Betances shows some improvement

Yanks acquire Nady, Marte from Pittsburgh
But who's going to pitch the 8th inning?

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Triple-A Scranton (7-3 win over Rochester)
Bernie Castro: 1 for 5, 1 K
Alberto Gonzalez: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Matt Carson: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 2 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – .969 OPS vs RHP … .455 vs LHB
Cody Ransom: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Ben Broussard: 1 for 4, 1 RBI – couldn’t make it 3 straight with a homer
JD Closser: 2 for 4, 1 K
Chris Stewart: 3 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – picked a runner off first with a snap throw
Nick Green: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K – threw a runner out at home from RF
Jeff Karstens: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3-6 GB/FB – 65 of 95 pitches were strikes (68.4%)
Steven Jackson: 0.1 IP, zeroes
Brian Bruney: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Billy Traber: 0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K - useless with Marte now on board … of course he was useless before that too
Chris Britton:2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB

Double-A Trenton (2-1 loss to Portland)
Ramiro Pena: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Edwar Gonzalez: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
James Cooper: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 21, 3 BB, 7 K – Joe Muich allowed a passed ball & committed a fielding error
Phil Coke: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K – so long Cokey
Eric Wordekemper: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-3 GB/FB
Anthony Claggett: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4-2 GB/FB – had allowed 1 ER since June 18th

High-A Tampa‘s game was postponed because someone forgot to the pay the Legends Field electric bill – they had a power outage. They’ve got tomorrow and Sunday to make it up.

Low-A Charleston (8-1 win over Hickory)
Abe Almonte: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – the epic slump continues
Bradley Suttle: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B
Austin Romine, Justin Snyder & Carmen Angelini: all 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB – Romine drove in a run & K’ed … Snyder doubled, drove in a run & swiped a bag … Angelini committed a fielding error, his first in weeks
Jesus Montero: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI
Brandon Laird: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Austin Krum: 1 for 4, 2 RBI
Dellin Betances: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HB, 7-7 GB/FB – 4 walks in his last 17 IP … improvement!
Jesse Hoover: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K
Gabe Medina: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Short Season Staten Island (6-4 loss to Brooklyn)
Ray Kruml (11): 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI – he’s had the best pro debut of ’08 draftees, hands down
Steven Strausbaugh: 1 for 4, 1 R
Taylor Grote: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – had been 3 for his last 22
Brian Chaves: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 14, 4 BB, 8 K – David Adams & Mike Lyon each drew a walk … Jahdiel Santamaria drew 2 walks & was caught stealing
Luke Greinke (12): 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 6-5 GB/FB
Jason Kiley: 2 P, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP
Dan Kapala: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2-0 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks (7-6 loss to GCL Indians)
Jose Pirela, Neall French & Alvaro Ramirez: all 2 for 4, 1 R – French homered & drove in 2 … Ramirez K’ed twice
Chris Smith (5) & Chase Weems: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Smith threw a runner out at home from LF … Weems swiped a bag & K’ed
Zoilo Almonte & Yunior Tabares: both 0 for 4 – Tabares K’ed
Spencer Lucian (31): 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Emerson Landoni: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Chris Garcia: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5-0 GB/FB – stay healthy!
Manny Banuelos: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2 HB, 2-7 GB/FB
Mikey O’Brien (9): 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – pro debut
Matt Richardson (15): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – ditto O’Brien’s comment

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Yanks acquire Nady, Marte from Pittsburgh
But who's going to pitch the 8th inning?
  • Mike W.

    Nice line from Betances.

  • Manimal

    How did Phil Coke pitch but Tabata didn’t?

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

      Well, Tabata’s not a pitcher, so that’s why he didn’t pitch. He’s also out with a hammy injury, which is why he hasn’t played in a few weeks.

      • Jake

        Tabata’s lost season is another reason I feel OK about this trade. Could be a lot longer before he puts it together. If ever.

      • Manimal

        ha-ha. Got me there Mike. You know what I meant though. Too bad I never noticed he was hurt.

        • Doug

          Never change, Manimal. Never change.

  • Kelvin

    Improvement it is.

  • Alan

    I’m wondering whats going to happen with Bruney after the trade for Marte. Doesn’t seem like they’ve got a spot for him now.

    • A.D.

      Unless they flip Marte…

    • RollingWave

      they could always trade Krazy Kyle?

  • E-ROC

    Mike A, do you think Juan Miranda will ever improve against lefties? Or will he be just a dynamite platoon player against righties?

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

      Platoon player. Not even a dynamite one.

  • Joey

    So anyone want to take bets on what inning/body part/how Hampton gets injured tomorrow?

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

      Seriously. I just saw on BBTN that it’ll be his first start since 2005. Wow.

    • Manimal

      Is he distant cousins with Pavano?

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

        Pavano’s pitching in the GCL Tuesday. Woo hoo.

        • Manimal

          How many innings? I know Hughes is throwing 2 on monday.

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

            Probably 1-2, or until he gets hurt. Whatever comes first.

            • Manimal

              haha seriously. He might not even make it to the mound he might get struck by thunder or hit by a meteorite.

              • A.D.

                Kinda what happened to Hampton, in his first Mexican league start this past winter he pulled his Hamstring in the first

            • Steve

              Hurt? He’s playing for a new contract. He’ll be healthy the rest of the year.

          • jeff

            I’ll take the under on 1 inning.

