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The minors last night.

AAA: SWB won 9-4. NOW, Edwar and Alby do it. Sigh….  Igawa gave up 4 in 3 2/3. Albaladejo and Edwar combined for 5 2/3 scoreless and hitless innings of relief, NO WALKS and 7 K. Todd Linden and Justin Leone each had HRs and 2 RBI. 2 RBI also for Shelley Duncan and Doug Bernier.

 

AA: The “Truth,” Josh, was at this game, checking out Montero. He said that the 19-year old Montero sure doesn’t have a A/AA body. He described Montero’s thighs as being like Pujols’s and that the sound off the youngster’s bat was different. That good kind of different. He saw Montero single to right. Josh also stated that four scouts were checking out McAllister, who was usually around 91. Good thing Josh left after six because Trenton blew it, giving up 4 in the bottom of the 9th to lose 6-3. A one-out grand slam, to boot.

McAllister went six, giving up 2 R, 1 ER. 5 hits, 2 walks, 1 K. 1 HR. His ERA is now at 1.60. Montero was 2 for 3 (5 for 21 since being promoted to AA).

A+:  Tampa lost 9-4. Jason Stephens knocked out in the 2nd.

A-:   Charleston lost 5-4. Three players with 2 hits each.

The minors today.

AAA: SWB wins in 10, 6-3. Juan Miranda 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI for Justin Leone. Leone’s 3 run HR in the 10th was the game winner.

 

Scranton/WB
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mitre 6.0 3 1 1 1 7 1 1.50
Melancon (W, 3-0) 3.0 3 2 2 0 4 0 2.92
Claggett (S, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.51

 

AA: Trenton lost 5-3. Reegie Corona 3 hits, solo HR.

Trenton
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
De La Rosa (L, 3-3) 6.0 6 4 4 2 3 2 3.66
Whelan 2.0 2 1 1 2 2 0 3.90

 

A+: Tampa won 2-1. Mitch Hilligoss and Austin Krum each had 2 hits and an RBI.

Tampa
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Zink (W, 3-5) 7.0 4 1 1 4 3 1 4.44
Norton (H, 3) 0.2 0 0 0 2 2 0 1.56
Hovis (S, 5) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.21

 

A-: Charleston lost 2-0, getting just 3 hits.

Charleston
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Noesi (L, 2-3) 8.0 6 2 2 2 7 0 2.40
Ortiz 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.10

 

The minors tonight.

AAA: SWB won 8-3 (I don’t know how they got the game in, being that the Yanks were rained out and the weather where I am, about a 60-90 min. drive from SWB has stunk all day). Yes, it was a home game. Todd Linden 4 for 5, triple, RBI. Shelley Duncan 3 for 4, all doubles, 2 RBI. 3 hits, 2 RBI for Justin Leone. 

  

Scranton/WB
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Towers (W, 1-4) 6.0 4 2 2 2 5 0 5.35
Claggett (H, 4) 2.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2.59
Melancon 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.49

 

AA: Trenton won 5-3. Keep an eye on Zach McAllister. The 21 year old righty is 6’6″, 230. 2 RBI each for Jim Cooper and Justin Snyder.  

Trenton
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
McAllister (W, 5-2) 7.2 7 0 0 0 6 0 1.61
Whelan (H, 6) 0.1 0 2 2 3 0 0 3.86
Sanit 1.0 1 1 1 1 2 0 1.42

A+: Tampa won 2-1. 2 hits, double and an RBI for Austin Romine.

Tampa
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Stephens (W, 2-2) 5.0 2 0 0 2 7 0 2.77
Pendleton (H, 1) 3.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 3.71
Hovis (S, 4) 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 1 2.37

 

A-: Charleston wins 5-3. Another save for Venditte. We should have a contest. Predict the day he goes up to Tampa! 24 1/3 IP, 38 K, ONE walk. Why he hasn’t been promoted yet… ??? Granted he’ll be 24 later this month (old for low A?) but those stats are incredible. I mean a 38 to 1 K to BB ratio? 17 saves and 0.74? Ridiculous. And ambidextrous. Melky Mesa 2 RBI.

Charleston
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Phelps (W, 5-1) 5.0 9 3 3 2 3 0 3.41
Kapala (H, 4) 1.2 2 0 0 2 0 0 3.16
Ortiz (H, 1) 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 11.57
Venditte (S, 17) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.74

The minors on 6-2-2009.

