Sep
12

AAA Game Thread: A week of walk-offs

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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 MiLB.com. Just follow the video links.

Categories : Game Threads, Minors
  • Ivan

    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?

  • dflnj

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

    • Hater

      Same, it says “ready” but shows nothing

  • Ivan

    Nice pitch by Davis to K Miranda.

  • Manimal

    Thanks for opening two game threads.

  • Ivan

    Davis getting outta that jam.

  • Ivan

    Ump strikezone is pretty small don’t ya think.

  • Ivan

    Good throw.

  • Joe

    Nice!

  • Thomas

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

    • Frank

      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

        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

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

      • Frank

        If that’s the case then Davis is throwing 97

  • Ivan

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

  • Ivan

    Lets try get a run here.

  • Ivan

    Yo this ump strikezone is tighter than a virgin coochie.

  • Senor A. Boy

    Is the volume really low for anybody else?

    • Joe

      Yup, did Shelly jsut launch himself at the second baseman?

    • Thomas

      I am surprised the bull didn’t fall this time.

  • Ivan

    Davis command seem off a bit.

  • Ivan

    5-0 SWB.

  • Ivan

    Nasty Hook.

  • Frank

    Oh shit Hughsie’s dealin now!

  • Steve

    Hughes seems to be settling down after a rough first.

  • http://yankees.com D.B.

    where do u see phils velocity?

    • Thomas

      Next to the inning it only pops up on some pitches though. Not sure why.

      • http://yankees.com D.B.

        k thanks

  • Kelvin

    Nasty Hughes. Philty!

  • Frank

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

    • Ivan

      Yea Davis command was off but the ump K zone was just absolutely tight.

  • Ivan

    Wow Davis with a bad night.

  • dan

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

    • martin

      Which browser are you using ?

      • dan

        firefox on mac

        • martin

          You tried flip4mac ?

  • Ivan

    SWB is just laying the smackdown on Durham.

  • Frank

    looking forward to a duel, turned into a slaughter

  • Ivan

    Is this game over?

  • Ivan

    6K’s from Hughes already.

    • Thomas

      Make that 7 as he strikes out the side. Hughes is dealing.

  • Kelvin

    6 ks swinging.

  • Frank

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

    • Steve

      Or the new cutter? Cutters usually are a few MPH slower.

    • Ivan

      with some sink as well.

      • Frank

        Yeah I def. saw some sink on some of his fastballs. Can’t ident. any cutters from this video. But he threw 2 or 3 changes that looked good, and of course his curve is filthy.

  • Frank

    Gosh he’s just toying now…

  • Ivan

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

  • Joe

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

    • Frank

      They’re such homers but I can’t help but laugh.

  • Kelvin

    strikes out the side in order!

  • Steve

    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.

    • Ivan

      They way it seem Hughes is on, they might as well give up.

  • http://yankees.com D.B.

    hughes is ready..sept.17 in the bronx

    • Steve

      NO! I WANT MORE PONSON!!

  • Kelvin

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

    • Steve

      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

        Great point. Showing some maturity in a big game.

      • Kelvin

        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.

  • Joe

    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

    • http://yankees.com D.B.

      no hes ready the velocitys back and everything. this is him pre-hamstring injury

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

        There’s no coincidence that Phil Hughes and Sidney Ponson are lined up on the same day. I really think Hughes’ next start is in the Bronx.

  • Chip

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

  • Kelvin

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

  • Ivan

    Come on Hughes.

  • Ivan

    Hughes losing a little focus here.

  • Ivan

    #8 there.

    • Thomas

      9

  • Kelvin

    8

  • Marc

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

  • Ivan

    Mariano like Cutter by Hughes.

  • Kelvin

    9

  • clammers

    #9
    that cutter looked almost like a slider

  • Ivan

    Hughes would take those calls wow.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    ivan just climaxed.

    • Ivan

      Best Ive ever had.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        laughing and cringing at the same time. touche, my friend. lol

  • Kelvin

    10

  • clammers

    10

  • Ivan

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

  • Marc

    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?!!?!

    • Ivan

      You do see some inxperience by Hughes in this game. Nevertheless the stuff is on with some sick movement and the curveball is just NASTY.

    • Chip

      Because the playoffs are more important of course!

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      he’s 22 and the yankees are not in the playoff race. what’s the rush?

  • Kelvin

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

    • Thomas

      I’ll take Hughes. I think he ends with 14 or 15

  • Marc

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

    • Marc

      Wow, the stadium looks lively…

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      this is the championship series.

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

      They win it all with this game.

  • Ivan

    Last two starts

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

  • Chris

    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).

    • Kelvin

      so, he holds the record now? 23 ks in last 13 ip.

  • Frank

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

    • Chris

      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.

  • Marc

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

    • Joe

      I don’t think that commercial has the intended effect

  • Ivan

    No K on the first out!

    Bust.

  • Ivan

    Nasty Knuckle Curveball.

  • Kelvin

    11

  • Joe

    12

    • Joe

      That is nasty

  • Kelvin

    12. nice outing by Hughes.

  • Ivan

    Another Nasty curve. Hughes last inning.

    23K’s in 13IP.

    Next season just tell Hughes the playoffs start on April.

