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.
River Ave. Blues is now cell phone-compatible. If you’re on the road and miss us too much, just point your cell phone browser to RiverAveBlues.com, and you’ll land on our mobile-enabled home page. You can even leave comments too. Nifty.
After last night’s amazingly unbelievable win, Chien-Ming Wang and Josh Beckett square off with 19 wins or 7 losses on the line. I don’t have much else to say as I’m still feeling euphoric over last night’s victory. Thanks also for the 114 comments. That’s a River Ave. Blues high. But who’s counting?
If Melky slides into first one more time, I’m going to write about it with righteous outrage. So watch out, Melky. Meanwhile, despite nearly costing the Yanks the game last night, Jason Giambi is still playing first base today. Fingers are firmly crossed on that one. On to the lineups…
Wang P (18-6, 3.69)
Beckett P (18-6, 3.27)
I was pacing. In a bar. Surrounded by strangers. That’s all. Fantastic. Wow.
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.
Blah blah blah Red Sox. Blah blah blah rivalry. Blah blah blah too much media coverage. Blah blah blah AL East. Blah blah blah Yankees. Blah blah blah sweep. Blah blah blah first place.
That being said, here are the lineups.
6 World Championships
Julio Lugo SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Lowell 3B
Kevin Youkilis 1B
J.D. Drew RF
Jason Varitek C
Bobby Kielty LF
Coco Crisp CF
Daisuke Matsuzaka P
Against the Yankees this season, Matsuzaka is 2-1 with a 6.98. In 19 IP, have managed 19 hits and 15 ER against the Red Sox’s import. Let’s see how tonight goes.
Jeter, in a bad slump and hitting what must be the quietest .280 since the All Star break, is 4 for 9 off Dice-K with 2 HR. A good game from Derek would be excellent. Here we go.
Major League Baseball has suspended Daniel Cabrera of the Orioles for throwing behind Dustin Pedroia. Supposedly, Cabrera’s toss behind little Dustin’s head was intentional, but I’m thinking the Red Sox are getting very good at whining about inside (or behind-the-head) pitches. Remember that Joba incident? How many times did Pedro hit members of the Yankees with no ejection or suspension? Grow a pair, Boston. · (5) ·
To exercise or not to exercise. That is the Yankees’ question. And with regards to Bobby Abreu, it looks like the Yanks are going to exercise.
Bobby Abreu has had one roller coaster ride of a season. One of the main culprits behind the Yankees’ early-season struggles, Abreu really turned it around this season to become a steady number three hitter in the Yanks’ potent lineup.
Through April and May, Abreu was awful. In over 200 plate appearances, he was hitting .228 with a measly .313 OBP and a wimpy .289 slugging percentage. He had 2 HR, 22 RBI and 42 strike outs, and we were writing him off left and right.
Well, one apology and three-and-a-half months later, Abreu has turned in one hell of a season. Since June 1, Abreu has around 400 plate appearances. He’s hit .320/.398/.548 in that span with 14 HR, 27 2B and 72 RBI. When Abreu broke out of his two-month slump, the Yanks started winning. His turnaround was just as responsible for the Yanks’ playoff push as his struggles were for their terrible start.
Now, comes the word on the street via MLB Trade Rumors that the Yanks plan on picking up Abreu’s 2008 option. As Tyler Kepner and Buster Olney both noted yesterday, it’s almost a definite certainty that Abreu will remain with the Yanks in 2008.
I personally like this move. The Yanks have recognized that the 2007-2008 free agent class of outfielders isn’t a particularly deep one. They see that Abreu’s .300/.400/.500 line from June 1 on is more indicative of his perfromance that his .200/.300/.300 line from April and May, and they know they would be hard-pressed to replace Abreu’s production. With Alex Rodriguez‘s future in pinstripes fairly uncertain, keeping Abreu’s bat around is a must.