Hughes shoves it up PawSox’s Colon; Shelley sends ’em packin’

Game 143: Moose searching for number 18
Yanks fall to fourth as Moose's quest for 20 hits a speed bump

Triple-A Scranton (2-0 win over Pawtucket in 10 innings, walk-off style) SWB wins series 3-1 … it’s their first trip to the Governor’s Cup since 2001 … they’ll be taking on David Price, Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis & the rest of the Durham Bulls for the Cup
Justin Christian: 1 for 4
Bernie Castro: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – led off the 10th with a double (he advanced to third on an error) after PawSox pitchers had retired 20 straight Yanks
Juan Miranda: 0 for 4, 2 K
Aaron Boone Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – walk-off homer to end the PawSox’s season
Ben Broussard, Matt Carson & Eric Duncan: all 0 for 3 – Broussard & E-Dunc K’ed
Nick Green: 1 for 3, 1 K
Chris Stewart: 0 for 2
Phil Hughes 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 7-6 GB/FB – 75 of 94 pitches were strikes (79.8%) … that’s domination homes, even more impressive considered he was facing a former Cy Young Award winner … career line in the playoffs: 19.2 IP, 12 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 30 K
Scott Strickland:2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HB – 23 of 32 pitches were strikes (71.9%)

Double-A Trenton will take on the Akron Aeros (Indians) in the Eastern League Championship Series for the second consecutive year. Eric Hacker will get the ball in Game 1 of best-of-five series when it begins on Tuesday.

High-A Tampa’s season is over, they did not qualify for the playoffs. The Daytona Cubs lead the Fort Myers Miracle (Twins) in the Florida State League Championship Series.

Low-A Charleston’s season is over, they did not qualify for the playoffs. The Augusta Green Jackets (Giants) and West Virginia Power (Brewers) will play for the South Atlantic League Championship starting tomorrow.

Short Season Staten Island’s season is over; they’ll be taking on the Jamestown Jammers (Marlins) in the first round of the playoffs. The best-of-three series starts tomorrow.

The Rookie GCL Yanks’ season is over. The GCL Phils won the league championship.

Game 143: Moose searching for number 18
Yanks fall to fourth as Moose's quest for 20 hits a speed bump
  • dave


  • Alex

    Phil’s body language through-out the game implied “this is a joke.”

    • radnom

      The game meant more than the one in the Bronx this afternoon.

      • The Scout

        Yes, because they played in Seattle today.

  • Jamal G.

    I’m still annoyed that MO didn’t get the Cy Young that year.

  • Ivan

    Hughes was just sick. He showed why the yanks/fans shouldn’t give up on the guy. The guy demostrated great stuff and was obviously terrfic. Commanded the FB extremely well and his curveball was unhittable just unhittable.

    That Series between Durham and SWB has the potential to be a great matchup.

    • Jamal G.

      I’m just praying that David Price and Wade Davis gets matched up with Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes, respectively. Davis and Hughes both pitched today, Price and Kennedy pitched August 28th and 30th, respectively.

      • Mike A.

        Looks we’re going to get a Price-Chase Wright matchup in Game 1.

        • Jamal G.

          Eh, whatever. As long as I get to see those four guys in action, I’m cool.

          • Ivan

            On the bright side, You might see Hughes and Davis pitch against eachother though.

    • Ashish Skaria

      All Yankees fans who gave up on Phil Hughes are just plain stupid. The guy is freaking 22 years old! The clowns who call themselves Met fans were ready to run Mike Pelfrey out of town during his first two years in the majors, and look at him now. Patience is a virtue, especially with young pitchers with high ceilings like Hughes, Betances, etc…

  • Ashish Skaria
    • Ivan

      13K’s, I always thought it 12.

      That performance by Hughes 2 years ago, is quite legendary in Trenton Thunder history.

      • Nickel

        I attended that game just to see Matsui rehab. Who knew? :-) (I mean, I was looking forward to seeing Hughes pitch too but I wasn’t expecting 13 K’s). Thanks for the box score. It made me realize how shoddy my memory was. I didn’t think he gave up that many hits. I also didn’t remember that I had seen Ellsbury, Duncan and Christian.

  • Nady Nation

    I know it’s off topic, but it looks like Tom Brady is done for the year. Big news for J-E-T-S fans

    • Ivan

      Just heard it on ESPN.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos

      [smiling contentedly]
      What goes around comes around.

  • Jamal G.

    Heh, now that Chad Johnson change his surname from Johnson to Ocho Cinco, his initials will read: C.O.C.

    • Mike A.


    • Ivan

      Im sorry but you can’t change ya name and come up small in week 1.

      • Manimal

        C.O.C, LT and Chris cooley KILLED me in Fantasy Football.

  • Jamal G.

    Wow, so Bellicheat wasn’t BS’ing, Tom Brady out for the year:;_ylt=AhM.iAoKeur3iJlpAld.UaJDubYF?slug=ms-bradyoutforyear090708&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

    Alicia Keys said it best in her song, Karma: “What Goes Around, Comes Around”

    • yankeemonkey

      Someone put Peter King on suicide watch.

  • BigBlueAL

    Mike, I usually laugh when you include those crossing out of names in your threads. But just reading Aaron Boone being scratched off in front of Shelley’s name is the funniest one yet this year!!!!

  • MD

    why did we decide Paul Byrd was not a better option than Rasner or Sidney?

    • Ivan

      Does it really matter seriously, especially when the yanks offense isn’t consistent.

