Garcia homers twice as Trenton clinches playoff spot

Feliciano faces two in latest minor league rehab outing
Yanks, Soriano rebound to top Blue Jays

Congrats to Triple-A Empire State manager Dave Miley, who was named the International League Manager of the Year today. His club owns the second best record in the circuit and is one win away from clinching their sixth division title in the last seven years despite playing what amounts to nothing but road games this season. Congrats to Miley, he’s earned it.

Double-A Trenton (7-4 win over New Britain) the win clinches a playoff spot, so congrats to them
CF Adonis Garcia: 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
C J.R. Murphy: 1-5, 1 R, 1 PB
3B-2B David Adams: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K — eight hits in his last 23 at-bats (.348) with three doubles and two homers
RF Zoilo Almonte: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
1B Luke Murton: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
SS Addison Maruszak: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — left the game after fouling a ball off his calf
PH-LF Shane Brown: 0-2, 1 K
2B-SS Kevin Mahoney: 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI — five hits in his last ten at-bats with three doubles and a homer
LF-3B Rob Segedin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
DH Jose Gil: 2-4, 1 K
LHP Vidal Nuno: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 6/5 GB/FB — 58 of 78 pitches were strikes (74%)
RHP Graham Stoneburner: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GB/FB
LHP Pedro Feliciano: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GB/FB — five pitches, one strike … had a little more on him earlier
RHP Ryan Pope: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 15 of 23 pitches were strikes (65%) … he’s been nails since moving into the closer’s role

High-A Tampa Game One (5-1 loss to Dunedin in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rain out
RF Tyler Austin: 2-3, 1 R, 2 2B
1B Kyle Roller & DH Gary Sanchez: both 1-3, 1 K
Everyone Else: combined 0-14, 1 BB, 4 K — CF Slade Heathcott had the walk and one of the whiffs
RHP Shane Greene: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 5/2 GB/FB
RHP Manny Barreda: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB

High-A Tampa Game Two (1-0 loss to Dunedin in seven innings)
CF Ramon Flores & SS Jose Mojica: both 1-3
1B Kyle Roller: 2-3, 1 2B
Everyone Else: combined 0-17, 3 K — RF Tyler Austin had two of those strikeouts … they really didn’t do much with the bats today, eh?
LHP Matt Tracy: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 8/2 GB/FB — solid
RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (7-5 win over Hudson Valley)
LF Taylor Dugas: 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB — 30/44 K/BB in 53 games
SS Claudio Custodio: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E (fielding)
C Peter O’Brien & 1B Greg Bird: both 1-5 — O’Brien scored a run, drove in two, and struck out three times … Bird struck out twice
DH Matt Duran: 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K — 14 hits in his last 33 at-bats (.424) with six doubles and three homers
3B Fu-Lin Kuo: 0-4, 3 K, 2 E (both fielding) — rough day
CF Danny Lopez & 2B Jose Rosario: both 1-4, 1 R — Lopez doubled and struck out twice … Rosario plated a run and stole two bases
RF Exicardo Cayones: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
RHP Andrew Benak: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 4/5 GB/FB
RHP Cory Arbiso: 1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 4/0 GB/FB — he’s continuing his rehab here now that the GCL season is over
LHP Dietrich Enns: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GB/FB
RHP Taylor Garrison: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB

Triple-A Empire State had a scheduled off-day while Low-A Charleston was rained out. They’re going to play a doubleheader tomorrow.

The Rookie GCL Yanks‘ season is over. They did not qualify for the postseason.

Feliciano faces two in latest minor league rehab outing
Yanks, Soriano rebound to top Blue Jays
  • JW

    Why is Pope the Trenton closer? What happened to Montgomery? Anybody know?

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

      Montgomery hasn’t been closing. He’s been pitching the 7th and/or 8th.

    • Mike Axisa

      Nothing, he just pitched yesterday or the day before. He’s on a more regimented “two innings every three days” type of routine. Pope is free to be used whenever because he’s not much of a prospect.

  • Naved

    Why hasn’t Jose Ramirez pitch for High A in about 8 days?

    • Mike Axisa

      Bunch of rain outs these last few days due to Tropical Storm Isaac.

    • Bo Knows

      Nothing is wrong, remember Tampa has been rained out several times over the last week (doesn’t include the off day they had) He normally pitches on every 6th day, so its not that big a deal

  • RetroRob

    Took in the Staten Island Yankees vs. the Hudson Valley Renegades (Tampa affiliate) game tonight. I told one of my friends that Staten Island would almost assuredly get crushed by the first-place Renegades, especially since they were facing Jeff Ames, a first rounder from 2011 who features a mid-90s fastball. I barely got the words out of my mouth before the Baby Bombers put the first four runners on and were quickly ahead 3-0, on their way to their second straight win over the Renegades.

    Yankees starter Benak looked good, staying ahead of the hitters and featured what appeared to be a solid change that kept the Renegades off balance.

    Got to see both Pete O’Brien and Greg Bird in action and neither had a particuarly good game. O’Brien seemed comfortable behind the plate, threw out a runner. Batting, seemed susceptible to breaking pitches down and away, but one game doesn’t say much.

    Taylor Dugas was easily the most impressive player on the SI Yanks. Way more polished than the other hitters. Very good command of the strikezone, quick bat, ran the bases well. Doesn’t appear tall and has a solid build (not fat, just solid), but seems to have good speed.

    Shane Spencer was in attendance signing autographs. Looks to be out three weeks older than when he was last on the Yankees. He’s 40 now, but looked in great shape.

    Last, it was Presidential Bobblection night, with fans getting to enter a “voting booth” and selecting either an Obama or Romney bobblehead. Results were announced. Renegade fans have correctly picked the last two presidential election. And the winner was…Mitt. It was very close though, as the real election seems to be shaping up.

    All in all, it was one of those beautiful picture-perfect baseball evenings where you can buy a $3 beer, sit back, relax and enjoy a game where you really don’t care who wins. The kind of night you long for when it’s cold and snowing in January!

    • kenthadley

      Nice writeup, RetroRob. Always enjoy the first hand accounts that come up here. Nothing like a summer evening at the park, especially if you don’t have to pay 9.50 for a beer.