gil: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 PB
Josue Calzado & Tim Battle: 0 for 3, 1 K – Calzado was hit by a pitch
Chris Garcia: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 5-5 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Jose Valdez & Josh Schmidt: both 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K – Schmidt allowed a hit

Low-A Charleston (2-0 win over Augusta)
Austin Krum & Carmen Angelini: both 1 for 4
Justin Snyder: 2 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – 3 walks in his last 20 games after drawing 16 walks in his first 31 games
Brandon Laird, Austin Romine & Walter Ibarra: all 0 for 4 – Ibarra threw a runner out at second from RF
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – first homer in 19 days
Braedyn Pruitt: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Lance Pendleton: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 10-2 GB/FB – last time he allowed an earned run was May 1st, 26.2 IP ago
Adam Olbrychowski: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5-2 GB/FB

Hell has frozen over
Why tonight's loss supports moving Joba to the starting rotation
  • Miles Roche

    Christian (Garcia), I’m nuts over you!

    (Come on, Jamal. Where are you?)

  • Ben K.

    They’re really pushing Melancon (in a good way). I like that.

  • A.D.

    Watching Betemit at first & duncan at first this weekend, thats why they signed Ben Broussard

    Another solid outing for Cox

    • RollingWave

      Brossard fits our team concept perfectly… as in another lefty that turns into a little leaguer whenever he faces port siders

  • CB

    Good to see Melancon responding to the increased workload.

    Given Tabata’s age I’m not making much out of his up and down season. That said Mike Ashmore had a quite a quote today on his blog:

    “Could not agree more with a scouting report I saw on Jose Tabata that says he tends to turn his talent on and off. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen him make no effort on catchable balls that are hit right at him that end up landing. Anthony Hatch hit a ball off of Melancon in the 5th that was right to him, but he barely moved and watched it land about three feet in front of him. I hate to rip the guy, but enough already…”

  • stuart

    bye bye Hawkins…Get rid of him, do you need to be a genius to see he SUCKS…


  • Ivan

    It’s Ironic that Melancon and Cox are pitching so great when Hawkins is pitching awful. Read the sign.

    • Clay

      I fail to see any irony here. Interesting, perhaps, maybe even coincidental, but certainly not ironic.

  • A.D.

    Robertson may have some walk issues thus far at AAA, but he’s still pitching better than Hawkins the past 2 days

    • Ben K.

      I am no fan of LaTroy’s but two days is a terrible sample size.

      • A.D.

        Its true, Rivera has had back to back days before too, but there are options in the minors that the Yanks should be looking at (if nothing else than to see what they have), with higer ceilings, and more abililty at this point in Hawkins career, he’s looking more and more like a 1 inning mop-up man, which isn’t what the Yanks need.

        Season didn’t start the best for him with the whole 21 thing and getting booed. I’m sure he’s a good guy, and he can still be a productive pitcher, but I don’t think he’s the right fit on the Yanks this season, he could use a change of scenery with a team needing a reliever and fans/orginization which would be somewhat excited to have him

  • Miles Roche

    Man, i would love to stick a broomstick up Hawkins’ alleyway. . .

    • Jamal G.

      That’s so weird on so many levels.

  • RustyJohn

    I have no idea what that broomstick thing just meant…

    Having seen Brousard play in Seattle, he is not the answer- cannot hit lefties at all- he’s like a career .210 hitter against lefties or somewhere in that neighborhood. The only upside is he can field better than Giambi or Duncan which is not saying much. What is funy is that, when with Seattle, they needed a left handed bat with some power but when he was here they barely used him at all. Should have sat Sexson’s sorry ass but Sexson is making somewhere around 15 million a year or something ridiculous like that.

    At this point can we please limit Ohlendorf to one inning and get a long man?

  • Jason

    I really can’t wait until the morning that I wake up and see Cox was promoted and Melancon’s in AAA. Enough with Hawkins already!!

  • A.D.

    Mike Ashmore is reporting that Hacker is going to start for AA on wed.

  • JC in DC

    Just wanted to mention that Garcia beat Porcello :-)

    • dan

      speaking of Porcello, look at how well he’s doing in high-A right out of high school…. that’s amazing when you think about it. He’s not striking guys out, but he’s getting lots of ground balls and is obviously controlling the game very well.

      If only all Seton Hall prep alums could perform so well…. (sigh)

      • Ashish Skaria

        You wait and see, Eric Duncan will be fine. He’s just not getting consistent at-bats. Once he does so, then you will see the numbers being put up.

        • J.R.

          Thats a VERY opptimistic viewpoint.

          • A.D.

            Especially since he hasn’t hit over .260 since low A ball