Staten Island bullpen comes up big in series opener

Game 145 Spillover Thread II
Yanks win 5-3 to sweep Angels

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

Triple-A Scranton will take on Durham, in the International League Championship Series (best-of-five) starting tomorrow. It’s a rematch of last year’s title series, and SWB is looking to win their second straight Governor’s Cup in a rematch. Chad Jennings has the pitching matchups and a position-by-position breakdown.

Double-A Trenton’s season is over. Connecticut will face Akron in the Eastern League Championship Series (best-of-five) starting tomorrow.

High-A Tampa (3-1 win over Charlotte) Tampa leads the best-of-five title series 2-1
Dan Brewer, David Adams, Brandon Laird & Jack Rye: all 1 for 4 – Brewer K’ed three times, Adams & Laird once each … Rye got caught stealing
Damon Sublett: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Austin Romine: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – money performance right there
Kevin Smith & Luis Nunez: both 0 for 4 – Smith K’ed once, Nunez twice
Jose Gil: 0 for 3, 1 K
DJ Mitchell: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 13-1 GB/FB – one of the walks was intentional … you gotta love the groundballs
Noel Castillo: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Pat Venditte: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Jon Hovis: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston’s season is over. Lakewood defeated Greenville tonight to take a 1-0 lead in the South Atlantic League Championship Series (best-of-five).

Short Season Staten Island (3-0 win over Mahoning Valley) SI leads the best-of-three series 1-0 … a win tomorrow and they’ll be league champs for the fifth time in the last ten years
Jimmy Paredes, Luke Murton & Kyle Higashioka: all 1 for 3 – Paredes drew a walk & scored a run … Murton drove in a run … Higashioka walked, scored a run & K’ed twice
DeAngelo Mack & Zoilo Almonte: both 2 for 4 – Mack K’ed twice & got picked off first … Almonte hit a solo jack & doubled
Neil Medchill: 0 for 4, 2 K
Mike Lyon: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Kelvin Castro: 0 for 2, 1 RBI
Carmen Angelini: 0 for 3
Adam Warren: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 7-4 GB/FB – well done sir
Griffin Bailey: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
Gavin Brooks: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K
Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2-1 GB/FB – gotta love the relief work

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.

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Game 145 Spillover Thread II
Yanks win 5-3 to sweep Angels
  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Who is starting for SI and Tampa tomorrow?

    • Mike bk

      SI is throwing Black and Jose Ramirez if it goes a 3rd game.

      Not sure on Tampa.

  • Jersey

    Didn’t Medchill go under the knife? Who am I thinking of?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He’s gritting it up. He’s a tough Oklahoma boy.

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

      He’s having it after the season.

      • Jersey

        Ah, thanx.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Yes, you are thinking of Medchill. No, he did not get surgery yet, that will be after the SI Yankees season is over.

      • Jersey

        And thanx.

    • Salty Buggah

      Brian Urlacher?

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Adam Warren: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 7-4 GB/FB

    Total domination.

    • pat

      forgetaboutit

      • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

        You guys ready to rent some cahs?

    • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

      pretty much. I do wonder where he was drafted last year.

      • pat

        Round 34, pick 1101, Cleveland.

    • Michael

      I was at the SI Yanks game last night. Warren dominated, but threw most of his FBs in the 90-92 range with average secondary stuff. Nothing jumped out at me. The moment of the night was Almonte’s HR in the 8th that hit high off the batting eye in CF. Had it been at the OLD Yankee stadium it would have been in the black. What a shot!!!

      • http://www.gothambaseball.com/ RPimpsner

        Please tell me you werent going by the stadium gun?

  • wilcymoore

    Yankees put Freddy Guzman on the 40-man roster and called him up from Scranton to the big club (he pinch-ran tonight); they DFA’d Anthony Claggett. This is just weird. Couldn’t they at least have waited till the AAA playoffs were over?

    I also don’t understand why they called up Shelley Duncan just before the AAA playoffs, just to have him sit on the bench (most of the time) for the Yankees. Jeez, wouldn’t it have been better for him to get some at-bats in a playoff situation, even if it’s AAA? Scranton-Wilkes Barre will be playing this last playoff series EXTREMELY short-handed.

