Banuelos strong, Gardner rehabs in loss

Game 29: No Fun
Nova, Robertson, and Ibanez power Yankees to win over Rays

Catcher Craig Tatum was placed on the DL, and in a series of corresponding moves, Gus Molina was promoted to Triple-A and OF/1B Shane Brown was bumped up to Double-A Trenton.

Triple-A Empire State Game One (1-0 loss to Columbus in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
LF Brett Gardner: 2-3 — both hits were singles off lefty/sometimes big leaguer David Huff … based on the play-by-play, he had to make three plays in the field
2B Kevin Russo: 1-3
SS Yadil Mujica: 1-2, 1 2B
Everyone Else: combined 0-17, 1 BB, 5 K — Jack Cust drew the walk, unsurprisingly
LHP Manny Banuelos: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/4 GB/FB — 49 of 75 pitches were strikes (65.3%), and he should get up to 90 or so next time out … eight strikeouts and zero walks in 8.2 IP since coming off the DL, so hooray for healthy backs!
RHP Chase Whitley: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 16 of 23 pitches were strikes (69.6%)

Triple-A Empire State Game Two (4-3 win over Columbus in seven innings)
2B Kevin Russo: 3-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB —
CF Colin Curtis, 3B Brandon Laird, SS Yadil Mujica & C Gus Molina: all 0-3 — Curtis, Mujica, and Molina each struck out once … Laird committed a fielding error
1B Steve Pearce: 1-3, 1 K
DH Jack Cust: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — only his eighth extra-base hit of the season
RF Ronnie Mustelier: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI — threw a runner out at home
LF Ray Kruml: 1-3, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB — threw a runner out at the plate
RHP Adam Warren: 4.2 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/2 GB/FB — 64 of 101 pitches were strikes (63.4%) … 44 hits allowed in 31.1 IP
LHP Juan Cedeno: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — threw just eight pitches, six for strikes
RHP Kevin Whelan: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GB/FB — 15 of 18 pitches were strikes (83.3%)

Double-A Trenton (5-3 win over Reading)
RF Abe Almonte: 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 E (fielding)
DH Dan Brewer: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2K
2B Corban Joseph: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K — 5-for-12 (.417) since coming off the DL
LF Cody Johnson & C Jose Gil: both 0-4, 2 K — Johnson drew a walk and threw a runner out at the plate
CF Melky Mesa: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K — six homers this year after hitting just nine last year
1B Luke Murton: 1-5, 1 K
3B Kevin Mahoney: 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB — 17 BB and 14 K this year
SS Addison Maruszak: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K
RHP Craig Heyer: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 60 of 89 pitches were strikes (67.4%)
RHP Ryan Pope: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 12 of 17 pitches were strikes (70.6%)
LHP Lee Hyde: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K — five pitches, three strikes
RHP Preston Claiborne: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — ten of 18 pitches were strikes (55.6%)

High-A Tampa (9-2 loss to Jupiter)
CF Eduardo Sosa: 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E (fielding) — threw a runner out at third
C J.R. Murphy: 0-5, 1 E (fielding)
LF Ramon Flores: 1-5,1 RBI, 1 K
3B Rob Segedin & SS Jose Mojica: both 0-4 — Mojica struck out three times … Segedin’s sixth time playing third this year and he made a fielding error
RF Neil Medchill: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
DH Kyle Higashioka: 1-3, 1 BB
1B Kyle Roller: 2-2, 2 BB — five hits in his last 13 at-bats (.385)
2B Kelvin Castro: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
RHP Shane Greene: 2.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 4/3 GB/FB
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 5/1 GB/FB
LHP Matt Bashore: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, 2/1 GB/FB — picked a runner off first
RHP Manny Barreda: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — finally evens his K/BB ratio at 9/9 in 13 IP

Low-A Charleston (8-7 loss to Delmarva in ten innings) they scored four in the bottom of the ninth to tie
CF Mason Williams: 0-2, 1 BB, 1 CS — left the game after flying out to left in the fifth, not sure why but I hope it isn’t anything serious
LF Ali Castillo: 2-3, 1 R — replaced Williams
SS Cito Culver: 0-5, 1 K, 1 SB
C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB — first homer of the year! … was lifted after striking out to end the seventh, again not sure why … Francisco Arcia took his place and got hit by a pitch
RF Tyler Austin: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K — tied the game with a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth
LF-CF Ben Gamel: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB — another day, another hit … but exactly one!
2B Angelo Gumbs: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
1B Rey Nunez: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
DH Kelvin DeLeon: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K
RHP Will Oliver: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 7/3 GB/FB — 54 of 83 pitches were strikes (65.1%)
LHP Fred Lewis: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 17 of 31 pitches were strikes (54.8%)
RHP Ben Paullus: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GB/FB — 25 of 42 pitches were strikes (59.5%)
RHP Phil Wetherell: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB — seven strikes, nine pitches

