Comeback for the ages in Tampa


So with three starters traded away, Scranton’s left with Al Aceves, Kei Igawa & IPK in their rotation. Chad Jennings says that Alan Horne will rejoin the team and start Monday, but Wednesday’s starter is still up in the air. Maybe Phil Coke or Jason Jones gets bumped up from Trenton, but word is that Coke will start having his innings limited. Both guys certainly deserve it, but either way they’d just be keeping the spot warm for Phil Hughes.

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Rochester)
Alberto Gonzalez: 0 for 3
Eric Duncan & Juan Miranda: both 0 for 4 – E-Dunc K’ed
Matt Carson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K – threw a runner out at first from CF
Cody Ransom: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (missed catch)
Ben Broussard & Chris Stewart: both 1 for 3 – Broussard was hit by a pitch, scored a run & K’ed … Stewart drove in a run & picked a runer off first with a snap throw
JD Closser: 3 for 3, 1 RBI – 10 for his last 22 (.455)
Greg Porter: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 HB
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0-13 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – not one ground ball? sheesh
Steven Jackson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 3 baserunners allowed in his last 6.2 IP
Scott Strickland: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Double-A Trenton (6-3 loss to Portland)
Reegie Corona: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Ramiro Pena & Colin Curtis: both 0 for 4 – Curtis K’ed twice
Austin Jackson & Cody Ehlers: both 1 for 4 – Ajax K’ed twice …  Ehlers doubled, drove in a run, score a run & K’ed
Chris Malec & James Cooper: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Malec scored a run & committed a fielding error … Cooper drove a run & K’ed
Walt Ibarra: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
Joe Muich: 3 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B
George Kontos: 6 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 8-3 GB/FB – uh, can we have McCutchen back now? … in all seriousness, the last 24 hours have been rather weird for him, so he gets a mulligan
Oneli Perez: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 0-3 GB/FB
Mike Gardner: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

High-A Tampa
Game 1
(3-0 win over Dunedin in 7 innings) makeup of yesterday’s game that was cancelled due to a power outage
Luis Nunez: 0 for 2
Eduardo Nunez, Kevin Smith & Andres Perez: all 1 for 3 – Nunez drove in a run & K’ed … Smith drove in a run … Perez K’ed
Josh Kreuzer & Mitch Hilligoss: both 0 for 3
Seth Fortenberry & Kyle Anson: both 2 for 3, 1 R – Fortenberry hit a solo bomb & K’ed
Tommy Baldridge (33): 2 for 2, 1 R
Zach McAllister: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 8-9 GB/FB – 94-16 K/BB ratio on the year … wow … although he is no Jeremy Hellickson in that department
Game 2 (8-7 win over Dunedin in 7 innings, walk-off style) Tampa was down 7-2 heading into the bottom of the 7th, but 4 walks, 4 singles & a double helped them rally for 6 runs and the win
Luis Nunez & Seth Fortenberry: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Nunez scored a run, K’ed thrice & committed a fielding error … Fortenberry K’ed twice & was intentionally walked in the bottom of the 7th to load the bases and set up the double play that would never come
Tim Battle & Andres Perez: both 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – Battle swiped a bag … Perez drove in the winning run with a walk-off single
Kevin Smith: 0 for 2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Eduardo Nunez: 0 for 0, 1 R – scored the winning run after pinch running for Smith
Josh Kreuzer & Mitch Hilligoss: both 1 for 3 – Kreuzer drove in two, drew a walk & K’ed twice … Hilligoss doubled, drove in a run, scored a run & K’ed
Jose Gil: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Chris Kunda: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI
Grant Duff: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2 HB, 3-3 GB/FB
Phil Bartlewski: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 4 K, 1-1 GB/GB
Rob Semerano: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 3-2 GB/FB – wouldn’t have been a 6 run comeback without you

