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Game 59: If we don't give up 9 runs, we just might win
In which Mike Mussina wins again

Another bullet pointer tonight, resting up during the calm before the draft storm tomorrow. Make sure you keep checking in tomorrow afternoon, I’m going to be live blogging the Yanks’ picks, with analysis and links to all sorts of good stuff. Here’s the box scores for AAA, AA and A-. High-A Tampa’s game was postponed because of wet grounds.

  • Jason Lane hit a homer, Eric Duncan took an 0-fer. Ben Broussard hit another double.
  • Danny McCutchen was hit around again, allowing 11 baserunners (2 homers) and 4 runs in 6 IP.
  • Jose Tabata was MIA after leaving yesterday’s game in the 1st following a HBP.
  • Austin Jackson had a one base hit.
  • George Kontos killed it for 7 IP, allowing 3 hits against 7 K.
  • Mark Melancon picked up the win in extras, Check the TJ Rehab Watch for his stat line.
  • Bradley Suttle, Jesus Montero, Austin Romine and Carmen Angleini all singled. Abe Almonte picked up a pair.
  • Jason Stephens had his worst outing of the year, giving up 5 runs in 5 IP.
  • Craig Heyer and Ryan Zink put up 4 innings of 1 hit, scoreless relief.
Game 59: If we don't give up 9 runs, we just might win
In which Mike Mussina wins again
  • A.D.

    Melancon 3 IP tonight for the W

  • Malcard89

    But wait, isnt it tradition for any of Mike’s sites to stop working the day of the draft? (Reference to both IGWT + Riveraveblues)

    • Mike A.

      Yep. Hoping to buck that trend this year.

    • Ben K.

      Jeez, dude. Don’t jinx us. We’re not going down at all on Thursday. Knock on wood.

  • Brandon

    Gossage 2.0 :)

  • Jon

    Why has Melancon been pitching so many innings of late? Just trying to build his arm strength back up?

    • whozat


  • whozat

    So, McCutchen needs some time to adjust. The scout that Chad Jennings talked to sees him as a reliever in the bigs…do you keep him starting in AAA? Or do you move him to the pen when Horne gets back? He’s adjusting anyway…maybe turn him into a reliever and see if he helps you this year. Or, keep him as a starter and hope he boosts his trade value so you can package him and some others in a deal for some position playing help?

    • Mike A.

      Leave him in the rotation until you absolutely need to move him to the pen. Like Montero and catching, keep him there until your hand is forced.

      • TurnTwo

        although wouldnt you say now is about as close to forced as you can get without actually being forced?

  • A.D.

    Braves need pen help….maybe Farns who had success there earlier

    • TurnTwo

      package Farnsworth with Johnny Damon, and maybe you can even get back something worthwhile, perhaps one of their top 3 OF prospects.

  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Melancon = beast. That’s all I can say.

  • daneptizl

    The Mark Melancon plan really intrigues me….

  • dan

    Keith Law obviously knows what he’s talking about probably more so than anyone I’ve seen (sorry Mike), but it sounds like he’s reading word for word off the teleprompter on baseball tonight. Maybe I’m just jaded by the hollering and ranting and raving from everyone else on ESPN.

    • Mike A.

      Yeah, but he’s the only one at ESPN with half a brain.

      • Joey

        Neyer and Buster?

        • Mike A.

          Eh and no.

        • Mike R.

          I think that a brain and the space between Buster’s ears would be a perfect fit.

          • Lanny

            Neyer is a good read and has written some good books. And Olney has the best baseball blog on the web.

            • Ben K.

              I don’t know if I’d call Olney’s blog the best on the web. He doesn’t put a lot of original thought into it. It’s a one-a-day breakdown of news from around the majors. Anyone could do that. It’s a great resource, but the best blog? Nah.

              Neyer’s blog is much better for its intended audience.