  • Ivan

    You know after hearing the bad news on Brady don’t be surprise that Pete Abe starts killing Girardi and Cano and A-Rod on everything.

    • Mike A.

      Yeah no kidding.

      “Fucking A-Rod went fucking hitless in the fucking series and fucking Girardi wouldn’t fucking answer any fucking questions about why the fuck they lost a fucking series to the fucking M’s and fucking dropped to fourth fucking place in the AL fucking East behind the fucking Jays.”

      • Steve

        Wow, a nerdy fat guy and a chiseled ex-jock don’t get along.

        Go figure.

        • steve (different one)

          were we still going to highlight the stupid LoHud post of the day? here is my nomination:

          September 7th, 2008 at 10:14 pm
          need young players with CHARACTER and HEART. players like pedroia and youkallis, not spoiled primadonnas like cano, tabata, etc

          the red sox have identified winners from the minors down and developed them, whereas we have become the breeding ground for underachievers who don’t play up to their capabilities starting with the veterans and down all the way through the minors

    • yankeemonkey

      You mean even more than he has been?

      You’re probably right, though. I should’ve added him to the Peter King suicide watch.

      Abraham is a terrible, terrible analyst. Even worse, he thinks himself a sharp wit, but he just comes across as venomous and petty. Then again, he hates the Yankees, so that shouldn’t be a surprise.

      • Jamal G.

        Even worse, he thinks himself a sharp wit

        PeteAbe thinking of himself as anything other than round and obtuse is blasphemy.

        • yankeemonkey


    • Steve

      Check out NoMaas pic on the front page about this. As usual, hilarious.

  • D.B.

    hughes is daddy

  • Jamal G.

    The Colts are the ultimate Madden cheesers. No huddles on every play, throwing every pass to the same receiver, and audibles on every single call.

    • Ivan

      The Colts are one of those teams in Madden you love playing with but hate playing against.

  • Ivan

    Wright k’s with the bases loaded. See how A-Rod helps the Mets. He cover the asses of guys like Wright and Beltran.

    • Jamal G.

      So fucking true.

  • Mike A.

    I wonder if they’d try to get Culpepper to replace Brady…

    • Mike Pop

      na man cassell and guiterriez are better options plus already in the cap

    • A.D.

      Simms has been called in for a physical

  • Ivan

    interesting stat,

    Of Ryan Howard’s career 169 HR’s, 111 of them are either to LF or CF.

    • Mike A.

      Here’s another one: 1261 of Howard’s 3850 career at-bats coming into today (minors included) have ended with strike three, or just about 33%.


      • Steve

        At least he’s not hitting into double plays. . . . .

  • Mike Pop

    They might look at chris simms tho

    • Manimal

      his pancreas might explode.

  • Ivan

    Pedro Feliz is such a putrid offensive player.

  • Manimal

    Is there anyways I can see video of shelley’s hr?

    • Mike A.

      It’s free for the playoffs. Fast forward to the 2 hr 30 min mark.

      • Manimal

        yeah i got it on my own. More celebration than I thought but then again its Shelly Duncan.

  • Cam

    I took time out of doing something else to read this post just because of the title. Classic.

  • Baseballnation

    Sux for Brady. Remember 2005 when Culpepper came off his phenominal 2004 season only to blow out his knee? Never the same after that. Brady is in uncharted waters and it’s no certainty when he comes back that it will be at the level he’s acustomed to playing.

    In the meantime Matt Cassle comes into the starting role in via injury, or how Brady did way back when Bledsoe went down for the pats. What if Cassle goes all Brady…wouldn’t that just be the ultimate soap opera?

    • Rick in Boston

      Brady at least started in college. Cassel’s start next week will be his first non-exhibition start since high school.

      • A.D.

        Cassel did start a game at TE in college.

        The difference between Brady and Culpepper is that Culpepper was a mobile QB that relied on running around and trucking the occasional d-back on top of that Culpepper came back to a team without Randy Moss, which can make many a QB look good.

        While Brady has mobility he’s a pocket passer, and already has proven he can toss it around with re-treds at WR, if McGahee could come back from his knee injury, Brady will come back from this, he won’t be 100% to begin the season, but he’ll get stronger as the year goes on.

  • mustang

    It’s nice to see Hughes pitching well hopefully he can carry it into next year.

  • ortforshort

    The fact that guys like Rasner and Igawa pitch lights out in AAA means to me that the games Hughes and Kennedy pitch in AAA don’t necessarily mean a whole lot. In other words, dominating AAA hitters is a necessary but not sufficient condition to indicating that you can pitch in the big leagues. I haven’t given up on Hughes or Kennedy. I don’t think Cashman has given up on them either. They’re young and you hope for the best. However, I don’t think that the Yankees can plan on those two being good big league pitchers to the point of not going full bore after people like Sabathia and Sheets this off season. The big question about tonite’s game was how hard was Hughes throwing? It doesn’t look to me like he can be a successful big leaguer throwing anything less than a consistent 94-95 mph fastball.

    • Manimal

      Did you see his curveball?! Pinpoint accuracy

    • Geno

      “In other words, dominating AAA hitters is a necessary but not sufficient condition to indicating that you can pitch in the big leagues.”

      It sure doesn’t hurt.

      • steve (different one)

        also, Rasner and Igawa are 27 and 28 years old. Hughes is 22.

        apples and oranges.

  • Dillon

    How hard was hughes throwing?