JoVa saves the season with a ninth inning homer

Game 133: Back to Boston
CC & Frankie help Yanks grind out win over Sox

Jorge Vazquez was the only Yankees farmhand to make the Triple-A International League All-Star Team, and they had no representatives on the Low-A South Atlantic League All-Star Team. The Arizona Fall League rosters were released, in case you missed it earlier.

Triple-A Scranton (4-1 win over Lehigh Valley in 14 innings) the win keeps their playoff hopes alive, a loss to Lehigh and they’re officially out of the postseason contention
Chris Dickerson, RF: 1 for 4, 2 BB, 2 K
Kevin Russo, 2B: 2 for 6, 1 2B, 1 K
Jesus Montero, C & Mike Lamb, DH: both 1 for 6 – Montero struck out … Lamb scored a run and struck out four times
Jorge Vazquez, DH: 3 for 6, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – saved the season with a game-tying solo homer in the top of the ninth … he also singled to start the game winning rally in extras, though Luis Nunez pinch-ran for him and eventually came around to score
Brandon Laird, 3B: 2 for 6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) – go-ahead three run homer in the 14th, a rather huge hit
Ray Kruml, LF: 0 for 5, 1 BB, 2 K
Greg Golson, CF: 1 for 5, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB
Doug Bernier, SS: 0 for 6, 3 K
David Phelps, RHP: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 8-6 GB/FB – 61 of 88 pitches were strikes (69.3%) … third start off the DL, and he’s gotten better and better each time out
Aaron Laffey, LHP: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 1 HB, 1-1 GB/FB – eight of his 12 pitches were strikes
Scott Proctor, RHP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 2-2 GB/FB – 17 of 27 pitches were strikes (63%)
Kevin Whelan, RHP: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 12 of 22 pitches were strikes (54.5%)
Andrew Brackman, RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3-0 GB/FB – 22 of 37 pitches were strikes (59.5%) … two big innings to preserve the tie, then close out the winDouble-A Trenton (3-2 loss to New Hampshire)
Ramiro Pena, SS: 1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 K – played five innings in the field … he says he believes he’ll be down here for the rest of the season, which means until Sept. 5th
Yadil Mujica, PR-SS: 0 for 1
Austin Krum, LF: 1 for 4, 1 K
Corban Joseph, 2B: 2 for 4, 1 2B – 13 for his last 37 (.351)
Austin Romine, C & Rob Lyerly, 1B: both 0 for 4, 1 E  - Romine struck out once, Lyerly twice … Romine’s error was fielding while Lyerly missed a catch
Zoilo Almonte, RF, Melky Mesa, CF & Addison Maruszak, 3B: all 1 for 3, 1 K – Zoilo stole a base, scored a run, and committed a throwing error … Melky doubled, drove in a run, and threw a runner out at third
Jose Pirela, DH: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
Graham Stoneburner, RHP: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 6-3 GB/FB – just hasn’t been right since the DL stint, something seems just a little off
Chase Whitley, RHP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-3 GB/FB
Ryan Pope, RHP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GB/FB

High-A Tampa had their doubleheader rained out. They’re going to make up one game as part of a doubleheader tomorrow, but the other was canceled and will not be made up.

Low-A Charleston (11-8 loss to Savannah)
Jose Toussen, 2B, Kevin Mahoney, 3B, Kelvin DeLeon, RF & Taylor Grote, LF: all 1 for 4, 1 R – Toussen drove in a run and walked … Mahoney drove in two and struck out … DeLeon doubled, plated a run, walked, and whiffed … Grote doubled and whiffed
Shane Brown, 1B: 3 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B – 14 for his last 39 (.359)
Mike Ferraro, CF: 2 for 4, 1 K
Jose Mojica, SS: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding) – 12 for his last 28
Kyle Higashioka, DH: 0 for 4, 1 K
Jeff Farnham, C: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 BB
Shane Greene, RHP: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 2 HB, 3-0 GB/FB – 32 baserunners and 18 runs in his last 16.2 IP
Tommy Kahnle, RHP: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-2 GB/FB
Brett Gerritse, RHP: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2-2 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (6-4 win over Vermont)
Mason Williams, CF: 0 for 5
Cito Culver, SS, Ben Gamel, RF & Reymond Nunez, 1B: all 0 for 3 – Culver drove in a run … Gamel drew a walk … Nunez walked, scored, and whiffed twice
Tyler Austin, 3B: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 HBP, 1 E (fielding) – a perfect 17-for-17 in stolen base attempts
Casey Stevenson, 2B: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB - ten for his last 25 (.400)
Zach Wilson, DH: 2 for 4
Cody Grice, LF: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
Nick McCoy, C: 0 for 1, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP
Will Oliver, RHP: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 9-3 GB/FB
Fred Lewis, LHP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3-0 GB/FB
Phil Wetherell, RHP: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 0-2 GB/FB – Clip’d the win

Rookie GCL Yanks (9-2 loss to GCL Marlins) the best-of-three Championship Series is tied at one, so winner takes all tomorrow
Jose Rosario, SS & Damian Taveras, DH: both 0 for 3 – Rosario walked and committed a fielding error … Taveras struck out twice, and was pinch-hit for by Yeicok Calderon late in the game, and he didn’t do anything in his lone at-bat
Danny Lopez, CF & Matt Duran, 1B: both 0 for 4 – Duran whiffed once, Lopez twice
Isaias Tejeda, C: 1 for 4, 1 K, 1 PB
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Jorge Alcantara, LF: 0 for 1, 1 BB – threw a runner out at third … left the game for an unknown reason in the seventh
Justin James, PH-LF: 0 for 2, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
Fu-Lin Kuo, 2B: 0 for 2, 1 R, 2 K, 1 HBP
Henry Pena, RF: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – six for his last 16 (.375) with three doubles and two homers
Evan Rutckyj, LHP: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 7-1 GB/FB – didn’t step up in a big game! cut him! blah blah blah!
Edwin Rodriguez, RHP: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 B, 0 BB, 1 K, 3-3 GB/FB
Danny Martinez, LHP: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GB/FB
George Isabel, RHP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2-1 GB/FB

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Game 133: Back to Boston
CC & Frankie help Yanks grind out win over Sox
  • xnyles

    damn right cut him !!!!!