AAA: SWB loses 3-2. 2 hits Miranda, both rbi Leone. Jackson 1-4, double, .346.

Scranton/WB
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Fossum (L, 2-2) 6.0 7 3 3 2 4 2 2.45
Claggett 3.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2.45

AA: DH.

Game 1: 7-2 loss. Edwar Gonzalez solo HR. 

Trenton
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pope (L, 2-4) 6.0 8 7 3 2 4 0 5.16
Wordekemper 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.08

Game 2 Trenton won the nightcap 5-4. Poor Alan Horne, still struggling to regain the form that made him 2007’s Eastern League Pitcher of the Year.

2 hits, 2 RBI for James Cooper.

Trenton
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Horne 2.2 3 2 2 3 2 0 7.53
Arias 2.1 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.70
Whelan (H, 5) 1.1 2 2 2 1 1 0 3.25
Sanit (BS, 1)(W, 1-1) 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.77

 

 

A+: 9-4 loss. Montero 2 hits, .356.

Tampa
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mitchell 6.0 4 3 3 3 7 0 5.06
Nolte (BS, 1)(L, 1-1) 2.0 3 4 3 1 0 1 5.53
Heyer 1.0 4 2 2 1 0 0 4.09

A-:  Charleston 5-3. Manuel Banuelos nice outing. Dave Adams 2 RBI. Surprised Venditte is still down here and not at Tampa.

Charleston
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Banuelos (W, 3-2) 5.0 2 1 0 1 8 0 2.98
Braboy (H, 2) 1.1 2 2 2 3 1 0 3.00
Erickson (H, 6) 1.1 2 0 0 2 2 0 1.01
Venditte (S, 15) 1.1 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.81

 

The minors. Strong outing for Wang. Promote Venditte already!

AAA: Strong outing for Wang in his rehab stint. SWB did lose 1-0 however. An unearned run, error by Justin Leone (who happens to be hitting .146 btw). SWB had only 4 hits. For those still on the Eric Duncan bandwagon (and I have been off it, as long-time readers may know, for YEARS), he is at .206. Some wanted him called up to play 3b when A-Rod went down. For one thing, he is in LF now. For another, he is now in year #4 at AAA. Averages under .250 in each year. Now .206. When will they just give up on the guy? He was exposed to Rule 5 twice and no one wanted him. I don’t mean to be cruel here, but facts are facts. 

Scranton/WB
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Wang 6.0 3 0 0 3 6 0 0.00
Claggett (L, 3-1) 3.0 2 1 0 1 3 0 3.10

AA: a 6-1 loss for the Trenton Thunder. Not a good outing for Alan Horne as the 2007 Eastern League pitcher of the year tries to come back from injuries that ruined his 2008. Trenton managed just 3 hits.

Trenton
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Horne (L, 0-2) 3.0 6 4 4 3 2 1 7.71
Whelan 2.0 1 1 1 2 4 0 3.38
Schmidt 3.0 1 0 0 2 4 0 1.02
Castillo, N 0.0 1 1 1 3 0 0 11.25
Mendoza, C 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

 

 A+: 6-5 loss. Off-night for Jeremy Bleich. Jesus Montero and Brandon Laird each had 2 hits and 2 RBI.  

Tampa
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Bleich 5.2 5 5 5 2 4 0 3.46
Norton 2.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 2.16
Ortiz (L, 0-2) 0.1 3 1 1 0 0 0 7.20

 

A-: Finally. Someone in the organization won today. Charleston wins 3-2. Great outing for Brett Marshall.

Regarding Pat Venditte, will the Yanks bring this guy up to A+ Tampa already? The numbers for the ambidextrous pitcher (click on the link for them) are flat out ridiculous! 0.57. Best yet, 24 K and NO WALKS … NONE … in 15 2/3 innings.

2 hits, double, HR for Dan Brewer. 2 RBI. Abe Almonte 3 hits.

 

Charleston
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Marshall (W, 1-3) 6.0 1 0 0 3 7 0 5.34
Braboy (H, 1) 2.0 2 2 2 0 0 1 3.43
Venditte (S, 8) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.57

 

Game 16. Yanks blow it, 5-4 in 11. One out away, Mo blows save. Marte blows game. Yanks leave 15, lose possibly 3 to DL.

