9th inning meltdown costs the Baby Bombers

Double-A Trenton was off today, and will kick off their best-of-five series against Akron for the Eastern League Championship on Tuesday. It’ll be an interesting series; Trenton’s pitching staff overwhelmed the EL this summer, but Akron’s trio of Chuck Lofgren, Jeremy Sowers (yes that Jeremy Sowers) & Bobby Brownlie (yes that Bobby Brownlie) can shut down anyone at any time (plus they have a rehabbing Adam Miller in the ‘pen). Akron also has a couple guys on their team named Rodney Choy Foo & Cirilo Cumberbatch, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could bet against names like those.

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Going home & movin’ on

The game thread is kinda lifeless tonight (Holy Shit-Rod!), so I figured I’d get this posted. It is the playoffs after all.  

What kinda fallout would there be if Dice-K pulled this shit in pinstripes? Lupica’s brain would explode.

Go read the first question of this week’s Ask BA. 

Triple-A Scranton (4-3 loss to Richmond) Richmond wins the best-of-five series 3-1…Scranton’s year is over, so the Yanks are calling up Jeff Karstens, Mighty Matt, Sean Henn, The Ghost of Kei Igawa, Bronson Sardinha & Ross Ohlendorf according to Chad Jennings…only Ohlie’s call-up requires a 40-man move (outside of sticking Andrew Brackman on the 60-day DL, I don’t see any reasonable 40-man move that can be made)
Brett Gardner: 1 for 5, 1 E (fielding)
Jose Cruz Jr.: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Bronson Sardinha: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 K – left 3 runners on base
Angel Chavez: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – .291-.336-.433-.769…very nice year
Eric Duncan: 0 for 3, 2 BB, 2 K – grounded out to third to end the game, and Scranton’s season (I don’t mean to dump on the kid, there’s enough people already doing that)
Jeff Karstens: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HB – when you’re facing elimination, what more could you possibly ask from your starter?
Ben Kozlowski: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – after a great year, he just couldn’t get it done in this one
Ross Ohlendorf: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HB – allowed the winning run in the top of the 9th on a sac fly

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On the brink

Triple-A Scranton (6-4 loss to Richmond) Scranton is down 2-1 in the best-of-five series…Jeff Karstens goes tomorrow with the season on the line
Brett Gardner: 1 for 4, 3 K – threw a runner out at home
Andy Cannizaro: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 HBP – left after getting hit by a pitch on his elbow
Jose Cruz Jr.: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
Bronson Sardinha: 0 for 3, 1 BB
Angel Chavez: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Mike Kinkade & Eric Duncan: both 1 for 4 – Kinkade threw a runner out at 3B from LF…Duncan doubled…Chad Jennings says that Duncan has been one of the team’s best hitters in the clutch
Raul Chavez: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Juan Francia: 2 for 4, 1 K, 2 CS – what good is going 2 for 4 if you get thrown out on the bases twice?
Might Matt: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K – great start in a big game
Sean Henn: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – fucks it up, as usual
TJ Beam: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K – allowed an inherited runner to score
Colter Bean: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Charlie Manning: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K 

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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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