Kennedy makes surprise return as Tampa wins

Open Thread: On magic numbers
Kenny R on the playoff pitching rotations

Triple-A Scranton (12-3 win over Gwinnett) SWB won the best-of-five series 3-1 and is heading to their second consecutive International League Championship Series … Louisville & Durham are tied at two in their series, and will play the deciding game tomorrow … SWB will take on the winner of that game when the finals start Tuesday … you probably remember that they won the Governor’s Cup last year, which resulted in the greatest headline in RAB history
Kevin Russo, Freddy Guzman & Chris Stewart: all 2 for 5 – Russo got hit by a pitch, doubled, drove in three, scored twice & K’ed … Guzman drew a walk & drove in two … Stewart scored a run, plated two & K’ed
Austin Jackson: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Juan Miranda & Reegie Corona: both 2 for 4, 1 2B – Miranda was hit by a pitch, drove in two & scored one … Corona walked, scored twice & K’ed … Miranda is now the franchise’s career leader in postseason RBI with 17
Eduardo Nunez: 0 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – one of the walks was intentional … AAA debut, but he only DH’ed
Colin Curtis: 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
Doug Bernier: 1 for 1, 3 R, 1 2B, 3 BB, 1 HBP – I love lines like this
Zach McAllister: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HB, 7-5 GB/FB – 55 of 85 pitches were strikes (64.7%) … that’s pretty much what you could expect out of a kid making his AAA debut in a playoff game
Anthony Claggett: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4-3 GB/FB – 17 of 28 pitches were strikes (60.7%) … he was their scheduled starter for Game Five, but now they can go back to the top of rotation with the long layoff
Jose Valdez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB – 12 of 22 pitches were strikes (54.5%)

Double-A Trenton’s season is over. Connecticut leads New Britain 2-1 in their best-of-five series while Akron has already swept Reading. Connecticut & New Britain will give it another go tomorrow and then again the next day if necessary, and the winner of that series will face Akron in the Eastern League Championship Series (best-of-five) starting on Tuesday.

High-A Tampa (5-2 win over Charlotte) Tampa leads the best-of-five series 1-0 … two more wins and they’re the league champs … they’re throwing David Phelps and DJ Mitchell in the next two games, so you gotta like their chances
Dan Brewer: 3 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 K
David Adams: 0 for 4
Austin Romine: 1 for 4, 1 R
Damon Sublett & Walt Ibarra: both 0 for 3 – Sublett drew a walk & K’ed … Ibarra stole a bag & scored a run
Brandon Laird & Luis Nunez: both 2 for 4, 1 RBI – Laird swiped a base & K’ed … Nunez doubled twice & drove in two
Kevin Smith: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Jack Rye: 2 for 3, 1 RBI
Ian Kennedy: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5-0 GB/FB – great to see him back … hopefully he can build on this in the AzFL
Hector Noesi: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 3-5 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Noel Castillo: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2-2 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston’s season is over. Lakewood and Greenville each swept their respective Round One series, and will face each other when the South Atlantic League Championship Series starts on Monday.

Short Season Staten Island (5-1 win over Lowell) SI wins the best-of-three series 2-1 … they’ll take on Mahoning Valley in the NY-Penn League Championship Series (best-of-three) starting tomorrow … SI won it all in 2000, 2002, 2005 & 2006, so they’re on the cusp of 5 titles in the last 10 years
Jimmy Paredes, Luke Murton & Neil Medchill: all 1 for 4, 1 RBI – Paredes scored a run & K’ed twice … Medchill doubled & K’ed twice
DeAngelo Mack: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Zoilo Almonte & Kelin Castro: both 0 for 4 – Almonte K’ed twice … Castro drove in a run
Kyle Higashioka: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB – he’s not hitting, but the walk rate is rock solid
Mike Lyon: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB
Carmen Angelini: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Kelvin Perez: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1-5 GB/FB – Robert Pimpsner said he threw 54 of his 87 pitches were strike (62.1%) … now that’s stepping up in a big game
Griffin Bailey: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GB/FB
Gavin Brooks: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

The Rookie GCL Yanks season is over after they lost to the GCL Marlins in Round One of the playoffs. The GCL Nats won the league championship.

Open Thread: On magic numbers
Kenny R on the playoff pitching rotations
  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    It makes me sad that the MiL season is ending.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      To quote a great American poet:

      There’s always gonna be another mountain
      I’m always gonna wanna make it move
      Always gonna be a uphill battle
      Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

      Ain’t about how fast I get there
      Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
      It’s the climb

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Great to see Kennedy back…

    Nice night for Brewer as well, where do you think he starts next season – Tampa again, or Trenton? He’s been racking at every level so I think he could handle a full(ish) year of AA.

    • Mike Axisa

      Challenge him and send him to Trenton. No point wasting him against Hi-A guys any more.

      • JMK

        What’s his ceiling, Mike?

  • Richard Iurilli

    So good to see IPK pitching again. Best of luck to him in the AzFL.

    Oh, and I could get used to that greatest headline thing. Expect big things from Mr. Hughes in 2010.

  • Manimal

    Slightly OT, but I just saw the movie Sugar. Its a pretty good baseball movie.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Oh! Did you hear about the Ross Ohlendorf remake entitled ‘Sucrose’?

      • Bryan

        And Mike Mussina made a sequel called Glucose.

    • RPimpsner

      The PA announcer in the movie is the PA Announcer for the SI Yankees.

  • Salty Buggah

    Yea, I wanna see that headline become true at the MLB level. Hughes pitches Game 4 after CC pitching Game 1, Joba pitching Game 2 and AJ pitching Game 3. SWEEP!

  • Salty Buggah

    Miranda = Clutch

    Nunez = Feared

  • RPimpsner
  • leokitty

    If you’re in the area and have some free time you should come to the Staten Island game Monday. The attendance the last two games has been kinda sad and it’s a really fun time.

    Also anything that might make the crazy yelling guy less noticeable would be awesome. ;)

    • RPimpsner

      Come on, I love that guy. It makes it more entertaining. That fact of him singing and dancing to the Hasselhoff video made it even better.

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