From Pete Abraham, the lineup:

YANKEES (9-6)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Posada DH (Pete had him listed at C, but I assume he’s DH and that it’s just a mistake)
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C
Ransom 3B (see my note below)

Pitching: RHP Joba Chamberlain (0-0, 5.06).

No surprise that Melky is in vs. the lefty, but I thought it might be in Fenway’s big RF, with Swisher DHing. I expected Matsui to sit and Melky to play. I wasn’t sure if Gardner would be in or not, but Girardi went with the D and the extra righty bat of Molina vs. the lefty Lester.

Abraham points out that Swish is slumping a bit (he couldn’t keep that pace up, only natural) while Matsui (who I expect in vs. Beckett and Masterson the next two days–the offday and day off today should help those knees) is picking up.

As for Ransom, he is 8 for 47. A-Rod (even with all his distractions, hopefully he has grown up a bit) can’t be back soon enough. Abraham says he’s close to a minor league game. Could the Boston game at the Stadium (Boston’s first game in the NEW Stadium also be A-Rod’s return? That is 10 days away). There is drama for you.

Hmmm. Ransom did have the experience at 3B. Pena didn’t, and Pena hadn’t played above AA before being brought north with the big club. You do wonder though…if A-Rod weren’t two weeks from returning, might SWB start playing Berroa at 3B instead of SS? Would they consider a switch? Berroa is at .340-2-13 with SWB right now.  He has just one MLB game at 3B. That’s the problem. He’s 31. 32-year-old Justin Leone is playing 3B for 12-1 SWB at present. He’s at .175-1-6. If Berroa were a 3B, not a SS, would there have been a switch made? Or would it have been as it is now—wait for Alex? They did give Pena a day, but… he is 2 for 13 himself. What to do here for the next two weeks? Just keep trotting Ransom out and hope he picks it up?  

In any case, you would like to at least see two good weeks from Ransom. Start tonight, Cody.

It’s very early, but…

http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/BOS/2009.shtml

http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/2009.shtml 

 Youkulis has been a terror…not so Big Papi.

Jeter singled to lead off the game but two long flies and a K later, the Yanks get nothing.

Ugly 1st for Joba. Luckily just one run given up, but lots of pitches. Ellsbury singles, goes to 2nd on a balk, steals 3rd and scores on a (Sterling calls it a WP, ESPNMVP says PB by Molina) on the SB. Joba walks Pedroia, whiffs Ortiz, walks Youkulis, then gets a DP. But 25 pitches thrown??? We saw this problem in S.T. and it’s still here.

With two outs, Melky walks, steals 2nd, and Molina walks. Ransom whiffs. 8-48. 15 K. I know he had a good spring, and when I wrote “Alex who” I obviously was kidding. You knew you wouldn’t get much, but seriously, can Berroa come up and play 3b? Ouch.

Heck, when Jeter went down in 2003, Erick Almonte did make 12 (ugh) errors in 31 games, but he did at least hit .260. Granted 24 K in the 100 AB, but .260. Ransom is at .167.

Better and more economical 2nd for Joba. 1-0 Boston after 2.

Two on, two out, and Lowell does to Swisher what Brooks Robinson did to the Reds in the 1970 Series. Liner stabbed, saves a double and a run.

Joba in and out of trouble in the 3rd. 1-0 Boston after 3. 

Melky singles, Molina walks (!!!), Ransom finally comes through with an RBI double and Jeter’s GO (thank goodness no one on first, or another GIDP) gives the Yanks the lead in the 4th. Lester is at 88 pitches after 4.

Joba continues a Houdini act with the DP balls. Still 2-1 Yanks after 4.

2-1 after 5. Joba gets another DP ball. It’s like he has channeled Wang.

Suzyn talks about the Pesky Pole as something that Johnny Pesky wrapped HRs around with great frequency, and that’s why they named it thus.

LET’S CHECK THE STATS: THE MOST HR PESKY EVER HIT IN A SEASON WHILE WITH BOSTON WAS THREE. THREE. HE HAD 17 HIS WHOLE CAREER.

Suzyn, you need to check the record book.

The real reason? Most likely this: Pesky is Polish. His real last name is Paveskovich. 

Boston tied it in the 6th. Of all people, Nick “It Ain’t Easy Being” Green.
Coke came in for Joba.

Joba’s line: 5 1/3 (still no depth), 2 R, 1 ER, 9 hits, 4 walks, just 2 K. In and out of trouble. Helped by 4 DPs.  

Lester out after 6. Tie game going into the 7th.

