The Yanks are 1 for their last 20 with RISP. But at least their rehabbing pitchers are getting better. Chase Wright, on the other hand, may have been ruined by his Boston start…
Jeff Krastens had a good tune up in his final rehab game going 6 innings and giving up no runs. I can’t say the say for Chase Wright who did his best Igawa impression giving up 10 runs in 4+ innings. Zach McAllister, on the other hand, continued his stellar pitching. Zach blanked the Tri-City opponents for 5 innings and has lowered his ERA to 2.97.
Scranton (Louisville def 6-1) 11 Innings
Eric Duncan 1-5
Will Nieves 2-5 Glad to see he’s not pouting and got a couple of hits.
Jeff Krastens 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB & K. He’s ready to join the bullpen.
Jose Veras 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Edwar Ramirez 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R & BB, 2 K
Charlie Manning .2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 1 BB & K
Trenton ( Reading def 11-7)
Juan Miranda 1-3, R, RBI
Cody Ehlers 0-2, 2BB
Matt Carson 2-4, HR, 3 RBI
PJ Pilittere 1-4, 2B, 2 R
Chase Wright 4.1 IP, 11 H, 10 ER, 4 BB, 1 K. Did Wright hire Igawa’s personal pitching coach?
Steven Jackson 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Tampa (Ft. Meyers def 4-2) Game 1 completes suspended game
Jose Tabata 1-3
Reggie Corona 1-2, 2B, BB
Marcos Vecchonachi 1-3, 2B, R
Brett Smith 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 R, 3 BB, 0 K
Mike Martinez 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB & K
Tampa Game 2 Postponed
Charleston (def Greenville 4-1)
Mitch Hilligoss 2-4, 2B, 2R
Seth Fortenberry 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 K
Kevin Muich 1-4, 2B
Paul Patterson, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Jessie Hoover 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Staten Island (def Tri-City 2-0) 6 inning shorted game
Justin Snyder 2-3, 2B, R
Taylor Holiday 2-2, R
Braeden Pruitt 2-4, RBI
Zach McAllister 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 k. 2.97 ERA. Is clearly on the horizon as the next tier of top pitchers in the organization.
GCL Yanks (7-3 Yanks def GCL Tigers)
Abe Almonte (CF) 1-5, 3B, 2R, RBI, SB
Phrylis Cuello 2-5, 2B, RBI
Ryan Wehrle 2-5
Brandon Laird 2-4, 2B
Andres Perez 2-3, RBI, SB
Gerardo Rodriquez 1-1, HR
Jesus Montero (C) 1-4, BB Gibb, Montero actually got a hit while catching.
Noel Castillo 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Wilkins De LaRosa 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
If that doesn’t sum up my frustration with tonight’s game, nothing will. One bad inning doomed Pettitte and the Yanks. Untimely hitting including a bad strike out by Derek Jeter of all people doomed the Yanks. And you gotta give credit to Jeremy Guthrie. That was an excellent pitching performance. I’ll take 3 out of 4. Here’s to Clemens throwing a good game later today.
No matter how poorly the return on RJ turns out (and it looks pretty bleak), it was still a good deal. It was a good deal at the time because we shed ourselves of a 43-year-old malcontent coming off back surgery and making $16 million. It is a good deal now because Randy is undergoing yet another back surgery, which will end his season — and possibly his career, as he’s hinted in the past week. So Brian Cashman saved $14 million and received a useful reliever for a guy who wouldn’t have helped anyway. And then some young players to boot. · (3) ·
Well, that was a little bit too exciting for my tastes. That five-out save probably means Vizcaino will close the second game, especially if Torre has lost all faith in both Farnsworth and Proctor.
We’re hearing word that Kei Igawa has been sent down to
the 7th circle of Hell the Minors and Chris Basak is up.
If true – and I’ll post a link when we can confirm it – Basak is a short-term solution. He’ll be here filling a hole until the Yanks activate Phil Hughes next week.
No one in the Bronx will miss Kei Igawa.
Update: Newsday’s Kat O’Brien has visual confirmation that Kei and his interpretor were packing their bags today.
Update 2: The Star Ledger’s Ed Price has a great quote from the departing Igawa. “I’m going to continue hard at Triple-A,” he said.”Each time I pitch, I’m learning more about what it takes to become a consistent pitcher on this league.” I guess he’s a bit of a slow learner.
