Brett freaking Gardner … that is all

Game 77: Leading off by not getting on base
Yanks make the Pirates look good

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 loss to Columbus)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K – on base (ready for this?) 17 times in his last 5 games
Cody Ransom: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Shelley: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – breaks up a 5 game multi-hit streak
Jason Lane: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB – picked off second
Eric Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 E (fielding)
Nick Green & JD Closser: both 2 for 4 – Green K’ed & committed a throwing error
Alan Horne: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 10-6 GB/FB – 61 of 105 pitches were strikes (58.1%)
JB Cox: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

Heath Phillips: 1 IP, zeroes
Scott Strickland: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – 12 baserunners & 14 K in his last 14 IP

Double-A Trenton (6-2 win over Erie)
Ramiro Pena: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 K
Colin Curtis: 2 for 4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB – flip-flopped in the order with Ajax
Austin Jackson: 0 for 2, 3 BB – 4-7 K/BB ratio in his last 10 games
PJ Pilittere & Jose Tabata: both 0 for 4, 1 K – PJ also drew a walk
Cody Ehlers: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K
Chris Malec: 2 for 4, 1 R – breaks out of a little 2 for 13 slump
Edwar Gonzalez: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – that’s a good way to respond to being dropped from cleanup to 8th in the order
Reegie Corona: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 SB
Phil Coke: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 7-4 GB/FB
Eric Wordekemper: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-3 GB/FB – he’s already allowed more hits (40 to 39), earned runs (15 to 3) and walks (18 to 11) than last year

High-A Tampa (4-1 win over Daytona)
Luis Nunez: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
James Cooper & CJ Henry: both 1 for 3, 1 K – Cooper drew a walk & was hit by a pitch … Henry swiped a bag & scored a run
Mitch Hilligoss: 1 for 4, 1 SB, 1 CS
Andres Perez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 2 K – 79 K in 60 games to go along with a .236 avg
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing)
Mike Dunn: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 7-5 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias & Jon Hovis: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston
Game 1
(4-3 win over Rome) this was the completion of yesterday’s suspended game
Abe Almonte: 3 for 4, 1 SB, 1 CS – picked off first
Justin Snyder, David Williams & Walt Ibarra: all 1 for 3 – Snyder doubled, scored a run, drove in another, walked & K’ed … Williams K’ed twice … Ibarra scored a run
Bradley Suttle: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K
Jesus Montero: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – 17 for his last 36 (.472)
Austin Romine, Brandon Laird & Austin Krum: all 1 for 4 – Laird smacked a 2-run homer … Krum scored a run
Noel Castillo: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-3 GB/FB – started the game yesterday, before the rains came
Craig Heyer: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 8-1 GB/FB
Jesse Hoover: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Chase Vacek: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4-2 GB/FB
Game 2 (6-1 loss to Rome in 7 innings)
Abe Almonte, Brandon Laird, Taylor Holiday & Prilys Cuello: all 0 for 3 – Almonte K’ed once, Cuello thrice … Holiday drove in a run & K’ed once himself
Bradley Suttle & Austin Romine: both 1 for 3 – Suttle committed a throwing error … Romine scored a run & K’ed
Jesus Montero & Carmen Angelini: both 0 for 2, 1 BB – Angelini committed a fielding error
Austin Krum: 1 for 2, 1 BB – threw a runner out at third from RF
Adam Olbrychowski: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 5-2 GB/FB
Nick Chigges: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – first appearance of the year, where the hell has he been?

