Trenton walks off with a win as Romine’s streak comes to an end

Aceves pulled with stiff lower back
Cervelli & Teixeira lead the way as Yanks pummel Sox again

Mike Ashmore has a full transcript of Nardi Contreras’ chat with reporters yesterday, so don’t miss it. It’s a must read. Also, Justin Snyder’s been bumped up to SWB.

Triple-A Scranton (4-2 win over Durham)
Greg Golson, CF & Reegie Corona, 2B: both 1 for 5, 2 K – Golson threw a runner out at second … Corona scored a run
Eduardo Nunez, SS & Chad Huffman, DH: both 0 for 3, 1 BB, 2 K – Nunez got caught stealing
Juan Miranda, 1B: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – good to see him back … he took a pitch off the elbow a few days ago & missed a couple of games … have to imagine he’ll get a chance to fill in for Nick Johnson, even if it’s just a platoon role
David Winfree, RF & Robby Hammock, 3B: both 2 for 4 – Winfree hit a bomb & drove in three
Jon Weber, LF: 0 for 4, 2 K
P.J. Pilittere, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 PB – still no definitive reason on why Jesus Montero was lifted from yesterday’s game … anything you see is just speculation at this point
Jason Hirsh: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 6-4 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) – just 58 of 105 pitches were strikes (55.2%) … just one of those days
Zack Segovia: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-2 GB/FB – 20 of 27 pitches were strikes (74.1%)
Jon Albaladejo: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB – 11 of his 13 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Bowie, walk-off style)
Justin Christian, DH: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB – love it … now if they could only get Matt DeSalvo back
Austin Krum, CF, Kevin Smith, 1B & Luis Nunez, SS: all 0 for 4- Krum walked, scored the game winning run on a walk-off wild pitch & K’ed thrice … Smith also K’ed thrice, but Nunez just once
David Adams, 2B: 3 for 5, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Austin Romine, C: 0 for 4, 1 BB, 2 K – hitting streak ends at 16
Brandon Laird, 3B: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Reid Gorecki, LF & Dan Brewer, RF: both 2 for 4, 1 K – Gorecki hit a two run bomb & stole a base … Brewer stole two
Lance Pendleton: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 5-10 GB/FB
Cory Arbiso: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB
Wilkins Arias: 1 IP, zeroes, 2-1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa (8-3 win over Brevard County)
Jack Rye, DH: 0 for 3, 2 BB
Corban Joseph, 2B, Melky Mesa, CF, Neil Medchill, LF & Francisco Santana, RF: all 1 for 4 – CoJo tripled, walked, scored a run & K’ed … Mesa walked, stole a base, scored twice & K’ed … Santana scored once
Bradley Suttle, 3B: 0 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 K
Addison Maruszak, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Trent Lockwood, 1B: 3 for 5, 1 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI – he had three extra base hits all season coming into this game
Mitch Abeita, C: 2 for 5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Dan Kapala: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 9-1 GB/FB – still got a 9-17 K/BB ratio
Craig Heyer: 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-2 GB/FB – and yet he gets the win
Trenton Lare: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB

Low-A Charleston (4-2 loss to Delmarva)
Jimmy Paredes, SS: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K,  SB, 1 E (throwing) – five for his last nine
DeAngelo Mack, LF: 0 for 3, 1 BB,1 K
Luke Murton, 1B & Zoilo Almonte, RF: both 1 for 3 – Murton got hit by a pitch, stole a base, scored a run, K’ed & committed a fielding error … Almonte drew a walk
Rob Lyerly, 3B, Kyle Higashioka, C, Hector Rabago, DH & Kelvin Castro, 2B: all 0 for 4, 1 K – Castro committed a throwing error … Higashioka allowed a passed ball
Ray Kruml, CF: 2 for 3, 2 SB
Kelvin Perez: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 8-7 GB/FB – 1 ER or fewer in five of his six starts
Dicky Marquez: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3-1 GB/FB

Aceves pulled with stiff lower back
Cervelli & Teixeira lead the way as Yanks pummel Sox again
  • Richard Iurilli

    Isn’t DeSalvo the kid who took a no-hitter into the sixth or seventh inning in his major league debut several years back?

