Maine leads Empire State to division title

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Congrats to Double-A Trenton manager Tony Franklin, who was named the Double-A Eastern League Manager of the Year today. The Thunder have the second best record in the circuit this season and are on the verge of clinching their fifth division titles in the last seven years. Earlier this week, Triple-A Empire State manager Dave Miley received the same honors in the International League.

Also, make sure you check out Mike Ashmore’s and Josh Norris’ latest chat with BP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman. He spoke briefly about the Arizona Fall League and RHP Dellin Betances‘ injury. Also check out Ashmore’s chat with Brian Cashman following today’s PDC extension announcement.

Triple-A Empire State (5-0 win over Lehigh Valley) the wins clinches the division title despite playing what amounts to nothing but road games this season, so a big congrats to them … looks like they partied hard too
3B Kevin Russo & DH Ronnie Mustelier: both 2-4, 1 R — Russo tripled and struck out … Mustelier hit a solo homer
1B Kosuke Fukudome: 1-4, 1 K
SS Eduardo Nunez & C Austin Romine: both 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR — Nunez hit a two-run shot, Romine’s was solo
RF Cole Garner: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
CF Melky Mesa: 0-3, 1 K
LF Darnell McDonald: 1-3, 1 K — got picked off first
2B Ramiro Pena: 0-2, 1 BB
RHP John Maine: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 8/4 GB/FB — 65 of 96 pitches were strikes (68%) … pretty ironic that the Mets invoked their territorial rights to prevent the team from playing in Newark this year, then Maine was the guy to pitch them to the division title
RHP Cory Wade: 1 IP, zeroes, 1/0 GB/FB – nine pitches, six strikes … final appearance before coming up when rosters expand on Saturday?
RHP Ryota Igarashi: 1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — seven of 11 pitches were strikes … between him now and RHP Kevin Whelan earlier in the year, they’ve had a dominant closer all season

Double-A Trenton (5-3 loss to New Britain) the division title will have to wait one more day, again
CF Adonis Garcia: 1-5, 1 K
DH J.R. Murphy: 1-5, 1 K
3B David Adams & LF Rob Segedin: both 0-3 — Adams drew a walk and committed a fielding error
RF Zoilo Almonte & 1B Kevin Mahoney: 2-4, 1 K — Zoilo scored a run … Mahoney doubled twice
SS Addison Maruszak: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
C Jeff Farnham: 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
2B Walt Ibarra: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
LHP Shaeffer Hall: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 6/4 GB/FB – 54 of 95 pitches were strikes (57%)
LHP Lee Hyde: 2 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 2/2 GB/FB – a whopping 21 of 24 pitches were strikes (88%)
RHP Graham Stoneburner: 1 IP, zeroes, 2/1 GB/FB – six of his 12 pitches were strikes
LHP Josh Romanski: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — only 13 of 24 pitches were strikes (54%)

High-A Tampa (5-4 win over Lakeland)
CF Ramon Flores: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB – had been in a little 3-for-15 slump (.200)
DH Slade Heathcott: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K
RF Tyler Austin: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K — turned a 3-1 games into a 5-3 game with a grand slam with two outs in the top of the ninth
1B Kyle Roller: 1-5, 1 2B, 2 K
C Gary Sanchez: 2-4, 1 PB
3B Zach Wilson & 2B Jose Toussen: both 0-3, 1 BB — Wilson struck out … Toussen scored a run
LF Kelvin DeLeon: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Yadil Mujica: 1-4, 1 K
RHP Jose Ramirez: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4/6 GB/FB – 94/31 K/BB in 98.2 IP
RHP Rich Mascheri: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/3 GB/FB — picked a runner off first
RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/0 GB/FB — they’re currently in a three-way tie for a wildcard spot, but if they miss the postseason this guy would look awfully good in the Trenton bullpen for their playoff run

Low-A Charleston Game One (7-2 win over West Virginia in seven innings) completion of yesterday’s game, which was suspended due to rain after three innings
SS Cito Culver & LF Cody Grice: both 0-3, 1 K — Culver got hit by a pitch
CF Ben Gamel: 2-4, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 CS — 15 hits in his last 37 at-bats (.405)
DH Casey McGehee: 2-2, 1 R
3B Dante Bichette Jr.: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
RF Rob Refsnyder: 1-2, 2 R, 1 BB
2B Casey Stevenson: 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 4 RBI — sixth homer of the year and second in his last five games
1B Rey Nunez: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
C Nick McCoy: 1-3, 1 CS
RHP Brett Gerritse: 3 IP, zeroes, 5 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 27 of 35 pitches were strikes (77%) … hard to pitch any better
RHP Phil Wetherell: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 4/5 GB/FB — 29 of 47 pitches were strikes (62%)

