SWB’s offensive woes continue


Two years ago today on DotF, Matt Carson went 4 for 4 with two doubles and a homer, and Jason Jones allowed just two baserunners against eight strikeouts in seven shutout innings as Double-A Trenton downed New Britain.

RAB correspondent Andy In Sunny Daytona sent along some more photos from last night’s High-A Tampa game: Jesus Montero on deck, Montero catching, Jeremy Bleich winding up, Bleich delivering a pitch, Austin Krum on deck, and Eric Fryer batting. Andy also spoke to Dellin Betances while he video taped the game, and he said he’d heard of RAB, which is super cool. Alas, he wouldn’t give in to Andy’s advances, despite several attempts to by him beer.

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

Triple-A Scranton (2-0 loss to Charlotte) lost to an old buddy … they were shut out for the fourth straight game … it’s been 42 innings since they last scored a run
Doug Bernier & Todd Linden: both 1 for 2 – Bernier drew a walk & was hit by a pitch … Linden walked twice & K’ed
Eric Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 2B - second hit of the month (43 at-bats)
Justin Leone, Juan Miranda & Chris Malec: all 0 for 4 – Leone & Miranda each K’ed twice … Miranda committed a fielding error
Austin Jackson: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K
Chris StewartL 1 for 4, 1 K
Casey Fossum: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 6-4 GB/FB – 59 of 94 pitches were strikes (62.8%)
Jose Valdez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 23 of 31 pitches were strikes (74.2%) … he’s been very impressive this year, pitching himself into consideration for a second half call up
Eric Wordekemper: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB - 8 of 9 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (5-0 win over Portland)
Eduardo Nunez: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 K, 1 SB
Reegie Corona & Marcos Vechionacci: both 1 for 3, 1 BB – Corona doubled, scored two runs & committed a fielding error … Vech scored a run
Colin Curtis, Jorge Vazquez & Seth Fortenberry: all 1 for 4 – Curtis drove a run … Vazquez doubled & drove in a pair … Fortenberry doubled & K’ed twice
Justin Snyder: 1 for 2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Ryan Pope: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 HB, 6-9 GB/FB - took a no-no into the fourth … the Red Sox’s top prospect broke it up with a single
Kanekoa Texeira: 2 IP, zeroes, 4-2 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (9-6 loss to Daytona) got some more pics from Andy
Austin Krum: 3 for 6, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 3 K – picked off first
Eric Fryer & Matt Cusick: both 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB – Fryer drove a run in … Cusick committed a fielding error
Jesus Montero: 4 for 5, 1 R - 10 for his last 18 (.556) with 8 RBI … allowed four stolen bases, but he did gun down one runner … here’s the aftermath of his RBI single in the 4th, a pic of him in the bullpen pregame, and a pair of shots of him at the dish
Brandon Laird: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI – 8 for his last 24 (.333)
Austin Romine: 0 for 5, 2 K
Brian Baisley: 0 for 3, 2 K, 2 HBP – here’s a shot of him on defense
Wady Rufino: 1 for 4, 2 K – here’s a blurry close up shot of him pregame … Andy says he’s a dead ringer for Raul Mondesi
Hit Streak Hilligoss: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E (throwing) – 10 for his last 21 (.476)
DJ Mitchell: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 4-1 GB/FB - so much for that demotion to Short Season Staten Island, guess it was actually a promotion to Tampa … here’s some shots of him warming up in the bullpen
Grant Duff: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3-1 GB/FBallowed a pair of inherited runners to score
Charles Nolte: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-0 GB/FB – here he is warming up in the pen

Low-A Charleston (3-1 win over Lexington)
Abe Almonte: 1 for 5, 2 K
Dan Brewer & Chase Weems: 0 for 3, 1 K – Brewer was hit by a pitch … Weems drove in a run & drew a walk
David Adams, Taylor Grote, Corban Joseph & Melky Mesa: all 1 for 4 – Adams K’ed twice … Grote scored a run & K’ed twice … Joseph doubled, drove in a run, scored another & K’ed once … Mesa was caught stealing & K’ed once
Neall French: 2 for 2, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 BB
Addison Maruszak: 0 for 4, 1 K
Hector Noesi: 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 5-9 GB/FB – retired the first 19 batters he faced
Casey Erickson: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – coughed up the no-hitter & shutout when he served up a homer to the light hitting #9 hitter with one out in the ninth … for shame

Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. A.D. says:

    Chris Malec hasn’t gotten a hit in 4 straight games….something is very wrong.

  2. cult of basebaal says:

    got a scouting report on Jose Valdez?

