Uh oh, the Yanks need a starter and Igawa pitched well…

Game 53: Avoiding a sweep
Pettitte, Yanks salvage the finale

Pedro vs Price … Price wins.

Triple-A Scranton (9-4 win over Pawtucket)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB1 K, 1 SB
Alberto Gonzalez: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 K – you know, Derek Jeter has been playing like crap lately…
Jason Lane: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
Ben Broussard: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 HBP – taken out after being hit by a pitch in the 7th … but I think it was for defensive purposes, he was playing RF
Cody Ransom: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
Eric Duncan & JD Closser: both 1 for 5 – Duncan K’ed … gulp … 4 times
Greg Porter: 2 for 4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 9-10 GB/FB – 73 of 100 pitches, a very un-Kei-like rate
Heath Phillips: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2 WP – I want Ben Kozlowski back
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, zeroes

Double-A Trenton is deep into extras right now, and I’m not waiting around for the game to finish. There’s not much to see, whole lotta 1-fers on the offensive side, and Eric Hacker pitching well in his AA debut. That’s about it. Here’s the box score.

High-A Tampa (4-0 loss to Lakeland)
Mitch Hilligoss: 1 for 4, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Jose Gil: 1 for 3, 1 K
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 22, 1 BB, 7 K – James Cooper & Kevin Smith each K’ed three times … Josue Calzado committed a fielding error … Kyle Anson allowed a passed ball
Mike Dunn: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 8-2 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 WP, 2-0 GB/FB – 13 K in 12 IP
Steven Artz: 1 IP, zeroes

Low-A Charleston had a scheduled off day.

Just as a heads up, Short Season Staten Island‘s season starts on June 17th, and the Rookie GCL Yanks start two days later on the 19th. Same great DotF, but with 50% more free in three short weeks.

Game 53: Avoiding a sweep
Pettitte, Yanks salvage the finale
  • A.D.

    Igawa joke isn’t funny if it happens.

    Tabata another hit today, Claggett had a solid outing for AA, nice to see Hacker move up and have a good albeit short outing (4 innings)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    When will the rosters for Class A-Short Season and the GCL be available?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Not until like, 2 days before their seasons start. Almost all of SI will be filled by 2008 draftees, and most of the GCL is draftees or kids from Latin America.

  • A.D.

    Hopefully we will finally see the return of C.J. Henry, and Eric Hosmer’s yankee orginization debut (one can dream)

  • Miles Roche

    Gosh, Brett Gardner is on fiyaaah!

    You don’t get a better leadoff hitter than him. . .
    (Can’t remember the last time he didn’t get on base 3 times in a game. Ok, but you get my point.)

  • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com Steven S

    If they need a starter I don’t see how they can’t give the spot start to Giese.

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    it’s a crime gardner isn’t in the bigs yet. he would serve a great role on this team (PR/LIDR) as well as being a solid OBP man. unfortunately, we might not see him fulltime until 2010, when matsui and damon are (likely) gone; unless of course they move him to CF next year, let abreu go and move melky to RF.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      I wouldn’t call it a crime, Brian Cashman said on Michael kay’s radio show that the only reason he’s not in the Bronx is because he is a LHB. Him serving as a pinch runner or defensive replacement is a detriment to his development, that’s the reason he started the year at Scranton instead of with the New York club after his strong Spring Training.

      • A.D.

        They’re high on him, and they’ll probably give him a shot at some outfield position next year, one way or another.

      • Brandon

        it really is a crime people can say all they want about him being a LHB but the point is he is abusing LHP, A-BUS-ING

        vs LHP in 50 AB samples in AAA Gardner: .360/.459/.640 and an OPS of 1.099

        • whozat

          50 ABs is far, far from significant.

          • Brandon

            I know Whozat just pointing out how him being a LHB vs LHP might not actually mean much.

            • Miles Roche

              But It’s more that it would be a killer to have him rot on the bench as opposed to playing every day than him being a LHB. I firmly believe that even if Abreu, Melky or Shelley (righties) go down, Gardner is the 1st man up. Let alone if Damon & Matsui (lefties) are the players being replaced. . .

    • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com Steven S

      Melky to right? Wouldn’ t he be the worst hitting corner OF in the majors?
      Gardner shouldn’t just be a pinch runner, he should be the starting centerfielder.

      • Ramadan

        Gardner is a scrub………..stop falling in love with every minor league prospect

        • A.D.

          He’s been able to adjust & hit at every level, has speed, plays well defensively, and appears to have a good arm from what we saw in spring training, no one is falling in love with him, they want to see what he can do, he could be a Damon type producer (maybe not in his prime or as much power, but a producer).

  • dan

    Trenton game’s over now, for those interested (Bo Hall blew it).

    And I agree about Giese getting the start if they decide to call someone up.

  • RustyJohn

    Giese- yes, needs to get a shot- at the beginning of the year who’d have thunk the rotation would be Wang, Pettite, Moose, Rasner and Giese?

    Baseball is a funny game sometimes.

    • JR_CLT

      Is he on the 40-man roster? If not, the Yanks would have to make room for him.

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        bye Heath Phillips…

    • dan

      It’s actually rather cruel, and sometimes even painful (especially watching Igawa pitch). Good thing the minors provide solace.

    • A.D.

      I think we see Joba start, and giese or white to follow after joba hits the pitch limit

    • al4supay@aol.com

      Go works in Wonderfully Mysterious Ways!!!
      Giese is Battle Tested and Ready!!!

  • Rich

    Trade Igawa now.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Hell, they could just trade Kei for a bunch of bats.

      • A.D.

        With the way players are going through maple bats that are shattering, that would just be good business

  • Bo

    I never want to see Igawa again.

  • Casey

    8 hits in 7 innings. Sounds like he got lucky, again, and only had a couple of runs scored on him.

    It seems though that whenever he comes to the big leagues he doesn’t get that lucky and those 8 hits translate into 5 or 6 runs via a couple of homers or whatever.

    Trade Igawa to Seattle for a bag of balls and a rainshower to be named later.