    /Laughing at myself calling a guy who’s eight years older than me a “kid.”

    • JGS

      Ichiro doubled on the third pitch of DeSalvo’s debut

      • Richard Iurilli

        Hmmm. I don’t know who I’m thinking of then. Didn’t a Yankee rookie pitch a near no-hitter either in his debut or early in his career? (No, I’m not thinking of Phil Hughes.)

        • Richard Iurilli

          Ahhh, it was Jorge De Paula on 9/26/03.

          Perfect game through 5.1 IP, no-hitter through 6.1 IP.

          Not sure why I remember this game so clearly.

          • Richard Iurilli

            And while it wasn’t his major league debut, it was his first career start. (He had made three relief appearances before this start.)

        • Marcos

          Jeff Karstens? Two years back he took a perfecto for the Pirates into the 8th or 7th I believe.

  • Steve H

    Strange, I figured dotf was canceled tonight since half the minor leaguers are in Boston.

  • Dirty Pena

    still no definitive reason on why Jesus Montero was lifted from yesterday’s game … anything you see is just speculation at this point

    Cause he’s getting called up!

    //or am I?
    ///yes, I am.

    • radnom

      I have it on good authority that Montero arrived in Boston earlier this evening.

      • Stryker

        really hope your “good authority” is wrong. bringing him up would be a HUGE mistake.

        • Richard Iurilli

          I think you missed an implied “/sarcasm.”

          • radnom

            Richard is correct, I was just goofing around.

  • Salty Buggah

    Nardi: “I’m guessing, hoping — hoping –that Banuelos will be coming back soon, because he’s going to be a star.”

    This brings warmth to my heart.

  • Mike Ashmore

    First off, Jeremy Bleich has agreed to answer fan questions. I will have a post on Thunder Thoughts very shortly about that…but please e-mail them to me (mashmore98 AT and I’ll get as many of them to him as we have time for.

    Also, DeSalvo’s debut was the first NYY game I ever covered, May of ’07, I believe…there was a blown call on a stolen base at second base late in the game that turned everything around…he pitched very well and should have got the win.

    • Mike Ashmore

      I dug up my original DeSalvo story from that 2007 debut. It’s…meh.

      DeSalvo Dominates in Debut
      by Mike Ashmore

      If this had happened following the 2005 season, nobody would have been surprised to see Matt DeSalvo on the mound at Yankee Stadium.

      But after 2006, even DeSalvo himself was a little surprised to get the call every minor leaguer dreams of.

      “Coming into this season, I didn’t think I’d be standing here in this locker room,” he said. “But those questions, those doubts, they’re out of my mind now. It doesn’t matter.”

      The 26-year-old righty earned a spot on the 40-man roster after his 2005 campaign at Double-A Trenton, going 9-5 with a 3.02 ERA in 25 games for the Thunder.

      “Last year when we broke Spring Training, everybody knows that he was the next guy on the list to come up,” said Yankees GM Brian Cashman. “He had a great spring, but he couldn’t follow up and he had a tough year.”

      Starting the year at Triple-A Columbus, DeSalvo struggled and was sent back down to Trenton after posting an abysmal 1-6 record, complete with matching 7.68 ERA.

      “Matt DeSalvo’s had a bad year,” Yankees special advisor Reggie Jackson said last season. “He’s had some off the field issues that we believe he’s got straightened out.”

      “Every year isn’t a great year,” Jackson said. “But the organization still loves him and is behind him.”

      Well, sort of.

      DeSalvo’s personal problems haunted him for the rest of the season, and he was eventually designated for assignment. Any of the other 29 MLB teams could have claimed him, but he made it through waivers and remained in the Yankees organization.