    • Marc

      I think it is 24K’s. 12 Last game, 12 now

    • Kelvin

      ..and tell him that the game is a must-win game. Amazing, just wow.

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

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

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

    Phil Hughes to Durham’s hitters: http://laser2.legs-world.co.uk.....d-tank.jpg

  • Ivan

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

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

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

    • Thomas

      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.

      • Joe

        No, Ponson may yet figure out how to be some runners on tonight

        • Ivan

          You think the gamblers make bets like, which is gonna happen more often #’s, Ponson eating more cheeseburgers or giving up more runs.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      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.

      • Ivan

        Understanable, he showed some struggles, but you see the stuff and potential.

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

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

    • Ivan

      The Legend continues.

  • Kelvin

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

  • Joe

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

    • Will

      Just like Tampa’s MLB announcers! Those guys are almost as bad as the WGN White Sox crew.

    • Marc

      They said “I am getting sick of this Yankees chant”

      • Joe

        “What does a 250 milliong dollar payroll get you? Minor league championships” Zing!!!

      • Thomas

        They said the Yanks had a $250 million payroll that will only get you two minor league championships.

        • steve (different one)

          when did the Yankees add about $40M to their payroll?

        • Frank

          Sounds like sour grapes to me.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Eh… They’re announcers for the Durham Bulls. Let them be homers, it’s not like they expect their audience to reach very far beyond Durham’s city limits. I don’t watch a lot of minor league ball on TV, but I’d imagine most minor league announcers are pretty big homers.

      • Joe

        ” I thought the Yankees were supposed to be classy in that regard?” Apparently not.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Dude I totally take that statement back. I had the TV on and wasn’t listening to the audio from the game. Just tuned in to hear their opinions after the HR. F em.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        I take it back, these guys are D-bags.

        • Joe

          That guy just advocated beaning Miranda, doesn’t that cross a line?

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            You said that in response to my comment saying that I take it back and these guys are douchebags. Not sure what point you’re trying to make to me, but thanks,

  • Ivan

    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.

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

    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

      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.

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

    Oh man, I love it.

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

    Wow. Mercy rule?

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

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

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      You’d think Miranda pooped on home plate after his HR the way these guys are carrying on. Grow up, it’s a baseball game.

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

      That’s hysterical.

    • Ivan

      Why don’t they just come out and say hey we hate the yankees.

  • Kelvin

    Total domination in both offense and pitching.

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

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

  • Joe

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

    • Thomas

      I was hoping they’d hit Shelley, just to see a huge fight between him and Gomes.

      • Joe

        Albaladejo has an opportunity to get ahead of the curve!

  • Infamous

    Whatd miranda do?

  • Frank

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

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

      Shelley will fuck shit up. The announcers want to talk about retribution, then Elliot Johnson better watch his ass.

  • Ivan

    Sour losers.

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

    Hughes is out for Jon Albaladejo.

    • Ivan

      Not a surprise. He’s thrown 97 pitches.

    • Joe

      For a long name Albaladejo is suprisingly easy to spell

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

        Heh, I was just saying that to myself.

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

        And you pronounced it just like it’s spelled.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    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.

  • Frank

    OMG please keep the cupcakes away from Albaladejo

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

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

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Joshua’s a killer!

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

    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.

    • Ivan

      You ever saw him pitch? He was in the future’s game 2 years ago.

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

        Started the game.

        Stephen Drew K
        Howie Kendrick GB to SS
        Alex Gordon K

        Dunno why I remember that.

    • Joe

      Heard the same thing. I think it was Pete Abe.

  • Ivan

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

  • Bonos

    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.

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

      I’d stick one in his ear next time around.

      Yeah, you’re one to talk about “No Class”.

      • Thomas

        That type of action wouldn’t have happened during Torre’s regime. He would have personally left any Yankees’ game to discipline a AAA player.

  • Kelvin

    I want to see 20 runs scored. :)

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

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

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

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

      • Joe

        Its more fun than a big league game

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

        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

          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).

  • Bonos

    You must be a Patriots fan.

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

      Yeah, that would perfectly explain:

      1. Why I wouldn’t want a Yankee farmhand to get hit.
      2. Why I’m against a ballplayer getting plunked in the fucking head.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        I think he was referring to Kelvin’s wish to see the Yanks score 20 tonight.

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

    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?

    Really?

    • Thomas

      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

      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

        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.

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

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

    • http://yankees.com D.B.

      trenton

  • BigBlueAL

    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????

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

      Some 22-year-old bust, Phil…whatchamacallit.

  • Chip

    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

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

      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

        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?

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

          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.

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

            That’s the AzFL.

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

            • Fabio

              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

        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

  • Ivan

    Melancon pitches one inning today?

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

      Doubt it. He threw 2 yesterday and 1 the day before.

  • Chip

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

  • Jack

    Drat.

  • Ivan

    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.

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

    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

      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

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

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          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

            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.

  • Fabio

    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.

    • Hitman

      Well at least he was classy enough to admit he was wrong.

  • Jack

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

    • Chip

      I’ll go with Miranda, Shelley, Hughes and Albie

  • Ivan

    Wow everybody said the same thing at the same time.

  • Hitman

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