Scranton walks-off with a playoff spot

Game 128: Moose hunting for 17th W
Moose doesn't win, but Yanks do

Poor Mighty Matt.

Triple-A Scranton (13-12 win over Lehigh Valley, walk-off style) they were down by 6 as late as the 7th inning … the win clinches a postseason berth
Justin Christian: 4 for 6, 1 R, 1 RBI
Melky Cabrera: 1 for 6, 2 K, 1 CS – he was caught trying to steal third with the game tied and one out in the bottom of the 9th … oof
Juan Miranda: 0 for 1, 2 R, 3 BB
Matt Carson: 1 for 1, 2 R, 1 RBI – pinch ran for Miranda … scored the winning run on a walk-off error by the LF
Shelley: 1 for 6, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 K
Ben Broussard: 2 for 6, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Chris Basak: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB
Eric Duncan: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB – what a game tease
Nick Green & Chad Moeller: both 2 for 5, 1 K – Green scored a run & drove in 2 … Moeller plated 1
Phil Hughes: 3.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 2-2 GB/FB – 60 of 86 pitches were strikes (69.8%) … as President of the Phil Hughes Apologists Association, est. 2006, I will gladly point out that Chad Jennings says a good chunk of the damage came on cheap hits … this message was sponsored by the Kevin Thompson for 4th Outfielder Partnership
Zack Kroenke: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB – 31 of 45 pitches were strikes (68.9%)
Scott Patterson: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – blew the save in the 9th, setting up the walk-off win

Double-A Trenton (2-1 loss to Reading) even though the Thunder lost, they still clinched the divisionold friend picked up the save for Reading because Portland lost … an
Ramiro Pena: 1 for 4
Frankie Cervelli, Colin Curtis, Kevin Russo & Walt Ibarra: all 0 for 3, 1 BB – Cervelli & Malec each K’ed twice … Curtis & Russo each K’ed once
Austin Jackson, James Cooper & Edwar Gonzalez: all 0 for 2 – Ajax K’ed twice … Cooper pinch-hit for Ajax in the 6th, and I think Ajax might be nursing something between this and the off-day yesterday … Edwar drew a walk & scored a run
PJ Pilittere: 2 for 4, 1 R
Jeff Marquez: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 12-2 GB/FB – it’s about time he got some groundouts, but 46 K in 97.1 IP is hideous
Jhonny Nunez: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1-4 GB/FB

High-A Tampa
Game 1
(3-1 in over Dunedin in 7 innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Luis Nunez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
Eduardo Nunez, Kevin Smith & Tommy Baldridge (33): all 1 for 3 – Smith drove in a run … Baldridge swiped a bag
Josh Kreuzer, Seth Fortenberry & Jose Gil: all 0 for 2, 1 BB – Kreuzer & Gil each scored a run … Gil also scored a run
Mitch Hilligoss: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – raised his August avg to .203
Wilkins DeLaRosa: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 7-5 GB/FB – holding opponents to a .190 batting avg against
Mike Dunn: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 0-3 GB/FB – looks like the conversion to relief is in full swing … that’s where he was goes to end up long term anyway
Game 2 (11-0 loss to Dunedin in 7 innings)
Luis Nunez: 2 for 4 – 17 for his last 42 (.405)
Kevin Smith: 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
rest of lineup: combined 1 for 20, 1 BB, 4 K – Josh Kreuzer drew the walk … Kyle Anson allowed a passed ball … Tim Battle singled, but surprisingly didn’t strikeout
Alan Horne: 1.2 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 3-1 GB/FBit’s so ugly, I don’t even want you to look … but if you insist on torturing yourself, highlight where his stats should be … don’t say i didn’t warn you
Jason Stephens: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 5-2 GB/FB
Rob Semerano: 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-5 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston
Game 1
(2-0 loss to Columbus in 7 innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Austin Romine: 1 for 3, 1 R – fresh of being named the 5th hottest prospect in the minor on BA’s Hot Sheet
Brandon Laird: 1 for 3, 1 E (missed catch)
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 16 – hey, at least no one struck out
Lance Pendleton: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 9-3 GB/FB
Stephen Artz: 0.2 IP, zeroes
Game 2 is currently in a rain delay. Here’s the box score, I’m not going to wait around for the game to end.

