Jose Gil helps Trenton walk-off with a win

Sterling: Wang to start at AAA
J-Dizzle continues his voodoo, resurrects Yanks

Make sure you scroll down for today’s game thread and news about Chien-Ming Wang’s next start.

Triple-A Scranton (3-0 loss to Louisville in 11 innings, walk-off style)
Doug Bernier: 1 for 5, 1 K
Eric Duncan, Todd Linden, John Rodriguez, Chris Malec & PJ Pilittere: all 0 for 4 – E-Dunc K’ed thrice … Linden, J-Rod & Malec each K’ed once
Juan Miranda: 0 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K – picked off second
Austin Jackson: 2 for 4 – 5 for his last 11 (.455) … threw a runner out at second from LF
Luis Nunez: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 1 CS
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 7-14 GB/FB – 68 of 99 pitches were strikes (68.7%)
David Robertson: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1-3 GB/FB – 24 of 41 pitches were strikes (58.5%)
Mark Melancon: 0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – 2 of 5 pitches were strikes (40%) … served up a walk-off homer to one of the Reds’ better prospects

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Binghamton, walk-off style)
Eduardo Nunez & Reegie Corona: both 2 for 4 – Corona scored a run & was caught stealing
Colin Curtis: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI – threw a runner out at second from LF
Jorge Vazquez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – bombs
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 4, 2 K
Jose Gil: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 E (throwing) – walk off jack
Kevin Smith: 2 for 3, 1 2B
Wilkins Arias: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 4-5 GB/FB – picked a runner off first
Mike Dunn: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2-4 GB/FB – nice little rebound appearance after two brutal outings
Josh Schmidt: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 Balk, 3-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa and Low-A Charleston both had scheduled off days.

Sterling: Wang to start at AAA
J-Dizzle continues his voodoo, resurrects Yanks
  • Accent Shallow

    So they broke Melancon? I can’t get too upset about Robertson putting on baserunners after 30-40 pitches.

    Scheduled off days from both A teams are a real bummer.

  • A.D.

    D-Rob & Melancon ugly outings.

  • A.D.

    19 RBI in 14 games for Vasquez

    • A.D.

      *Vazquez

      • http://yankeesmtom.com steve

        DFA Angel, Miranda to the bigs, Vazquez to AAA please.

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

          Soon. The Yanks just want to make sure everything holds up with A-Rod’s hip, and then Berroa will be gone. They play three games on turf this weekend and then not again until mid-July. Shortly after the Toronto trip, I’d imagine Berroa will receive his walking papers.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Miranda’s currently hitting .295/.376/.511 in Scranton.

          .292/.400/.583 against lefties (ZOMG BUT HE CANT HIT TEH LEFTY!!!)

          His MLE is .253/.317/.418. I’m good with that.

          (Todd Linden’s MLE is .298/.364/.474, btw, and John Rodriguez is .268/.339/.443).

          • A.D.

            Miranda is hitting 267/361/500 against lefties

            297/373/514 vs righties in AAA.

            His main issue is playing at home, he’s crushed it on the road (1.008 OPS vs .513 at Home)

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Ah, my bad.

              I’m quoting minorleaguesplits.com. Are their numbers not good?

              • A.D.

                I was going off MILB.com, which I believe is updated through today, perhaps minorleaguespilts has a lag?

                • A.D.

                  Yeah based on at-bats they have Miranda at 88, which would be how many he had before the double header on May 7th, so a few games delay.

    • Troy

      The guy is an absolute beast. that is all…this guy could have serious ML potential.

      • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

        ehh. Hes already 27, hes about to hit his prime.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Austin Jackson: 2 for 4 – 5 for his last 11 (.455) … threw a runner out at second from LF

    Why is Linden in CF and AJax in LF? Shouldn’t they be playing the CF of the future in the position he’s going to man?

    And more importantly, if Linden can play CF, shouldn’t we promote him and demote Gardner? He’d probably outhit Brett, right?

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

      Brett Gardner. Brett Gardner. That name rings a bell, but I don’t recall seeing him on the Yanks lately.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Exactly my point. If Melky and Gardner are the CF options, Melky’s going to get 100% of the PT and Gardner’s getting none.

        Wouldn’t Linden make more sense than Gardner, since he can pinch-hit and still cover CF in a pinch if need be?

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

          Definitely.

          The Yanks’ bench right now is Gardner, Kevin Cash, Ramiro Peña and Angel Berroa. Anyone with half a bat would be better than that group.

          • A.D.

            Yeah yikes, career OPS+:

            Berroa: 76
            Cash: 38
            Gardner: 52
            Pena: 71

      • Mike HC

        Yea, that seems to be the way the Yanks do it. Last year, Melky was anointed as the guy, he started basically every game in centerfield even when he struggled, and then all of a sudden, boom, to the minors not to be heard from again. This year, Gardner is the man. He has the speed the Yanks need. He began the year starting every game, then all of sudden, boom, to bench and not to be heard from again.

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

          Gardner has been utterly terrible in nearly 80 plate appearances this year. He might have speed, but a 48 OPS+ isn’t helping anyone. At least this year, the Yanks have seemingly cut their losses before giving their underperforming CFer 400 at-bats a la Melky 2008.

          • Mike HC

            Yea, I know. Benching these guys is the way to go, no doubt. I was just commenting on how the Yanks talk these guys up like they are going to perform like Bernie Williams, and when they predictably perform as they do, they are benched like the team expected something different. Unfortunately, I guess that is there only option; back up your players, and try to instill confidence in them until it is clear they are not getting it done.

            • Mike HC

              *their — that typo was just bothering me

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              I was just commenting on how the Yanks talk these guys up like they are going to perform like Bernie Williams, and when they predictably perform as they do, they are benched like the team expected something different.

              I don’t think the Yanks talk any of these guys up like that.

              I think some of us talk them up like that.

              • Mike HC

                haha, yea, maybe

            • steve (different one)

              calling someone “Juan Pierre with a few more walks” is not quite the same as calling them Bernie Williams…

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Last year, Melky’s May of Suckitude that consigned him to the doghouse was a .234/.270/.319.

          Gardner’s currently sporting a .227/.288/.273

          Crappy Melky of 2008 >>>>>>>>>>> Crappy Gardner of 2009

    • A.D.

      One would think, I guess Brett gives the better pinch running dimension, but thats enough, especially since there are no bats on the bench.

      • A.D.

        * that’s not enough

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Yeah, but, Matsui’s probably the only guy we’d really pinch run for at this point, and I can’t foresee many instances where we’d really even do that. And, while he may not be a stolen-base threat like Gardner, I think Peña would be a fine pinchrunner if it’s absolutely necessary.

        Pinchhitters >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> pinchrunners.

        • A.D.

          agreed

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tADvb3yyhwM Slugger27

    mike whats garrison lassiter up to these days?

    • A.D.

      injured

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Did Melancon serve up a 3 Run home run or something?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Batters faced: Igawa 30, Robertson 12, Melancon 1, Ramirez, R 27, Viola 5, Roenicke 5.
      Inherited runners-scored: Melancon 2-2, Roenicke 1-0.

      Yup.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

        Danke.

  • Drew

    Eric Duncan. Talk about going cold…

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

      It’s been a three-year “getting cold” process with him.

  • Accent Shallow

    Any under the radar Yankees prospects we should be aware of, or that you guys are high on?