Ortiz coughs up another save in Tampa loss

The Mark and Alex show leads Yanks to walk-off
A franchise at a crossroads

One year ago today on DotF, Dellin Betances struck out eight in six no-hit innings against Asheville.

Triple-A Scranton was rained out. They’ll play two tomorrow, and Chad Jennings says Chien-Ming Wang will get the ball in game one. Brian Bruney is also set to pitch an inning at some point during the two games tomorrow.

Double-A Trenton‘s doubleheader was rained out. Mike Ashmore says they’ll play two tomorrow, then make up the other game when Trenton heads back to Binghamton in mid-June.

High-A Tampa (5-3 loss to Dunedin)
Jack Rye: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 E (throwing)
Eric Fryer: 0 for 4, 1 BB
Jesus Montero: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 K – 12 for his last 28 (.426)
Brandon Laird: 1 for 5, 1 K
Austin Romine, Damon Sublett & Walt Ibarra: all 1 for 4, 1 R – Romine doubled, drew a walk & K’ed twice … Sublett K’ed once
Brian Baisley: 1 for 2, 2 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Dellin Betances: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 6-5 GB/FB – walk rate is back up to 4.65 BBper9 this year after his superb second half last year
Ronny Marte: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Tim Norton: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Jon Ortiz:  1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 2-1 GB/FB – already his third blown save of the year … 7.50 ERA & 2.08 WHIP this year after 2.03 & 0.98 last year

Low-A Charleston
Game 1 (6-2 win over Bowling Green in 7 innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out … blew the game open with a 5 run 7th inning
Dan Brewer: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – threw a guy out at second from LF
Ray Kruml & David Adams: both 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Kruml scored two runs, Adams one
Taylor Grote & Mitch Abeita: both 0 for 3, 1 K – Abeita drew a walk … Grote left the game after going from 1st to 3rd on a double in the top of the 6th
Corban Joseph: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Melky Mesa: 1 for 4, 1 K
Neall French: 3 for 4, 1 RBI
Addison Maruszak: 1 for 2, 1 BB, 1 K
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 0, 1 R, 1 SB – pinch ran for Maruszak in the top of the 7th
Andrew Brackman: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 7-4 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding) – picked a runner off first … eh, not great, but not terrible
Brad Rulon: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3-2 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1-0 GB/FB – had to come on for the one out save
Game 2 (5-4 loss to Charleston in7 innings) this game didn’t start until about 10:30pm, hence the really late DotF … crazy
Dan Brewer, Neall French & Mike Lyon: all 0 for 3 – Brewer drew a walk & scored a run … French drove in a run & K’ed … Lyon committed a pair of fielding errors
Carmen Angelini: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – 7 for his last 34 (.206)
David Adams: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Melky Mesa: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Corban Joseph: 1 for 4, 2 K, 1 E (fielding)
Abe Almonte: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – just his 4th XBH of the year
Chase Weems: 1 for 3 – allowed 5 stolen bases
Manny Banuelos: 4 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 WP, 4-2 GB/FB – 31-9 K/BB ratio in 26.1 IP
Dan Kapala: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 4-1 GB/FB

The Mark and Alex show leads Yanks to walk-off
A franchise at a crossroads
  • Derby

    I wonder what’s up with Ortiz this year. He was rediculous last year and sucks this year. Kinda like Veras lol

    • whozat

      Happens with relievers pretty often.

      • Drew

        Very volatile position…

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      He doesn’t take steroids anymore.

      Oh, you mean another Ortiz?

      • Steve H


  • Malcard89

    This is more of a reference to recent DOTF’s than this one, but is Jesus Montero’s recent tendency to have people steal off him a possible sign he can’t handle catching?

    Mike, I know you’re a believer in Montero having Mike Piazza tools (huge power, below average defense) but it can’t be understated how important defense is from the catcher. I remember a Yankees game in 2006 where the Yankees were running wild on Victor Martinez (who’s terrible at throwing runners out) and eventually they moved him to first base that season for the first time. It really hurts the team in my opinion.

    With A-rod and Tex manning the corner infield for the next near decade, and obviously defensive decline comes with age (not saying they’re going to butchers), and Jeter possibly our shortstop during part of that time, we can’t really afford to further hurt our infield defense, can we?

    • whozat

      The kid is 19. Apparently, one of his weaknesses is transferring the ball to get his throws off — at least according to people who’ve seen him play. That’s pretty easily addressed by repetition.

      Also, pitchers have as much to do with given up steals as catchers do. Young pitchers are rarely good at holding runners.

      He can always move to first base later. It’s be incredibly shortsighted to do it now. Who knows? Maybe they sign Joe Mauer in 2010 and Montero winds up in the NL. I’d rather have a young stud catcher to trade than a young stud firstbaseman.

      • Dave

        mAYBE someone here can help me out. Why the heck are melancon and robertson wasting away their amazing talent in triple A??? They are both just dominating – both have 20 Ks in 11 and 13 innings and both have a whip of 1 or under. Veras and edwar continue to walk a batter per inning – they both have whips of close 2 or over 2. They both have proved they are a shell of their 2008 selves and cannot be trusted in any sort of meaningful spot. So what gives here? Are melancon and robertson really not ready? Are the yanks too afraid of losing such great talent as edwar and veras? They both stink. Neither of them were ever all that great. Its baffling to me.

        • ryan

          neither one of those guys are getting a fair chance to stick in the BP. Robertson is being treated like chris britton ( when he’s way better) and melancon had a rough outting so he’s punished with a trip to AAA. Edwar, Veras, and albaladejo have been pitching like crap for over a month now (I bet melancon and Robertson would’ve worked out their problems a long time ago and pitched way more effective). Who are they going to send down when bruney comes back? they’re gonna have to drop one of these bums sooner or later.

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

      Remember, the pitcher also plays a factor in allowing stolen bases. He’s also just 19 and still learning the position. You’d like to see him throw out more base runners obviously, but I don’t think you can really draw many conclusions about his throwing ability from A-ball stolen base numbers.

  • Diony

    And don’t forget Angel Berroa is on the team. Why the effff is he in the 25-man, don’t we have Ramiro Pena as the utility already?

    Maybe they want him as an insurance for A-Rod. But he can’t even play 3B!

    Heck, Kevin Cash is a better 3B than Berroa.

  • Jimmy in Queens

    Anybody have some insight on whether Montero is likely to be promoted to AA this year? Seems he could handle the hitting, and he can continue to work on his D at that level, no?

    • Mike

      it appears the plan is to move montero and romine together and that AA is not coming until next year. Remember he is only 19 so there isnt a huge rush. let him develop.