Trenton brings home the bacon

Double-A Trenton (10-5 win over Akron)
Reegie Corona: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – 2-run double in the 4th put Trenton ahead for good
Austin Jackson & Colin Curtis: both 0 for 4 – Ajax walked & K’ed…Curtis was hit by a pitch & scored a run
Juan Miranda: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K – finished the year with 97 RBI in 123 games
Matt Carson: 4 for 5, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – went 15 for 37 with 8 RBI in 8 postseason games
Cody Ehlers: 4 for 5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
PJ Pilittere: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB – he’s going to be with Scranton next year, and before you know it, he’ll be an intriguing option at backup catcher
Marcos Vechionacci: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Dan McCutchen: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP
Steven Jackson: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 5-0 GB/FB – last game of the year. and he finally got some groundballs with that sinker we heard so much about after the trade
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, zeroes – slamming the door, just like he did all year…I betcha he woulda done a better job than all those schleps Torre ran out there in the 7th today
Justin Pope: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Trenton wins the best-of-five Eastern League Championship Series 3-1. It was Trenton’s first ever trip to the EL Finals, so this is obviously the franchise’s first ever title. The pitching staff was beyond phenomenal this year, with stalwarts Alan Horne & Jeff Marquez leading the way from start to finish.

A staggering 10 players played for both Trenton and the big league squad this year (Joba Chamberlain, Tyler Clippard, Alberto Gonzalez, Phil Hughes, Jeff Karstens, Ian Patrick Kennedy, Edwar Ramirez, Bronson Sardinha, Chase Wright & some dude named Roger), so manager Tony Franklin didn’t exactly have a sense of stability this year. Congrats guys, drink it in.

DotF will be on hiatus for the next week or two. The Hawaii Winter Baseball season starts on Sept. 29, and DotF will return with updates then. There’s still no official word on who the Yanks are sending, but right now it appears that the group will include Brad Suttle, Austin Jackson, and one Mr. Mark Melancon, who you may recall blew out his elbow in Hawaii last year, and is now on the road back from Tommy John surgery. 

The Arizona Fall League starts up a couple of days later on October 9th (you can see who the Yanks are sending here), and we’ve got some special AzFL coverage lined up, bringin’ you a bit of local flavor from the desert.

Thanks for all the great comments this season, see you in a few weeks.

Trenton can’t wrap up EL Championship

Double-A Trenton (8-2 loss to Akron)
Reegie Corona & Gabe Lopez: both 0 for 3 – Corona walked
Austin Jackson: 0 for 4, 3 K – not easy to win when your top 2 hitters get on base only once all game
Colin Curtis, Cody Ehlers, PJ Pilittere & Marcos Vechionacci: all 1 for 4 – Ehlers K’ed & drove in a run…PJ also drove one in…Vech GIDP’ed to end the game
Noah Hall: 1 for 2, 1 R, 2 BB
Matt Carson: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 E (throwing)
Alan Horne: 3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2-6 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – not easy when your SP gives up a 4 spot in the 1st inning…I’m sure this isn’t what he had in mind for his last start of the year
David Robertson: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K – this probably finishes him for the series, and season
Jason Jones: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K
Kevin Whelan: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K – ditto Robertson’s comment, but he’s going to the AzFL

Trenton still leads the best-of-five series 2-1, and is sending out Danny McCutchen in Game 4. He’ll be opposed by former first round pick/Long Island Duck Bobby Brownlie. If necessary, Jeff Marquez is slated to go in Game 5, and Akron will likely bring Adam Miller back on regular rest.

After the jump is a great shot of Colin Curtis jumping into Matt Carson’s arms after scoring the winning run on Noah Hall’s walk-off single in Game 2. Great, great stuff. Be sure to check out the catcher’s reaction in the background.