Short Season Staten Island (7-6 loss to Vermont, walk-off style)
Ray Kruml (11) & Brian Baisley: both 2 for 5, 1 K – Kruml doubled, scored two runs, K’ed & threw a runner out at second from CF … Baisley scored a run & K’ed
David Adams (3): 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding)
Jack Rye (13) & Kelvin Castro: both 0 for 4 – Rye scored a run, drove one in & K’ed … Castro K’ed twice & committed a pair of fielding errors
Dan Brewer (8): 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Braedyn Pruitt & Mike Lyon (24): both 0 for 1, 1 BB, 1 K – Pruitt drove in a run & committed a fielding error
Mitch Abeita (19): 0 for 5, 3 K
Taylor Grote: 0 for 3, 1 Bb, 2 K – 3 for his last 23 (.130)
David Phelps (14): 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-5 GB/FB – 41 K in 40.1 IP
Andy Shetrone: 1.2 Ip, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Dan Kapala: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Josue Selenes: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 3-1 GB/FB

The Rookie GCL Yanks were rained out, and they’re not going to make this one up. Their season ends next Wednesday.

Game 128: Moose hunting for 17th W
Moose doesn't win, but Yanks do
  • bill

    Ajax might be injured. He didnt start last night, and tonight he was lifted in the 6th for a pinch runner. Does anyone know anything about this?

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

      I don’t think it’s anything serious. If it was, they wouldn’t have sent him out there to play tonight in the first place. Of course there’s always the chance he aggravated something severely during the game.

      • http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com Mashmore

        Back stiffness for A-Jack

        • bill

          Is it serious? Lets be honest, he’s the Yanks future CFer, not Cabrera or Gardner. Great D, great speed, power potential, a potential 20-20 guy in the majors. I cant wait to see him in pistripes. Hope the back is fine

          • http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com Mashmore

            Does not appear to be serious, no. Should have more on the blog tomorrow…

  • Accent Shallow

    Tough to see Hughes get bombed, but what can you do? Here’s hoping it’s just a dead arm period or somesuch.

    Hope he can be in the bigs and effective soon.

  • Rich I.

    Is it time to say Horne isn’t a top prospect anymore?

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

      Yes, it’s safe to say that. He’s fallen off big time.

      • DaveM

        I can’t help but think there is something physically wrong with Horne. There isn’t any other explanation for it.

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

        Eh, got to like the 3/1-GB/FB, no? ;)

      • Will

        Man. I’m still holding out hope that he gets shut down and gets things (physical, mental, whatever) figured out before next season, but everything about the poor guy just seems to be totally wrong since that biceps injury.

  • bill

    Mike A: What about Hughes adding a circle change or a splitter? That would help his K-rate, and a splitter would also help him get ground balls, and both pitches would be effective against lefties, who have given Hughes an extremely hard time

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

      He’s already added a cutter to battle lefties, but a circle change or a splitter would work too. It’s just a matter of whether or not he can learn the pitch. Not everyone can throw any kind of pitch.

      • bill

        He confuses me. He was lights out in the minors before, and now he has an ERA over 8 in AAA and a 9.00 ERA in the majors. I know he’s only 22, but the fall from grace is alarming. Also, I might be wrong, but I would think a splitter is an easier pitch to throw than a changeup

        • The Fallen Phoenix

          Splitters aren’t exactly elbow friendly, though, and I’m not so sure they’re easier to throw than, say, a circle-change.

          I wouldn’t be concerned, since Hughes hasn’t pitched in a few months; it makes sense that it’d take longer than usual for him to build up his arm strength as a result. Besides, he’s still 22, and small-sample sizes obviously apply, in addition to the caveat that he may well have been pitching injured earlier in the year.

          I mean, look at Clay Buchholz; he was a consensus top prospect coming into the season, is two years older than Hughes, and just got optioned back to AA because he’s just been terrible in the majors this year. It doesn’t mean he’s having a terrible fall from grace, and it doesn’t mean he’s not going to have a long, successful major league career. Sometimes young pitchers just take a couple of seasons to really figure it out in the majors, and Hughes has yet to have one full season, let alone two, to show what he can really do.

