How do you make playoff baseball better? Tack on some extra innings of course!

Make sure you check out Ben’s post on the team’s ridiculous attendance numbers. Ben’s post on record-setting attendance will go live in a few hours. Check it out then.

Triple-A Scranton (6-4 win over Richmond in 10 innings) best-of-five series is now tied 1-1
Brett Gardner: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB
Jose Cruz Jr. & Angel Chavez: both 2 for 5, 1 K – Cruz Jr. doubled, scored a run & committed a fielding error…Chavez swiped a bag
Bronson Sardinha & Eric Duncan: both 1 for 5, 1 RBI – Sardinha scored a run & K’ed…three times!
Mike Kinkade: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 2 K
Juan Francia: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
The Ghost of Kei Igawa: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP – 57 of 83 pitches were strikes (68.7%)…you know what, he’s pitched pretty damn good for Scranton
Ross Ohlendorf: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 E (throwing) – 20 of 28 pitches were strikes (71.4%)
Ben Kozlowski: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
TJ Beam: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – no Brower, no Britton, no Edwar, no Veras…say hello to your postseason closer

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Trenton masters “The Master”…again

If the Yanks put IPK on the playoff roster, he might have to change his wedding date. Great quote by Torre on ths situation:

“I didn’t get one of the invitations,” he [Torre] said. “We just hope his prospective wife is very understanding.”

IPK said he has to talk to his fiancee before offering an opinion on the matter. (that’s a marriage joke, haha)

Oh, and sweeeeet

Triple-A Scranton (3-2 loss to Richmond) Richmond leads the best-of-five series 1-0
Brett Gardner, Andy Cannizaro & Juan Francia: all 2 for 4 – Gardner doubled, walked & got picked off first…Francia drove a run in
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Eric Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – 12 hits & 10 RBI in his last 10 games
rest of lineup: combined 0 for 16, 2 K
Steven White: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HB, 10-6 GB/FB – pitched good enough to win
Charlie Manning: 2.1 IP, zeroes, 2 K

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Calm before the playoff storm

The final BA Hot Sheet of the season highlights the players who had the best overall seasons in the minors this year (as opposed to the best week). IPK & Joba come in at numbers 4 & 5 respectively, which is just insane. Yankee farmhands had 2 of 5 best seasons in all of minor league baseball. Ridiculous.

Evan Longoria (#6) & Wade Davis (#12) of Tampa Bay are the next highest ranked pair of organization-mates. As a bit of gravy, Red Sox prospects had 2 of the most disappointing years.

Triple-A Scranton was off, and will take on Richmond tomorrow in Game 1 of their first round, best-of-five matchup. Chad Jennings has the potential pitching matchups, and notes that Austin Jackson & Eric Hacker were sent down in favor of Frankie Cervelli (that’s one hell of a surprise) and Sean Henn.

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Another year in the books

Today was the last day of the regular season for the 4 full season affiliates, who finished the year with a combined 329-236 record. As I said the other day, that record shows not only how much depth & talent the Yanks have in the minors, but it’s also a testament to the quality of coaching and instruction they have in place.

DotF will of course keep you updated on all the minor league playoff action.

Triple-A Scranton (8-5 win over Pawtucket) Scranton will take on Richmond in the first round of the AAA playoffs, which kicks off on Wednesday…Chad Jennings reports the that postseason rotation could be Steven White in Game 1, followed in order by The Ghost of Kei Igawa, Mighty Matt DeSalvo & Jeff Karstens
Brett Gardner: 4 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 SB
Austin Jackson: 1 for 3, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB – even if it was just a 1 game cameo, how many of you had Ajax finishing the year in AAA?
Bronson Sardina: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 SB – his year was a lot better than it appears on the surface
Mike Kinkade: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Eric Duncan: 2 for 2, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – finished the year on a nice little 26 for 100 streak with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homers, 24 RBI, 10 walks & 23 K
Andy Cannizaro: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B
Anthony Claggett: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HB – 41 of 63 pitches were strikes (65.1%)
Eric Hacker: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Ben Kozlowski: 1.1 IP, zeroes

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Reinforcements arrive for Trenton’s playoff drive

Hey that rhymes! 

Triple-A Scranton (4-0 win over Pawtucket)
Brett Gardner: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB – boosts his BA up to .244
Eric Duncan, Bronson Sardinha & Raul Chavez: all 0 for 4 – Duncan K’ed twice…Sardinha drove a run in & swiped a bag
Mike Kinkade: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB, 1 HBP
Jose Cruz Jr.: 3 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Angel Chavez, Andy Cannizaro & Juan Francia: all 1 for 4 – Chavez swiped a bag & allowed a passed ball…Cannizaro doubled & K’ed…Francia scored a run & stole a base
Jeff Karstens: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 1 WP – 61 of 88 pitches were strikes (69.3%)…this can’t be the same Jeff Karstens that we saw 2 weeks ago, can it?
Ross Ohlendorf: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
TJ Beam: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K – since coming off the DL on June 23rd, he’s got a 27-3 K/BB ratio in 31.2 IP

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Near no-no for Scranton

So big ups to Clay Buchholz for throwing a no-hitter in his second career start.

What? No smart ass comment here, that’s a helluva thing. I wish Hughes coulda finished it off.

Triple-A Scranton (11-2 win over Pawtucket)
Brett Gardner: 0 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Jose Cruz Jr.: 0 for 3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB – .251-.334-.436-.770, but it seems like it should be alot worse
Angel Chavez: 1 for 4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB
Eric Duncan: 2 for 4, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB – 10 hits (5 doubles) & 9 RBI in his last 9 games
Raul Chavez: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
Mighty Matt: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – a few too many walks, but hard to argue with no hits
Scott Patterson: 3 IP, zeroes, 1 K, 0-8 GB/FB – beast
Charlie Manning: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K – coughed up the no-no with 2 outs in the 9th
Colter Bean: 0.1 IP, zeroes, 1 K

Update: Scranton had a doubleheader. I’m not going to do a full write up for the second game, but here’s the box score.

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GCL Yanks win Gulf Coast League Title

Triple-A Scranton (9-3 win over Pawtucket)
Kevin Thompson: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB
Jose Cruz Jr.: 0 for 4, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Babe Mientkiewicz: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K – 4th straight game with a double
Mike Kinkade: 3 for 5, 3 R, 1 3B – just up from Trenton, but he just keeps on rakin’
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – doubled off this guy…but then again, who hasn’t?
Eric Duncan: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 K
Wil Nieves: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Juan Francia: 3 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB – had been 3 for his last 33 coming into the game
The Ghost of Kei Igawa’s Ghost: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K – only 1 HR allowed…is he a better option that Phil Hughes right now? I think…NOT!
Charlie Manning: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K – 6 baserunners & 12 K in 11.2 AAA innings

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