Murphy helps Tampa walk-off with win

Game 11: Restoring Order
Yanks roll as Stewart, CC shine

Triple-A Empire State (4-2 loss to Rochester)
LF Kevin Russo: 1-4, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS
SS-3B Ramiro Pena: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Steve Pearce & DH Jack Cust: both 1-5 — Pearce doubled and struck out … Cust struck out twice
C Frankie Cervelli: 3-5, 1 R, 1 K — musta felt the pressure after seeing what Chris Stewart did tonight
RF Colin Curtis: 0-4, 1 BB, 2 K
3B Brandon Laird: 0-2 — left the game after flying out in the fourth … Yadil Mujica replaced him and walked in two plate appearances
CF Ray Kruml: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB
2B Doug Bernier: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB
LHP Mike O’Connor: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 Balk, 3/5 GB/FB, 1 E (fielding) — 28 of 51 pitches were strikes (54.9%) … got the spot start in place of Manny Banuelos, who’s on the DL with a sore back
RHP Chase Whitley: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/3 GB/FB — 36 of 51 pitches were strikes (70.6%)
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 17 of 29 pitches were strikes (58.6%)
RHP Jason Bulger: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — eight of 13 pitches were strikes (61.5%)

Double-A Trenton (6-2 win over Erie)
LF Abe Almonte: 3-3, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB — had been in a 2-for-25 funk (.080)
3B Ronnie Mustelier: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding) — that’s four errors in 11 games already
RF Zoilo Almonte & CF Melky Mesa: both 1-5, 1 2B — Almonte drove in a run, scored another, and struck out twice
1B Luke Murton & 2B Addison Maruszak: both 1-4 — Murton drove in two … Maruszak scored a run
DH Dan Brewer: 1-1 — left the game after being doubled off second in the second
C Jeff Farnham: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K
SS Walt Ibarra: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing)
RHP Brett Marshall: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 7/4 GB/FB — 52 of 82 pitches were strikes (63.4%)
LHP Francisco Rondon: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — only ten of 23 pitches were strikes (43.5%)
LHP Lee Hyde: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 11 of 15 pitches were strikes (73.3%)
RHP Ryan Flannery: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — eight of 14 pitches were strikes (57.1%)

High-A Tampa (2-1 win over Clearwater, walk-off style)
CF Eduardo Sosa, 2B Kelvin Castro & RF Rob Segedin: all 0-4 — Sosa drove in a run … Castro struck out three times … Segedin struck out
1B Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 K
DH Neil Medchill: 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 K — surprised to see that he’s only struck out 11 times so far, his usually way up there in whiffs
C J.R. Murphy: 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI — walk-off single … also threw out two of three attempted base stealers
SS Jose Mojica: 0-3, 1 K
3B Garrison Lassiter & LF Jose Toussen: both 0-2, 1 BB
RHP Shane Greene: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 5/3 FB/FB
RHP Branden Pinder: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 10 K in 8.1 IP
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 10 K in 6.1 IP

Low-A Charleston (7-3 win over Augusta in 11 innings)
CF Mason Williams: 1-5, 2 R, 1 HBP — ends his streak of five straight two-hit games
LF Ben Gamel: 2-6, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K — not sure why he was lifted, he was at the plate when Gamel got caught stealing to end the tenth, played defense in the bottom half of the inning, then was pinch-hit for to lead off the 11th
PH-3B Casey Stevenson: 1-1, 1 R
RF Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB — no extra-base hit? slacker
C Gary Sanchez: 1-5, 1 R, 1 K
DH Angelo Gumbs: 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
SS Cito Culver & 1B Rey Nunez: both 1-5, 3 K — Nunez drove in a run and scored another
2B Anderson Feliz: 2-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
RHP Caleb Cotham: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 7/0 GB/FB — strikeouts and grounders
RHP Wilton Rodriguez: 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP , 1 HB, 7/2 GB/FB, 1 E (throwing) — had allowed one baserunner in six innings coming into this game
RHP Phil Wetherell: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 5/2 GB/FB

Game 11: Restoring Order
Yanks roll as Stewart, CC shine
  • wilk

    is it at all worrying that mason has only drawn one walk in 58 PA? it’s great he’s maintaining a high BA, but some more walks would be good to see.

    • Skip

      True – but on the flip side he also only has 2 K’s in 58 PA. But you’re right more walks would be good to see from him.

    • Typical MIT Nerd


  • Typical MIT Nerd

    Are they really not going to give Austin any reps at 3B? He could be even more valuable if he can even fake play 3B.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Apparently he wasn’t very good defensively at either third or first, but really wowed everyone with his defense in the OF this spring.

      • Typical MIT Nerd

        How old is he? A little 3B would do him and the team some good.

        • JMK

          Do you think if he played at 3B he’d be more valuable? Should I pointlessly repeat myself?

        • Ted Nelson

          I believe they announced he’d play RF and Bichette would play 3B, so your surprise is a little late.

          None of us know their reasoning. Could be that they just don’t think Austin can play 3B defensively. Could be that they think he might play 3B once promoted, but for now want to get him regular reps in the OF since he might eventually play there. Moving both him and Segadin out to RF might even have to do with building up depth at a position they see as their biggest need going forward.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    hope mason can get some power into his game. he’d be amazing if he does

    • Brian in NH

      Give him time, that skill usually develops later for most prospects. Not everyone will thump them like Montero or Sanchez. Granderson only had 3 then 11 home runs in his first seasons in Low and High A. He broke out in AA with 21 in his age 23 season. Williams is 2-3 years younger at the same level. Power is an “older player” skill, it will develop.

