Relievers give it up on the farm

Game 58: Home again
Teixiera leaves game with right knee contusion

Four Charleston River Dogs are heading to the Low-A South Atlantic League All-Star Game: Slade Heathcott, J.R. Murphy, Kyle Roller, and Mikey O’Brien. Poor Nik Turley. Also check out NoMaas’ interview with Murphy. Good stuff as usual.

  • Triple-A Scranton lost. Nothing too exciting on offense, just doubles by Jorge Vazquez and Brandon Laird. Andrew Brackman allowed four runs in 5.2 IP, though the good news is that hit 96. Kanekoa Texeira stunk in relief then exited with an injury, so Ryan Pope and George Kontos cleaned things up. Jesus Montero is still out with an eye infection and did not play.
  • Double-A Trenton lost, walk-off style. Cody Johnson continued his hot streak with another homer, and Ray Kruml tripled. That’s pretty much it offensively. The Ghost of Kei Igawa gave up just one run in 6.2 innings, but Fernando Hernandez blew it when he gave up a two run homer to this guy.
  • High-A Tampa won. Abe Almonte, Rob Lyerly, and Kevin Mahoney all had two hits. Walt Ibarra drove in two and doubled. Josh Romanski was fantastic, striking out seven and allowing just four baserunners (three hits and a walk) in six scoreless innings.
  • Low-A Charleston lost. Slade Heathcott, Rob Segedin, and Ramon Flores all had one hit, but J.R. Murphy went hitless and Gary Sanchez did not play. Mikey O’Brien gave up one run in five ugly innings, then Tommy Kahnle relieved him and walked the farm. Yuck.
Game 58: Home again
Teixiera leaves game with right knee contusion
  • Gonzo

    I blame Dante Bichette Jr.

  • Brett

    I checked the score for Scranton and at one stage Brackman had thrown 5 innings with 1 hit and a walk throwing 60 or so pitches.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Glad I saw this comment and checked the play-by-play. Brackman’s first 5 innings:

      1: Groundout, K, Groundout
      2: Groundout, K, Groundout
      3: Flyout, Lineout, Groundout
      4: Double, Flyout, Caught Stealing, Single, Groundout
      5: Groundout, Walk, Groundout, Flyout

      Then the wheels fell off in the 6th.

      I’m sure to a certain extent I’m looking for the good news in Brackman’s starts, but with reports that his velocity was back up where it should be last night, and considering that he did pretty well (not dominant by any stretch of the imagination, but those first 5 innings are fine), maybe he’s settling in and his starts will begin to look a little better? It took him some time to settle in last season, he started pretty poorly and then seemed to flip a switch and pitch a lot better the rest of the year. Hopefully something similar happens this season.

      • Tags

        That seemed to be the way in Trenton last year. He’d look good for 4-5 innings then fall apart. It always had me thinging that he might be more suited to be a reliever.

  • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Underwhelming DOTF this year in my opinion. Nobody has really gotten me excited.

    • Gonzo

      I am waiting for the short season to get started. We now know of players that will have an impact, or lack thereof, on the big club. There is nothing surprising happening so far.

      The real surprises will be with performances in short season ball.

  • infernoscurse

    I blame the prospect watch

  • Xstar7

    What is the ETA for Jesus coming back from his eye infection?

  • Fernando

    Can they cut Kanekoa Texeira already? He stunk in the majors and he’s even worse in the minors.

  • T-Long

    Am I the only that is a tad uneasy about the draft haul this year? I wonder if a potential cut in the budget is either an indictment on Cashman or Oppenheimer

    • Gonzo

      Who knows where the budget comes from? If it’s short by a decent chunk this year, I’ll just blame Levine!

    • mbonzo

      Mike had a good theory, that the Yankees are now weighing more heavily on make-up than other teams. If the Yankees saw 50 guys left for their first round pick that were about the same upside, they’re gonna draft the guy who looks to have his head on straight, rather than the one who has performed the best. I won’t argue with it until I see what happens with the newest crop of picks.

  • mbonzo

    So if you’re the Yankees, do you put Brackman in the pen? Wait on him? Or demote him? If he keeps this up until the allstar break, I’d give him one more chance to be a starter and demote him all the way down to single A.