Thunder walk-off with a win

Thursday Night Open Thread
The Ivan Nova Story

The Triple-A SWB Yankees have set up a Twitter account (@SWBBallpark) with updates on the construction at PNC Field, if you’re interested. They even put together a live construction cam for those of you who want to stare at the parking lot for various lengths of time.

Also, make sure you check out Dom Amore’s piece on Tim Norton. The right-hander has officially retired as a player and has begun his career as a coach within the organization. We heard he was leaning that way last month.

Triple-A Empire State (6-2 loss to Buffalo)
CF Kevin Russo & 2B Matt Antonelli: both 1-4, 1 R
1B Steve Pearce: 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB — six hits in his last 12 at-bats
DH Jack Cust & LF Ronnie Mustelier: both 0-4 — Cust struck out three times
3B Brandon Laird, RF Cole Garner & SS Ramiro Pena: all 0-3 — Laird walked and whiffed … Gardner struck out
C Frankie Cervelli: 1-3, 1 K
RHP Adam Warren: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 10/2 GB/FB — 63 of 103 pitches were strikes (61.2%) … underwhelming again
LHP Justin Thomas: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — 11 of 17 pitches were strikes
RHP Nelson Figueroa: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GB/FB — 20 of 37 pitches were strikes (54.1%)
RHP Manny Delcarmen: 1 IP, zeroes, 0/3 GB/FB — 10 of 12 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (4-3 win over Akron, walk-off style)
CF Abe Almonte: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 CS
2B Corban Joseph: 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K
DH David Adams: 1-4, 1 R
LF Cody Johnson: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — 14 for his last 38 (.368) with five doubles and five homers, plus he threw a runner out at the plate … Jose Pirela pinch-ran for him following a ninth inning double and scored the winning run
RF Zoilo Almonte: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K – back off the DL
1B Luke Murton: 1-4, 1 RBI – walk-off single
3B Kevin Mahoney & C Jose Gil: both 0-3, 2 K
SS Addison Maruszak: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
RHP Adam Miller: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB, 4/6 GB/FB — 42 of 64 pitches were strikes (65.6%) … he was running the fastball up to 94
RHP Kelvin Perez: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 2/0 GB/FB — 27 of 47 pitches were strikes (57.4%)
LHP Lee Hyde: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — seven pitches, six strikes
RHP Ryan Flannery: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 13 of 21 pitches were strikes (61.9%)

High-A Tampa (5-2 win over Palm Beach in ten innings) two-out rally scored all four runs in the tenth
LF Ramon Flores: 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K — drove in the go-ahead run in the tenth
C J.R. Murphy: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI — sitting hitting just .216/.290/.281
RF Rob Segedin: 0-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
1B Kyle Roller: 1-5, 2 RBI, 1 K
DH Tyson Blaser: 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
2B Kelvin Castro & 3B Garrison Lassiter: both 0-4 — Lassiter struck out three times, giving him a 32.9 K% this year
SS Jose Mojica: 1-4
CF Jose Toussen: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB — got the game-winning rally started with a two-out walk
LHP Matt Tracy: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 5/3 GB/FB — little wild today I see
LHP Aaron Dott: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2/1 GB/FB
RHP Branden Pinder: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0/1 GB/FB
RHP Mark Montgomery: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K — he’s struck out 35 of 83 batters faced this season (38.6%)

Low-A Charleston (7-6 win over Greenville in 13 innings, walk-off style)
CF Mason Williams: 0-4, 2 K — ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the seventh … he’s in a 3-for-25 slump (.120) since I said he should be promoted
LF Casey Stevenson: 0-1, 1 BB, 1 K — replaced Williams
SS Cito Culver: 0-6, 1 R, 2 K — ouch
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K — only his sixth extra-base hit of the season, and none of them are homers (five doubles and a triple)
RF Tyler Austin: 4-7, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K – tied the game with a single in the bottom of the ninth, then won it with the walk-off single
C Gary Sanchez: 1-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K, 1 PB, 1 E (throwing) — picked a runner off first with a snap throw
LF-CF Ben Gamel: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Rey Nunez: 1-5, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
DH Kelvin DeLeon: 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
2B Ali Castillo: 3-6, 1 R, 1 RBI
RHP Will Oliver: 6 IP, 12 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4/6 GB/FB — 56 of 89 pitches were strikes (62.9%) and he picked a runner off second … don’t see double-digit hits all that often
RHP Ben Paullus: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/3 GB/FB — 16 of 27 pitches were strikes (59.3%)
LHP Fred Lewis: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2/1 GB/FB — 17 of 33 pitches were strikes (51.5%)
RHP Pedro Guerra: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 24 of 41 pitches were strikes (58.5%) … 34.9 K% this year
RHP Mariel Checo: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K — 17 pitches, 13 strikes