Low-A Charleston Game Two (7-1 loss to West Virginia in seven innings)
RF Rob Refsnyder: 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB
C Francisco Arcia: 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Everyone Else: combined 0-18, 1 BB, 4 K — 3B Casey McGehee drew the walk
RHP Will Oliver: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 18 of 28 pitches were strikes (64%)
LHP Rigoberto Arrebato: 2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 28 of 49 pitches were strikes (57%) … picked a runner off first
LHP Dan Mahoney: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 5/0 GB/FB – 30 of 42 pitches were strikes (71%)

Short Season Staten Island (2-1 loss to Aberdeen)
LF Taylor Dugas: 2-3, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 HBP — that’s already his 11th hit-by-pitch
SS Claudio Custodio: 2-4, 1 K
C Peter O’Brien, 3B Matt Duran & 2B Jamiel Orozco: all 0-4 — O’Brien and Duran each struck out twice, Orozco thrice
CF Ravel Santana: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Greg Bird: 1-4, 1 K
RF Danny Lopez: 0-2, 2 BB, 2 K
DH Isaias Tejeda: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB — .181/.264/.319 this year after .331/.402/.568 last year
RHP Gabe Encinas: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 5/2 GB/FB
RHP Mariel Checo: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 2/3 GB/FB
LHP James Pazos: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB

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

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  • Joe

    Russo actually Tripled just a heads up if you care. Also, what happened to Whelan I know he has been on the DL but what is his injury? I also saw your September call up post before and was wondering who a few sleepers could be that we may not be considering if there are any. If a player is added to the 40 man roster saturday he can be DFA before setting the roster for the rule 5 draft correct? My point being if they add someone who has no future after Sept. won’t block a rule 5 candidate.

    • Laz

      They don’t have to have the eligible player on the 40 man roster until the draft. The 40 man roster will definetely turn over quite a bit between now and then, especially during the winter.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    Wonder how this celebration compares to the 2009 world series celebration for cervelli.

  • vnymfk

    THE SEASON STARTS TOMORROW. we might be fucked but at thist point there’s really nothing cash can do but roll the dice with what we got and pay for a run a la 01 style

  • vnymfk

    THE SEASON STARTS TOMORROW. we might be fucked but at thist point there’s really nothing cash can do but roll the dice with what we got and pray for a run a la 01 style

  • apw

    Tyler austin : go ahead grand slam 2 outs 9th inning. Damn, that is what we need.

    • CS Yankee

      After being hitless in 5 AB’s…if Swisher is “garbage time”, he might just be “closing time”.

      • Ted Nelson

        Is that really still a thing after Swisher carried the offense on his back for an extended stretch? It never should have been a thing, but after a bunch of clutch hits that won games, you’d think it would not be said anymore…

  • Robert

    Tyler Austin is a stud, Trenton next spring!!!! Bronx by June 2013!!

  • Wayne

    If swisher walks after this year Austin should replace him. Don’t resign Phil Hughes after next year and that’ve trade Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson for young defensive players in those positions before next year. Both Cano and granderson would be valuable to a team like the dodgers since they are in win now stage especially ‘s granderson’s bat and cano’s defense and playoff experience. In 2014 you’d have Tyler Austin and bring up Ramon Flores as designated hitter and part time outfielder. The key is to get young defensive players from dodgers But I don’t know what fielders they have in their upper levels of minor league for 2nd base or centerfield or on the current roster maybe a James Baldwin. If you trade granderson and cano plus a major pitching prospect like Jose Ramirez and Rafael Depaula and you might get him along with a decent second baseman

    • pat

      Lol.

    • JohnC

      “LEt me have what you’re drinking. I wanna get loaded too!”

      Ralph Kramden to Alice in the Honeymooners “I want a television set” episode

      • CS Yankee

        I’m thinking its more like sniffing glue as the brain seems to be damaged.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m convinced this is now some bizarre PTSD-like reaction to all the winning this team’s done since 1996 that there is a segment of fans that really secretly yearns to suck.

  • CS Yankee

    Doesn’t seem like Ravel ever has a decent game…in this Short Season one would think he would be putting some of the game together at least, let alone tearing it up.

    DBJ was raking last year and a few claimed not to get to high as it was SS & he has lived up to that regression (so far) in low-A.

    Hopefully just a bump in the road, but Ravel can’t even get out of the driveway. Good to see that Tyler Austin is on Audubon.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Not that I could tell Ravel from Rafael Santana in a lineup, but nothing really seems to pop out from reading the recaps like it did before the ankle injury. I hope it’s just a blip too. Seemed like to really watch a guy rise through the ranks form the very bottom like that.

    • Ted Nelson

      Pretty typical for an org to have some prospects take a step back every year. At least there are mitigating circumstances in both cases: Ravel may be rusty/recovering, and DBJ might just not have been ready for full season ball his first season as a pro. Guy was in HS last year.

      Wasn’t a great season for the farm, but there were quite a few positives besides Austin.