  • IRF

    Evan Rutckyj has been thoroughly disappointing this year

    • pat

      Not at all.

      • IRF

        He’s walking a ton of guys, showing average strikeout numbers, and his ERA is around 5. Not good.

        • pat

          Except that he’s a huge lefty who played his HS ball in Canada and was primarily a hockey player. He’s only 19 and those were fine numbers for his first season of pro ball considering he had a nice %56 GB rate in front of a GCL defense.

          • Sayid J.

            The defense behind you doesn’t affect the GB%. Disappointing season, for sure. He can obviously improve and grow on it, but that doesn’t mean this season was a success.

            • pat

              Minor league defenses (and fields) are poor at lower levels. The fact that he’s getting so many GB outs likely means many are getting past the inexperienced infielders.

  • mbonzo

    Brackman is gonna get the call up.

    • Jorge

      If the mechanics have truly been fixed, and these are the results, there’s no reason not to see what he can do in September.

      • jon

        love for him to have a start in the bigs

        • Urban

          It’s been a while since he’s started a game in the minors, so I wouldn’t expect a MLB start. He’s basically been pitching one, maybe two innings, at a clip for the past couple of months.

          • Paco Dooley

            That’s because he is now a relief pitcher. I think he’ll remain a reliever since the organization has presumably lost confidence that he has the control and endurance to be a starter. So I don’t see why he would get a big league start when he is now a minor league reliever.

  • boogie down

    Re: Ramiro Pena: You mean September, not March, 5th, right?

  • Urban

    So Montero gets called up:

    a) Thursday, 9/1 in Boston as rosters expand
    b) Friday, 9/2 as the Yankees return to NY
    c) Tuesday, 9/6 on completion of AAA season

    • Brian S.

      Never. Cashman only calls up mop-up relievers for the Major League team.

      • mbonzo

        Doubt it, this year is kinda his showcase of all his efforts over the last half decade. Montero represents the farm system, and he’s gonna be up in September to show off what Cashman has done with this team outside of the $200m stars.

    • Dan

      They only bring up fill-ins at first so I bet Montero finishes the AAA season first. If they do call him up sooner, it should be in Boston so he can experience the rivalry with minimal chance of actually playing kind of how they brought along Jeter for the experience back in the day.

      Personally, I think they should have started the season with him when frankie was hurt and told him “no matter how good you are you’re going back down when he gets back” so there would be less pressure, but clearly since they didn’t his defense must have still been a major concern.

  • http://twitter.com/TylerWilkinson T-Dubs

    Vazquez passed Shelley Duncan (30) for the single season HR record last night.

    • Paco Dooley

      And he has entered the Shelly Duncan AAAA Hall of Fame in doing so. Of course, he hasn’t had the test of whether he is truly a AAAA player or an MLB player since he hasn’t actually had the chance. But the organization clearly sees him as a AAAA guy,

  • Dave

    MONTERO AAA COMPARISON WATCH
    ****************************
    YEAR 2010/2011

    AB 453/420
    AVE .289/.288
    OBP .353/.348
    2Bs 34/19
    3Bs 3/1
    HRs 21/18

    RBI 75/67
    BB 46/36
    Ks 91/98
    SLG .517/.467

    I don’t see any point in calling him up tomorrow. He’s obviously not going to catch Burnett. And the value of him as a 3rd catcher is defeated if you DH him against Lester. I think you’ll see Jones at DH for that game. And I think you’ll see some arms tomorrow — along with Dickerson and/or Golson — and possibly Laird b/c of A-Rod’s injury. The rest will trickle in later.

    • http://myspace.com/bksmalls Smallz

      Montero catching AJ would be the disaster of a lifetime.

      • Joba4Prez

        Christ catching AJ would be the disaster of a lifetime

  • http://myspace.com/bksmalls Smallz

    The 1st wave of call ups will probably be all the guys who have been up already this year (Dickerson, Golson, Pena, Pendleton etc) I would expect the AAA season to be completley finished before we see Montero or Brackman or if theyre even toying with Betances a little taste, hes already on the 40 man. I dont see them freeing up a spot for Banuelos, Kontos or Romine. They’ll probably go with what theyve got and finish the season out. With the DFA of Laffey I would expect Montero to be added to the 40 man though. Hopefully we’ll see him. Even if its the last 2 weeks of the season.

    • Dave

      I think there’s more wiggle room on the 40 man than people think — some dead weight on there that can be dropped. And with the final demise of Feliciano and Marte, I think there’s going to be open tryouts for an extra spot in that post-season bullpen — not necessarily a lefty either.

  • Dicka24

    Possible 40 man casualties:

    1) Steve Garrison
    2) Raul Valdes
    3) Aaron Laffey

    I hope they bring up Kontos and Whelan (already on the 40 man). I’d really like to see what each can do versus big league hitters.

    My guess on call ups would be dependent on SWB’s playoff chances after tonight. If they’re still alive then maybe they keep the important kids down until they are officially eliminated. Just a possibility of course.

    • Dave

      I agree on Kontos — but I think only Pope, Maxwell or Garrison (even thought he’s left-handed) would be the drop.

  • reed

    what are chances yankees sign a free agent and give up their first round pick next year’s 2012 draft on a scale of 1 to 10?