At least the Yanks’ AA affiliate beat the Red Sox’s AA affilate

Game 86: Time to do our best Tampa Bay impression
Lester shuts down punchless Yanks

Double-A Trenton manager Tony Franklin said that Jose Tabata’s hamstring issue is “fairly severe” according to Mike Ashmore. With just about two months left in the season, it might be best for the Yanks and Tabata just to pack it up, get 100% healthy, and come back to Trenton ready to go next year. Remember, at age 19 the kid should still be in Low-A ball. Hard to call this a setback when you factor that in.

Triple-A Scranton‘s game was suspended due to rain after the second inning. IPK gave up a solo job in two otherwise uneventful innings of work. I’m guessing they’ll finish this one up when Lehigh Valley comes back to town in two weeks. I’ll update the stats then.

Double-A Trenton (4-0 win over Portland)
Ramiro Pena & Chris Malec: both 1 for 4 – Malec doubled, scored a run, drove in another & K’ed
Colin Curtis & Austin Jackson: both 2 for 4 – Curtis drove in a run … Ajax scored one
James Cooper & Edwar Gonzalez: both 2 for 3 – Cooper drew a walk & drove in a run … Edwar doubled & scored a run
PJ Pilittere & Cody Ehlers: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Jason Jones: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 5-9 GB/FB - he really should still in AAA
Mark Melancon: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-3 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (2-1 loss to Fort Myers)
The Nunezes: both 1 for 4 – Luis tripled & drove in a run
Mitch Hilligoss, Andres Perez & Jose Gil: all 0 for 4 – Gil K’ed
Seth Fortenberry: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 BB
CJ Henry: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Eladio Rodriguez & Tim Battle: 0 for 3, 1 K
Ivan Nova: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 6-8 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Josh Schmidt: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

Low-A Charleston (5-4 loss to Augusta)
Abe Almonte: 2 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Justin Snyder: 0 for 5, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Bradley Suttle: 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI – he’s beyond hot, just killing the ball right now
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 PB – 9th passed ball on the year
Austin Romine: 0 for 4
Brandon Laird & Prilys Cuello: both 0 for 3 – Laird was hit by a pitch … Cuello drove in a run & K’ed, then left the game for an unknown reason in the 8th
Austin Krum: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 K
Noel Castillo: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1-10 GB/FB – having a really good year … too bad he’s 24 and in Low-A
Jesse Hoover: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 4-1 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Chase Vacek: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – allowed 9 ER in his last 6 IP after allowing 11 ER in his previous 34.2 IP

Short Season Staten Island (10-1 win over Mahoning Valley)
Walt Ibarra: 0 for 5, 3 K, 1 E (fielding) – ouchie
David Adams & Jahdiel Santamaria: both 0 for 4, 1 R – Adams drew a walk … Santamaria drove in a run, K’ed, swiped a bag & was caught stealing another
Brian Baisley: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
Mike Lyon: 1 for 2, 3 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Jack Rye & Dan Brewer: both 2 for 4, 1 R – Rye drove in 2 runs, Brewer drove in 3
Mitch Abeita: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K
Luke Greinke: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 6-1 GB/FB – 0 runs allowed in his last 11.2 IP
Brad Rulon: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Dan Kapala: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – gave up a double to the Indians’ first round pick this year, #29 overall
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K – walked & K’ed a switch hitter & a LHB each

Rookie GCL Yanks (6-2 win over GCL Tigers)
Alvaro Ramirez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Zoilo Almonte: 0 for 5, 1 K – hitting a robust .105
Kyle Anson: 0 for 3, 2 BB – rehabbin’
Tom Baldridge: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 K
Jimmy Paredes: 2 for 5, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
Jose Pirela: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB – 8 for his last 24
Chase Weems: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Emerson Landoni: 4 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – 4 games into his career, he finally picks up his first hit … and then some
Chris Britton: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB – even during rehab appearances, all he does is get outs
Arodys Vizcaino: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP
Manny Barreda: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2-2 GB/FB – too bad he’s not with Staten Island

FYI: No DotF tomorrow because of the holiday. Go blow something up instead.

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Game 86: Time to do our best Tampa Bay impression
Lester shuts down punchless Yanks
  • B

    Should it be time to move Jeter from short?

    • Ivan

      If the yankees wanna improve the team yeah but it won’t happen.

  • Manimal

    its illegal to have fireworks in Massachusetts. So we went to Connecticut to buy some.

  • Manimal

    why isn’t Melancon in scranton. I don’t see a reason for it anymore hes owning AA.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      They want him to develop his Changeup. I’m assuming the level of the pitch currently is probably useless at the Triple-A level and he would get waxed if he were to use it up there so they want him to work on it in the Double-A level.