    • Chris

      Not to discount the AAA playoffs, but does anyone really care? I mean, it’s nice to say you win and all, but the major league club is much much more important.

      • pat

        Heh. Not to discount the AAA playoffs, but I’m totally going to anyway but does anyone really care?

        • pat

          Jokes aside, you’re right though. I’d rather Shelly have one productive AB for the major league team than 10 IL Championships.

    • Jeffrey

      Can someone explain to me why Claggett had to be DFA’ed to be removed from the 40-man roster.

      With these two players out of the picture for the AAA playoffs were they able to make roster moves and get guys from AA or below to play?

      • Charlie

        to remove any player from the 40 man roster, they have to be DFA’ed unless they’re injured and going on the 60 day DL. It doesn’t matter if the player has options, if you’re removing him from the roster, he must clear waivers, hence the dfa, in order to be sent back down.

        • Jeffrey

          Thanks. The move is still questionable though. I guess the Yankees didn’t think that much of Claggett if they’re willing to risk losing him.

          • steve (different one)

            what were the odds that Claggett lasted the winter on the 40 man?

            i’d say slim to none.

  • Charlie

    From lohud:
    “And Joe Girardi is already talking about Freddy Guzman like he’ll be there for the first round.”

    Fuck. No. Why the hell would freddy guzman sniff the yankees’ postseason roster? This move was pointless, they shoulda let him stay in AAA and not waste a player by DFAing Claggett. The yanks offense is high powered enough to not need multiple pinch runners. That’d be a waste of a spot

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

      There’s zero reason for him to be on the postseason roster. If he wants more speed, bring Pena. He’s fast enough, can play the infield without a problem and the outfield in an emergency, and actually put together a decent at-bat.

      Having Freddy Guzman on a postseason roster is beyond stupid. They’re trying to outsmart themselves.

      • Charlie

        needless to say, i agree. who gets the final say on the postseason roster, though, cashman or girardi? i’d be more comfortable with cash.

      • steve (different one)

        is it dumber than carrying 12 pitchers in a series when you will only use 3 starters?

        you guys are WAY overvaluing the 25th roster spot in a 5 game series with 2 off-days.

        i probably wouldn’t bother taking Guzman, but the phrase “beyond stupid” is beyond misplaced.

        it would only be for the first round.

        Pena is fast, but he’s not the type of guy you send out to steal in the late innings of a tie game. having a guy that can almost guarantee you a steal to strategically deploy, could be useful. and if it comes at the expense of your 9th reliever? BFD.

        • Moshe Mandel

          Exactly. Pena is a good pinch runner, but not a base-stealer.

        • Charlie

          maybe you can fuck with the idea of the last man on the roster not being important in the regular season, but every thing and everyone matters in the playoffs. no one advocated carrying 12 pitchers as far as i can see. also, what makes you think it would only be for the first round that guzman would be on the roster? how does that make any sense at all?

          • Moshe Mandel

            Because in the first round you may only need 3 starters, later you need 4, which means you may want to add a reliever. His point makes sense- having Guzman as a baserunning weapon gives you something you do not get with your other utility guy, Hairston. Pena is redundant.

            • Charlie

              guzman is redundant. gardner probably won’t be starting over melky, viola, there’s our pinch runner. pena can at least play the infield, run pretty well, and can probably hit better than guzman

              • Moshe Mandel

                Both guys would be the last player off the bench- meaning you have used Gardner already. The question is, who gives you more of an advantage in the late innings as a runner? (Because neither is going to hit for anybody, or be used as a fielding replacement).

          • steve (different one)

            also, what makes you think it would only be for the first round that guzman would be on the roster?

            i don’t know, maybe from the quote that you posted that specifically mentioned taking him for the first round?

            and sure, it makes sense for him to be there in the first round and not the second.

            in the first round, you only need 3 starters*. in the second round, you need 4. Joba will probably be in the bullpen in the first round.

            you can change rosters between rounds. teams do this all the time.

            i don’t think i would bother with Guzman, but it’s not crazy to think they could take an extra position player instead of an extra reliever for the first round.

