AAA Game Thread: A week of walk-offs


With rain falling in New York and the Yanks playing generally uninspired baseball, we turn our attention to Durham where the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees are going for the International League title. A win tonight would bring the Governor’s Cup home to Scranton.

Meanwhile, the 1992 Columbus Clippers were he last Yankee affiliate to grab that coveted AAA title. That team featured quite the collection of players. Bernie Williams was the clear star along with J.T. Snow, Torey Lovullo, Hensely “Bam-Bam” Muelens and Gerald “Ice” Williams. On the pitching front, Bob Wickman, Sam Militello and Russ Springer lead the rotation while Mike Draper closed. That’s quite the collection of stars, never-were’s and has-been’s.

Tonight’s game pits Phil Hughes, coming off one of his most dominant AAA appearances ever, against Wade Davis. This is a matchup of premier right-handed pitching prospects. If it lives up to its billing, it could be a classic.

Scranton leads the best-of-five series 2-1, and every game has been decided in the final at-bat. In fact, Scranton’s last four games have all been walk-offs. You can catch this one for free over at Just follow the video links.

Categories : Game Threads, Minors


  1. Ivan says:

    Isn’t it Ironic that the last yankee team to win the Govenor’s cup (sounds like some shit from NASCAR) was the last years on the yankees not making the playoffs with obviously the last season being 93 and before that 92.

    Good omen for this yankee team uh?

  2. dflnj says:

    Anyone having trouble with the video? I got nothing but a black screen…

  3. Ivan says:

    Nice pitch by Davis to K Miranda.

  4. Manimal says:

    Thanks for opening two game threads.

  5. Ivan says:

    Davis getting outta that jam.

  6. Ivan says:

    Ump strikezone is pretty small don’t ya think.

  7. Ivan says:

    Good throw.

  8. Thomas says:

    Hughes’ velocity is looking low today, mostly 88-89.

    • Frank says:

      One of the great mysteries in the Yankees minors for me. I don’t know how he can be clocked at 93, 94 one day… and then 89, 90 the next. As a matter of fact, I’ve never seen him throw a 95mph pitch. But I’ve read several scouting reports and blogs that have him at that speed.

      • Steve says:

        I don’t get too hung up on radar guns. It can depend on how they are set up. If it captures the ball out of the pitcher’s hand, its fast. If it catches the ball crossing the plate, it loses a few MPH by then and is slow.

        If Hughes pitches another gem tonight, don’t worry what the ball boy did when he aimed the radar gun.

    • Jerry says:

      I was wondering about this. I am wating for Chad Jennings to chime in maybe the broadcast gun is cold.

  9. Ivan says:

    Hughes command wasn’t great and having the tight zone didn’t help, but he got out of it with some help with Carson.

  10. Ivan says:

    Lets try get a run here.

  11. Ivan says:

    Yo this ump strikezone is tighter than a virgin coochie.

  12. Senor A. Boy says:

    Is the volume really low for anybody else?

  13. Ivan says:

    Davis command seem off a bit.

  14. Ivan says:

    Nasty Hook.

  15. Frank says:

    Oh shit Hughsie’s dealin now!

  16. Steve says:

    Hughes seems to be settling down after a rough first.

  17. D.B. says:

    where do u see phils velocity?

  18. Kelvin says:

    Nasty Hughes. Philty!

  19. Frank says:

    Talk about the umps all you want, but Davis simply can’t throw strikes right now.

  20. Ivan says:

    Wow Davis with a bad night.

  21. dan says:

    I downloaded the missing plugins but it’s still not working… anyone know what to do?

  22. Ivan says:

    SWB is just laying the smackdown on Durham.

  23. Frank says:

    looking forward to a duel, turned into a slaughter

  24. Ivan says:

    Is this game over?

  25. Ivan says:

    6K’s from Hughes already.

  26. Kelvin says:

    6 ks swinging.

  27. Frank says:

    92, 93 now for Hughes… 1st inning was probably 2-seamers?

  28. Frank says:

    Gosh he’s just toying now…

  29. Ivan says:

    Hughes K’s the side and overall has 7K’s in 3IP.

  30. Joe says:

    These Durham announcers are great. They sound like two guys who snuck into the box and started calling the game.

  31. Kelvin says:

    strikes out the side in order!

  32. Steve says:

    Hughes strikes out the side.

    At 10-0, I’m not sure how much I should draw from this outing, but the hitters don’t seem to be giving up.

