Zoilo & Austin homer as Trenton drops Game 2

Game 142: Just Win
Update: Jeter day-to-day with bone bruise in left ankle

Double-A Trenton (7-5 loss to Akron) Akron leads the best-of-five Championship series two games to none … Mikey O’Brien gets the ball with the season on the line in Game Three on Friday
CF Adonis Garcia & SS Addison Maruszak: both 0-4 — Maruszak struck out once, Garcia twice
LF Ramon Flores: 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
3B David Adams: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
RF Zoilo Almonte: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — big three-run homer got them back in the game after being down 7-0
C J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
1B Tyler Austin: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K
2B Kevin Mahoney: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
DH Rob Segedin: 1-3, 1 R, 1 K
LHP Shaeffer Hall: 3 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 5/2 GB/FB — 45 of 64 pitches were strikes (70%) … can’t imagine this is how he wanted his final start of the season to go
RHP Craig Heyer: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GB/FB — 19 of 28 pitches were strikes (68%)
RHP Branden Pinder: 1 IP, zeroes, 1/2 GB/FB — six of 11 pitches were strikes
RHP Mark Montgomery: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 22 of 28 pitches were strikes (79%)

The season is over for Triple-A Empire State, High-A Tampa, Low-A Charleston, Short Season Staten Island, and the Rookie GCL Yanks. Empire State lost their first round playoff series to Pawtucket while the other four failed to make the postseason.

Game 142: Just Win
Update: Jeter day-to-day with bone bruise in left ankle
  • Laz

    Montgomery is going to be at 80 innings before AFL is over with. That’s the type of time that it starts to affect relievers and often they experience a drop off the next season.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Not when it’s spread across ~45 appearances. If it was 80 IP in 80 appearances, that would be a problem. No time to rest.

    • RetroRob

      It’s also based on the time period. If a pitcher enters the season with a limit of 150 IP, that doesn’t mean the team can have him do that by June 30th and it’s all okay if they shut him down. It’s the innings factored into the number of months. Throwing additional innings in November+ changes the equation. It’s one of the reaons I question the Nats’ innings limit on Strasburg. If there is an extra month to the season, the equation can change.

  • JonS

    Does Austin’s playoff performance help him start at Trenton next year?

    • Jack

      He’ll start with Trenton next year……although a small sample size, he has done decently well in AA so far and more than held his own in high-A. In fact he was quite good in high-A, good enough to make me think the very late-season promotion to AA was done to keep him there for the start of next season.

      He’s done more than well enough to show the A-ball does not challenge him. Next year I think he’ll start there and it will be the real story of what sort of prospect he is.

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

        Saying “he’ll start with Trenton next year” doesn’t necessarily mean he will start in Trenton next year.

        I’d have no problem with whatever the Yankees choose to do. I’m sure they’ll have there reasons for starting him in Tampa if they choose to do so. It can go either way.

        • Jack

          Thanks Angelo I was wondering if me saying so would automatically mean such was going to happen. I was responding to a post asking “does Austin’s playoff performance help him start in Trenton next year?” I responded with “he’ll start in Trenton next year” and laid out my reasoning. But it is good to know that you acknowledge my words won’t automatically translate into where he’ll start next season. I really appreciate it.

  • Joe

    They had no DH but a DJ and two 1B thats why the lost!

  • Omerta

    He will be playing in Trenton next year no matter what happens,him and Flores.

  • Deep Thoughts

    Why did Tony Franklin get tossed in the 7th?

  • Robert

    Flores.Austin,Sanchez,Slade and Mason Williams will all start in Trenton Next Year as the Yankees now realize that Youth is the way to go!!!

    • Ted Nelson

      When did they not realize that? They are pretty aggressive when promoting players, despite the ignorance of some fans. Look at how quickly their better prospects of recent vintage have made the bigs: Hughes, IPK, Joba, Montero, Melky, Robertson… Look at how many of the youngest players at their levels they have… That the Yankees don’t want to play young players is a fallacy. They will play young players, but only if they are the best option. When you have the highest payroll in the league… they’re often not. It’s like complaining that Goldman Sachs doesn’t like to take kids out of college and make them partners.

      • Bo Knows

        I disagree, they have shown some aggressiveness in the past but since (or probably because) of the issues with Hughes, Joba, IPK, they have definitely been more conservative in the upbringing. I can’t include Robertson because he is a reliever and those guys by nature tend to move quickly.

        Also the Yankees prefer to have their prospects make stops at every level before they reach the bigs; while that’s not a problem for me when it comes to pitchers (the more patient lineups give them a good learning experience) , I think its a little excessive when it comes to hitters. In other clubs, we’ll see teams let their top prospects skip the SS league and go directly to A-ball; if they hit well in A-ball they’ll skip A+, and go directly to AA.

        Of course that shouldn’t happen to every prospect, just those who just aren’t being challenged.

    • Bo Knows

      Mason Williams has no business being in Trenton yet, he was starting to hit better in Tampa, but it wasn’t like he was hitting the snot out of the ball (Flores, Austin, and Slade do deserve to be in AA to start the year) and on top of that he had gotten injured and needed surgery.

      Sanchez is currently in a catching logjam, so I doubt he moves up until at least mid-season where (hopefully) Murphy moves up, which means Romine has to either move up to the majors, or god forbid, get hurt for an extended period of time.

      • Dave M

        I agree about Mason Williams, and the others you mention. I think Mason needs another month or 2 in Tampa (assuming all goes well) before moving up. Same thing for Sanchez, I think.

      • Robert

        Its just frustrating watching Machado,Trout and Harper excell in the bigs while the Yankee lineup is full of washed up oldtimers and 2nd string riff raff.Out of respect for any Major Leaguers I am not gonna name anyone referenced above.

        • Mister D

          What would be frustrating is going through the type of season necessary to draft Machado or Harper.

  • Jeters Bone

    Please do tell