  • A.D.

    Any news on when Aceves makes his AAA debut?

    Would be nice to see Jones starting instead of Ohlendorf in AAA, because that would make sense

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Ross Ohlendorf is starting to work on his secondary pitches, that makes perfect sense. Ohlendorf is in the plans of the New York Yankees’ bullpen for 2008 so he is of a higher priority in terms of development within the organization.

      • A.D.

        I get that , but Jones has proven over last year and this year what he can do in AA, he needs to move up to AAA, and you can work Ohlendorf at any level in the system to work on secondary pitches, including giving him regular relief outings.

        In reality Ohlendorf hasn’t pitched that well with the Yanks at any level aside from his brief call-up last year, so don’t slow Jones

        • whozat

          Jason Jones is 25 and in AA. Who cares about his development? Ohlendorf actually has interesting stuff and could help a big-league team out of the pen. Him working on his splitter against AAA hitters is far more useful than a 25 year old with fringey stuff getting to start at AAA.

          • http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com Mashmore

            Why would it not surprise me if you’ve never seen Jason Jones pitch…

            I’m not at all comparing Jones’ stuff with Ohlendorf’s, but to say something like you don’t care about someone’s development because they’re in Double-A at age 25 borders on ignorance.

            His supposed fringy stuff was lights out in Scranton, and he’s a Pitcher of the Year candidate in the Eastern League. The guy knows how to pitch, plain and simple.

          • A.D.

            Last time I checked Ross Ohlendorf is 25, and while he has some interesting stuff, has proven nothing.

            Jones has been sucessful at every level, and theres not of solid major leaguers who don’t have stuff that blow you away, Jones is a solid sinker/slider pitcher who is comparable to Jon Lieber. Is that Joba/Hughes exciting, no, but its a solid innings eater, who will give you a chance to win.

            • A.D.

              not should be alot in the above post

  • A.D.

    IPK unimpressive 2 innings, albeint only 2 innings, hopefully he’ll dominate AAA

    • B

      Who cares about him. Hope he stays in the minors and is not called up again!

  • Matt

    Ok, 2 things here. First, the Tampa Yankees went from being one of the most exciting clubs in the minors last year, to being just plain boring this year. Another thing, where has Jon Ortiz been, and isn’t it time he gets a promotion?

    • pat

      if a guys not producing/ injured and hasnt been making DoF headlines then why should he be called up?

    • A.D.

      He last pitched on the 28th, so not the biggest time off, probably just regulating use/what the games have dictated, but who knows.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Ortiz has been outstanding. If he was a guy, the Yanks would have promoted him by now. Just filler. Really good filler, but still filler.

      • A.D.

        But he is 22 with a “career” ERA under 2, essentially the same numbers Wordekemper had going into this season, although neother is a banner prospect, figure gotta give Ortiz a shot at the next level with how well he’s pitching

  • A.D.

    Suttle: Healthy & Getting used to the wood bat/league??

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Hopefully.

  • Rich

    Mike,

    DotF is always appreciated, but never more than after a game like tonight’s.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Thanks. I hear that reporter’s weren’t allowed into the clubhouse after the game. Girardi must be lacing into ‘em pretty good.

      • pat

        i have never seen this team look that dead and lifeless after the first inning anyone watching could have seen the game was over

        • A.D.

          Hey at least Cano & Melk has a couple of hits….light finally lit under Melk perhaps?

          • pat

            i hate so have such a basic question but do you know anything about when cole and bleich are expected to sign? i know the top round guys usually dont sign until late but what takes so long? are they haggling over money or just want to give them some time off??
            i just wanna see these fuckers pitch.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              Both are rep’ed by Boras, so it’s going to go right down to the wire. If the Yanks offer $3,000,000 for Cole, and Boras thinks he can get $3,000,001, he’ll wait it out until he gets it.

  • A.D.

    Has anyone heard anything about Christian Garcia, and the arm issue?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      It’s the same shoulder issue that delayed his start to the season. It’s been described as “general soreness,” so who knows how bad it really is.

      • A.D.

        unfortunate

  • rconn23

    Going to New Hampshire to watch Trenton tomorrow. Looks like I won’t get to see Melancon. Any idea who’s starting?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Looks like Chase Wright. He’ll be on a strict pitch count, so you’ll probably see Steven Jackson for a few innings too.

  • rconn23

    Cool. Thanks. As always, you do a great job with the site.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Thanks.

  • Jim Leyritz

    Let’s send Melky Cabrera to the minors and bring up Melky Mesa.

    • DaveM

      Yes that would be good. If you don’t like your Melky, swap him with another Melky.

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