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Game 14 Spillover Thread
Yanks grind out a nearly k-less win on cold night

Matt Eddy at Baseball America spoke to Low-A Charleston manager Torre Tyson about Andrew Brackman‘s start last night. In short: he looked good.

Chad Jennings spoke to pitching coordinator Nardi Contreras, who said Alan Horne, Wilkins DeLaRosa, Tim Norton, Garrett Patterson and Adam Olbrychowski were close to returning to action. Norton and Patterson didn’t pitch at all last year because of injuries, but both guys – especially Patterson – have big arms.

Triple-A Scranton (7-3 loss to Buffalo) the loss ruins their perfect 11-0 start … there’s always next year
Doug Bernier: 1 for 5, 1 K
John Rodriguez & Austin Jackson: both 1 for 4, 1 K – Ajax doubled in his return to action after missing 5 days with a bone bruise near his elbow
Todd Linden: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Shelley Duncan: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B – hitting .381 with a .732 SLG
Juan Miranda & Eric Duncan: both 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Angel Berroa: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Ian Kennedy: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 7-6 GB/FB – 59 of 94 pitches were strikes (62.8%)
David Robertson: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB – 28 of 36 pitches were strikes (77.8%) … blew the game when Chris Stewart couldn’t hold on to a swinging third strike and the leadoff hitter reached base to start a 4-run 8th inning
JB Cox: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 WP, 1-2 GB/FB – 13 of 24 pitches were strikes (54.2%)

Double-A Trenton (8-5 loss to Binghamton in five and a half innings) game was completed early due to rain
Eduardo Nunez: 0 for 4
Reegie Corona: 0 for 1, 1 R, 2 BB
Colin Curtis, Edwar Gonzalez & Marcos Vechionacci: all 1 for 3, 1 2B – Curtis K’ed … Gonzalez scored & drove in a run … Vech was picked off second & committed a fielding error
Frankie Cervelli: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E (catcher interference) – had been in a 2 for 21 slump (.095)
Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 2, 1 R, 1 BB
Chris Malec: 3 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Eric Hacker: 4 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 1 Balk, 8-2 GB/FB – 7 run fourth inning did him in, as it would any pitcher
Josh Schmidt: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (10-2 loss to Brevard County)
Austin Krum & Brandon Laird: both 2 for 4, 1 2B – Krum walked … Laird drove in two & K’ed
Eric Fryer & Damon Sublett: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Fryer scored a run
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 R
Austin Romine & Wady Rufino: both 0 for 4 – Rufino K’ed twice
Matt Cusick & Addison Maruszack: both 1 for 4 – Cusick K’ed … Maruszack committed a throwing error
Dellin Betances: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 3-3 GB/FB – kinda fell apart in the fourth inning, when he walked 3 of the 5 batters he’s faced
Craig Heyer: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4-0 GB/FB
Charles Nolte: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 3-2 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing)
Noel Castillo: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-5 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (5-4 win over Savannah)
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – three straight games without an error … woot!
Ray Kruml: 0 for 5, 1 K – 0 for his last 9 following a 6 for 12 streak
David Adams: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
Brian Baisley: 2 for 4, 1 R – if only he wasn’t 26
Abe Almonte: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K – obviously it’s still early, but he’s put himself in line for a mid-season bump to Tampa
Taylor Grote: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – threw the would be tying run out at home from LF
Melky Mesa: 1 for 2, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Garrison Lassiter: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 HBP, 1 E (throwing)
Chase Weems: 2 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
DJ Mitchell: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2 WP, 5-4 GB/FB – K/BB ratio now at 22-1 … took him 16.2 innings before he issues his first walk
Cory Arbiso: 1.2 IP, zeroes, 2-3 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 0-1 GB/FB – career stats: 39 IP, 16 H, 3 ER, 10 BB, 53 K

Game 14 Spillover Thread
Yanks grind out a nearly k-less win on cold night
  • A.D.

    DJ Mitchell looking pretty nice early.

  • 27 this year

    I think they got to push Venditte a little. He ain’t going to get that much better and they just need to see how he handles tougher competition. He will gains smarts but velocity and stuff won’t really get that much better. Probably a good idea to see whether he has anything because he would be awesome in the majors.

  • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    So who’s this Cervello kid at Trenton? Planning on doing a profile on him soon? ;)

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

      Heh, fixed now.

    • Drew

      lol. He’s uh.. new.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Mitchell and Venditte, ftw!

  • A.D.

    Where is Christian Garcia? Is he hurt again?

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


  • Drew

    I wish we could get some video of Venditte this year.

  • A.D.

    Who the hell is Norton & Patterson? Starters, relievers?

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

      Norton’s a starter. ’06 draftee that blew his shoulder out earlier in ’07 and hasn’t been heard from since.

      Patterson’s a lefty reliever, real big arm. Throws in the mid-90’s with a filthy breaking ball, just has no idea where it’s going.