We get a little spoiled sometimes. With Joba and Phil lighting it up over the last few days, we’ve come to expect great things from Yankee pitchers every day. Well, not so today. Clippard and DeSalvo got lit up at AA and AAA, and Ross Ohlendorf had a rough return to Scranton. Courtesy of Alan Hirsch, Down on the Farm…
Scranton (Louisville wins 13-7) Chris Dickerson hit for the cycle against Scranton
Justin Christian 2-5, R, 14th SB
Eric Duncan 2-4, 2 2B, R, BB
Kevin Thompson 2-5, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI
Matt DeSalvo 5.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HRâ€™s
Ross Ohlendorf 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB & K, HR Not a good way to get the call up
TJ Beam 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Trenton (11-7 loss to Reading)
Juan Miranda 0-5
Cody Ehlers 2-4, 2B, R
Noah Hall 2-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI
Matt Carson 2-4, R
Gabriel Lopez 2-4
Tyler Clippard 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR Trade value keeps sinking – Ben’s Note: Never mind the trade value; word is he may be injured. He left with an unidentified injury.
Justin Pope 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB & K
Tim Lavigine 1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Game suspended in 2nd (trailing Fort Meyers 3-0)
Charleston (5 HRs tops Greenville 13-8)
Mitch Hilligoss 1-4, R
Seth Fortenberry 1-5
Kyle Anson 0-4, 2 PB
Josue Calzudo 3-5, HR, RBI
Kevin Muich 3-5, 2B, HR, RBI
Timothy Oâ€™Brien 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Eric Hacker 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
GCL Yanks (3-1 win over GCL Tigers)
Phrylis Cuello 1-4, K, SB
Zolio Almonte 1-3, BB, CS, Threw out a runner at home
Jesus Montero (DH) 2-3, BB
Timothy Dennehy 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
As tonight’s game came to a close, one of our popular search terms this evening was “Kei Igawa sucks.” And you know what, Google users? You’re absolutely right. Kei Igawa sucks.
Against the Royals tonight, Kei Igawa, obviously, ended up on the wrong end of a 7-0 game. Igawa threw 102 pitches in 5.2 innings en route to an ugly line of 5.2-7-5-5-2-5. After this game, he stands at 2-3, his last win coming in relief on April 28. He’s inexplicably thrown 68 Major League innings with terrible results. His ERA stands at 6.79, and he’s given up 80 hits and 34 walks. There’s no question that Tyler Clippard, now at AA, and Matt DeSalvo could have turned in 68 innings of better quality than Igawa.
After tonight’s start, it’s clear that Kei Igawa has no place in the Major League rotation. Phil Hughes is ready to go; Joba Chamberlain, who started the year at A ball, doesn’t seem too far behind; and on Saturday, we’ll see how far away Ian Kennedy is when he makes his first AAA start.
Yet, despite the obvious situation, some of you are rightly concerned that, with Phil Hughes making one last rehab start on Sunday, the Yankees will allow Kei Igawa to make another big league start. Worry not. The off day on Monday saves us from that debacle. Take a look:
Friday: Andy Pettitte
Saturday: Roger Clemens
Sunday: Chien-Ming Wang
Monday: Day Off
Tuesday: Another day in which I have to suffer through a Mike Mussina start at the Stadium
Wednesday: Andy Pettitte, on normal rest
Thursday: Roger Clemens, on normal rest
Friday: The Return of Phil Hughes Halleujah.
So there ya go. Phil Hughes will start on normal rest on Friday and no one, except for Kei Igawa, is worse off. Don’t let door hit you on the way out, Kei. Or on second thought, let it hit. Good bye.
As the trade deadline approaches, the rumors ramp up. This one deals with the Yanks’ new aging and over-the-hill outfielder Johnny Damon. Rotoworld links to this article in the Newark Star-Ledger that notes the Yanks have called a few teams about Johnny Damon. While Damon has a limited no-trade clause and makes too much money, the Yanks would like to move him to free up the space so that Melky Cabrera and Jason Giambi can play everyday. I think this one’s wishful thinking on the Yanks’ part though. · (10) ·
A-Rod may have already hit home run number 500, PeteAbe notes. If A-Rod homers tomorrow during the completion of the suspended game from June 28th, that HR will count as having occurred on June 28th. Thus, last night’s home run becomes home run 500. And my head just exploded. · (1) ·