  • measha

    When will Wetherell start getting some minor league love?

  • http://none Bernard

    Mike, I keep reading that Tyler Austin doesn’t have “the tools” that his other teammates at Charleston have and I don’t quite understand those comments. Because when listening to the Charleston games on my computer, the broadcaster says that he has pretty good speed in the outfield and on the bases and also a strong throwing arm. So where is he lacking compared to the others? PLease help me to understand where he doesn’t measure up.

    • Mike Axisa

      He’s not as athletic as guys like Williams and Gumbs. They also wouldn’t be saying that if he wasn’t a white kid.

    • GotJesus

      The others are just more highly touted and received higher bonuses. It seems to me that this is just bias on the part of many scouts that haven’t actually taken the time to see him play. All the guy does is hit, he has average to above-average speed, a good enough arm for right, and great instincts (has yet to be caught stealing). Sooner or later, the reports will come around and match up with what he’s doing, aka beating the living shit out of the baseball every damn day. This is not to say that Austin is a top 25 prospect like his production would indicate, but he certainly has to get consideration for the top 75 or so and certainly the top 6 for the Yankees, or higher depending on how you like their other guys. I’d certainly take him over Betances who seems more and more likely to be a wild bullpen am every time he takes the mound.

      • http://none Bernard

        I know what you mean about Betances. I saw him in his final ST tuneup and he reminded me of a wilder version of A. J. Burnett. He was just terrible!

  • GotJesus

    True shit, Mike.

  • Duh Innings

    While reading about the whole Valentine starting in with Youkilis thing, I saw that Youkilis has a $13M club option with a $1M buyout for 2013. ‘Say the Red Sox buy him out for $1M, let him go, and start their top prospect 3B Will Middlebrook at 3B for 2013.

    What do you think of Youkilis signing a two-year deal with the Yanks where he’s the primary DH and super-backup/insurance 1B/3B? I think he’d be a good fit. He turns 34 next March 15 – not young by any means but not old yet – so he’d be a little past 35.5 years old at contract’s end. That’s not the ideal age to have a guy at but that isn’t old when the bulk of his playing time will be as a DH. He has been on two World Series winners and is a career .288/.390/.490 hitter. Even in his off-year (last year) he still posted 17 HR, 80 RBI, and a .373 OBP, the second-lowest OBP he’s finished a season with (his lowest is .367 in his rookie season.) So this guy has never posted an OBP under .367. I would be very happy if he posted 17 HR, 80 RBI, and either .367 or .373 OBP for the 2013 Yanks. As great a start as Ibanez is off to, I doubt he’ll post those HR, RBI, and OBP for the 2012 Yanks, if he even lasts the entire season. ‘Cool thing about Youkilis is the days he’s on the bench he can be a veteran pinch hitter who could come in to play 1B or 3B if needed e.g. Teixiera draws a walk in the 8th with the game tied, Nunez comes in to pinch-run, Youkilis could take over 1B.

    If the Yanks don’t re-sign Swisher, they’ll need a backup 1B for next year. I doubt they’ll make A-Rod or Jeter the full-time DH, or bring back Ibanez or Chavez, so they’ll need a new full-time or primary DH and a backup 3B. Enter Youkilis.

    What intrigues me about the guy is he has some power, gets on base, is a 3B, can play 1B, too, is a veteran bulldog winner.

    • Samuel


    • Unravelled Santana

      Fack Youk

    • Brian S.

      Look at his home-road splits last season and tell me if you still want him.

    • Virginia Yankee

      One item in the pro column for signing Youk is the fact he’d have to shave.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Wouldn’t mind him as a bench bat. Probably the only guy left on that team I’ve got mad respect for, although I’ve even found myself defending that little rat Pedroia in the Valentine wars.

      • CS Yankee

        So PEDroida telling the media “you need to keep it in the clubhouse” is;
        A) Not keeping it in-house
        B) Basically saying there is a Youk problem

        Also, saying he gots his teammate back is compounding the manager issue and the final one saying “that might work in Japan” is disrespectful to a league and culture that he knows nothing about.

        So how do you defend that rat?

    • Ted Nelson

      I would say that the issue is money. Maybe if he continues to struggle all season and is a real bargain (even then his past success might make him overpriced relative to the risk). If he turns his season around, though, he probably doesn’t fit with the $189 million plan. He’s been injured a whole lot and is getting older, but he’s produced. Might still get a $10+ mill per one or two year contract in free agency.

      • All Praise Be To Mo

        A 1 year deal fits into the $189 million plan just fine.

  • Duh Innings

    Oh yeah – a byproduct of the Yanks signing Youk (Youkee haha) is that if Middlebrook is made the Red Sox’ new 3B, he has even more pressure to do well because he’s replacing a two-time World Series-winning Red Sock who’s playing for The Arch Enemy, and he would definitively be scrutinized by fans and media alike. Of course Middlebrook could go for broke and not care what people say/think of him, but if the “Fenway Faithful” turn on him, he could wilt under the pressure of their boos and then where are the Red Sox on the left side of the infield? No 3B along with no SS.

  • Carl LaFong

    Laird left the game after singling in the fifth & yet — he was 0-2? Talk about not getting the bounces.

  • Lou

    Who gave up the runs in double a?

    • Steve

      Apparently Erie scored their two runs on defense or special teams. ;)

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  • Tags

    Erie got 2 runs off of Marshall in the 7th when the first two batters got on and Rondon allowed both runners to score.