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Thursday Night Open Thread
The Ivan Nova Story
  • Manny’s BanWagon

    It’s too bad Cody Johnson couldn’t make more contact and cut back on the K’s. When he connects, he does some serious damage.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      He’s still only 23, who knows!

  • JohnnyC

    I asked Josh Norris what he thought of Cody’s chances of actually becoming a prospect and he thought he was the AA version of Adam Dunn and inevitably will turn out to be a 4A player. He’s still fairly young. Maybe he can buck the trend and turn that corner.

  • Craig

    For the batman fan out there: next Thursday Trenton is hosting the Tumbler Tour for the upcoming Dark Knight Rises. Apparently theres a raffle to sit in the car. I know I’ll be there.

  • Will

    How much longer until Montgomery gets promoted? High-A players can’t touch him.

  • Avi

    Sanchez has to cut down on the K’s quickly or his ceiling is going to become Willy Mo Pena at catcher. It only gets harder to make contact as you climb the ladder.

    • Ted Nelson

      If he can stick at C, he can be Wily Mo Pena offensively. Especially Wily from 2004-7 when he was a fairly productive hitter… if Sanchez is average defensively and posts a .340 wOBA, he’ll be one of the better Cs in baseball.

  • Avi

    Sanchez has to cut down on the K’s quickly or his ceiling is going to become Willy Mo Pena at catcher. It only gets harder to make contact as you climb the ladder.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    I’m not a scout and don’t claim to be one. Cito started the arguing with the HP umpire, Mason continued it and the Ump just completely lost any sense of discretion and tossed him. Mason made 2 beautiful catches in CF. Sanchez HR was a shot that just stayed fair down the LF line. Sanchez looked horrible behind the plate early on SB attempts and then threw out the fastest player on the opposing team (who stole a base earlier.) Tyler has a beautiful swing.

    • Havok9120

      Thanks for this. Its nice to have an eye on the game to report in.

  • Wayne

    Hope when jose ramirez comes up to the majors we don’t start Jose Ramirez in the bullpen then start him halfway through the same season and ruin his arm like we did with jobs when he came up. This guy has the stuff to be the first dominant ace that we developed! He has got a fluid delivery and a fastball and a changeup which is rare for young starting pitchers. There are rumors if he can’T develop a third pitch which is a slider he will be converted to bullpen. Guy is averaging alot

    • Ted Nelson

      It’s really an if situation with Jose. “If he comes up.” He’s got potential, but he’s a long ways off and doesn’t seem to be a workhorse.

      If he’s a solid MLB reliever, I think that’s a victory.

    • Havok9120

      You’re acting like starters filtering through the MLB bullpen before hitting the rotation is a rare thing in baseball. Its not.

  • Wayne

    Hope when jose ramirez comes up to the majors we don’t start Jose Ramirez in the bullpen then start him halfway through the same season and ruin his arm like we did with joba when he came up. This guy is going to be great when cc gets old in 3 seasons! 2015 rotation watch out Ramirez , depaula, and cote. Beware of these guys a future Yankee starters who will shine!

    • http://twitter.com/#!/AngeloInNY Angelo

      This guy is really optimistic.

      Maybe you’re new to how prospects work?

      • http://bassoprofundo1.blogspot.com/ ColoYank

        Or don’t work as the case may be …

    • Jesse

      Let’s not get ahead of ourselves now…

  • Mike Stanley

    I was at the ND game referenced in the Tim Norton piece. And he was gassing ND guys even at that many pitches. Penders shouldn’t kick himself over that.

    Tim and I graduated in the same class at UConn. I thought he was gonna make it. Last summer, I really thought he was going to get the call when Joba went down. I remember feeling for him, I can’t even imagine…to be that close…

    AND OF COURSE NOW MATT BARNES IS GOING TO BE AN ACE FOR THE RED SOX FOR A DECADE TO SPITE ME.

  • JW

    Anybody know where/when DePaula’s season is going to start? Staten Island?