          • bill

            I guess youre right. I’ve been spoiled with Joba. He’s so amazing – one year in the minors and he’s already dominating major league hitters. He’s arguably a preseason Cy Young candidate for 2009

      • The Fallen Phoenix

        I had always assumed (possibly mistakenly) that Hughes’ change was of the circle variety, based on PITCH F/X location/movement data and a photo I saw somewhere of his holding a baseball in the circle-change grip.

        • bill

          Yeah, but the few (if any) changeps I’ve seen Hughes throw didnt have that downward action that circle changes have. But he really needs to develop some sort of changeup/splitter to be successful in the majors. He should also throw more 2-seamers that go away from lefties. I’m not a pitching coach, but those suggestions make sense

  • joe

    How’s darvish look? Anyone watching?

    • Steve H

      Not watching, but I read today that some scouts came away disappointed, they expected much more.

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

      He didn’t start tonight. It was a southpaw.

      • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseballdigestdaily Eric SanInocencio

        I saw him against Team USA a few days ago. I was disappointed too. His velocity was ok (mostly 90-91 after you do conversions) and I saw what looked like a slider, possibly a cut. I had to go back to work after that, but he definitely wasn’t WOW when I saw him. Typical deceptive Japanese delivery, and good pitcher build (tall and lean). Wish I had more to report.

    • bill

      How hard does Darvish throw? I still wouldnt touch him as an international FA, not after the Matsuzaka non-signing and the Igawa debacle. Ugh

  • tremont

    I know Wilkins de la Rosa is a bit old for the league, but he has been dominant this year. Does he have to be added to the 40 man after this season? If so, will they protect him?

    • bill

      I hope so. He’s filthy

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

      I’m not sure if he has to be added, but f he does I wouldn’t protect him. He’s no where near big league ready, and if someone wants to take a shot at keeping him on their 25-man roster all season, more power to ’em. It’ll only be a matter of time before he gets offered back.

      • bill

        Why down on de la Rosa?

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

          I never said I was down on DeLaRosa. I just said I wouldn’t add him to the 40-man roster this offseason.

          • bill

            I really like him. He’s the most major league ready lefty in the Yankees system besides Chase Wright (who I do NOT like) and he has nasty stuff and can strike guys out (Wright cant). He needs to refine his delivery more though, but the only reason he’s old for his league is because he’s a converted outfielder only a couple years ago. You could argue he could be pitching in a higher level if not for those years as an OFer.

            • A.D.

              I would argue both Wright and Coke are more major league ready than De La Rosa

  • Manimal

    Im worried about Highes.

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

      It’s two bad AAA starts. Don’t sweat it.

      • Manimal

        two REALLY BAD starts.

        • Chris

          Tonight he had 6K, 1BB and 1HR in 3.1 innings. In his last 2 starts he had 10K, 1BB, and 2HR in 7 innings. Pitchers have very little control on balls in play, and turning them into outs. If the K rate is high, and the BB and HR rates are low, then on average he’ll succeed. The only thing that concerns me about the starts are that he gave up 2 HR. The other hits will sometimes fall in and sometimes not – these last two starts are two cases where the hits happened to fall in.

          • bill

            He’s given up some homeruns to some journeyman bums and and some light-hitting guys down there. He has been tattooed this year at every level

            • Chris

              He’s given up 2 home runs in AAA this year. The first was to a light hitting short stop. The second was Knott’s 20th HR this year. A good HR rate for him would be 1 HR, so clearly this is a small sample size situation.

              Either way, the HR are the only thing that concerns me. The rest will average out over the course of a season.

    • Manimal

      who the hell is Highes? I meant Hughes.

      • Steve

        He’s been so bad the last few starts he’s going incognito. He’s changed his name to Phil Highes and is wearing the glasses around the dugout.

        So far, nobody’s buying it.

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

    Man I suck at Madden.

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

      Dude, I lost a game in overtime leading 16-9 with a minute and change left in the fourth quarter.

