Russo, Winfree take Chapman deep

Game 20: Stop the bleeding
Swisher, Cano & Sabathia help get Yanks back in the win column

Damon Sublett had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb, and he’s going to be out for a long time. Maybe all season. Sucks. Meanwhile, my friend Andy in Sunny Daytona tells me that Andrew Brackman is due back from the disabled list any day now. Apparently he just had a cut on his pitching hand that needed to heal. No biggie.

Triple-A Scranton (5-4 win over Louisville) got to face the $30M man in this one
Kevin Russo, 3B: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – took Aroldis Chapman deep, the first homer the Cuban flamethrower has given up as a pro
Colin Curtis, RF: 1 for 1 – got picked off first … left the game for an unknown reason in the 3rd
Jon Weber, RF: 0 for 2, 1 BB – took over for Curtis, and his AVG if down to .154
Eduardo Nunez, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – he’s 19 for his last 44 (.432) with more walks (4) than strikeouts (2)
Juan Miranda, DH: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – hit a two run bomb to give them the lead in the 8th
David Winfree, 1B & Reegie Corona, 2B: both 1 for 3, 1 R – Winfree drew a walk & also took Chapman deep for a solo shot
Jesus Montero, C, Chad Huffman, LF & Greg Golson, CF: all 0 for 3 – Montero & Huffman each K’ed once
Ivan Nova: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 10-5 GB/FB – 58 of 94 pitches were strikes (61.7%) … he was due for a bit of a clinker
Royce Ring: 0.2 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-1 GB/FB – five of his seven pitches were strikes
Zack Segovia: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0-3 GB/FB – 13 of 25 pitches were strikes (52%)
Mark Melancon: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-2 GB/FB – six of his eight pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (4-1 loss to New Hampshire)
Austin Krum, CF, Dan Brewer, DH, David Adams, 2B & Brandon Laird, 3B: all 1 for 4 – Krum K’ed twice, Brewer & Adams each once … Brewer stole a base & scored a run … Krum swiped a bag as well
Austin Romine, C: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – 15 for his last 34 (.441)
Reid Gorecki, LF & Edwar Gonzalez, RF: both 1 for 3 – Gorecki walked, Gonzalez K’ed
Lance Pendleton: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 7-5 GB/FB – 19 K in 18 IP … who knew?
Josh Schmidt: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB – dude’s allowed four hits in 12 IP
Wilkin DeLaRosa: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2-0 GB/FB – hasn’t been an easy go of it for him this year
Noel Castillo: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (5-2 loss to Dunedin)
Francisco Santana, LF: 2 for 4, 1 2B – first game of the year
Walt Ibarra, 3B: 3 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB
Jose Pirela, SS, Neil Medchill, CF, Myron Leslie, 1B & R.J. Baker, C: all 0 for 4 – Pirela & Baker each K’ed once, Medchill & Leslie each thrice
Corban Joseph, 2B: 0 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – he’s still 12 for his last 34 (.353)
Trent Lockwood, DH: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Jack Rye, RF: 1 for 3
Dan Kapala: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 12-3 GB/FB – finally has a decent start, but he’s still got a 4-14 K/BB ratio
Phil Bartlewski: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-0 GB/FB
Trenton Lare: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 01 GB/FB – not sure if you remember, but he was money last year (78 IP, 58 H, 10 BB, 75 K)

Low-A Charleston (7-5 loss to Hickory)
Zoilo Almonte, RF: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B
DeAngelo Mack, LF: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – got a nice little nine game hit streak going, but this is the first game with more than one hit
Jimmy Paredes, 2B & Rob Lyerly, DH: both 2 for 5, 1 K – Paredes doubled & scored a run … Lyerly doubled, drove in two & scored twice
Luke Murton, LB & Kelvin Castro, SS: both 0 for 4 – Murton walked & K’ed twice … Castro committed both a fielding & throwing error
Kyle Higashioka, C: 3 for 5 – gets back over the Mendoza line
Ray Kruml, CF & Garrison Lassiter, 3B: both 0 for 3 – Kruml K’ed … Lassiter walked, drove in a run & committed a throwing error
Schaeffer Hall: 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 16-3 GB/FB – another start, another night of domination … he actually raised his ERA to 0.81 & nearly tripled his season walk total to five in this one
Ryan Flannery: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB
Ronny Marte: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GB/FB – allowed all three of Flannery’s inherited runners to score to help blow the save

Game 20: Stop the bleeding
Swisher, Cano & Sabathia help get Yanks back in the win column
  • Drew

    Damn, Golson is in a mini slump..