Game 29: No Fun
Nova, Robertson, and Ibanez power Yankees to win over Rays
  • RandomHero

    Is it reasonable to assume that Banuelos’ early struggles with control were due to his ailing back?

    • RetroRob

      It’s not unreasonable. Supposedly the back was bothering him during the six-walk game, not to mention the game temps were in the 40s. Perhaps it’s all interconnected. Back, weather and walks.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Sure but remember his walk rates were pretty bad for all of last year too. They weren’t AJ bad like earlier this year but so far it’s 8 innings.

      This is a really encouraging sign that he seems to be having more control but we need to wait it out a bit.

  • Mike E

    Can we gets Betances a healthy back?

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Yes, please! Would love to see him regain his control cut down on walks too.

  • Ari Gold

    I wonder why they took them out. I think it’s strange that they were both taken out of the game.

    • Brian S.

      It’s a conspiracy!

      • BigLoving

        I blame Obama

        • Jesse

          I blame Cashman.


    • Havok9120

      They took Sanchez out after 7 yesterday as well. *shrug*

  • wilk

    if mustelier keeps hitting at the AAA level, could he potentially be a replacement for chavez next year?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That’s a good question. The team’s been lacking an oddly-named Cuban for a while now.

      • chrisginn

        isn’t ibanez cuban?

  • pat

    1/3 with a BB every game and you’ll be in the hall. I’ll take it Mr. Gamel.

    • Ted Nelson

      Unfortunately he’s been having more 1/5s than 1/3s.

  • Gonzo

    Gardner coming back this week?

    • BK2ATL

      Supposedly imminent. Game or two more, then if all’s well, yeah.

      • Gonzo


    • RetroRob

      Seems they were planning to give him a couple of games at AAA, so we might see him on Thursday, certainly by the weekend series against the Mariners.

  • BK2ATL

    Great news on both Gardner and Banuelos. I know Brett it’ll be back with the big club this week, but so good to see Banuelos back on his control and command game. Hope he keeps it up.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Great to hopefully see Banuelos back on track. Boy, could we use what he think he could be in 2013.

  • pat

    Sanchize too a foul ball to the hand and Mason was shook up diving for a ball in CF.

    • pat


  • Joe

    Kevin Russo is really putting himself back on the Yankees radar.
    .323/.396/.419 line after tonights game. 0 errors playin 2B,3B,LF and RF. Feel like him not getting invite to ST was something that made he work even harder (very hard worker) and he is showing he deserves one more shot. If he keeps this up it would be stupid for the Yankees to keep ignoring him.

  • Joe

    Playing, Him not He sorry for the typos wrote that fast and late!

  • Max

    Rigoberto Arrebato has to be the best name in the system.

    • RetroRob

      I’m pretty sure that was the name of the second rock album by the Police.

      Or maybe it’s a lyric from Queen.

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      Domo Arrebato, Mister Rigoberto

      • Cris Pengiucci

        Styx! But yeah, almost could have been an album title by The Police.

  • Jesse

    So happy to hear that Banuelos did well. Hopefully he can keep it up and possibly contend for a starting rotation spot in 2013… But I don’t want to get too ahead of myself here.

    • Ted Nelson

      Don’t think you’re getting too far ahead of yourself. Never know, but I think it’s fair to expect him to at least contend for one. He’s their top prospect and finished last season in AAA.

  • Robert

    2013 for Banuelos, I think you will see him in the Bronx by June.Too much age and inconsistancy at the Major League level.Hope Phelps has a great game tonight….

  • Samuel

    Love the fact that Banuelos is listed at 200 lbs, his true weight. Up to this season he was still listed at 155 lbs, which many fans wondered if his arm could hold up.

    By the way, Ramon Flores is listed at his true weight of 190 (although I think its more), not at the 155 he was listed at last season, when he was actually playing around 180-190 last year.