      But with prospects like Phil Hughes, Tyler Clippard, Chase Wright, Darrell Rasner and others ahead of him, it seemed that DeSalvo was destined to spend another season tantalizingly close to his Major League dream.

      That all changed last Monday.

      Before the game, the talk about DeSalvo was…well, that nobody knew all that much about him.

      “I’m not familiar with him,” admitted shortstop Derek Jeter. “Obviously he’s done some things right or they wouldn’t have called him up to pitch. But you just want him to go out there and throw strikes and give us a chance to win. But I really don’t know what to expect.”

      Outfielder Johnny Damon echoed similar sentiments.

      “I played behind him a few times in Spring Training, and that’s about it,” he said. “I know that he has great potential, and hopefully we get to see it tonight on the mound.”

      DeSalvo did more than that, showing flashes of brilliance during a seven inning performance in which he allowed one run on just three hits.

      “Last year was a building block for me,” he said after the game. “When you do throw a game like this, you have to remember what you went through last year to get to a point like this and keep building on it. If I forget about last year, it’ll take away my building blocks and eventually I’ll crumble.”

      DeSalvo gave a lot of credit to catcher Jorge Posada, who’s familiar with catching pitchers in their Major League debuts.

      “You just try to keep them as calm as you can,” Posada said. “Make him laugh a little bit, make him throw his pitches and realize that everything’s the same. You want to make them trust their stuff.”

      Despite not factoring into the decision thanks to a blown call at second base, DeSalvo not only earned a second start five days later, but the praise of a certain “unfamiliar” teammate.

      “He did an outstanding job,” Jeter said. “You couldn’t ask for him to do anything else. He pitched well, he threw strikes, he worked quick. You couldn’t ask for anything more than he did.”

      Yankees manager Joe Torre also walked away thinking he might finally have someone reliable for his crippled pitching staff.

      “Right now, he’s going to figure to fit in our rotation,” he said. “Even Phil Hughes didn’t have a great start his first time out there.”

      Nobody would have guessed before the season started that Matt DeSalvo would outshine Phil Hughes in anything.

      But in the Yankees unpredictable 2007 season, anything’s possible.

      • Mike Ashmore

        Shoot, while I’m at it…here’s my DeSalvo piece from ’06. One of my favorite stories from that time.

        Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind
        by Mike Ashmore

        On the mound, Matt DeSalvo has been labeled a cerebral pitcher, something he takes as a compliment. Off of it, he’s no different, his vocabulary more reminiscent of a college professor than a baseball player.

        Answers to questions will often involve questions of his own, or quotes from the increasingly long list of books he’s read that relate to what you’ve asked. Long, thoughtful pauses make talking with the 25-year-old feel more like a chess match than a conversation, with every move and every word carefully chosen.

        Unfortunately for DeSalvo, the next move belongs to the New York Yankees, and it may lead to checkmate for his stay on the 40-man roster.

        Nobody could have seen this coming, not after a 2005 season where he was Trenton’s ace and especially not after his strong showing in Spring Training this year, a 1-0 record and 1.13 ERA putting him tantalizingly close to Yankee Stadium.

        “I’m aware that I was pretty close to being there,” DeSalvo said. “Looking back on the season, it kind of tears you apart that something you were so close to is so far away.”

        Starting the season in Triple-A Columbus an injury away from a big league call-up, he didn’t last half the season there before being sent back to Double-A, the result of a 1-6 record and abysmal 7.68 ERA.

        His return to Trenton, intended to build his confidence and return him to the site of one of his most successful seasons, only led to more struggles.

        Through 12 starts, DeSalvo hasn’t fared much better for the Thunder, his 3-3 record rendered obsolete by a 6.97 ERA. Nobody, himself included, seems to know how to answer the inevitable questions about his fall from grace.

