Trenton starts the year off with a loss

Game Two: Far East Matchup
This game was not as close as the 7-5 score indicates

Man, it’s hard to believe this is already my fourth year doing DotF. It seems like just yesterday I was posting about guys like Russ Johnson and Irwil Rojas and JT Stotts as they toiled in the Yanks’ minor league system. Where does the time go?

There were only four games scheduled tonight, all in the Double-A Eastern League. The rest of the minor league baseball universe starts it’s season tomorrow. Chad Jennings has Triple-A Scranton’s pitching matchups for their series at home against Lehigh Valley, and I’m guessing Dellin Betances will start High-A Tampa’s opener at Lakeland while Andrew Brackman opens Low-A Charleston’s season at home against Rome. You can check out the affiliates’ Opening Day rosters here. Robert Pimpsner at Baby Bombers tells me that outfielder David Williams was recently released. Joe’s crushed at the loss of the Rutgers’ product.

As per Opening Day tradition, here’s the stats for the full lineup and pitching contingent. It’s good to be back.

Double-A Trenton (5-3 loss to Binghamton)
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 5, 1 K
Reegie Corona: 1 for 5, 2 K
Colin Curtis: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing)
Edwar Gonzalez: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 HBP
Marcos Vechionacci: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – singled in Curtis for the first run of the year … hopefully he stays healthy this year and regains some of that prospect luster
Frankie Cervelli: 0 for 4, 1 K
Seth Fortenberry: 1 for 4, 1 R, 3 K , 1 E (throwing) – what did you expect from a guy who’s struck out 327 times in 326 career games?
Chris Malec: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 2 BB – drew a walk to become the team’s first baserunner of the year … career K/BB ratio now sits at 142-184 in 377 career games
Kevin Smith: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 2 K
Eric Hacker: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 11-3 GB/FB – rock solid Opening Day start
Kevin Whelan: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 1-1 GB/FB
Eric Wordekemper: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – the walk was intentional … allowed one of Whelan’s two inherited runners to score
Mike Dunn:  2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1-0 GB/FB – gave up the go-ahead runs int he top of the ninth with some help from a bad Colin Curtis throw … love the strikeouts though

Game Two: Far East Matchup
This game was not as close as the 7-5 score indicates
  • A.D.

    ugly bullpen performance

  • dan

    This just made my day

    • dan

      The DotF that is, not the Trenton loss.

      Big year comin for Vech

  • AndrewYF

    I’m almost – almost – more excited for Betances and Brackman’s starts than watching Burnett pitch and Cano hit tomorrow.

    • Drew

      I’m not. I’m ready to watch a damn win.

      • Benjamin Kabak

        A what? Is that what the Yanks are supposed to be doing?

  • A.D.

    So with Battle MIA we can get out K a day from Fortenberry?

  • Tseng

    This brings back memories. I used to live in Binghamton and went to their games. The Binghamton Mets!

  • Joey

    DotF(ortenberry) is back!

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  • Al

    C’mon Cervelli, you’re better than that. From the day you had the collision in spring training last year with the hated Rays’ stooge, you have been my favorite Yankee prospect. Calm down and get the job done at the plate.
    I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Stadium (the new one) later this year.