  33. D.B. says:

    hughes is ready..sept.17 in the bronx

  34. Kelvin says:

    a bit high on the pitch count, but just, wow.

    • Steve says:

      He had trouble in the first. The Umpire has a strike zone the size of a postage stamp, but Hughes made the adjustments and Davis didn’t.

      • Frank says:

        Great point. Showing some maturity in a big game.

      • Kelvin says:

        And that is what I liked about Hughes tonight. Successful pitchers in the majors makes adjustments on the fly. Adjusts to not having their best stuff for that night or the umps having a tight strike zone.

  35. Joe says:

    So if this is the last we see of Hughes for the year, seems like a great rebound. I still think you leave him in the minors and let him get comforable for a few more months

  36. Chip says:

    Hughes looks wonderful. Hopefully he can hold down a spot next season in the ML rotation

  37. Kelvin says:

    Ok, now let’s see what Phil would do with this jam.

  38. Ivan says:

    Come on Hughes.

  39. Ivan says:

    Hughes losing a little focus here.

  40. Marc says:

    I am falling in love with Minor league baseball. There is only ONE September!

  41. Ivan says:

    Mariano like Cutter by Hughes.

  42. clammers says:

    that cutter looked almost like a slider

  43. Ivan says:

    Hughes would take those calls wow.

  44. The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

    ivan just climaxed.

  45. Ivan says:

    Hughes K’s the side again, 10 overall. Give him one more inning for the win.

  46. Marc says:

    Wow. He lost focus, but regained and struck out the side…AGAIN. Why the hell isn’t he pitching in a rain delayed game right now?!!?!

  47. Kelvin says:

    so, will there be more runs scored by the team, or more Ks by Hughes?

  48. Marc says:

    Is there another series after this one, or do they win it all with this game?

  49. Ivan says:

    Last two starts

    21K’s in 12IP against two of the best offensive teams in the international league.

  50. Chris says:

    On the radio broadcast they mentioned that the post-season record for K’s was 18 in one season, and 21 in a career. Hughes has 21 so far this post season.

    Also, I find it interesting that 4 balls have been hit in play off Hughes, and the defense has managed to catch only one (on a nice play be Christian at that).

  51. Frank says:

    4 mlb games postponed… so far. Thank God for this game, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself.

    • Chris says:

      With the game being postponed, it means that the pitching options for the 17th will be Ponson on 3 days rest, Rasner or Hughes. I hope they make the right choice.

  52. Marc says:

    Geez, I’ll never do prescription drugs!! Even if I have a prescription!

  53. Ivan says:

    No K on the first out!


  54. Ivan says:

    Nasty Knuckle Curveball.

  55. Kelvin says:

    12. nice outing by Hughes.

  56. Ivan says:

    Another Nasty curve. Hughes last inning.

    23K’s in 13IP.

    Next season just tell Hughes the playoffs start on April.

  57. Mike A. says:

    What a stud. He’s Beckett-esque in the postseason.

  58. Ivan says:

    I betcha there will be a couple people who will throw cold water on Hughes start.

    • Mike A. says:

      He had a 10 run lead!!! Any one can do that with a 10 run lead!!!

    • Thomas says:

      He sucks. This is the minor only the majors matter. And he gave up a run. Runs given up tonight: Hughes 1, Ponson 0. Bust.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

      I’ve said this before and I’m saying it again just because I know I’m going to rile some people up by saying this – I’m a HUGE Phil Hughes fan. That being said… He looked good tonight, but let’s not go overboard. He still struggled with control (a bit) and allowed 8 baserunners (including 4 walks) in 5 innings. 12 Ks out of 15 outs recorded is a pretty sick stat to hang your hat on, of course. All I’m saying is, it’s AAA and he showed some very encouraging signs tonight (about 12 of them, suck it Durham), but he wasn’t exactly a man among boys out there. To build on that lame cliche, at this point in his career he still looks to me like the best boy on the field as opposed to someone who’s just in another league than the opposing hitters.

      Again – I’m a Hughes fan, never wanted to trade him and glad the Yanks haven’t done so. I just think AAA is probably the best place for him, right now, at this point in his career. Dude’s 22 years old, nothing wrong with developing a bit in the minors.

  59. Mike A. says:

    Phil set new single-postseason and career playoff K records for SWB this year.

