Scranton Yanks still on pace to go 140-0

Yogi to throw out first pitch
Cap'n Clutch comes through, Yanks win 4-3

Turns out that neither Kevin Russo or Austin Jackson were lifted in the middle of the game today due to an imminent call-up. Jackson took a pitch to the elbow and is day-to-day, while Russo left with an unspecified injury

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 win over Buffalo)
Kevin Russo: 0 for 2
Doug Bernier: 0 for 3, 2 K – replaced Russo, who was playing short
John Rodriguez: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K
Angel Berroa: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – picked off second
Shelley Duncan: 0 for 4
Juan Miranda, Todd Linden & Justin Leone: all 1 for 3 – Miranda hit a solo homered, scored a pair of runs & walked … Leone drew a walk, K’ed & committed a fielding error
Austin Jackson: 0 for 0, 1 HBP
Eric Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Ian Kennedy: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 6-7 GB/FB – 63 of 94 pitches were strikes (67.0%)
Anthony Claggett: 1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB – 11 of 24 pitches were strikes (45.8%) … just one of those days
Brett Tomko: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB – 14 of 22 pitches were strikes (63.6%) … check out Brett Tomko with the six out save

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Harrisburg)
Eduardo Nunez & Marcos Vechionacci: both 0 for 4 – Vech K’ed
Reegie Corona: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
Colin Curtis: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 SB – 5 for his last 7
Edwar Gonzalez: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – threw a runner out at second from RF
Frankie Cervelli: 1 for 4, 1 K
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 3
Chris Malec & Kevin Smith: both 1 for 3 – Smith K’ed
Eric Hacker: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 E (pickoff)
Kevin Whelan: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K – that’s downright Bruney-esque

High-A Tampa
Game 1
(4-3 win over Brevard County in 7 innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Jesus Montero: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Matt Cusick: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K
rest of lineup: combined 1 for 20, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K – Austin Krum scored a run & K’ed … Eric Fryer drew a walk & K’ed twice … Brandon Laird drew a walk, scored a run, K’ed & committed a throwing error at the hot corner … Austin Romine, Mitch Hilligoss & Jack Rye each K’ed once … Luis Nunez singled & was cough stealing
Ryan Zink: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 7-4 GB/FB – sleeper fave of mine
Amaury Sanit: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB – he’s allowed 5 runs in just three outings this year … last year he allowed 21 runs in 57 appearances
Game 2 (5-3 loss to Brevard County in 7 innings)
Jack Rye & Matt Cusick: both 1 for 2 – Rye drove in a run & walked twice … Cusick drew a walk
Jesus Montero & Brandon Laird: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Montero drove in a run with a bases loaded walk … Laird K’ed
Damon Sublett: 1 for 4, 1 K
Austin Romine & Addison Maruszack: both 0 for 3 – Romine caught this game while Montero caught the Game 1
Wady Rufino: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 BB
Tommy Baldridge: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB
Jason Stephens: 5 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 10-2 GB/FB – was done in by a five single, three run third inning
Grant Duff: 1 IP, zeroes, 1-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (8-5 loss to Augusta)
Ray Kruml: 0 for 5, 2 K – threw a runner out at home from LF
Melky Mesa: 2 for 5, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 E (fielding) – so, who had Melky Mesa in the “first multi-homer game of the year” pool?
David Adams: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 3B, 1 RBI – two triples & a double but only one runs scored?
Brian Baisley, Abe Almonte, Mitch Abeita & Dan Brewer: all 1 for 3 – Baisley scored a run, drove one in & K’ed twice … Almonte drew a walk & scored a run … Abeite drew a walk, drove in a pair & allowed a passed ball… Brewer walked & was picked off first
Mike Lyon & Walt Ibarra: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Ibarra committed a fielding & a throwing error
Andrew Brackman: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 7-1 GB/FB – he’s got a 15-2 GB/FB in his two starts
Brad Rulon: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-5 GB/FB
Brandon Braboy: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 6-0 GB/FB

Yogi to throw out first pitch
Cap'n Clutch comes through, Yanks win 4-3
  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Loving the GB/FB for Brackman.

  • A.D.

    Steady improvement for Brack

  • Reggie C.

    If Kennedy keeps going 6 dominant innings in each of his starts, he just might start rebuilding his value in some GM’s eyes.

    • Whozat

      I think that his value is pretty much where it always has been; it’s only fans who freak out over 40 innings in the career of a 24 year old.

      • Drew

        True, especially considering his utter dominance throughout MiLB. His highest ERA 2.59.

      • A.D.

        Yeah its more that if he had performed at the ML level last year then stock would go even higher.

      • Bill

        Disagree. His value is definitely down and he’ll need to prove something in the ML for it to go back up to where it once was. Sure GM’s won’t overreact as much as the fans have, but his struggles against ML competition certainly hurts him in their eyes as well.

        The key for Kennedy is to get his curveball working. He can dominate the MiLB with his fastball/changeup combo, but without the curveball as a consistent 3rd weapon he will continue to struggle at the ML level.

        When he was called up at the end of 2007 he was throwing 3 and sometime 4 different pitches for strikes in just about any count. His velocity was also consistently low 90’s. Since then he has been a 2 pitch pitcher with poor command and mostly high 80’s velocity. If he can get back to that 2007 form he’ll really regain some value.

  • A.D.

    Tomko just slamming the door shut.

  • Reggie C.

    Is Kevin Whelan the 3rd best reliever in the system behind Melancon and Robertson? I thought his issue was always walks, but he’s improved in that department.

    • A.D.

      I think Claggett > Whealan

      • RollingWave

        I would just be happy if anyone from the Sheff trade manage to do some good for the team.

  • A.D.

    David Adams breakout game?

