Miranda, Henry & Cervelli all return to actionBy
Short Season Staten Island kicks off their season tomorrow, and you can see their roster here. Shot in the dark, I’ll say Nick Chigges gets the ball on Opening Day. You have no idea how much I’m looking forward to seeing what Pat Venditte can do. The Rookie GCL Yanks start their season this Thursday, but their roster hasn’t been posted yet.
Triple-A Scranton (10-0 beatdown at the hands of Norfolk)
Brett Gardner & Eric Duncan: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Duncan doubled
Justin Christian & Nick Green: both 2 for 4 – Christian stole a base … Green doubled & K’ed
Cody Ransom & JD Closser: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Ransom was caught stealing
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 0 for 4, 2 K- out since May 18th with a shoulder injury
Matt Carson: 0 for 4, 1 K
Jeff Karstens: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 5-5 GB/FB – 55 of 85 pitches were strikes (64.7%) … could he be a candidate to fill Wang’s spot? Man I sure hope not…
Heath Phillips: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K
Steven White: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2 HB, 1E (pickoff) – 21 of 49 pitches were strikes (42.9%) … he’s allowed 71 baserunners & 35 earned runs in his last 30.1 IP … he’s been beyond terrible, not even worthy of the NOFX reference anymore
Scott Patterson: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – allowed all 3 inherited runners to score
Scott Strickland: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Double-A Trenton had a scheduled off day, like the rest of the Eastern League.
High-A Tampa (3-2 win over Clearwater in 11 innings)
Eduardo Nunez: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K
Mitch Hilligoss & Andres Perez: both 1 for 5 – Hilligoss committed a fielding error … Perez K’ed
James Cooper: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
CJ Henry: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K – first game of the year after injuring his neck in a collision with another outfielder during Spring Training … oh yeah, he’s an outfielder now
Seth Fortenberry: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – hit the go-ahead solo homer in the 11th
Frankie Cervelli: 0 for 4, 1 K, 1 PB – first game of the year after, well, you know
Ivan Nova: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 10-3 GB/FB – first time since May 25th that he didn’t allow 6 earned runs in a start
Josh Schmidt: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB
Low-A Charleston is off until Friday for the All-Star break. The River Dogs boast six All-Stars: Jesus Montero, Justin Snyder, Jason Stephens, Jon Ortiz, Lance Pendleton (recently named to the team as a replacement) & manager Torre Tyson. Jesus Montero will participate in the Home Run Derby tomorrow afternoon, then presumably start behind the plate (or maybe at DH) for the Southern squad in the game tomorrow night.
Draftees in the College World Series
Jack Rye (Florida State, 13th round): 1 for 5, 1 BB – left a total of 12 men on base during FSU’s two games … the ‘Noles lost to Miami 7-5 in the loser’s bracket and are going home … Rye should be batting cleanup for the SI Yanks within a week or so
Stanford lost to Georgia 4-3 tonight; Jeremy Bleich did not pitch. M’s first rounder Josh Fields was throwing cheddar in the 9th. Stanford will now face Miami in an elimination game on Wednesday. The winner of that game will take on Georgia on Friday, needing to beat the Bulldogs two straight games to make the CWS Finals. Bleich may start Wednesday on three days rest, but more than likely senior Erik Davis will get the ball, with Bleich on call in the bullpen.