Ajax goes deep, Laird keeps mashing

Game 68: Houston, we have problems
What good is a Friday night without some ninth-inning nervous pacing?

Triple-A Scranton (9-3 over Richmond)
Bernie Castro: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI – left with an apparent injury after legging out a double
Eric Duncan: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 K
Brett Gardner & Justin Christian: both 1 for 4 – Christian scored a run, swiped 2 bags (including home) & drove in 2
Cody Ransom: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Jason Lane: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – 6 for his last 40
Matt Carson: 2 for 3, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 BB – all the guy does is hit
Nick Green: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Alan Horne: 6.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 10-6 GB/FB – 52 of 88 pitches were strikes (59.1%)
Heath Phillips: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4-2 GB/FB

Double-A Trenton (4-2 loss to Reading)
Ramiro Pena: 3 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Austin Jackson: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – only his 5th RBI since that 7 RBI game on June 1st
Colin Curtis: 1 for 3, 1 BB
Edwar Gonzalez: 1 for 4 – only 1 XBH in his last 11 games
Cody Ehlers & Jose Tabata: both 0 for 4 – Ehlers committed a throwing error … Tabata K’ed
Chris Malec: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
Jose Muich: 1 for 2, 2 BB
Phil Coke: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 8-5 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Steven Jackson: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 44 K in 42 IP

High-A Tampa had a scheduled off day.

Low-A Charleston (5-3 loss to Savannah)
Abe Almonte: 0 for 5, 3 K – 3 for his last 29
Justin Snyder: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – on base 106 times in 67 games
Bradley Suttle & Austin Krum: both 0 for 4, 1 K – Suttle’s 6 for his last 40
Jesus Montero: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Austin Romine: 1 for 4, 2 K
Brandon Laird: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B – 6 doubles in his last 7 games
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 E (both fielding)
David Williams: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Noel Castillo: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 5-8 GB/FB
Chase Vacek: 2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 4-1 GB/FB – 10 baserunners & 16 K in his last 14 IP

Game 68: Houston, we have problems
What good is a Friday night without some ninth-inning nervous pacing?
  • Manimal

    Gardner needs to put pinstripes on asap.

    • Chip

      Doesn’t Scranton wear pinstripes?

  • Matt G.

    Gardner is fast, yes, but at the plate he’s not a hell of a lot different than Erik Duncan. He’s patient and fouls off pitches, but he doesn’t really drive the ball.

    • Yankees=warriors

      Speaking of Eric Duncan, is there really no hope for him anymore?
      I kinda feel bad for him…

    • dan

      That’s way off base. Eric Duncan is a slow first baseman who does that, Gardner is a center fielder with blazing speed. Gardner doesn’t need to drive the ball to be successful, Duncan does.

  • Stylez

    How many more starts does Rasner get untl Horne is fully healthy and throwing the ball good?

    • Piquay

      If Rasner keeps pitching the way he was before his last start, he’s going to be a fixture in our rotation. You don’t take out a 2.something ERA for Horne.

  • JT

    Let’s stop rushing players to the bigs and let them completely develop their skills at AAA.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach

      JT is finally the voice of reason!
      Bless you!

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona Beach

    If you put a flux-capaciter on his back and made him eat some plutonium, Brett Gardner could go back and see Doc Brown in 1955. He’s that fast!

  • A.D.

    Give Horne some time to at least get 10 starts under his belt, maybe we see him in sept as a test run to compete for a starting slot next spring

  • Arizona Steve

    The Big Club is going to need a sixth starter when they play that doubleheader against the Mets in two weeks. Does Horne get that start?