    Mel throwing strikes as usual, hopefully this year he does that when he gets the call.

    • Matt Imbrogno

      Couldn’t you call his whole career a slump?

      • Steve H

        Yes. 100 times yes. The Golson should replace Winn sentiment had gotten a little too loud, but the guy has been pretty poor at the minor league level. Not that Winn is inspiring a ton of confidence, but Golson ain’t the answer.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Mayor of the Draft

          Greg Golson is a black Freddy Guzman.

          • Drew

            Disagree a lot. He’s 24. Last year was a lost year, he was 23, had to move to Oklahoma and move up a level. He’s got more power in his pinky than Freddy has in his bat.

          • Steve H

            So Greg Golson = Homer Bush?

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Mayor of the Draft

              Sure, that works.

  • Jake H

    Romine is doing great. He had increased his walk rate vastly. He got 1 walk ever 4 games last year. This year he is getting a walk every 2 games or so.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    The four earned in six isn’t great for Nova, but the 10 GBs are encouraging.

  • Steve H

    8 pitch inning that includes a K. Pretty impressive.

  • Mike R. – Retire 21

    What’s the deal with Schaeffer Hall? I he anything to get optimistic about?

    • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Drafted last year in the 25th round. Control and command guy with a good changeup and good breaking ball but really weak fastball. Jamie Moyer-type guy.

      I really doubt a guy throwing 86-88 is going to get very far. Don’t get your hopes up.

  • AJ

    Remember when people said Juan Miranda would be the Yankees opening day DH? Is he one of those AAAA players?

    Fantasy Q of the day: Would you dump Jason Heyward or Adam Jones in a 12-team league? Or wait through the suffering?

    • Drew

      He needs to see the bigs before you call him Shelley Duncan. He’s only got 19 AB’s above AAA.

      • Phranchise

        yeah, i think hed actually be pretty good in a full season in the majors. maybe like 285-345-455. who knows if he’ll ever get that chance. it wont be for the yanks

    • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Regarding the first point, what Drew said.

      I’d dump Jones before Heyward, but I’d definitely wait a while. He’s not as bad as he’s shown. He’ll improve.

  • Accent Shallow

    Was at the Trenton game. Pendleton had more than a few loud outs. There were no extra base hits until the 8th, when de la Rosa entered, then he gave up three — leadoff homer, two doubles.

    Castillo looked damn good.

    • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Yeah, WDLR really got lit up. Was his stuff flat? Just missing spots?

      • Phranchise

        i wasnt there, but im not sure if he has good enough grunting and farting tools to be a reliever. Maybe hes a startin pitchah

  • A.D.

    No love for Miranda in the headline?

    and as a stinker I’ll take it for Nova.

    • Rick in Boston

      Miranda’s homer wasn’t off Chapman, it was off a reliever.

  • Doug

    not to be nitpick, but romine’s actually 15 for his last 33. also on an 11-game hit streak.

    but more impressive than any of that is his 8/12 BB/K…..the .67 ratio is a vast improvement over last year’s .37

  • JohnC

    tough break for Damon Sublett. This is gonna really set him back now.

  • Am I the only Kevin?

    Charleston is a weird team. Mack and maybe Almonte are the only two every day players worth checking the boxscore, but the team has all five starters under 2.00 in ERA. If our first two ’09 picks ever show up from EST, then it’ll be a very exciting team.

    Is the Sallie a pitchers or hitters league? My recollection is slightly pitching friendly, no?

    • Am I the only Kevin?


      I should have said 4 starters with under 2.2 ERA. Idiot me glanced at the WHIP column. Ugh.

  • Am I the only Kevin?

    Just how bad is Nunez defensively? Passable only? Really bad? In other words, if we hope the offensive improvements are real and shouts feel they can project him to be average offensively for an every day middle infielder, is he so bad defensively as to lose all value?