Triple-A Scranton (6-5 win over Norfolk)
Kevin Reese: 2 for 5, 1 R, 3 K
Chris Basak: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Andy Phillips: 2 for 5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K – it took 34 games and a 1.093 OPS, but he’s finally hitting cleanup…
Eric Duncan: 1 for 5, 1 R, 1 2B – first XBH in 9 games…
Kevin Thompson: 3 for 5, 1 2B, 3 RBI
Alberto Gonzalez: 1 for 3, 2 BB, 1 E (fielding)
Eric Junge: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K – signed to fill out the rotation, but he was a big-time prospect like, 8 years ago…
Tim Lavigne: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K – another guy signed to bolster the staff
Edwar Ramirez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K – moved up a level, but still schoolin’ guys…
Sorry for the cynicism, but that was just an ugly game. I’m short on time, so let’s just go over some of the good and bad from the game.
Josh Phelps homered.
It was too little, too late.
Melky had an RBI double to tie the game
Joe left Cairo in to hit with runners on second and third.
Vizcaino didn’t let all of his inherited runners score.
Joe used him in a high leverage situation, which at this point is too risky.
Bobby Abreu homered and singled (the opposite way, no less).
Miguel Cairo: 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.
Jorge with 2 for 3 with a double and a walk.
Alex went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.
Bruney and Meyers didn’t allow a run.
Moose allowed five.
Damon struck out thrice (sorry, I squeezed all the good I could out of this game).
We allowed five runs to a team that had exactly zero players enter the game with a BA over .250 (Erstad started with a BA of .250).
We lost to a team whose best hitter is Darin Erstad.
And it goes on and on. There is no excuse for this. None.
From left to right: Phil Hughes, Jeff Karstens (back turned, blackish shirt), Billy Connors (you can see his white hair sticking out), Joba Chamberlain (back turned, grey shirt), Christian Garcia (hat tip to Yankee1010), a mystery man*, and some guy named Roger.
* it’s been established that it’s not pitching guru Nardi Contreras, but it might be Jose Veras…or about a million other guys…
It’s only fitting that Rocket’s standing up on the mound, at a higher level than the other guys.
Do the Yankees see Clemens as a mentor to Hughes? â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s by chance that Billy Connors has him out there playing catch with me,â€ Clemens said.
Sean Henn, over his last five appearances, has given up 7 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings (with 4 of those runs coming in one outing). So the Yankees shipped Henn to Scranton and called up Ron Villone on the last day before he could exercise his opt-out clause in his contract. Villone, who has already thrown 23 innings at AAA while giving up 21 hits but few runs, will now be used every day by Joe “Autopilot” Torre until his arm falls off or his ERA climbs above 10.00. For those of you wondering, Luis Vizcaino, who in his last five performances has given up just 6 earned runs in 5 IP (10.80 ERA), is still with the team. Barf. · (0) ·
According to Pete Abe, ESPN will televise Roger Clemens’Â Friday startÂ with High-A Tampa. I’m sure you’ve seenÂ Rocket pitch countless times over the last 24 years, but if you wanna grab a look-see at guys like Jose Tabata, Juan Miranda, Colin Curtis andÂ Frankie CervelliÂ (OMG, he’s like, sooooooo hot), just tune in. If we’re lucky, Alex Smit will be pitching for Fort Myers, and we’ll get to see his underhanded knuckle curveball.
Game 1 (2-1 win over Norfolk in 7 innings) makeup for an April 8th rainout
Kevin Reese: 1 for 3, 2 K – threw a runner out at home from RF…
Andy Phillips: 1 for 3, 1 K – playing lots of second base down there…
BronsonÂ Sardinha: 0 for 3, 1 K
Shelley Duncan: 1 for 2, 2 R, 1 BB – first XBH-less game since last Friday
Eric Duncan: 2 for 2 – having his first good game in over a week, and he gets himself ejected in the 5th…
Alberto Gonzalez: 0 for 0, 1 BB, 1 SBÂ - he was sittin’ on the bench until Duncan got kicked out (picked off second)
Kevin Thompson: 1 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Colter Bean: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K – way to go Beanbag!