  60. Kelvin says:

    I also liked how Phil adjusted to the situation. Tight k zone in the first? Adjust. Losing the k zone n the 4th? Adjust.

  61. Joe says:

    Wow, are you listening to these goofs, they are ripping the Yankees apart?

  62. Ivan says:

    Hughes Knuckle-Curve was Moose lit Today and his last start as well.

    You know who’s really lucky, Shelly Duncan.

    He witness Hughes 2 years ago K 13 guys in AA. Then watch him win the only game in the postseason last season. Then witness the last two starts by Hughes.

  63. Jamal G. says:

    I like how people just labeled Phil Hughes a #3 starter because of his 2008 Major League season. So funny how idiotic and short-sighted some people really are. And it’s not just Yankee fans, I’ve read some idiots on Son of Sam Horn who are ready to give up on Clay Buchholz (I’ll gladly take him!), and Mets fans who wanted Mike Pelfrey out the door.

    Why wont people ever learn patience? I mean God Damn, what is so hard about waiting for a guy to develop?

    • Ivan says:

      Because people want instant satification and are ignorant and morons. It’s gotten to a point that young pitchers can’t struggle anymore.

      So guys like Hughes, Buchholz and Ian got their asses lit up, but you learn from it and get better. You can’t give up on young arms this talented.

  64. Jamal G. says:

    LoL @ these announcers saying the lack of Joe Torre in the Yanks’ dugout is the reason Juan Miranda showed some flare on that HR.

  65. Kelvin says:

    Total domination in both offense and pitching.

  66. Jamal G. says:

    Kind of douchebaggery that these announcers are basically begging for a Yankee to get plunked here.

  67. Joe says:

    Well, the only thing left to do is start beaning guys

  68. Infamous says:

    Whatd miranda do?

  69. Frank says:

    Maybe Gomes will start a fight. He’s all class.

  70. Ivan says:

    Sour losers.

  71. Jamal G. says:

    Hughes is out for Jon Albaladejo.

  72. The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

    I hope the Yanks go absolutely crazy celebrating on the Bulls’ field when they wrap up this ridiculous game. I want to hear these announcers completely lose their shit.

  73. Frank says:

    OMG please keep the cupcakes away from Albaladejo

  74. The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

    SUMO TIME!!!!!!!!!!!

  75. Jamal G. says:

    I read somewhere that Humberto Sanchez will be called up to the Majors once the Triple-A playoffs are complete. Can anyone confirm this?

    It would be nice for him. I remember reading an article about him where he said it would be a dream for him to play in the final season of Yankee Stadium since he and his mother, both avid Yankee fans, lived a couple blocks from 161st Street and River Avenue as he was growing up.

  76. Ivan says:

    It’s funny the youngest starting pitcher (youngest pitcher overall) on both teams pitch arguebaly the best game in this series.

  77. Bonos says:

    He did a Manny with both arms and posed on a 19 run game. Hell I’m a Yankee fan and I’d stick one in his ear next time around. No Class.

  78. Kelvin says:

    I want to see 20 runs scored. :)

  79. The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

    Yikes. Could do without the redneck kid blowing kisses to the camera.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

      And apparently Santa’s at the game tonight. They should show crowd shots in between every inning, this is amazing.

      • Joe says:

        Its more fun than a big league game

      • Mike A. says:

        Have you every been to a MiL game? It’s a blast. If you’re in NY, head to a Brooklyn Cyclones game in Coney Island. Just awesome.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

          I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I live in Brooklyn and haven’t made it out to see a game at KeySpan. I always intend to, and to go to SI too, but I have season tickets at the Stadium and that kinda makes it tough (feel like I’m obligated to do non-baseball activities when there’s no Yankees game or else my friends/family/girlfriend will excommunicate me).

  80. Bonos says:

    You must be a Patriots fan.

  81. Jamal G. says:

    I think we have a winner for the dumbest LoHud comment of the day:

    Chris C. September 12th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I’ve heard Yankee Stadium is the rainiest ballpark in the Majors. Is this true, Pete? Where’s the roof, George?


    • Thomas says:

      Don’t worry the Yankees spent a lot of money to dissect New York weather patterns and have placed the new Yankee Stadium in a rain free area of the city.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

      That’s hilarious. RAB should take a page from the Deadspin playbook and do a “LoHud Comment of the Day” post every day or two. Appoint some poor soul to scour the comments every day and choose the most idiotic one. I guess the problem would be finding someone who hates their life enough they’d actually spend time scouring those threads.