Low-A Charleston (12-9 oss to Hickory)
Abe Almonte: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – threw a runner out at third from CF … hopefully this game helps him break out of his massive slump
Bradley Suttle: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - 17 for his last 48 (.354)
Austin Romine: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI,  1BB, 1 K – he’s going to finish the year with close to 50 XBH in the Sally League as an 18-yr old catcher … holy schnikees
Brandon Laird: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Justin Snyder: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 1 K
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 SB, 2 E (fielding, throwing)
Prilys Cuello: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – seemed like a legit prospect just a year ago, but he’s not much more than filler really … beware of those to-good-to-be-true DSL scouting reports, I’m tellin’ ya
Austin Krum: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Noel Castillo: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 4-4 GB/FB
Adam Olbrychowski: 3.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 4-3 GB/FB – 22 baserunners & 13 runs allowed in 5 IP since moving to the bullpen … yikes
Chase Vacek: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP – doesn’t it seem like he pitches every day?
Stephen Artz: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Short Season Staten Island (4-1 win over Brooklyn)
Ray Kruml (11): 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 K
David Adams (3): 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – he’s now 2 for his last 19 (.105)
Brian Baisley: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI - best player on the best team in the division is also the oldest position player in the league
Jack Rye (13): 1 for 4
Dan Brewer (8) & Addison Maruszack (17): both 0 for 3 - Brewer K’ed & threw a runner out at second from RF
Braedyn Pruitt: 0 for 1 – left in the top of the 4th for an unknown reason
Mitch Abeita (19) & Taylor Grote: both 2 for 3 - Abeita scored a run & doubled … Grote K’ed
Brandon Braboy (18): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5-7 GB/FB
Andy Shetrone: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB
Brad Rulon (34): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – 35 K in 25 IP … utter dominance by the Georgia Tech alum

The Rookie GCL Yanks‘ box score hasn’t been posted yet. Here’s the GCL Scoreboard, they’ll get it updated eventually.

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. Joey H says:

    closser making his case silently to get the call up to the show?

  2. rconn23 says:

    McAllister. Wow. He’s got to start next year in AA.

  3. Jamal G. says:

    Heh, just ran Jesus Montero’s numbers through the MLE and he would roughly equate Jose Molina’s offensive production.

  4. Jamal G. says:

    BTW, Lars Anderson seems to be adjusting to Double-A pretty well. One XBH in 19-PA’s at the Double-A level.

  5. Jamal G. says:

    Real classic between the Cards and Mets on SNY.

  6. Ivan says:

    Obviously Montero has the most potential in our system with the bat, can he fly through the system especially if he soesn’t stick at C?

    • Mike A. says:

      Yeah, but why not leave him at catcher until you’re absolutely certain he can’t handle it? He doesn’t need to be a Gold Glover back there, just passable.

      • Jamal G. says:

        That’s the point I’ve been trying to convey to people. Montero doesn’t even have to be an average defensive backstop for him to be immensely valuable at the Major League level. People think he has to be Russel Martin behind the plate or he’s a failure.

        • Steve says:

          I couldn’t disagree with you more. Catcher is the most important defensive position on the entire team. Unlike any other fielding position, he is involved on every single play. Since in Baseball it all begins with the starting pitcher, the entire team suffers when you have a catcher more concerned with his hitting than his defense.

          Winning teams typically have defense-first catchers. I understand your point about being valuable compared to production at the position, but there’s a reason why most other catchers don’t produce much. Because most teams don’t care much if they do, and they’re right.

      • Ivan says:

        Im not saying take him off catcher, hell that’s my plan as well, see if he can improve and if he doesn’t then pull the plug.

        Here’s one more question, who’s the better prospect Heyward or Montero? Both are playing in the SAL and are the top two prospects there. Heyward is just a beast.

  7. Jamal G. says:

    Albert Pujols: “Fuck this, I’m tired.”

    Cards lead 10-8 in the top of the 14th.

    • Mike A. says:

      In all seriousness, how fucking awesome would it be if the Mets tie this up, and go so deep in the game that Ankiel has to pitch. Man, that would be a blast.

      • Jamal G. says:

        What happened with him? Was it an injury or something physical? I can’t imagine a guy who has been pitching for basically the majority of his life can just lose the ability to deliver the ball over the plate.

        • Mike A. says:

          All mental. He did tear up his knee on his way back, but that was just incidental, not a cause of anything. He literally just lost it.

