Major comeback in Scranton

Game 83: Happy Gardner Day
Moose didn't lose that game at all

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Buffalo, walk-off style) SWB scored 4 in the bottom of the 9th to get the win
Chris Basak: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K – walk-off sac fly
Jason Lane: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB – 18 for his last 45 (.400)
Shelley: 0 for 4, 2 K – 7 for his last 40 (.175)
Cody Ransom: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – led off the 9th with a walk, triggering the comeback
Eric Duncan: 3 for 4, 1 R
JD Closser: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – hit a 3-R HR in the 9th to tie the game up
Nick Green: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB – scored the winning run after drawing a walk & going from first-to-third on a Greg Porter single
Dan McCutchen: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 6-7 GB/FB – 68 of 103 pitches were strikes (66.0%)
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K – 25 of 44 pitches were strikes (56.8%) … scheduled to start Friday

Double-A Trenton (6 -1 win over Portland)
Ramiro Pena: 2 for 5
Austin Jackson: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – had been in a little 6 for 34 (.174) slump
Chris Malec: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB – 29-28 K/BB ratio in 62 games
Edwar Gonzalez, PJ Pilittere & Jose Tabata: all 1 for 4 – Edwar doubled, drove in a run & K’ed … Tabata scored a run
Carlos Mendoza: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Reegie Corona: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Eric Hacker: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HB, 8-10 GB/FB – he’s allowed just 19 ER in 92 IP this year (1.86)
Mike Gardner: 1 IP, zeroes – just back from the DL
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – just promoted from Tampa

High-A Tampa (4-3 loss to Palm Beach)
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
James Cooper: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB – picked off first
Mitch Hilligoss: 0 for 4, 3 K – ouch
Jose Gil: 4 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Kevin Smith & Seth Fortenberry: both 1 for 3 – Smith drove in a run, was hit by a pitch & K’ed twice … Fortenberry drew a walk & K’ed
CJ Henry: 0 for 4, 1 K
Mike Dunn: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 4-6 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding)
Rob Semerano: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 6-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (5-3 win over Savannah)
Abe Almonte, Justin Snyder, Bradley Suttle & Jesus Montero: all 1 for 4 – Almonte doubled & K’ed … Snyder drove in a run & K’ed … Suttle scored a run & K’ed three times … Montero scored a run & K’ed
Austin Romine: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI – hitting .295 with a .720+ OPS … what more could you want?
Brandon Laird: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding) – couldn’t sustain it after yesterday’s 4-hit effort
Jairo Heredia: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 11-4 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – dominance … he’s allowed 69 baserunners against 53 K in 54.2 IP … that’s as good as it gets for a 19-yr old in full season ball
Craig Heyer: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K
Stephen Artz: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Short Season Staten Island
Game 1
(5-3 loss to Aberdeen) this was the completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended due to rain
Walter Ibarra & David Adams: both 2 for 5 – Ibarra hit a solo homer, drove in another run & stole a bag … Adams doubled
Braedyn Pruitt & Brian Baisley: both 0 for 4 – Baisley scored a run & K’ed
Mike Lyon & Jahdiel Santamaria: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Lyon scored a run … Santamaria drove in a run & K’ed twice
Jack Rye: 1 for 4, 1 E (fielding)
Dan Brewer: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 HBP
Melky Mesa: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Brandon Braboy: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – started, but had to leave the game after the first rain delay
Drew Shetrone: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 3 K – replaced Braboy, but his appearance was cut short when the game was finally suspended

Brad Rulon: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1-5 GB/FB
Jacinto Gonell: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3-5 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – induced a fly ball out of a RHB, then retired a LHB, walked a LHB, and K’ed a LHB to end the game … hasn’t allowed a hit since June 19th, 6.1 IP ago
Game 2 (3-0 win over Aberdeen in 7 innings)
Ray Kruml, Braedyn Pruitt & Brian Baisley: all 1 for 3 – Kruml scored & drove in a run … Pruitt doubled (giving him a whopping 3 XBH on the year), scored a run & K’ed … Baisley plated a run & K’ed
Jack Rye: 0 for 1, 2 BB
Taylor Grote & Walter Ibarra: both 0 for 2 – Grote walked & K’ed twice
Mitch Abeita: 0 for 3, 2 K
David Phelps: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 8-3 GB/FB – easily the best start of his young career
Josue Selenes: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Rookie GCL Yanks (10-3 loss to GCL Braves)
Tom Baldridge: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Jimmy Paredes: 2 for 4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – nice little sleeper to keep an eye on
rest of lineup: combined 1 for 26, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K – Jose Pirela & Chad Gross each drove in a run with a groundout … Gross also threw a runner out at third from LF … Chase Weems drew a walk & scored a run
Dellin Betances: 2.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2-2 GB/FB – he’s getting rocked in the GCL … 16 baserunners allowed in 6.1 IP
Nick Asselin: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
ryan Pope: 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 5-6 GB/FB – the “upper body injury” wrecked what was a very impressive first full season as a pro