      • Jack says:

        I say we make it into a poll. One of the guys picks three finalists from the night before, and we vote on the dumbest one. Directly above the current poll, yesterday’s “winner” is posted.

  82. Jamal G. says:

    Tim Battle, where does he start in 2009 if he’s still part of this organization?

  83. BigBlueAL says:

    Best thing about tonight, with the rain out the Yankees will need a starter for Wed night vs the White Sox. Hmmmmmm, who should start that game????

  84. Chip says:

    I have a question, why isn’t Joba going to Hawaii also to get his innings up for the year? That way you can start him next season

    • Jamal G. says:

      For one, we do not know if he is or isn’t going to the Fall or Winter Leagues. Secondly, even if he were going, he would still need to start the season in the bullpen because the innings are not plentiful in those leagues.

      • Fabio says:

        What is the level of competition in the Hawaian league? If it is bellow AA, Joba will probably strike out the side in 9 pitches every other inning. Isn’t this in some way detrimental to his development?

        • Jamal G. says:

          Double-A and Triple-A players are the only ones who are eligible. The rules allow for an organization to send one player below the Double-A level, but the vast majority are guys with Double-A and Triple-A experience.

          • Mike A. says:

            That’s the AzFL.

            HWB’s between Low-A and High-A, tops. Japanese teams send their minor leaguers to Hawaii too.

            • Fabio says:

              Then Joba has no bussiness throwing 30 innings in this league. This not some small dl assingment, it may really be bad for him. What would be the diference between throwing there and just throwing in Tampa?

              Also, I think Will Carol wrote that the 30 innings rule is based on major league innings, the studies never took in consideration milb innings, and there is no equivalency between them.

      • Chip says:

        That’s very true but figure he can get to 100 or 110 by the end of the season, why not get him 30 more to bring him up to 130 or 140? You could eliminate the need to be in the bullpen by skipping him a few times early in the season and keep him under 170

  85. Ivan says:

    Melancon pitches one inning today?

  86. Chip says:

    I hope Albaladejo closes this game out and gets the save!

  87. Ivan says:

    When Mike bring up the last time the AA yanks won the Governor’s cup, he was talking about the players on that team and bringing up a young Bernie Williams and etc.

    Hopefully years from now, and look at this AAA team, we say hey a young Hughes, IPK and Melancon was on that team.

  88. Jamal G. says:

    Nice job by the Durham announcers completely missing what happened on the field. After Juan Miranda came out on the field for defense, the announcers claimed Miranda was talking smack to the Durham players in the dugout, trying to drive home the point that even after he did something wrong with the showboating, he was being a punk by still talking back when the Durham players let him know about it.

    Now, in comes Chad Jennings with what actually occured on the field:

    I thought Miley would take him out, but Miranda went back to first base and immediately turned to the Durham dugout to appologize. He was tapping his chest and obviously saying he was sorry for showing them up. One of the Bulls was still on the field, and Miranda apologized to him personally.

    Incredibly stupid moment, followed by Miranda doing what he could to make it right.

    Nice job, fellas, nice job.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

      Good for Miranda. He shouldn’t have showboated, but at least someone set him straight and he did the right thing.

      And the announcers are douchebags.

      • Jack says:

        The way I read it, he did it himself, which is even better.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

          Maybe he did it himself, but I don’t see how you get that from CJ’s quote. Also don’t see how I’d deduce that someone set him straight, so whatever, who knows.

          • Jack says:

            It didn’t say anything about anyone setting him straight, so I just assumed he did it himself. Either way, it’s good that he apologized.

  89. Fabio says:

    For those who wanted Miranda Beaned, courtesy of Chad Jennings:

    On that home run — which was a moon shot by the way — Miranda posed in the box, then put one fist in the air as he started toward first base. It was disrespectful, and the Durham bench let him know about it. I thought Miley would take him out, but Miranda went back to first base and immediately turned to the Durham dugout to appologize. He was tapping his chest and obviously saying he was sorry for showing them up. One of the Bulls was still on the field, and Miranda apologized to him personally.

    Incredibly stupid moment, followed by Miranda doing what he could to make it right.

  90. Jack says:

    So who’s all going to be joining the big club after tonight?

  91. Ivan says:

    Wow everybody said the same thing at the same time.

  92. Hitman says:

    Wade Davis was awful. He deserves to be traded just based on that performance alone.

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