  • pat

    Lets hope Ajax is just sore as hell and not actually injured.

    • Bill

      He’s only day-to-day, so I think he should be alright. Hopefully when he comes back it won’t effect his performance as he got off to a really good start.

  • A.D.

    http://thunderbaseball.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/mendoza-to-scranton/

    Mendoza called up to AAA, wonder if this means either Russo is actually hurt, or replacing someone else getting called up.

    • Drew

      How damn long are they gonna make us wait to find out who is getting the call!?

      • whozat

        They need the second opinion on Nady. If he doesn’t have the surgery, and he can be out less than two months, then he’ll only be on the 15 day — which means he won’t be taken off the 40-man, which has ramifications in terms of who they can bring up without exposing someone to waivers.

        • Drew

          Damn, I didn’t think of that, we might not know for upwards of a week then.. because if he’s placed on the 15 tomorrow, he can be switched to the 60 once we get a definite diagnosis.

      • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

        Well tomorrow after he gets the second opinion we will find out who got called up, probably Russo, Miranda, or Berroa.

        • Drew

          Right. I hope it’s not Miranda, I love his ability and I think he can be a MLB player. I don’t believe he should be sitting on our bench though, so unless he takes Godzilla’s spot, I hope he’s not the one called. As for Berroa or Russo, if they come up, hopefully they’ll replace Ransom at third.. I have supported Cody prodigiously, but he needs to go back to being our super-utility guy.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        I know!

        Its been like 12 hours already! I mean, WTF?!?

        • Drew

          That was one of your worst sarcastic remarks. I was obviously joking.

  • Accent Shallow

    Odds Brackman pitches some low leverage relief innings for the Yankees in September, assuming he’s healthy and effective all year: 5-1.

    Odds Brackman makes a start for the Yankees in September: 500-1.

    Seem reasonable?

    • 27 this year

      only one problem, if he pitches in relief, all of a sudden he should be our 8th inning guy. Cause you know 70 > 200 any day. Haven’t you taken basic math?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

      They already fucked up putting one great SP prospect in the relief role (albeit shortly). I hope they don’t do it again.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        Why did they fuck up? Joba pitched to an 0.86 era and helped them get into the playoffs.

        I wouldn’t let what the sportswriters think influence how I run the team, if I were them.

    • MattG

      Odds Brackman is health and effective all year: 10-1. He’s got all of 10 pro innings, is coming off of major surgery, and a really spotty college resume. September 2010 would be too optimistic.

      • Accent Shallow

        I only mention because he’s already on the 40 man, so if he’s healthy, pitching the seventh once or twice in a blowout wouldn’t be the end of the world.

        Obviously, his long term health is a priority, so I’d imagine we’d only see him if everything breaks right.

        Secondly, I don’t think moving Joba to the pen in ’07 was a mistake; it was a gamble to get the team a ring, and if Joe Torre does his job, or if Joba doesn’t mind bugs, maybe it pays off. Sure, it’s a risk, but it doesn’t seem an unreasonable one. Many starters have had their first taste of the majors as a relief pitcher.

        • A.D.

          They wanted Joba helping out the big league club and his innings were up there, it was either a few starts or the rest of the year in the pen & they needed pen help. It just made sense.

          • Drew

            And ultimately, it has worked out pretty well.

            • Ed

              Maybe if they leave Joba in the minors to end ’07 (and possibly miss the playoffs), he begins ’08 in the AAA rotation. They don’t pull any reliever/starter/reliever games, he gets called up mid-season and pitches 150 innings for the year, and they make the playoffs. Then we’re talking about Joba pitching 180 innings this year.

              Maybe the injury last year was going to happen no matter what, but the role swapping games last year probably didn’t help.

              • whozat

                It probably didn’t hurt either.

                • Ed

                  Can’t agree with that. Especially after last season, when Albaladejo got hurt after a long stint, and Marte did as well (to a lesser extent).

                  Joba got bounced back and forth from starter to reliever several times in about 13 months. That’s got to mess with your conditioning, which tends to hurt.

              • A.D.

                Perhaps, but thats a lot of what ifs for an injury which most people attribute to the heat and some weird plays in the game rather than work load.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Over/under on how many games before Scranton loses?

    • anonymous

      Whenever we start calling up starters

  • A.D.

    Ryan Zink is a sinker ball guy correct?

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      I thought he was a knuckerballer

      • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

        Isn’t that Charlie Zink of the Red Sox?

        • whozat

          I think so, yeah.

      • boychick

        that’s charlie zink

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

    The walks, HBP, and WP should decrease as Brackman gets used to his new and surgically repaired arm. That Groundball Rate is pretty damn good.

  • LeftyLarry

    Let’s not forget Dunn as a potential reliever call up.Especially if Coke doesn’t find it .

  • Conan the Barack O’Brian

    This is what the caption contest was invented for…
    http://www.daylife.com/photo/09JD6D87Gve9A?q=new+york+yankees

    • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

      “Holy shit, I think I’ve got the grip for the gyroball!”

      • whozat

        It’s ALIIIIIIIIIIIVEEEE!!!

        • Drew

          “This is some good fu**ing c*ke!”

    • Drew

      This is a pretty cool one.
      http://www.daylife.com/photo/03AC5uTeIzgY4

  • Chef

    I couldnt care less how Brackman pitches if he stays healthy.

    If he doesnt miss a start and pitches to a 5.00 era, I’m happy.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      I don’t know about that. He’s immensely talented, and a little old guys for the Sally League. He should have some decent numbers.

  • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

    Thank God for Ian Kinsler

    • Chuck Norris Ain’t Got Nothin on Swisher

      ….And for Clayton Kershaw

    • Drew

      Why didn’t we play those Orioles!?