DotF: Garcia homers, Charleston clinches a postseason spot

Game 133: The Biggest Series of the Season (For Real)
Sabathia and the Baby Bombers led Yankees to 6-2 win over Red Sox

In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees acquired C Erik Kratz from the Indians for cash. He’s been assigned to Triple-A Scranton. Two other catcher notes from Conor Foley: C Wilkin Castillo (knee) was placed on the Triple-A disabled list and C Kyle Higashioka (shoulder) was healthy enough to take batting practice today. That’s good.

Triple-A Scranton (5-1 loss to Rochester)

  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-4, 1 K — so I guess whatever led to him being pulled from last night’s game was no big deal
  • DH Matt Holliday: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB — 7-for-35 (.200) in ten rehab games … no surprise here, but manager Al Pedrique told Conor Foley that Holliday will rejoin the Yankees tomorrow
  • 3B Miguel Andujar: 1-4, 1 2B — here’s video of the double, which might’ve been into the short porch in the Bronx
  • 1B Tyler Austin: 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF Billy McKinney, RF Jake Cave & CF Mason Williams: all 0-3 — McKinney struck out twice, Cave once, Williams zero times
  • RHP Chance Adams: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 5/3 GB/FB — 65 of 102 pitches were strikes (64%) … this was his final start of the regular season … he finishes the year with a 2.45 ERA and a 135/58 K/BB in 150.1 innings … he had a 144/39 K/BB in 127.1 innings last year

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Bowie) they are now 90-46 … only two teams in pro baseball have 90 wins this year: the Dodgers (91-41) and the Thunder (90-46)

  • RF Jeff Hendrix: 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K
  • 1B Garrett Cooper: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI — I’m guessing he’ll be in the Bronx tomorrow
  • 2B Nick Solak: 1-4, 2 K
  • CF Rashad Crawford: 0-4, 1 K
  • RHP Brody Koerner: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 7/7 GB/FB — 52 of 88 pitches were strikes (59%)
  • RHP Cody Carroll: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB — nine pitches, eleven strikes

High-A Tampa Game One (6-1 win over Lakeland)

  • 2B Hoy Jun Park: 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K — 16.3 K% and 11.0 BB% this year after 23.2 K% and 13.0 BB% last year
  • C Donny Sands: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI — second homer in six games after hitting two in his first 85 games of the season
  • CF Estevan Florial: 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • LF Alex Palma: 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • RHP Albert Abreu: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 4/5 GB/FB — 40 of 59 pitches were strikes (68%) … this was his final regular season start … the 21-year-old finishes with a 3.38 ERA and a 61/18 K/BB in 53.1 innings around elbow and lat issues

High-A Tampa Game Two was postponed. They’re playing Lakeland through the weekend, so I’m sure they’ll play a doubleheader at some point.

Low-A Charleston (10-5 win over Hickory) the win clinches a postseason spot … six of the eight affiliates are going to the postseason, and a seventh will clinch a spot any day now

  • 1B Brandon Wagner: 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RF Isiah Gilliam: 2-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 CS
  • DH Dermis Garcia: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 K — 17 homers in 60 games now … even though he didn’t play his first game until late-June, he’s currently third in the system in homers … only Cave and 1B Mike Ford have more (20 each)
  • 2B Oswaldo Cabrera: 3-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E (throwing)
  • SS Diego Castillo: 2-3, 1 R, 1 E (fielding)
  • RHP Freicer Perez: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HB, 4/3 GB/FB — 46 of 79 pitches were strikes (58%) … finishes the regular season with a 2.84 ERA and a 117/45 K/BB in 123.2 innings

Short Season Staten Island Game One (1-0 loss to Connecticut in seven innings)

  • RF Timmy Robinson: 2-3, 1 K
  • SS Wilkerman Garcia: 0-3 — in a brutal 4-for-43 (.093) slump
  • RHP Trevor Stephan: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 4/4 GB/FB — 25 of 28 pitches were strikes (89%) … 44/6 K/BB in 34.1 innings for this year’s third rounder … he’s dominating down here on pure stuff, it won’t be until he gets to High-A or even Double-A that he really gets tested

Short Season Staten Island Game Two (9-3 win over Connecticut in seven innings) makeup of their August 18th rainout

  • RF Timmy Robinson: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K
  • SS Wilkerman Garcia: 2-4, 1 R, 1 K — hopefully that slump is over now
  • RHP Glenn Otto: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 22 of 39 pitches were strikes (56%) … 30/5 K/BB in 20 innings for this year’s fifth rounder

Rookie Pulaski (3-2 win over Danville) this was their final regular season game … they went 40-26 and their postseason series with Bluefield (Blue Jays) begins Saturday

  • SS Eduardo Torrealba: 1-4, 1 R, 1 K
  • 1B Eric Wagaman: 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K — this year’s 13th rounder hit .264/.339/.392 with five homers in 59 pro games … he’s only 19, you know … I keep thinking he’s a college guy
  • 2B Jesus Bastidas: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RHP Garrett Whitlock: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, 3/1 GB/FB — 40 of 53 pitches were strikes (75%) … 22/0 K/BB in 14.1 innings for this year’s 18th rounder

Rookie GCL Yanks East (5-0 win over GCL Braves) their magic number to clinch the division title and a postseason spot is one

  • SS Jose Devers: 1-5
  • CF Robert Javier: 3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
  • RF Canaan Smith: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 K, 1 SB — this year’s fourth rounder is hitting .288/.429/.424 in 56 pro games
  • LHP Tony Hernandez: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 8/5 GB/FB

Rookie GCL Yanks West (8-6 win over GCL Phillies) they’ve already been eliminated from postseason contention, so they’re the one affiliate not going to the playoffs

  • 1B Miguel Flames: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • RF Juan De Leon: 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
  • RHP Jonathan Munoz: 1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GB/FB
Game 133: The Biggest Series of the Season (For Real)
Sabathia and the Baby Bombers led Yankees to 6-2 win over Red Sox