Nova strong again in Trenton win


Two years ago today on DotF, Joba Chamberlain was his own setup man by striking out nine and allowing just two hits in eight shutout innings against Vero Beach.

Make sure you scroll down for tonight’s game thread.

Triple-A Scranton
Game 1
(4-1 win over Syracuse) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
Reegie Corona: 1 for 4
Austin Jackson: 2 for 4, 1 3B – 8 for his last 13 (.615)
Todd Linden, Justin Leone & Eric Duncan: all 1 for 3 – Linden drew a walk, scored a run & K’ed … Leone drove in a run & K’ed twice … E-Dunc drove in a run & K’ed
Shelley Duncan & Juan Miranda: both 1 for 4, 1 R – Shelley drove in two with his league leading 16th homer … the guy in second has just 11 homers
John Rodriguez: 0 for 1, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP
George Kontos: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 4-8 GB/FB – 63 of 88 pitches were strikes (71.6%) … 17 baserunners & 1 earned run allowed in his last 17.1 IP
Mark Melancon: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 8 of 12 pitches were strikes (66.7%) … with Robertson up, he should get some work now … SWB’s bullpen has more arms than innings

Game 2 (4-2 loss to Syracuse)
Reegie Corona, Shelley Duncan & Juan Miranda: all 0 for 3 – Shelley K’ed
Austin Jackson, John Rodriguez & Chris Stewart: all 1 for 3 – Ajax stole a base, scored a run & K’ed … J-Rod also scored a run
Todd Linden, Eric Duncan & Doug Bernier: all 1 for 2 – Linden drove in a run … E-Dunc was picked off second … Bernier doubled & drove in a run
Josh Towers: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 7-3 GB/FB – 49 of 69 pitches were strikes
Anthony Claggett: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB – 8 of 9 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (5-1 win over New Britain)
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – left the game after doubling in the 5th with an injury to his head … no idea what the nature of the injury is
Justin Snyder & Kyle Anson: both 1 for 2, 1 R – Snyder homered & drove in two … Anson drew a pair of walks
Colin Curtis: 0 for 4, 1 HBP, 1 SB
Chris Malec: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K
Jorge Vazquez: 0 for 5, 2 K
Edwar Gonzalez: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B
Marcos Vechionacci: 1 for 3, 1 2B - hitting .263 during his little 5-game hit streak
Ivan Nova: 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 10-8 GB/FB – 3 ER allowed in his last 18.2 IP
Amaury Sanit: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 0-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (8-0 loss to Fort Myers)
Austin Krum: 0 for 4, 1 K
Eric Fryer: 2 for 4, 1 K
Jesus Montero: 1 for 4, 1 2B – I keep expecting him to hit the wall and fall into a little bit of a slump, but no, nothing
Austin Romine, Damon Sublett, Wady Rufino & Walt Ibarra: all 0 for 3 – Sublett & Rufino each K’ed twice … Sublett also committed a fielding error
Brandon Laird & Brian Baisley: both 1 for 3 – Baisley K’ed
Jeremy Bleich: 4 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4-4 GB/FB – 6 hits & 6 runs came in the first inning, so his last 3 innings weren’t THAT bad
Noel Castillo: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-3 GB/FB
Adam Olbrychowski: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1-2 GB/FB – hasn’t allowed a run since May 3rd, but unfortunately this is the first time he struck a batter out since that date at well

Low-A Charleston (7-2 win over Bowling Green)
Abe Almonte & Dan Brewer: both 2 for 5, 1 R – Brewer tripled & drove in two … five multi-hit games in his last ten contests
David Adams, Corban Joseph & Mike Lyon: all 1 for 4 – Adams was hit by a pitch & scored a run … Joseph scored a run, K’ed & committed a throwing error … Lyon K’ed
Melky Mesa: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Jose Pirela, Neall French & Mitch Abeita: all 2 for 4 – Pirela scored a run & drove one in … French doubled & scored a run … Abeita hit a solo homer & had a two run double
Manny Banuelos: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 4-7 GB/FB - 21-5 K/BB ratio in his last 19.2 IP
Dan Kapala: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4-1 GB/FB
Cory Arbiso: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GB/FB

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. pat says:

    Wonder how much money they paid Nova to pretend to suck while in SD so he would be sent back.?

  2. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Watch out for Sanit. He’s climbing fast.

  3. Jesus doesn’t have slumps.

  4. A.D. says:

    Kontos settling into AAA

    • Todd says:

      He might be the type of guy to have things click and turn into a Phil Coke type of guy. He can impress with results, earn a call-up, and settle into the pen. They have always liked his arm…

  5. Accent Shallow says:

    Dear Mr. Jackson,

    Your performance in AAA has been superlative this far, but I must ask you to cease inflating your SLG with triples and rather to do so with home runs. Would that be too much to ask?

    I am your most humble servant, &c &c

    • JohnC says:

      His approach so far this year has been the emphasis on making better contact and hitting the ball where its pitched, in the gaps, etc. The home runs will come in time as he gets more comfortable. Lets stop complaining for once shall we?

      • eVizions says:

        Absolutely. The guy is doing what guys his age should be doing. He’s striking out a lot and not hitting for power, all things that will improve with age. Let’s focus on the maturity that he’s showing and the fact that he’s ripping the cover off the ball, all signs that he might be reaching his potential.

        Before the season, I thought he was overhyped. He was an athlete, not a baseball player (Tyrell Goodwin anyone?). This season, he has impressed me and I think he may actually live up to the hype.

      • ZackPrime says:

        Or, you know, the home runs won’t come. Its just as likely that a guy who has never shown much power isn’t going to suddenly develop it simply by getting older. Yes, he will gets stronger and mature as he ages, but its highly unlikely that he’s ever going to flash much power. Which is fine, as long as he can flash “some” power. But its getting hard to simply sit back and say “its okay the power will come, don’t complain”

  6. Accent Shallow says:

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Nova harness his allegedly nasty stuff.

  7. dan says:

    Anybody seen the movie Henry Poole is Here? Look it up. One day, a movie will be made called Jesus Montero is Here.

  8. Jamal G. says:

    Hmm, I wonder if the TJS between the first and second innings led to Jeremy Bleich’s improved performance in innings 2-4.

  9. AndrewYF says:

    Is there anyone in the Yankees’ 2008 draft class that can have a hope of becoming a significant prospect?

    • pollo says:

      Brewer’s been pretty sick, but he profiles more as a Red Sock.

      • handtius says:


        • Eric says:

          I assume that’s in reference to his unnatural pallor.

        • pollo says:

          Dan Brewer, who’s tearing up Charleston with a sub-900 OPS. He keeps overperforming expectations and is gritty as hell.

          Here’s what Scout had to say:

          “Dan Brewer wasn’t a front runner to land one of the starting outfield jobs in Charleston this season. And even though he doesn’t exactly have the tools of a top prospect, he relishes the underdog role and he’s been fighting his way into the starting mix”

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  11. Jerry says:

    I like Romines numbers but…. if he learned to be more selective and take a base on balls I think he would show mor promise.

  12. Tank the Frank says:

    I think you have to let Kontos try and help this bullpen in the 2nd half of the season. I like his arm. His command seems to be improving. Can’t wait to see what he can do in the Bronx.

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