          It’s a shame, he was unbelievable. Better than Hamels.

          • Jamal G. says:

            Begs the question, which would you rather have, a number one pitcher or a guy who can give you thirty or more Home Runs with an OPS+ of 130 or more?

            I would take the number one pitcher in that scenario but if it’s a choice between Tim Lincecum or Justin Upton, I would have to take Upton. I love pitching but I think the dominant everyday player is more valuable than the dominant ace.

            • Mike A. says:

              Well, if it’s between Lincecum and Upton, you take Upton. He’s a true once-in-a-generation talent.

              If it’s say, Joba or David Wright, a young frontline starter and a young franchise player, don’t you have to take the hitter? More than likely you’ll get a couple more years of excellent production out of him.

            • Ivan says:

              Difficult question. In a 162 game stretch, you probably take the everyday player, but in the postseason, you probably take the ace pitcher.

        • Manimal says:

          Roids/HGH. Every other pitch was a wild pitch. Same thing with Knowblauch.

      • Manimal says:

        i thought about that, would be pretty cool. But I’d rather have the mets lose. I want to see JD drews supposed Knuckler.

      • Ivan says:

        Ankiel’s arm is just plain freakish. It’s truly fuck up how his pitching career ended. No injuries, no accidents, no surgeries, no pain, but instead your mentally incapable of pitching.

        If that was me that would seriously bother me. I would accepted it if hey your arm is fucked but no. Now that takes determination.

      • Steve says:

        HAHAHAHAHAH!!! And then he strikes out the side on 9 pitches, and LaRussa starts using him again as a pitcher.

    • Manimal says:

      LoL man he is really some hitter. STL still showing life… Might not end after just 2 runs…

  8. Mike A. says:

    In other news, the Giants’ pen blows yet another Lincecum win for my fantasy team.

  9. Manimal says:

    Game over. Mets lose to a pathetic Bullpen in Extras.

    • Jamal G. says:

      Heh, so instead of Yadier Molina with the HR, it’s Albert Pujols. Instead of Carlos Beltran making the final out, it’s David Wright (at least he swung the bat…).

      • Ivan says:

        To be fair, That curveball that Wainwright threw was so nasty that even Ted Williams wasn’t gonna hit that. I mean that curve Wainwright was throwing was just SICK.

  10. Mike A. says:

    Yikes, Kazmir came back out after a 1 hr 13 min rain delay.

  11. Mike A. says:

    8 IP, 1 H for Derek Lowe tonight. But it was against the Nats, so it counts for less or something.

    • Manimal says:

      He would look very nice in Pinstripes. CC would look better and Ben Sheets even better than him.

      • Mike A. says:

        Sheets over CC? Oh hells no. CC is a man, he’s 40.

        • Jamal G. says:

          LoL, did you see the SportsCenter piece where the kid and his mother basically called out the coach and said he was a phony? Apparently the coach benched him for no reason whatsoever, so the kid and his mom were like in shock and awe when he had that outburst in the kid’s defense.

        • Manimal says:

          I don’t like CC’s numbers in yankee stadium.

      • Steve says:

        Maybe. Am I the only one who remembers that he lost his job halfway through the 2004 season? I know he redeemed himself in a big way, but that was a roller coaster ride of a season the last time he was in the AL East.

  12. Jamal G. says:

    John Kruk after Ron Villone gives up tying HR to Fernando Tatis: “At least he didn’t wait too long, first hitter”.

    *The highlight has a clear shot of the SNY graphic that shows “1 OUT”.*

    Why is this idiot employed?

    • Mike A. says:

      Affirmation Action, he’s fat and stupid.

    • Manimal says:

      Nutrisystem wouldn’t hire him for commercials. He swore he lost weight but the scale thinks otherwise.

    • Ivan says:

      BBTN was better when Reynolds was there. The only person on that show who has some sense is Onley and maybe Young.

      Isn’t Karl R. a yankee fan?

      • Jamal G. says:

        Eric Young? No, that man is as ignorant as they come. He also struggles speaking legible English.