      • Pablo Zevallos

        and even then his propsect list was extremely disappointing

  • Giselle

    when the F is phil hughes gonna be pitching again? shouldn’t he start rehab soon? i miss him.

  • Chip

    Man, it’s about time to bring Melancon up the way he’s been dominating. Maybe he can take care of both the 7th and 8th innings for us. Him and Cox could be quite the duo towards the end of the year in front of Mo. Just stick those two, Ollie, Edwar, Britton, Mo and Giese (we need a long man) out there and let em go at it.

  • stuart

    Hughes had a hot spot on his last exam(I think Cat scan), so they wanted to give it anothe week.

    yeah can’t wait to get him back.

    I like Chips idea for the pen.. bye kyle and latroy go all young, screw it……

    • Chip

      It’s worked for the Padres for years so why not us right?

      • Lanny

        And the Padres got young guys who actually threw strikes and got outs. Veterans, rooks, aliens, commies whatever. It’s pretty simple out in the pen. Throw strikes. If our young guys can do that I am all for it. So far they haven’t impressed.

        Hopefully it looks like Ohlendorf may be turning a corner.

  • Lanny

    Melancon is coming off TJ surgery. Can he build up some arm strength and dominate the minors before we anoint him the second coming? Give the kid some time.

    • Guiseppe Franco

      He’s doing a pretty good job of building his arm strength because he’s already thrown 43 IP on the season including tonight’s performance.

      Even if his cap is 80 IP for the season (which is a lot to ask of a reliever), he’s more than half way there already on June 4th.

      I would imagine he’s not long for Trenton and I wouldn’t be shocked at all if he’s in the Bronx within a month.

  • yanks26

    Scranton and Charleston lost, while Trenton pulled a win out in the 12 inning. Tampa was rained out. Dan McCutchen pitched better for Scranton, but is still adjusting to AAA and is 0-3. Here’s an interview with Cutch from Chad Jennings:

    Mark Melancon continues to impress in relief for Trenton, going 3 innings with 1 hit and no walks for the win. Jose Tabata was not in the lineup after being hit by a pitch the previous game.

    Scranton L 5-4
    Brett Gardner 1-4, 2 k
    Alberto Gonzalez 1-4, R, K
    Jason Lane 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, K, outfield assist – When is he going to swap places with Shelley?
    Ben Broussard 2-4, 2 R, 2B, K
    Dan McCutchen 6 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR
    Billy Traber 2 IP, 3 H, 0’s, 1 K
    Scott Patterson 1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

    Trenton W 3-1 12 innings
    Ramiro Pena 2-5, 2 R, BB
    Austin Jackson 1-4, R, 1 BB, 1 K
    Colin Curtis 0-6, K
    Edwar Gonzalez 1-5, 2 RBI
    George Kontos 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
    Anthony Claggett 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
    Mark Melancon 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – winning pitcher

    Tampa PPD

    Charleston L 5-2
    Abraham Almonte 2-5, K, CS
    Justin Snyder 0-3, 2 BB
    Bradley Suttle 1-4, R, 3 K, E
    Jesus Montero 1-4
    Austin Romine 1-4, K
    Carmen Angelini 1-4, RBI
    Jason Stephens 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

  • Manimal

    Melancon is approaching his most inning throw in his life for one season, do you think that its time to bring him up?

  • Mike N (Stamford, CT)

    Anyone know what is going on with Tabata? MIA again. Is this just a 19 year old dealing with failure for the first time in his life on a baseball field or is their something more going on?

    • Ben K.

      He got HBP on Tuesday and hasn’t played since. The Yanks aren’t exactly forthcoming these days with MiLB injuries so your guess is as good as anyone else’s.

  • JohnC

    Any news on Wady Ruffino? Supposedly he had a ‘lower body injury’ .

    • DaveM

      A cup will prevent alot of those “lower body injuries”

  • Todd

    The title of this article made me giggle and pee myself a little.

    • Manimal

      yeah me too.

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