Game 83: Happy Gardner Day
Moose didn't lose that game at all
  • Casper

    Mike A. – Jairo H. is actually still 18… Success in Low-A is certainly impressive at 18 or 19, though.

  • A.D.

    Hacker putting together a hell of a season

    I believe Heredia is only 18, turns 19 at the end of the year

  • A.D.

    Love that Igawa comes out pitches poorly, and picks up a win

  • dan

    Eric Duncan’s 2008 is no better than his 2007 season. Similar slash line, similar ratios, and he hasn’t shown that he can hit lefties.

    • A.D.

      He flirted with putting up some numbers earlier, but it looks like not so much.

      Switch Duncan & Malec in the system?

      • dan

        If that’s the only way to get Malec AAA at bats, then sure. But that said, I don’t think a demotion to AA would help Duncan.

  • McCaff

    what can we expect out of Betances? Should we not look for anything great?

  • Travis G.

    so what’s the deal with Venditte? does he or the batter have to declare first? what’s the ML rule?

    • Aaron

      I have no clue what the rule is. The kid has looked pretty impressive thus far though.

    • NC Saint

      As I understand it, the batter declares, then he does, and each can switch once during the at-bat. Pretty much the opposite of the rule he ran up against in college.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos

        The batter declares and gets into a ready position. Then Venditte declares and throws. If the batter leaves his ready position and tries to jump across to the other box, Venditte does not have to throw, he can just wait and then change his declaration.

        But once the pitch is thrown, NEITHER SIDE can switch again. After pitch one, both batter and pitcher must continue to stay on their respective sides until the AB is over.

      • christopher

        if i recall – in his inhuman yeas switch hittes who came uplefty against would switch mid at-bat to the igth side to neutalize the cutter if it was relly on. happened a lot pre-at bat but i am sure i saw it done in the middle of the AB

        efentually i think the soltuion will be to institue a rule scewing over the pither and making him declare not enough revenue for MLB when too much advantage goes to the pitchers.

        woujl love to see him develop and one day pull that at the major league level

  • E-ROC

    At least one Yankee team knows how to make a comeback.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    So Scranton is going to continue the season?

    • Guiseppe Franco

      I have no idea why you have taken this Brett Gardner thing so personal. It’s kind of pathetic.

      Is Melky your cousin or something?

      No matter how you look at it, Melky needs a kick in the ass.

      If this move lights a fire under him, it’s a win-win for everybody.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Just relax, I was just kidding.

        • Guiseppe Franco


          You’ve been on this Melky lovefest/Gardner hatefest for awhile now.

      • christopher

        why do peole get so sensitive about hearing people call melky a 4th outfielder. he is actually a perfect 4th outfielder – gets on tears but suffers from inconsistancy – gets exposed when pitchers face him in multiple games, but can suprise ou with his hot streaks and the guy can effectively play all 3 outfield positions

        i see him being a darn good fill in guy for years to come my only problem with him – and its really not a knowck o him – is that his tade value was decent the last couple of years as people say a very young kid with the potential to go on tears which can make GMs sometimes see star potential. h should have been shoppped when his value was at it highest point, but whats past is past – the guy can help this tem for years to come starting 60 games a year in left/right/or center and as a defensive replacement

        many people who take offense are those who think he is an everyday player or those who get frustrated because he plas every day. deep dow i think the yanks even know that he is what he is – a tweener – not enough plate discipline or speed to lead off on a regular basise — not ebough range to play center every day, and not enough powe to man a corner spot.

        that does not make him a bad player just not a starting player – he is chad curtis – what is so wrong with that? my only fustration is that i tuly believe (no i dont speak with other GMs) that he could have as part of a package netted us a player of more value than he will be worth in the long run

    • dan

      If Guiseppe says it, it’s the truth. And if you think Melky is just fine right now, look at his last 49 games: .220/.284/.266 in 196 PA’s. That’s just pitiful.

      His last 20 games? .153 / .256 / .222 which adds up to a .478 OPS.

