Scranton beats former teammate for yet another W

Pavano pitches well, but Yanks take the game late
Whither Chien-Ming Wang

Chad Jennings has some undefeated stats for you. The four affiliates have a 29-12 record combined.

Triple-A Scranton (7-2 win over Rochester) the opposing starter was an old friend
Doug Bernier, Todd Linden & Chris Stewart: all 1 for 4, 1 R – Bernier doubled, walked & K’ed twice … Linden & Stewart each K’ed twice
Eric Duncan: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 RBI – hitting .387 during his 8 game hit streak
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Juan Miranda: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Angel Berroa: 0 for 3, 1 RBI – 9 RBI in his last 6 games
Justin Leone & PJ Pilittere: both 1 for 4 – Leone committed a fielding error … PJ doubled
Jason Johnson: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 10-7 GB/FB – 56 of 83 pitches were strikes (67.5%)
Mark Melancon: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 Bb, 1 K, 4-0 GB/FB – 9 of 16 his pitches were strikes (56.2%)
Brett Tomko: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 11 of 15 pitches were strikes (73.3%)

Double-A Trenton (2-1 win over Connecticut)
Reegie Corona & Kyle Anson: both 1 for 4 – Anson K’ed
Seth Fortenberry & Justin Snyder: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Colin Curtis: 2 for 4, 1 K
Edwar Gonzalez & Marcos Vechionacci: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Edwar doubled … Vech hit a solo homer & committed a throwing error
Chris Malec: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Ryan Pope: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 10-4 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Jose Valdez: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB – he’s allowed just 1 hit in 5.2 IP

High-A Tampa (3-1 loss to Clearwater)
Jack Rye & Mitch Hilligoss: both 1 for 3 – Rye drew a walk & K’ed
Eric Fryer: 1 for 4, 1 K – quietly hitting .314, but one one XBH?
Jesus Montero: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI – 9 for his last 13 (.692) with 3 doubles & a homer
Brandon Laird & Damon Sublett: both 0 for 4 – Laird K’ed
Austin Romine: 2 for 3, 1 2B
Tommy Baldridge & Luis Nunez: both 0 for 3, 1 K
Ryan Zink: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 7-2 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Grant Duff: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Amuary Sanit: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding)

Low-A Charleston (7-4 win over loss to Rome)
Carmen Angelini: 2 for 4, 1 BB
Dan Brewer: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 3 K
David Adams & Melky Mesa: both 0 for 4, 1 K
Abe Almonte: 1 for 4, 1 2B – he’s hit in every game this year
Taylor Grote: 0 for 4, 2 K
Garrison Lassiter: 1 for 4, 1 R, 2 K
Mike Lyon: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K – 5 for 12 (.417) in limited action
Chase Weems: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 PB
Brett Marshall: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 4-7 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – just one of those days
Dan Kapala: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Brad Rulon: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2-2 Gb/FB

Pavano pitches well, but Yanks take the game late
Whither Chien-Ming Wang
  • Drew

    Once again, E-Dunc fills the stat sheet. :)

    • Mike Pop

      Call em up!!

      • Drew

        He’s been rushed enough. Went from our best prospect to a bum. Let’s let him stay, at least while he has a hitting streak!

      • A.D.

        Nah, Ransom showed the clutchness today.

  • Mike Pop

    Brett Marshall got roughed up, eh I guess it happens. Good to see Montero pwning the pitchers.

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Man I’m gonna have to get out to Scranton this summer, aren’t I?

  • ShawnT

    Whens Ajax coming bakk? any updates on him?

  • pollo

    Chad says he’ll be back tomorrow.

    So if Miranda maintains a sup 1.000 OPS this year, does he get the DH spot next year?

    • Steve S

      I say he gets the right side of a platoon.

    • Drew

      How about giving him some games in the OF in Scranton?

      • pollo

        Eric Duncan’s job ;)

        • Drew

          I dig.

    • pat

      Miranda can’t hit lefties for sh*t. Having a guy on the roster who can barely play one position and only hit righties is not very prudent. I like the kid alot but it would be tough to carry someone who lacks any versatility on the 25 man.

      • Drew

        Maybe he has gotten better vs. lefties. He’s good, 4-9 so far. He’s only been in the states for like 2 and a half years. He’s too young to say that he can’t and won;t hit lefties. Last year he was horrible in 100 AB’s though.

        • pat

          Word,the sample sizes are pretty small. Hopefully he can get to be at least average against lefties because then he’d be a pretty spectacular hitter.

          • Lanny

            Miranda defines trade bait.

  • Bonos


    Ahem, Charleston lost to Rome. Small Error

    • Mike Axisa

      My bad, fixed now.

  • Zak

    How long does Melancon have to completely dominate until he’s called up?

    • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Ask Girardi.

      • Lanny

        Girardi doesnt do the calling up.

  • Colin

    No E for Carmen, time to celebrate

  • Drew

    OH NO FARNSY!!! poor bastard, what the hell can this guy do right?

    • Steve H

      Get big, undeserved contracts.

      • pat


    • cuponoodles

      Farnsworth has been personally responsible for 3 of the Royals 5 losses. Wow. I guess that 98 mph fastball really suckers these teams in…

  • Jake H

    Romine had a good game. Hopefully this is a start of some good O from him.

  • J

    Wow Montero tearing it up… he’s a 20 year old in high A… equal to a top class college all star team… let’s hope he can stay as catcher.

    I think Montero can be a player similar to Victor Martinez… a DH that can play 1st/C. He can be our everyday DH and be our backup catcher and first basemen other days… opens up bench opportunities for another infielder or pitcher. Of course this is many years from now…

    • Jake H

      That would be great. I do think he gets a bad rap for his D.

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        You hear it so much though, that there must be some truth to it. It can’t just be an echo chamber when so few out there seem to be rebutting the claim. You can find 1-2 scouts who’ll say almost anything, yet no one seems to refute the defensive liability charge.

        Even with his liabilities, I think the Yanks keep him at C. Posada was bad defensively when he came up as well, that’s why it took him 4 years to land the job full time. They value the kind of edge they get with a bat like his at that position. Big hitting 1B are a dime a dozen. If he’s another Mike Piazza behind the dish, so be it.

        • J

          But he needs to be Mike Piazza offensively and that’s a hard thing for anyone to ask anyone. I think teams should better utilize the DH position between two catchers and this could be the perfect opportunity for the Yankees…

          Imagine 2 years from now, Posada is in the last year of his contract splitting time with Romine and Montero as catcher and DH… absolutely perfect for the Yanks

  • A.D.

    Fryer hit for some power last year, so hopefully that will come.

  • Tom T

    Any update on Action Jackson?

  • Drew

    Nunez didn’t make an error. I guess that’s because he didn’t play.

  • Negative Nancy

    Off Topic, but what did the site design and layout of RAB look like before it was updated. I was thinking about it and then I realized I could not even remember the old look.

    • Joey

      Navy blue, columns on both sides of the main page, “Because We Won’t Tear Down Yankee Stadium” in the banner. Uuummm can’t think of anything else. Really didn’t like the new design at first, grown to love it now, so much cleaner.

      • Negative Nancy

        All I remember is the “Because We Won’t Tear Down Yankee Stadium”.

        • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          They only said that because they lost the bid for the demolition contract.

          • Joey


    • manimal

      It was like Google earth with only Yankee stadium in full color.

  • gxpanos

    I kind of wish Melancon could face some comp that made him have to throw more than 16 pitches to get through 1.2 innings. It wont be this easy for him in the bigs, and, although he seems to have an A++ makeup, I always like a guy to have some in-game adversity before he gets to the Yanks; that kind of adversity, though certainly not a pre-requisite for the bigs (if he’s too good, he’s too good) seems to be beneficial for a player.

    Of course, by no means do I think it’s impossible for a guy to breeze through the minors, hit a rough patch in the bigs, and then become a good player a little later (IE, I havent given up AT ALL on Phil).

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      There’s always an adjustment of some sort, but to be honest he doesn’t need to change a thing to get MLB hitters out. He throws nothing but strikes, and has good stuff. That’s really all you need. I’d quibble with his curve, but he throws a hard curve, not the big, loopy kind that Aceves, IPK and to a lesser extent Hughes threw. I don’t see where he will need to do anything differently.

    • Frank

      Coming out on the right end of Tommy John surgery and being this dominant was his battle with adversity. He’s had some bad appearances just like everyone else.

      The only real way to find out is to call him up ASAP. He’ll probably struggle in the bigs just a hair being his first dabble in the show… and then he’ll adjust quickly. I can’t wait to have him blowing people away in the 7th to get to Bruney and people can (hopefully) shut up about Joba.

    • A.D.

      Can’t say I’m going to complain too much that he’s got enough talent to school the minors.

      He also did struggle at the beginning of last year firing back up after TJ, so he has had adversity.

  • A.D.

    No error for Angelini or Lassiter, step in the right direction.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    dudes, just be glad our bullpen isn’t like the Nats. Immediately after their game today, they DFAed and optioning their entire bullpen.

    Speaking of the Nats bullpen, hopefully Cashman will pick up Steven Shell.

  • A.D.

    E-Dunc has usually had some streaks each season, and still had ugly numbers at the end of the year, hopefully he puts it together this year.

    How has he been in left, at least serviceable?

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