Short Season Staten Island (4-3 win over Aberdeen)
Matt Morris & Addison Maruszack: both 1 for 3 – Morris was hit by a pitch, drove in a run, swiped 2 bags & K’ed … Maruszack drew a walk, stole a base & scored a run
David Adams: 3 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding) – 6 for his last 13
Dan Brewer: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
Brian Baisley: 0 for 4, 1 HBP, 1 PB
Braedyn Pruitt: 0 for 5, 4 K – well, at least he still has a sub-1.00 K/BB ratio this year (18-20)
Mike Lyon: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 BB, 1 SB – on base 11 times in 5 games
Taylor Grote: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 3 K
Melky Mesa: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Brandon Braboy: 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2-3 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Tim Dennehy: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FB – he also picked a runner off first
Josue Selenes: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Jacinto Gonell: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – faced all righties tonight … he’s allowed 1 baserunner in 4 IP so far

Rookie GCL Yanks (5-1 loss to GCL Phillies)
Jose Pirela, Zoilo Almonte & Jimmy Paredes: all 0 for 4 – Pirela & Paredes K’ed … Pirela also committed a fielding error)
Corban Joseph: 1 for 4, 1 K – first career hit
Chad Gross: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Tom Baldridge: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – picked off first
Chase Weems: 2 for 3, 1 RBI
Chris Smith: 0 for 3, 1 K
Humberto Sanchez: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HB, 0-2 GB/FB – 592 days after being acquired, he finally pitches in a game
Dellin Betances: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1-4 GB/FB – rehabbin’
Rich Martinez: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5-1 GB/FB

Fresno State is takin’ the screws to Georgia in Game 2 of the College World Series Finals. Georgia was leading 5-0 in the 3rd inning, but Fresno’s bats just went off after that, and current lead 15-8 in the 7th inning. Barring a massive comeback, they’ll meet up one more time tomorrow, winner takes home the Title. I’m not sure who will start the game for each team (Justin Wilson is a good bet for Fresno), but I’m willing to bet the last two men standing tomorrow will be Josh Fields of Georgia, and Brandon Burke of Fresno State.

Game 77: Leading off by not getting on base
Yanks make the Pirates look good
  • A.D.

    J.B. Cox has a 0.68 ERA in AAA, nice to see him back

  • A.D.

    Brett Gardner, greatest player ever?

    Chad Jennings has a nice blurb on BG “developing in front of our eyes” and his patience at the plate

  • huuz

    i’m thankful for DotF, the Yanks game was infuriating.

    • Travis G.

      was it ever.

      will Cox replace Christian after the Pitt series? will they recall Traber? will Gardner get his chance?

      they should start using Venditte for more than just one ip stints. his double-handedness should significantly reduce the stress on him because it’s split in two (essentially).

      • Rich

        Will Damon go on the DL, thereby opening an everyday job for Gardner?

      • Chip

        Pitchers generally get their power from their legs. From what I know, Venditte only has two of them

        • Steven S

          Or does he…..

        • Travis G.

          when we talk about a pitcher’s “stress”, it’s generally concerning the arm(s).

  • rbizzler

    Thanks for DotF Mike, you are a sexy bitch.

    Now that I have got your attention, what are your thoughts on the recent draft signings like Richardson and Chris Smith?

  • stuart

    Gardner pitch? How about hit in the middle of the order?

    If the answer to both questions is no, who gives a crap about him……..

    you guys are delusionsal, axe latroy, send down ohlendorf, call up some of the young stud pen guys, move kyle out of the 8th inning, remove 1 catcher from the roster, wake jeter up, give abreu some guts, give cano a brain ,and then tell me about big changes in yankeeland..

    the yanks pen uscks they have 3 guys dmianting to crazy levels in the minors and they just waste away, I have all the professional pitching coach’s blab about innings limits, need more seasoning, and other BS.

    No other team is as cautious as the Yanks none.. They concern themselves with the long term developemnt of there prospects but no team none is as petrified to let a young guy have a chance..

    thank god Christian is 28 else the yankee hierarchy would be in full panic mode………

    • Chip

      I remember a guy named Edwar who dominated to crazy levels in the minors last year who needed some seasoning. He got a bit more and is doing pretty decently this season.

      I remember back when all the less intellectually inclined fans stayed over on PeteAbe’s blog. Is there a way to send them back?

      • dan

        Check the Facebook site description…

        Educating the baseball masses, one Yankee post at a time.

        Just give him time

  • dan

    While Gardner is playing insane baseball right now, there have been nights more deserving of this DotF title.

    • Jamal G.