  • jeff

    “Ray Kruml (11): 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI – he’s had the best pro debut of ‘08 draftees, hands down”

    Gotta disagree with that. Mike Lyon has been great while Addison Maruszak and Corban Joseph both been quite a bit better Kruml.

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

      I hear ya, but I think Kruml’s been more consistent since turning the pro. the other guys you’ve listed have had some ups and downs. Pat Venditte also deserves a mention.

      • jeff

        You’re right about ups and downs. Joseph (my early favorite in this class among the position players) has been on fire for the last two weeks –
        .395/.480/.674.

    • Don Cyoti

      Mike,
      How come Corban Joseph disappears a couple times per week? Are they platooning him somehow or for some reason? He disappears but Chris Smith is always there with his 0-3. CoJoe is from a neighboring town here in Middle Tennessee so I’ve adopted him.

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

        I’m honestly not sure. Sometimes they don’t send the really young guys out on road trips and stuff. That might be it.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          It should be a little easier for pitchers, they’re playing with the same equipment.

          • http://www.baby-bombers.com RPimpsner

            Not true. The balls used in professional baseball are different then that used in college.

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    who’s gonna take the place of Ohlendorf and Coke? McAllister and Wright/Jones?

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

      Well, Scranton had six starters anyway – Karstens, IPK, Igawa, Aceves, McCutchen – so no one really needs to replace Ohlie there.

      Alan Horne and Jeff MArquez will be rehabbing soon, so they’ll probably fill in at Trenton for a while. No way McAllister gets promoted again.

    • A.D.

      Jones is the most deserving

  • Chris G.

    Mike,

    Do you think this trade means that Jorge is definitely going for the surgery?

    • Manimal

      Either Jorge or Matsui are done for the season.

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

      He seems pretty hard headed about coming back to play this year, so I’m sure he’s going to try it. I’ll bet that he tries rehab, realizes he can’t do it, then has surgery.

  • Steve

    If Dellin has turned a corner with his control . . . .watch out.

    He’s never been hit all that much, if he can throw strikes he’ll be a beast.

  • A.D.

    World must be coming to an end Malec hasn’t gotten a hit the past 2 days, still needs to to go to AAA

  • Brian

    I’m strangely and unwarrantedly excited seeing Garcia/O’Brien/Richardson pitching GCL. With Hughes and Pavano this week, the GCLY fan must be uber-pleased.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      All 12 of them. I’m on vacation this week, I may go to Tampa to watch some exciting Gulf Coast League Action. Pavano should be good for a model or two in the stands at least.

  • A.D.

    Really hope Garcia is healthy this time around

  • Joey

    Lol, I’m really sorry everyone this has nothing to do with minor league stuff, but it’s back to Hampton. Shysterball has this chart, and since I read it a read minutes ago I still haven’t stopped laughing:

    “I have no idea what’s gonna happen tomorrow, but my suggestion is to take any malady from the first list, and match it up with any body part from the second, and you’ll stand a pretty decent chance of being correct:

    List 1

    Strained
    Pulled
    Torn
    Dead
    Gooey
    Ruptured
    Lazy
    Swimmer’s
    Racked
    Twingy

    List 2

    Elbow
    Spleen
    Butt
    Pectoral
    Achilles
    Quad
    Solar Plexus
    Groin
    Nards
    Ear ”

    I’m going with lazy groin

    • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

      i like gooey nards.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I like strained ear.

  • Manimal

    Anyone see ichiro’s failure.

  • Ben B.

    Mike, I’m not trying to be a prick, but seriously, WTF?

    You guys are one of the top five (top three?) Yankees blogs on the ‘Net. Hey, momma, you need a fucking reliable server. Ok?

    Is this really a money issue? Would you please consider taking JUST A LITTLE more advertising to fix this problem?

    Don’t be a joke.

    Thanks.

    • Jake

      I know, we’re totally not getting our money’s worth from this site. I want a full refund!

      • Ben B.

        Actually, Jake. You’re right. I get a ton from this site.

        Mike, why don’t you run an annual donation drive or something. I think you’d be suprised. People would contribute.

      • Manimal

        You obviously don’t understand the amount of traffic on this site. First of all there was a game going on. Add to that the extra people on because it was a sox game on. There was a trade and RAB was one of the first places to have the news. One person posts a link from RAB to there and now all the people from that site are trying to look at this site. Then someone else links it on another site, and so on.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Ben: Let me say that no one is more aware of our server problems than the three of us. We’re working on it, but it’s not something that can be fixed overnight. If you have a personal bone to pick with us over the reliability of our server on a night when both the Yankees and Red Sox were playing and the Yanks consummated a trade that has some major short- and long-term ramifications, just e-mail us instead of airing it publicly please.

      • Ben B.

        Ben K. (Manimal, too), other Yankee sites get heavy traffic during Red Sox series and around the non-waiver trading dealine, too…. You’re not *that* special (though I’m about to tell you that really are).

        Please devote a post to explain the problem to us.

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        OUR FACTS are that your server sucks and you guys have been publicly (on this site) complaining about your server for over a year (and *privately* complaining about it for G*d knows how long).

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        You need to acknowledge that, of the top 50 baseball blogs/sites on the Internet, you guys are the ONLY site that has this problem.

        And, the time has come for you to fix it.

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        • Geno

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    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

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      I would love to see “River Ave Blues – Powered by Enzyte, to make your blog bigger and better.””.

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    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

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      • http://www.salarydump.wordpress.com Joltin’ Joe

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  • http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com Mashmore

    Alan Horne apparently on his way to Trenton…

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