Jim Brower: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0-3 GB/FB
While the start of tonight’s Yankees-White Sox game will probably be delayed by rain, the game is scheduled to start at the odd time of 7:11 p.m. Why the odd choice of time instead of the usual 7:05 p.m. start? Because the White Sox are making money from 7-11. The South Siders are earning $500,000 a year to start their night home games at 7:11 p.m. as part of a promotional tie in. Baseball teams really do sell everything nowadays. · (5) ·
Here’s the latest entryÂ from Tabata’s milb.com Player Journal. It’s chock full o’Â good stuff; IÂ especially found his batting practice approach interesting. Â · (0) ·
SP – Tyler Clippard
SP – Steven Jackson
SP – Chase Wright
RP – Colter Bean
RP – Ben Kozlowksi
RP – Justin Pope
RP – Chris Britton
RP – Charlie Manning
RP – Jim Brower
RP – Ron Villone
And that’s it. By this time tomorrow, youÂ can count out Ronnie Villone,Â who I’m sure will make the wise financial decision of opting out of his deal for greener pastures. Since there’s only 3 true starters on the roster, 2 of the relievers will be thrust into the rotation. Ben Kozlowksi startedÂ a game earlier in the year, but got lit up in less than 3 innings of work. Colter Bean can give some length, but he’s been so bad this year that if he leaves the game trailing by 4 in theÂ 3rd inning, you consider it a success.
Brower has done well since taking over the closer’s role,Â which meansÂ Britton is available forÂ 2-3 of the middle innings. After that though, you’re just throwing shitÂ against the wall and hoping it sticks.
And to top it all off, they’ve had one day offÂ since April 25th (18 games in 19 days, and they only got the day off because of a rain out), andÂ kick off aÂ stretch of 29 games in 29 daysÂ with aÂ doubleheader tonight. Godspeed Dave Miley, godspeed.
(FYIÂ - this is why Pete Walker was signed,Â not because Cash was desperate for help)
All around baseball this year, guys are just dropping like flies due to injuries. You can’t go a day without hearing about another strained hammy or sore forearm. What causing it, who knows. Maybe guys just aren’t training as hard as they used to, or maybe they aren’t training as smart as they should be, or heck, maybe they are just breaking down from years of steriod use. The Yanks minor league system has had to deal with the injuries as well, moreso than I can ever remember in years past.
Here’s the latest info on the minor league walking wounded:
Somewhat lost in the Bobby Abreu/Robinson Cano debacle of late has been the performance of Alex Rodriguez. While A-Rod‘s stats overall â€” .329/.407/.714 with 15 HR and 39 RBI â€” are still exception, his season has been some of a Jekyll and Hyde performance so far.
Through the first 18 games of the year, Alex Rodriguez had 75 at bats and was an absolute beast. He hit .400 with a .453 OBP and a whopping 1.053 slugging percentage. As we all know, he had 14 home runs, 7 doubles and 34 RBIs. He was hitting home runs at a pace of one every 5.36 at bats.
But in the 18 games since then, a different Alex Rodriguez has emerged. In 65 at bats, Alex has hit .246 with a pedestrian .355 OBP and a pathetic .323 slugging percentage. He has 3 extra base hits â€” 1 home run, 2 doubles â€” and just 5 RBI in this stretch of games. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s 1 HR every 65 at bats.
So what’s the real Alex Rodriguez? For all of his recent struggles, A-Rod is still on pace for 68 HR and 176 RBI. If he can rediscover his power stroke soon, things will be looking up for A-Rod. He just missed in Seattle, driving two balls to the wall in the deepest parts of a vast outfield. Are we about to see another HR tear from A-Rod? It couldn’t come at a better time.
I know that these guys are rooting for April Alex to return and carry the Yankees through to the end of May. I fear that if his stroke doesn’t come back, the Yankee boo birds may return, making this summer a long one from Alex as that opt-out clause comes do.
It’s never a dull moment around these Yankees, eh?