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Trenton walks off with a Game 2 win

Double-A Trenton (3-2 win over Akron, walk-off style)
Reegie Corona: 1 for 4, 1 BB
Austin Jackson: 1 BB, 2 K
Colin Curtis: 1 for 2, 2 R, 3 BB – 9 for his last 20 with a double, 2 homers, 4 RBI, 3 walks & zero K’s
Noah Hall: 3 for 5, 1 RBI – walk-off single to drive in Curtis…I guess sitting Juan Miranda with the lefty on the mound was the right move
Matt Carson & Cody Ehlers: both 0 for 3, 1 BB – Carson K’ed
PJ Pilittere: 1 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB
Marcos Vechionacci & Gabe Lopez: both 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 E (throwing, yes both guys) – Vech K’ed & stole a base…Lopez drove in a run
Chase Wright: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 PO (at first) – great job outpitching a much more heralded lefty
Mike Gardner: 1 IP, zeroes, 1 K
Scott Patterson: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K – back to help out on the title run, and this is where he should be after being a workhorse for the team all year

Trenton leads the best-of-five series 2 games to none. Primo pitching matchup set for Game 3 on Friday, as Alan Horne takes on Jeremy Sowers in a battle of former Cleveland first round picks (Horne in 2001, Sowers in ’04). If Game 4 is needed, Danny McCutchen (drafted 4 times, twice by the Yanks) will face off against Bobby Brownlie (Cubs first round pick in ’02). Great stuff, should be fun.

One step closer

Double-A Trenton (5-3 win over Akron) Trenton leads the best-of-five Championship Series 1-0…Chase Wright takes on personal fave Chuck Lofgren in Game 2 tomorrow
Reegie Corona: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 K, 1 HBP
Austin Jackson: 2 for 4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 K – all 3 RBI came with 2 outs
Colin Curtis: 1 for 4, 1 2B, 2 RBI – both RBI came with 2 outs…which means all 5 of Trenton’s runs came with 2 outs
Juan Miranda, Cody Ehlers & PJ Pilittere: combined 0 for 14, 1 BB, 7 K – Miranda got hit by a pitch & K’ed thrice…Ehlers & Carson each K’ed twice, but Matty threw a runner out at the plate…PJ drew the walk
Marcos Vechionacci: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 K – signs of life
Gabe Lopez: 2 for 3, 2 R – one thing that all championship clubs have that gets no attention whatsoever is production from the bottom of the lineup
Tyler Clippard: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 1-8 GB/FB – still walking too many
Steven Jackson: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K – gave up a solo HR to Akron’s #3 hitter, which isn’t all that bad when you have a 3-run lead in the 8th with a stacked bullpen to back you up
Justin Pope: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

No three-peat for Staten Island

Double-A Trenton was off tonight. Game 1 of the Eastern League Championship Series is tomorrow, with the primo pitching matchup of Tyler Clippard vs. Chuck Lofgren.

Update: Looks like Akron is pulling out the big guns, and sending Adam Miller to the mound in Game 1. Here’s the series preview.

Short Season Staten Island (3-1 loss to Brooklyn) Brooklyn wins the best-of-three series 2-0…fog delayed the start of the game nearly 2 hours, then another 50 minutes after the 5th inning
Justin Snyder & Braedyn Pruitt: both 0 for 4 – Snyder K’ed thrice…Pruitt once…this team doesn’t win if these guys do that
Taylor Holiday: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 CS
Damon Sublett & Chris Raber: both 1 for 4, 2 K
Austin Krum: 1 for 4, 1 R
DJ Hollingsworth: 2 for 3, 1 RBI – drove in the team’s only run on a sac fly
Jose Gil: 1 for 3, 1 BB, 1 K – left 2 RISP with 2 outs
Darrell Rasner: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB – he had been sent to Scranton last week in anticipation of helping the Triple-A team on their playoff run, but was sent back to SI when  Scranton was knocked out
Nick Chigges: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K – had given up only 1 ER in his previous 21 IP
Craig Heyer: 2.1 IP, 1 H, zeroes, 4 K

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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