        “I can’t ask the questions that people are asking me,” DeSalvo said. “I need to be confident in myself and forget everything else and stay focused.”

        While thinking too much is a popular theory for DeSalvo’s detractors, it’s one that Thunder manager Bill Masse doesn’t put much thought to.

        “He’s been thinking his whole life,” Masse said. “People want to make something out of this that it’s really not. Before, it was the big joke — this guy’s the best pitcher in the Eastern League and he reads novels and does all this (stuff) and what a great story it is.

        “Now, he’s doing (poorly) and everybody wants to blame it on that. He was successful last year doing the exact same thing, so I don’t think that has anything to do with it.”

        Indeed, DeSalvo hasn’t changed his routine, his head often buried in what he referred to as “crazy books.”

        “Banned books, books that challenge norms,” said DeSalvo, defining his reading material.

        “I’m not like this radical or some kind of rebel, I just like to read a wide variety of books to get different perspectives on certain subjects. That’s just how I am, I like critical thinking, it’s very important to me.”

        Not only does DeSalvo enjoy reading books, he also writes them as well, including a romance novel about a girl he fell in love with.

        “That’s the one everyone talks about,” he said.

        Now, the pitcher Yankee officials fell in love has become the one everyone talks about, if only for the wrong reasons.

        “Matt DeSalvo’s had a bad year,” said Yankees special advisor Reggie Jackson. “He’s had some off the field issues that we believe he’s got straightened out. Every year isn’t a great year, but the organization still loves him and is behind him.”

        The past a distant, detailed memory, DeSalvo instead chooses to focus on his future.

        “The biggest step for me is my next step,” he said. “It’s not my initial step, I’ve already taken my initial step. I’m here, and I’ve made a name for myself. Now, I just need to keep walking.”

        His status in the Yankees organization up in the air after this season, what clubhouse Matt DeSalvo will be walking towards in 2007 remains a mystery.

        But that’s a story that only he can write.

        Thunder Notes: Tyler Clippard threw the first no-hitter in the 13 year history of the Thunder last Thursday in Harrisburg, needing 116 pitches to accomplish the feat. After starting the year 2-9 with a 5.69 ERA, Clippard might have looked like the most unlikely to do it early in the season, but the no-no capped a remarkable turnaround, evening his record to 10-10 and lowering his ERA to 3.56.

        “In my first couple innings, I didn’t really have my best stuff,” Clippard said. “Later on, everything started clicking and I realized what I was capable of accomplishing and I was able to do it.”

        Around The Eastern League: All-Star Washington Nationals infielder Jose Vidro recently rehabbed with the Harrisburg Senators while Trenton was there, going 2-for-8 with an RBI in three games.

  • dr mrs the yankee

    Yeaaaah DeAngelo’s back now I don’t have to worry anymore

  • A.D.

    What are the rumors for Montero?

    • pounder

      To Seattle for Lee.

      • emac2


        Oh well we might be trading Montero????

        Even as a very small, unlikely rumor it would seem to be much bigger news.

  • pete

    You have to figure Miranda + Thames could actually be a pretty solid DH platoon. Solid meaning quite possibly the best in the AL (or AL East anyway) right now.

  • Dustin

    I was at both Friday and Saturday’s Scranton games at Durham. Montero was warming up pitchers at the plate and in the pen all night.

    Segovia and Albaladejo both looked great. Hirsh had some really good innings and seemed to get stronger as the game wore on.

    The scoring for both teams was all in the 3rd. Winfree’s 3-run bomb went well over the Blue Monster, Durham’s answer to Fenway. Pilittere scored in that inning as well, doubling, moving to third on a groundout, and then scoring during a bumbled rundown by the Durham fielders, with the 2B realizing Pilittere was approaching the plate as they were trying to catch one of our players (can’t remember who) between 1st and 2nd. The 2B threw to home, and it got away from the C, who was right at the plate, blocking Pilittere, who would’ve been out on a good throw.