      I think the title was more of a reflection on his recent play rather than his performance tonight.

      “Brett Gardner…on base (ready for this?) 17 times in his last 5 games…”

      • LiveFromNewYork

        But as soon as they bring him up, the offense will show him how to reverse that to 5 for 17. Robbie and Melky will show him how to hack like you do in the bigs. Jeter will teach him how to ground into a double play. Then Robbie and Melky will teach him dances and handshakes and shouts whenever he does something even remotely helpful. And all will be SOP in Yankeeland.

        • A.D.

          Yeah they’ll have to put a blindfold & earplugs on him except for batting and fielding….and for those activites still earplugs

  • Manimal

    Do we officially know what damon’s injury is? Last I checked it was a left foot arch injury. That sounds pretty structural to me…

  • Brian (not Dennehy)

    If you could combine Tim Dennehy’s arm and Brian Dennehy’s cachet…

    That’s nigh-superhuman

  • Phil McCracken

    Too bad Gardner is a lefty. The phone would have rang for him today not Christian.

    • Rich


      v. L: 0.329 0.411 0.537 0.947
      v. R: 0.282 0.413 0.403 0.816

    • Todd

      Why is it “too bad Gardner is a lefty” and not “what a great story and opportunity for Christian.” This is actually a great story. A guy who was undrafted, had enough confidence in himself to pursue his dream, and made it to the bigs by performing. It is the American Dream! Gardner will get an opportunity IMO. I actually think that the Yanks simply want BG to play everyday, as opposed to being in and out of the lineup as Christian probably will be. But don’t miss the story that is right in front of our face because Christian has worked just as hard as Gardner and probably had a harder way up because he was a free agent signing as opposed to a high draft choice.

  • Pete

    Do you guys post these box scores after the major league game threads to make us feel better or worse about the day’s action? ;-)

  • The Scout

    Horne’s command (% of strikes) still leaves a lot to be desired. You don’t send someone to the majors with those issues. Looks as though he’ll be wrking them out in Scranton for a while.

  • Reggie C.

    Can we say LOGJAM !

    With JB Cox back before schedule, does this mean that he’s replaced David Robertson as the first potential BP callup? The pressure to promote one of these guys has got to be mounting in the Bronx.

    Is there a shot Cox or Robertson see the majors before the All-star break?

    p.s., What’s with the amount of work Melancon has been getting? It seems like the Yanks aren’t doing a good job monitoring his IP … i think he’s already over 50.

    • A.D.

      Cox just back from arm tiredness & coming off TJ makes me thing that Robertson (who I believe has never been injured) would get called up first

  • Billy Smith

    I don’t see the logic in throwing Melancon as much as has lately. Over his last 10 games, 26.2 innings to bump up to 54. In each of those 10outings he has thrown at least two innings. He might as well be doing this for SWB. He has nothing more to prove in Trenton. Cox is only at 26 ip even with his short stint on the DL.

  • BillyBall

    Chad Jennings is the best. Have to read his notes each day to appreciate what this guy does. Hopefully he gets a chance, and gets called up to the big team in the near future. An excerpt from the Chad.

    “No sooner had I written all of this than a visiting scout randomly started raving about Aceves. I didn’t bring up Aceves, but apparently the scout saw him pitch last week in Harrisburg. In the scouts words, he was a “man pitching to boys.” Said he wouldn’t be surprised to see Aceves in New York by the end of the season. Amazing how many people keep saying that.

    The same scout loves Gardner. Compared him to Brett Butler, which sounds about right to me.”

    Regardless of the loss to the Pirates, this gets you excited for what this team may be in the second half. Aceves is the Mexican signing this past year and he may be ready sooner than later to unseat Rasner or Geise or Ponson, whichever one is holding up that 5th spot. Hopefully Hughes and Kennedy come back soon and make some kind of impact as well.

  • Billy Smith

    Chad Jennings has great connections. If I were a NY paper I would jump at the chance to get him on my staff. I know several people that work for the Scranton paper and they love it there and it would take a lot for them to move.

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