        Karl Ravech is a Red Sox fan. Where do people get the impression that he’s a Yank fan? I never got that vibe from him.

        I like Buck Showalter, Buster Olney, and Tim Kurkjian (he’s so odd he’s cool).

        • Mike A. says:

          Tim “he’s a HOFer, no doubt about” Kurkjian? He’s cool in a nerdy kind of way. I enjoy his “this is the first time since 1948 that a righthanded batter with the letter P for his first and last initials hit one double to each gap off pitcher who’s previously won 20 games in each league and is the reigning All-Star Game MVP.”

          • Jamal G. says:

            The man has cut out the box scores from every single game since 19-some shit and glued it into his notebooks. He’s freakin’ nuts and all sorts of awesome.

      • Mike A. says:

        I though Ravech was, but apparently he’s a Sox fan according to wiki.

  13. Jamal G. says:

    Can someone explain that Kei Igawa line, it’s been bothering me all night. How did he pitch six innings but recorded only 13-outs in the air and 2-strikeouts? Where did the other three outs come from?

  14. Manimal says:

    lmao did anyone see Prince smash the bat to pieces in anger. Big boy angryyyyyy.

  15. Manimal says:

    Anyone else not liking our chances tomorrow. Our offense has been hot but Lester is a yankee killer and Ponson is fat.

    • Jamal G. says:

      Glad to see I’m not the only one with a bias against the obese. :)

      I guess we all have to hope for ‘Luck being a lady tonight’.

      BTW, tonight’s game thread should read: Give Me Mute or Give Me Death

      • Manimal says:

        I tried out that Wii Fit shit at my neighbors house, I was normal BMI(body mass index, a nice way to say the shape your in) and my brother was wayy obese on the BMI test . I laughed my ass off for about an hour.

    • Manimal says:

      The redsox haven’t been swept at home since a 2 game series vs Toronto, April 23, 2007, last 3 game sweep or more was ’06 Boston Massacre.

  16. Reggie C. says:

    MIKE A,
    I don’t know anything about Prilys Cuelo , but i guess he’s an international signee from the Montero class. Right? It sounds like you expected alot more than what he’s shown. Are you purposefully trying to temper expectations around here for the ’09 debuts of Kelvin DeLeon & Sosa?

    • Mike A. says:

      I think Cuello was the ’05 class, but I could be wrong. I’m just trying to keep the hype in check, it’s easy for it to get out of hand for international signees. It’s like, there’s so little factual information available out these guys that what we do have gets extrapolated out.

  17. Mike A. says:

    Steve Berthuime (sp?) said that Olney’s “they lost and I’m bitter about it” line about Vandy’s football team is the best blog line ever.

    I think my “Oh, and can Reggie Willits & Howie Kendrick switch names already and restore order back to the universe?” line last year was better. I’m biased, off course.


    • Jamal G. says:

      “Joe-buh Chamberlain? Who’s this fucking clown? We’ll be back in this game in no time.”

      Ignorant arrogance has to be the funniest thing in the world (Mike & the Mad Dog, FTW!).

      • dan says:

        My dad had virtually the same reaction when I told him they were calling him up. He’s like, “call me when he can get someone out.”

        Now he has a little more faith in me when I say “Robertson is dirty.”

    • Manimal says:

      “I still like Phil Hughes more…” Care to change your opinion Mike?

  18. Jamal G. says:

    What’s more frustrating to watch, the Baltimore Ravens offense or a pitcher who can’t throw the God Damn ball over the plate (as a fan of that pitcher’s team of course)?

    • Manimal says:

      Eli Manning attempting not to act like he has down syndrome. Just makes it look like he really has it even more.

  19. Manimal says:

    Julio Castillo left the jail and was still wearing his uniform. That sucks.

  20. Steve A says:

    What happened to Damon Sublett?

  21. dan says:



    ShawnT– LOOK AT WHAT YOU FUCKING STARTED! BLOOD WAS SHED OVER THIS! (and check Mike’s comment below that one)

  22. Dillon says:

    can anyone confirm the reports that McAllister can hit 94mph?

  23. A.D. says:

    Z-Mac filthy, the 2006 draft gets better and better

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