    • Steve H

      This guy here is dead.

      • A.D.


        • Steve H

          Major League reference.

      • Rick in Boston

        Then just cross him off the list.

  • Yankee1010

    Robertson’s line really betrays how he pitched. There was the Stewart passed ball, followed by a bloop into no-man’s land between SS, CF and LF. Then Stewart tried to throw behind the runner at 2B to pick him off, but he threw the ball into CF. The runner on 3B then scored on a sac fly.

    Later in the inning, the next run scored on a ground ball back to Robertson. He looked the run back to 3rd, but kind of lobbed a ball to Miranda at first. Miranda then made like Giambi and hesitated before throwing home too late after the runner broke for home.

    I’m not trying to say that Robertson was blameless, but things certainly conspired against him tonight.

    • Drew

      I like that line. 28 of 36 for strikes and 4 of those balls went to one hitter. Obviously 4 unearned isn’t good but it happens with some shotty defense.

  • A.D.

    From the CJ piece, sounds like Humberto is either a 60 day DL candidate or chance to be moved off the 40 man through waivers since he isn’t near pitching.

  • Reggie C.

    Nice to see A-Jax back in action tonight. Last thing i want to read is Jackson getting hurt. The news of Jackson getting pulled from the game last week aggravated me more than finding out Nady could be lost for the season. Jackson is far more important to the future of this ball-club than any OF we carry on the ML ball-club (though Swish runs a close 2nd).

    • A.D.

      Agreed, especially since AJAX has had such a hot start.

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

    Carlos Beltran, slide FAIL.

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

      Daniel Murphy, defense FAIL.

      This is fun.

      • Joey

        The Mets are too easy…

      • Drew

        Yo did you see how Murphy misplayed it? I heard them talking about it but I missed the play.

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

          It was a ball hit right at him, and he charged it too much. He tried to stop, but he slipped and fell. The ball went right over him. Very catchable ball.

          • Drew

            Ahh thanks. He’s getting beat up out there in left. Supposedly he’s a hard worker though, he should get it figured out.

            • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

              Yeah, but he’s also a True Met (R)(C)(TM)

  • Ryan

    I’m a long-time lurker, first time poster. I was at the Trenton-Binghamton game tonight. Hacker wasn’t great, but conditions were pretty brutal. It was cold, windy and rainy. Hacker seemed really unhappy about the condition of the mound for most of the night (even before the weather got really bad). Also, Cervelli and Vechionacci both made errors in the fourth inning, which didn’t help matters. Despite this, two of the three run scoring hits that Hacker did surrender in the fourth were not hit very hard. One was a dying quail to center on an 0-2 pitch (I think it might have been a broken bat) and another was a softly hit fly ball that fell near the right field line and for a bases-clearing double.

    Malec can hit though, that’s for sure.

  • pollo

    Classic Mets

    ahahahaha Beltran

    • Drew

      Franklin’s shit on his chin has some shit on its chin.

  • A.D.

    Damn nice play by Pujols

  • A.D.

    Kinda odd that Malec is hitting 8th despite hitting .406 so far this season and having a very good year at AA last year.

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

    Am I reading this right?

    Venditte >50 k in <40 innings?

    I like the way that sounds.

    • Nickel

      I say let’s bring up Venditte and put and end to this “Who-pitches-the-8th-inning” debate. :-)

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

    Could Nardi Contreras have been any colder on Humberto Sanchez? I don’t think it’s possible to convey less enthusiasm in print than Chad Jennings did with those Contreras quotes on Sanchez.

    • JohnC

      Agree on Sanchez. As much as you try to support your players, there comes a time when even the pitching coaches get fed up with how injury prone some of these guys are. Good news on Horne though.

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  • It always rains in Binghamton

    I got into the Binghamton Mets vs. Trenton Thunder game tonight free because our student association decided to do something for us. Hacker looked good with a fastball in the low 90’s, but he complained about the landing spot on the mound twice (had the grounds crew come out both times), and one of those innings was the last one where he gave up a few runs. I know a few people who have interned for the B-Mets and from what they tell me nothing surprises me. At that point though, the rain was coming down enough that it should have been called. Hacker was consistently in the high 80’s, low 90’s but def exhibited some decent control, especially compared to the Mets starter whose name I did not catch. I saw Hacker dial it up to 94-96 when he was ahead in the count. I was impressed with what I saw out of him. I’m not completely sure what his problem was with the mound, but i think with some more time, he’ll be recognized as a quality prospect in the Yankees system. Colin Curtis also impressed me, along with Eduardo Nunez.

  • bill73083

    This might be a dumb question, but what happened to Brad Suttle?

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

      Rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Should be back sometime in May.

      • bill73083

        Thanks, Mike. Do you know how he injured it?

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

          No, but it was a pretty major surgery. He had it back in October/November and didn’t start throwing again until late March.