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

        Oh, did I mention that I won the fucking coin toss in overtime?

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

          I have no pass defense at all. It’s embarrassingly bad.

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

            Actually, my whole defense in general is bad. The Jets front three is just brutal.

            • Manimal

              Pass rush isn’t too hard.

          • Manimal

            Same, I can’t play 1-1 coverage or pick the ball. I let the computers handle that. What I can do extremely well is run but more spacifically punt returns and touchdowns. Gimme anyone and Ill return it like Hester.

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

              I’ve been controlling my Strong Safeties ever since Madden 2004. My one strength is running the ball. I’m decent enough in defense. My pass offense has always been under par compared to the good online players.

  • Manimal

    US just tied it.

  • jersey

    anyone else bothered by tabata tearing it up since the trade? i have to think that if he finds that stroke at any point be4 the deadline hes still in the yankee farmsystem…

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

      Heh needed a wake up call, and he got it. Let’s see him keep it up for more than 2 weeks.

    • Steve

      If we still had him, he wouldn’t have had a wake up call, now would he?

      Its very tough to say that because someone succeeds elsewhere, he would have done the same with us. Maybe a scout saw something we didn’t that would have never got fixed, or maybe a scout reached him the way one of ours wouldn’t.

      Who knows.

      • bill

        I hope Tabata doesnt come back and bite us

      • Brandon

        That trade still makes me cry at night. I didn’t want to deal that kid he was starting to get it.

  • Manimal

    You guys want to see if there are RAB’ers that play Madden 09, have a ps3 with online and we could start a online league. Really nothing too it. I was thinking 8 teams maybe? I don’t have the game yet but when I do we should do it.

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

      I can’t, but you guys are more than welcome too.

      • Manimal

        If its because you think your bad just remember we aren’t pro’s either.

      • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseballdigestdaily Eric SanInocencio

        Let me know. I’ll play if you set that up.

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

          Yeah, I’m in. Here are my top choices for teams:

          1. Giants
          2. Jaguars

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

            Whoops, meant:

            1. Giants
            2. Packers
            3. Jaguars

            • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseballdigestdaily Eric SanInocencio

              1. Giants (figures Jamal)
              2. Saints

          • Manimal

            We have 2 people plus me is 3.

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

    Q: Chris from Connecticut asks:
    Who will have the better big league career, Lars Anderson or Matt LaPorta?

    A: Ben Badler: Lars

    What the fuck?

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

      Lars Anderson is crazy good dude.

      • Manimal

        I’d take LaPorta.

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

        Oh, I know that. But it just seems like Mr. Badler answered that without a second thought. I don’t think it’s a landslide.

        • Chris

          I think KLaw had the same opinion in his last chat.

        • Manimal

          So Im the only one that would take LaPorta?

        • The Fallen Phoenix

          Matt’s more polished, but Lars has CRAZY upside. It wouldn’t surprise me if Lars outplays Matt over the length of their careers, but since I’m *slightly* biased towards prospects who are closer to the bigs, I’d choose LaPorta.

          But Lars Anderson is very, very good, and I wouldn’t slight someone for choosing him over LaPorta.

          A more interesting comparison is Lars vs. Montero, especially if the latter has to move to 1st base. Montero is further away, so it’d probably be Lars right now, but Jesus’ upside is just incredible…

          • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseballdigestdaily Eric SanInocencio

            I take LaPorta. I’ll tell you who’s the better interview after tomorrow.

    • Manimal

      I think the term is “Crackhead” belongs in this comment.

      • bill

        Did the Yanks have a chance to draft Lars?

        • JimT

          Anderson was taken in the 18th round so every team including the Yankees had a chance to draft him. He was seen as unsignable because he was an accomplished high school student and had a scholarship to UC Berkley.

          Not only can this kid really hit, he also fields his position well.

          • bill

            Ugh

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

    Hughes maybe having trouble due to the fact that he is working on a cutter. He has only been throwing this pitch for a few weeks. If that is the case, he may as well work on it now in SWB. The Yankees are not in need of his services at the show because they are going nowhere fast. I would rather see Hughes develop his pitches this year at AAA and come into spring training next year healthy and ready to take the # 4 or 5 spot in the rotation next season.