            * – assuming that’s the schedule the Yankees pick

        • Charlie

          jeter, tex, arod, matsui, cano, swisher, melky, gardner, posada, molina, damon, hairston, hinske, pena, cc, aj, petitte, joba, Mo, hughes, coke, marte, bruney, d-rob, aceves. That’s 25 guys right there. There is no room for Freddy Guzman

          • Free Mike Vick

            There is no way in hell bruney can be on the roster and joba can not…i’m sorry but there is no way.

            • Free Mike Vick

              oops…you had joba…my bad

          • steve (different one)

            well, it would be in place of Pena.

            depends on what specific skills you want in that last man.

            figure no one is going to be pinch hit for in the starting lineup except for maybe Melky. Hinske is your pinch hitter, and Gardner takes his place in the field.

            Posada and Matsui can be pinch run for.

            Hairston covers you defensively if an IFer gets hurt.

            i don’t know, i’m not saying i would take Guzman, i’m just saying i think you guys are overreacting.

      • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

        Isn’t this the same thing the Red Sox are trying to do with Joey Gathright?

        • steve (different one)

          you may remember they had some success with Dave Roberts.

        • Jeffrey

          Seems like it, but the Yankees already had Gardner to pinch run and steal bases with. Can’t see why they would need Guzman to do it too.

          In tonight’s game after Gardner and A-rod scored they already had a 2 run lead. They don’t really need much more with Mo on the mound.

      • Free Mike Vick

        Guzman would allow Girardi to start Gardner and pinch run for someone late in the game and keep gardner in the game.

        i wouldn’t really call it beyond stupid.

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

          Between Coke, Marte, Guzman, and Hinske, you have four guys on the 25-man roster that are there for very specialized and limited reasons.

          Marte & Coke as LOOGY’s
          Hinske to PH
          Guzman to PR

          It’s a waste. Guzman would be the second pinch runner off the bench behind Gardner anyway, at least with Pena you get versatility and value on defense, even with slightly less speed.

          • steve (different one)

            Pena only has value on defense if he is ACTUALLY PLAYING. and that means he is playing in place of A-Rod, Cano, or Jeter.

            which has almost no chance of happening.

            if it does, it means someone got hurt.

            in that case, Hairston covers that.

            if TWO of those 3 IFers get hurt, well, it’s probably not going to matter if you took Pena or Guzman.

            also, i believe they changed the rules, and if someone gets hurt, you can replace them between games.

            so if that doomsday scenario happened, Pena could be added to the roster.

          • Moshe Mandel

            When exactly will that versatility come into play? Pena will not be coming in for any of the infielders under any circumstances. Whoever that last guy is will almost certainly be used exclusively to run. Guzman is a better choice.

          • Free Mike Vick

            well…you know for fact that you’re going to have to pinch run for matsui if he gets on late and maybe posada aswell..and if Girardi decided to start gardner…you’re looking at PR either Hairy or Melky..and if you PR hairy for matsui..and then lose a IFer..you lose the DH.

            i just think having an extra pinch runner could give Girardi a few more options to play with because pena probably ain’t going to see the field anyway…plus he is not a base stealer

            • Jeffrey

              I wouldn’t worry about losing the DH, they’re not going to have one in the World Series half the time anyway.

              Pena is one of the faster guys on this team even if he isn’t known for stealing bases.

              At this point I don’t see Gardner starting in CF during the playoffs. Cabrera has been the everyday CF and will continue to be. Melky also has the better arm and that could mean the difference on a number of plays. Plus, Gardner is more valuable as a pinch runner or late inning defensive replacement.

              There’s a reason Guzman has been with 4 different AAA squads in 2009. That’s cause he can’t hit.

              I’m hoping this team doesn’t have to play too much small ball in the playoffs.

              • Free Mike Vick

                again….no one is asking pena or guzman to hit in the postseason…neither one of them will.

                so what we are talking about is speed…base stealing…and if its between pena and guzman to steal a big base.

                i want guzman.

      • JohnC

        Does the name “Dave Roberts” ring a bell?

  • Sam

    So, going back to the minor leagues, how does Adam Warren’s stuff compare to Ian Kennedy’s?