  3. Four straight games?


  4. The Artist says:

    Wow, Lars off to a rough start at AA.

    Maybe they were serious about Tex after all.

  5. “coughed up the no-hitter & shutout when he served up a homer to the light hitting #9 hitter with one out in the ninth … for shame”

    Maybe he should have been pitching with the other hand.

  6. Ivan says:

    4 consecutive games without a run…….4 consecutive games without a run. Is that possible.

  7. I think it’s pretty awesome that DB knows of RAB.

  8. dan says:

    So what’s the Ryan Pope Third-Round-Reach Meter at now?

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Would like some more ground balls, no?

      The two-year-old DOTF has Jason Jones pitching a similar game. So maybe he can be Rule Ved in a couple years?

  9. Greg G. says:

    Kudos to Andy for the photos.

  10. A.D. says:

    Montero looks like hes posing for the photo

  11. Hey Andy… why the hell do all the photos have the datestamp of 01/01/2006?

    basic mastery of simple consumer electronic technology FAIL

  12. The Artist says:

    “About the Yankees prospects, all year long I have heard that the Yankees priorities are Rafael de Paula and Gary Sanchez, I believe Gary Sanchez will ink with the Yanks.

    Some weeks ago I was told about the Yankees pursuit of either Mateo or Gulliermo Pimentel, An agent told me he thought that Mateo was going to sign for around 2.5 million with the yanks, then word came that the yankees placed a complain on MLB regarding Pimentel and the Texas Rangers.

    De Paula is not a sure thing, there is an issue about his eligibility to sing ( I’ll make a whole blog about this kid later on) plus the Red Sox are also very high on him, and since the Red Sox are smoother in the way they negotiate it might be very possible that De Paula ends up signing with them.

    Someone asked me about how much Programs (Buscones which is a demeaning name) spent on kids. I can tell you that lots of Buscones give prospects, Clothing, a place to live, food, mecidine, supplements etc all year long. Some go to the extent to give families some financial help too.

    In some ways Programs give things to the families and kids that our govement should, but doesnt. Of course there are a lot of bad guys who act like criminals and just do horrible things.

    My next 2 blogs will be about 2 right handed pitchers, one is Amiro Santana the other Rafael De paula, the Santana blog will be to show how the Red Sox are so good at spotting talent and De Paula blog will be just mad, stay tuned or however one is suppose to say it.”


    Keep hearing about Sanchez, sounds like we’ll get him.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      It’d be interesting to save that blog for 10 years, then check and see which guys had MLB careers.

    • The Artist says:

      Here’s the video on Mateo, I would suggest watching it for the 60′s TV show theme music alone.

    • I keep reading that Sanchez is some kind of a stud prospect but have very little additional information. Is a Jesus montero type signing?

      • whozat says:

        Don’t get excited about latin american prospects until they’ve been in an MLB system for a couple years, maybe even until they earn their way to the states. There’s huge amounts of misinformation out there put out by their handlers and other hangers on, and there’s the lying about their age…and they’re so young that plenty of them never pan out. For every King Felix there’s a dozen guys who barely make it to AA.

  13. Accent Shallow says:

    Is Noesi someone worth keeping an eye on?

    Rufino does look like Mondesi a bit.

    Was hoping Mitchell could continue his dominance in Tampa, but I guess we’ll have to wait 5 more days to see that.

    • Mattingly's Love Child says:

      On Mitchell…he almost gave up as many earned runs tonight as he had all season! Still 8 strikeouts aint bad….if one can take anything positive out of his start tonight!

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

      It’s not so much that Rufino looks like Mondesi in the face, but he looks like him in the field. He moves around just like Raul.

      Mitchell pitched alot better than his line says. The Cubs picked up two cheap hits in his last inning, and Duff Beer gave up a bases loaded triple that let them score. It was HOT today, he had to have gotten tired.

  14. Shawbler says:

    So what is the deal with Noesi? His numbers are pretty good so far? Is he a legit prospect?

  15. Charlie says:

    Just wondering, whats with the 2 years ago today thing?

  16. Off topic, but on the postgame Andy sounds like he’s battling the flu or something.

  17. EB says:

    Greatest relief prospect ever (as per Gammons) Bard just gave up a sac fly… working 95-98, not 99-102 like chief propaganda minister would like you to think.
    Well I guess Craig Hansen was the best 8th inning guy in the AL 12 months ago, right?

  18. Tom Zig says:

    I’m kind of disappointed that doppel-Melky doesn’t look like actual Melky.

  19. NC Saint says:

    Papal infallibility! Well, today, anyway.

    Was Angelini serving his suspension today?

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