  • Reggie C.

    At what point do we put Dellin Betances on a “bust” watch ?? Nagging injury and high BB counts don’t exactly inspire much confidence for the 2nd half. How’s his velocity been? Betances must be missing his spots by ALOT if he’s giving up that many base-runners at GCL. Maybe he’s overthrowing and trying to get back to Charleston in a hurry. Brass should just make sure he’s healthy and get him back to Low-A ball. We can’t mess with this kid’s head by keeping him in the GCL !

    • Casper

      Kinda tough to put a 20 year old on “bust watch,” no?

    • Jamal G.

      You’re contemplating the word bust when he is just three months past his 20th birthday?

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos

        yeah… I didn’t become a bust until well into the second half of my 20’s.

        And George Bush wasn’t a bust until his 40’s… give the kid some time.

    • Joseph P.

      They drafted him knowing he was a long term project. Chill.

    • christopher

      add him to the growing list of players not traded when they should have been, but he is young and cant be called a bust just yet

      besides check out UTUBE – the kid is hilarious

  • Rich

    It’s almost as if some people get a cheap thrill out of finding busts.

  • Sal

    What’s going on with Christian Garcia? How’s his arm feeling? Rehabbing any time soon?

  • John S

    Could someone give me a rundown of who we’re supposed to be noting in the SI/GCL box scores? Obvious Dellin, but who else are projects as ‘interesting’.

    • NC Saint

      Who needs projections, Pat Venditte is already interesting

  • Miles Roche

    You screwed up again, Mike.
    (Ha Haaaaaa!)

    Staten Island, Game 1 subtitle should read 5-3 WIN over Aberdeen. . .

  • yanks99

    Who are the legitimate prospects on Staten Island? I’m going to the game on Wednesday and I want to know who to look out for. Jack Rye is pretty good, right? He’s the outfielder from Florida State. (I obviously know about Pat Venditte too)

    • Mike A.

      David Adams and Dan Brewer are the best prospects on the team, even though Brewer is off to a bad start. Brian Baisley’s an interesting guy too.

      Rye’s probably the most recognizable player on the team because of the CWS coverage, but he’s not a particularly good prospect.

  • JohnC

    Where has Carlos Urena been? Haven’t seen his name at all this season. Don’t tell me he went back to the DSL again?

    • Mike A.

      DSL again probably. He was never that interesting of a prospect to begin with. Lots of unwarranted hype, which is typical for DSL guys.

  • Babe’s Ghost

    Pat Venditte on NPR this afternoon… coming up in 15min

  • Babe’s Ghost

    Meh… it was on Talk of the Nation. Nothing special, typical cr@p.
    On the other hand, the interview with a retired Col about the “lessons learned” in Iraq was excellent. No BS… I guess once you retire you can tell the truth.

  • pat

    mike – i was wondering if you knew anything about salcedo. i heard rumors a few weeks ago that he signed with cleveland but they were largely unsubstantiated. with the loss of inoa u think the money we had earmarked for him will be redirected to the young ss? maybe that money could be used to woo some of our tough signability guys like monar turley or lassiter?

    • Mike A.

      I haven’t heard anything on Salcedo in a while. Let me put it this way: if the kid was as good as they say he is, someone would have paid him by now.

      The draft budget and int’l FA budget are independent of each other. Missing out on Inoa won’t effect how much they give Lassitter, et al. Don’t worry, they have plenty of money available to sign everyone if they choose.

  • J.R.

    So Igawa pitches out of the pen. Does anyone think that this is a sign that they Yankees are moving him to the Pen as a lefty/Long relief man?

    • Mike A.

      He’s starting on Friday, they’re not moving him to the pen. He pitched in relief because a) coming up and pitching that 1 inning for the Yanks screwed up his schedule, and b) SWB’s pen was very shorthanded.

      • J.R.

        Thanks Mike. I was just wondering. I mean the only good game that Igawa remembers was his 6 innings of relief against Boston.

  • christopher

    vey disapointed that the yanks didnt land iona – as far as i know international signing dont count against revenue sharing or the luury tax – why not break the bank on this kid and blow him out o the water.
    felix hernandez chse the mariners despite being offered more money, but they most likely could have had hm had they offered a ridiculous amount of money – should have done the same with Iona – why not flex their muscle more than they are and bully teams to get these guys. am i missing something n the international front? trues they have had some success – cano and soriano to name a couple, but they should be gobbling up all the stars out there. it is one of the few places where they can still domincate with money with little downside