    • Manimal

      Did not know that. Maybe this could be the pitch that gets out lefties?

      • VOIII

        way things are going for Hughes this year, I think he’d be happy if the cutter got out anyone who swings a bat :)

        • bill

          The cutter is a nice idea, but he needs more

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

    I fucking hate NoMass. Now every time I see a bottle of Ragu in my cupboard, I can’t stop laughing and can’t help looking like an idiot in front of my mom.

    http://www.nomaas.org/pavanolookback.html

  • bill

    Man Vince Young sucks. So overrated

  • VOIII

    NoMaas Rocks…Lane did a great review of the draft picks this year.

    http://www.nomaas.org/draft/?p=128

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

      Oh yeah, saw that earlier today. it was great. He makes some real nice points about the loss of Gerrit Cole and how it affects the Yanks’ overall draft.

      • Reggie C.

        Just read the draft picks review. Very nice read in its optimism on certain guys. Lassiter and Higashioka are definitely 2 names to watch as both should start next season in Low-A charleston.

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

          “Optimism” being the operative word.

  • mustang

    “as President of the Phil Hughes Apologists Association, est. 2006, I will gladly point out that Chad Jennings says a good chunk of the damage came on cheap hits … this message was sponsored by the Kevin Thompson for 4th Outfielder Partnership”

    I must say the humor at RAB has develop much better then IPK and Hughes have this season.

    • bill

      The cheap hits thing is a little bit of an excuse, to be honest. They all count and 8 ER is 8 ER.

  • bill

    Wow. NFL live has Plaxico Burress over Chad Johnson in terms of fantasy recievers

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

      1. You don’t know how Chad Johnson is going to come back from his injury.

      2. With the loss of Jeremy Shockey and continued aging of Amani Toomer, Plaxico Burress is just that more important to the Giants’ passing attack.

      3. With the continued improvement of T.J. Houshmazilli (I know some of you will get that joke), CJ is not as big to the Bengals’ passing game as Burress is to the Giants’ own.

      In controlled environments you take Johnson, but when you take in the variables of the situations with the Bengals and Giants, it does make some sense to take Plax over CJ.

      • bill

        What about Plaxico Burress’s injury – did he even practice yet? And Burress doesnt have Carson Palmer. I love Burress and the Giants (favorite player, favorite team) but I dont know about Burress over Johnson

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        T.J. Whoseyourmamma, wrap it up!

  • bill

    All these ESPN guys say the Yanks are done. Hankenstein is right, ESPN is full of Sox fans and Yankee haters. Why does everybody hate the best?

  • mustang

    “a good chunk of the damage came on cheap hits ”

    10 hits and 8 ER

    I guess this is same logic that some people used when A-Rod went 0-5, but hit the ball real hard. I call it the Apologists Theory.

    lol

    • mustang

      And mean while in Queens just one run in the past 22 innings, but lets not start that again.

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

        Remember when everyone was saying how dominant Johan was supposed to be in the NL? He’s been very good, but not as good as everyone thought. Imagine if he was in the AL. Look at CC, he moved to the NL and is doing what Johan was supposed to do.

        I’m not trying to start shit, I just find it interesting how one guy dominated the league after the switch and the other hasn’t.

        • mustang

          That’s fine, but I can also make the argument that if wasn’t for lack of run and bullpen support Johan’s recorded could be a lot better.
          With all that happen to Hughes and IPK this season year 1 of the post Santana saga has to go to Johan. That might not of been said if there was some development from Hughes or IPK, but unless some crazy last minute thing happens this season has been a lost for the both of them.

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

            no one thought Hughes/IPK would be better this year. you cant judge a trade for several years. please be less short-sighted.

            • mustang

              ” That might not of been said if there was some development from Hughes or IPK”

              Please read the whole comment.

  • Manimal

    Lincecum is nothing short of amazing.(pun intended)

  • Alan

    Just to update you guys — with tampa’s loss, dunedin clinched the 2nd half title in the FSL. Was at the game, and yes, horne did not look sharp.