Jeter, the captain, starts it with a double. Damon tries to bunt him over and reaches when Okajima can’t handle the bunt. A hit. Teix bloops an RBI single. Posada singles. Bases loaded. Swisher’s fly isn’t deep enough but Cano’s is. SF and 4-2 Yanks.

Coke gets two outs, then gives up a walk. Alby in to get Bay, which he does. One guy.

It looks like Bruney and Mo for the 8th and 9th. More runs would help.

Ransom walks and steals 2nd. Ok, Rbi double before, walk, SB here. Let’s see if it brings a run in. But good to see some of the little things done by Ransom tonight. Uh, oh. Ransom is showing signs of an injury as he goes to third on a chopper. Pena in to PR and play 3b. Something to watch…is this minor or not? Damon strands him. Looks like Alby will start the 8th.

He does and gets the first two, then a HBP.

…and Mo is coming on for the FOUR-OUT save. 

Bruney apparently is unavailable for whatever reason, and Alby is out after going 0-1 on a batter after the HBP. Hopefully Alby is ok.

Strange.

and on a blooper to CF, ruled a single, Jeter flubs it. … two on, still 4-2.

Pedroia up. Last year’s MVP vs. the greatest closer ever. The winner? #42 by a K.

The Yanks loaded the bases in the top of the 9th. Teix HBP, walks to Posada and Swisher. Cano GIDP. Melky popped up. Ouch. You never have enough insurance.

Melky goes to RF, the Road Runner to CF. Swish out for D.

The currently weakest Red Sox hitter, Ortiz (believe it or not), whiffs against the Greatest. Youkulis singles, Drew grounds out.

… and Mo blows it. With two out, Bay ties the game with a HR.  Ouch. Superman meets Kryptonite. What’d I just say about more insurance?

Mo meets Kryptonite

Base hit by Lowell.  K. Too late. Extras.

Boston brings in Pimplebutt. I mean Papelbon.

Pedroia saves a run in the 10th. Still, Yanks have 2nd and 3rd, two out, Teix whiffs.

11th…1st and 2nd one out. Melky GIDP.

Bottom of 11th. Weakest hitter, Ortiz whiffs. 

Youkulis HRs.

One out away. Mo blows it. Marte blows it.

Yanks leave 15 on.

What a bad taste.

Postscript: From Suzyn on postgame:

AND IT IS NOT PRETTY:

Bruney went back to NY with an elbow problem.

Wang on DL. Robertson up. …. until, as we figure….Hughes. Then again, Robertson may need to replace Bruney … who knows?  

Ransom will go on DL. Berroa?

Wow. Talk about losing more than a game.

 

The Minor League Report

AAA: SWB improves to 5-0. Igawa struggled but what a relief job by David Robertson.

Scranton/WB
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Igawa (W, 1-0) 5.0 4 5 5 3 2 3 9.00
Robertson (H, 1) 3.0 1 0 0 1 7 0 0.00
Tomko (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00

Justin (Mama) Leone a 3-run HR. Austin Jackson 3 hits and an RBI. Kevin Russo 2 hits and an RBI. Shelley Duncan 2 hits (HR) RBI.

AA: Nice relief work. Four players with 2 hits each, 2 RBI for Edwar Gonzalez. A 5-2 win. From milb.com:

Trenton
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Nunez, E SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .333
Corona 2B 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .267
Curtis LF 3 1 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 .313
Gonzalez, E RF 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 .385
Vechionacci 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167
Cervelli C 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .071
Fortenberry CF 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 .167
Malec DH 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .636
Smith, K 1B 3 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 .273
Pope P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Texeira, K P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Dunn P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

 

Trenton
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pope 4.2 4 2 2 2 5 0 3.86
Texeira, K (W, 1-0) 2.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 2.08
Dunn (S, 1) 2.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 2.25

A+: Well, at least the minors swept on a day where the big club stunk.  

 

Tampa
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Krum CF 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 .188
Fryer LF 5 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 .412
Montero DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .250
Laird 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .235
Sublett 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .133
Romine C 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .267
Rufino RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Cusick 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Maruszak SS 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .214
Pendleton P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Castillo, N P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hovis P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

 

Tampa
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Pendleton 4.2 5 2 1 1 3 0 1.93
Castillo, N (W, 1-0) 2.1 0 0 0 1 2 0 2.08
Hovis (S, 1) 2.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
 

Charleston is off today.