Empire State & Trenton open playoffs with losses

Update: Yankees & Dodgers will play a home-and-home next year
Back in first: Yanks hold on for win over Rays

Based on his Twitter feed, RHP David Aardsma will make his next minor league rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton tomorrow.

Triple-A Empire State (7-4 loss to Pawtucket) Pawtucket leads the best-of-five series 1-0
3B Kevin Russo: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
2B Corban Joseph: 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K — he and Russo hit a nice job atop the lineup, but…
LF Ronnie Mustelier: 0-4 — didn’t make them pay
1B Luke Murton: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — first game at the Triple-A level and he goes deep after leading the system in homers during the regular season
CF Melky Mesa, RF Cole Garner & DH Darnell McDonald: both 1-4, 1 2B — Garner drove in a run and struck out three times … McDonald whiffed
C Austin Romine: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB
SS Ramiro Pena: 2-4
RHP John Maine: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1/2 GB/FB — 64 of 101 pitches were strikes … had two very strong innings before things came apart in the middle of the game
RHP Chase Whitley: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GB/FB — 19 of 31 pitches were strikes (61%)
RHP Kelvin Perez: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/1 GB/FB — 13 of 19 pitches were strikes

Double-A Trenton (4-2 loss to Reading) Reading leads the best-of-five series 1-0
CF Adonis Garcia: 2-4, 1 R
LF Ramon Flores: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K — two games at the Double-A level, two homers
3B David Adams: 1-4, 1 2B, 3 K
RF Zoilo Almonte & SS Addison Maruszak: both 0-3, 1 BB
C J.R. Murphy: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K
1B Kevin Mahoney: 1-4, 1 K
DH Rob Segedin: 1-3 — very weird that he got the nod at DH over Tyler Austin
2B Walt Ibarra: 0-3, 1 K
RHP Brett Marshall: 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, 11/2 GB/FB — 58 of 89 pitches were strikes (65%) … allowed three homers for the second straight start
RHP Mark Montgomery: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K — half of his 16 pitches were strikes

Short Season Staten Island (5-3 win over Connecticut) this was their final game of the regular season … they finished at 30-45 and did not qualify for the postseason
CF Danny Lopez: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — threw a runner out at second
LF Danny Oh: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI
3B Matt Duran, DH Isaias Tejeda, 1B Fu-Lin Kuo & 2B Jamiel Orozco: all 0-3 — Duran walked and whiffed … Tejeda walked … Kuo got hit by a pitch, scored a run, and struck out … Orozco walked and whiffed twice
SS Jose Rosario: 0-4, 1 K
RF Exicardo Cayones: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB — 12 hits in his final 30 at-bats of the season (.400)
C Wes Wilson: 1-3, 1 R, 1 HBP
RHP Derek Varnadore: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 6/3 GB/FB
RHP Mariel Checo: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1/0 GB/FB
RHP Charles Haslup: 1.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB
LHP Dietrich Enns: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/1 GB/FB
RHP Taylor Garrison: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — finishes with a 28/8 K/BB in 27.2 IP

The season is over for High-A Tampa, Low-A Charleston, and the Rookie GCL Yanks. None of the three qualified for the postseason.

Update: Yankees & Dodgers will play a home-and-home next year
Back in first: Yanks hold on for win over Rays
  • Joe

    Russo goes 402 regular season ABs with 0HR and in his second AB of the playoffs goes yard. Gotta love baseball!

    • D-Lite

      I think what you meant to say was “Ya can’t figure baseball. Ya just can’t!”

  • Richard Leo

    Mark Montgomery K 100+ guys in a season

  • Matt

    Marshall was throwing a no hitter up until the 5th inning. Still not a bad game. The Thunder could have won if they decided to hit at the right times. Too many guys left in scoring positions with a ton of wasted opportunities.

    Not a big fan of John Maine and his performance tonight furthered my dislike for him. Not sure why the Yankees signed him in the first place. They should give some of the younger guys some time at the upper level.

    • http://RiverAvenueBlues Don

      I’m with you on that!!!! I keep hoping that the Yankee “brain trust” will wake up one morning and realize that by stocking their upper levels with older – over the hill players, they are not helping in developing their younger players. The future is with our younger players. Give them a chance!!

      • Ted Nelson

        Rushing all younger players up the ladder to levels they’re not ready for is not developing them.

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

        So rushing the younger talent in the minors is a good thing? I’m going to assume you’re new to prospects and development time.

        • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

          He didn’t say anything about rushing players, nor does his statement infer that we should rush these kids along. All he is saying is that year after year we stock AAA with aging veterans. That said, this year it was a necessity. Someone had to cover those innings, especially after the Banuelos injury, the Betances demotion, and the DJ Mitchell trade.

          • Ted Nelson

            You literally answer the question of why Maine is there yourself. The Yankees actually had an all prospects rotation or close in AAA to start the season. If they replaced the four and now 5 of those guys who left the rotation for various reasons with AA guys (and did the same on through the system with no veteran filler) they wouldn’t have been rushing guys? Rushing guys is the inevitable conclusion of never signing a Maine or Ortiz and always promoting young guys to fill out upper level rostwrs.

            • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

              Shaeffer Hall has spend a season and a half in Double-A. Brett Marshall pitched really well all season there, and Vidal Nuno could have been in Triple-A by midseason because he can sign elsewhere if he’s not on the 40 man roster after this season. In short, promoting any of these three guys to Triple-A would not have been rushing. I agree that the Yankees needed to sign those guys to eat innings, but just because those guys are there doesn’t mean that if they weren’t there, promoting some AA players would be rushing them.

          • Matt

            Exactly what I was implying! But it has come to the end of the season and since not even the veteran guys can hold the opposing team, I think the younger guys should have the opportunity to get a feel for the AAA level. Marshall has put up good numbers all season and Hall has been descent, although he’s not a prospect. Just doesn’t make sense for them to continually sign guys.

    • Laz

      Ortiz and Maine are there for the innings that the other pitchers can’t pitch. Who else are they going to have starting? Banuelos and Betances have both had bad years. Nuno and Tracy are now in AAA.

    • morris

      Why? because Mark Newman and Oppenheimer have not done a good job drafting. We have no one on the AAA level that’s is considered a prospect. So we trade for Pierce,McGahee,etc.

      Fire them and start over building the farm system.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Brandon Laird hit his first career homer today.

  • Nick

    No Tyler Austin in the AA game? Disappointing…

    • Bo Knows

      That’s why they loss

      (only kidding….maybe)

      • Richard Leo

        they did not creat a chance for austin to hit a 9th inning two-out grandslam HR

        • Bo Knows

          those basatards

  • Naved

    Another day another shutdown inning for Montgomery. Why is he in AA and not AAA?

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

      Eh, how much does it really matter at this point?

      • Laz

        20 innings in AA. He started the Year in Tampa and is working his way up. There are many prospects that get rushed along and then fall apart.

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

          I’m just asking how much does it really matter? There are barely any games left. It’s just not that important.

  • Elmgrovegnome

    The way Montgomery has pitched this year I would prefer he was up with the Yankees. With how poorly the bull pen has been, I doubt he could do worse.

  • Wayne

    If Petite comes back and turley does well in his next start I would bring him up and put phelps back in bullpen and Freddy Garcia too. I think Freddy is just too tired at this point to be in starting rotation. Plus sometimes teams get rejuvenized when young players are brought up. We are not asking for 8 innings from this guy just 6 with 3 earned runs or who knows he might even go little more than 6 innings. sabathia petite kuroda Hughes then nik turley. There may not be a lot left in seaso but there are enough games left where he could make an impact. Plus teams have not seen this guy pitch. He got a great changeup and good slider and a fastball 89-91 that is good enough for me. All your asking him is to go from double a to fifth starter. He is not going to be in your rotation come playoffs. I also think turley should be competing for Hughes and Nova’s spot next year in rotation He could motivate them to pitch better for the number 4 spot next year. Right now Nova is overrated. I know he will pitch 8 innings from time to time but you can’t count on him. His strikeouts are misleading an has nor completed a season without going to minors or getting hurt. Hughes struggles with finding his changeup and is a two pitch pitcher and is inconsistent just like nova. Plus Hughes has had arm troubles in past. Plus Hughes is going to be a free agent after next year. If he is expecting to be payed alot we should make him earn it at least next season.

    • Jake

      Nik Turley is in no position to be brought up. He JUST got promoted to AA. That’s a joke. Think they need to see how he is going to perform in more than one game at the AA level.

    • Michael M.

      There are other guys at the AA level that have more experience than Turley that could benefit the team. Also, Nuno in AAA has earned the opportunity considering he had a really good season in AA. I completely disagree with you as well.

    • Tim B.

      There are so many guys I would suggest being called up over Turley. I agree with everyone else. Nuno, Marshall, Whitley, Montgomery… any of those guys could contribute and deserve the opportunity over Turley. He may be a prospect, but he would get hammered in the Bronx.

  • steve

    I stopped reading as soon as i saw “Petite”

    • Tim B.

      haha.. too funny