In George We Trust
A(nother) blog about the most storied franchise in sports
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Thanks for nothing Joe
I tell ya, that was one hell of a frustrating loss yesterday. I'm still trying to figure out why Torre decided to bring Ten-run Sturtze in to face Mark Loretta instead of the $17M flamethrowing investment known as Kyle Farnsworth; but something tells me we'll never know why. I firmly hang this one on Torre's head.

Making matters worse was the completely unlistenable ESPN broadcast (and I thought Joe Buck was bad), which featured such pearls of wisdom as "when I think of Manny, I think of sellouts", or "if the pitch is out of the zone, don't swing at it", or my personal favorite "David Ortiz didn't win the MVP last year because he didn't make enough plays in the field." I swear, you'd think the most exciting think that has happened in the recent history of the Yanks-Sawx rivalry was Doug Mirabelli's arrival, cause the ESPN guys just wouldn't shut up about it. Of course we all know that if the Yankees chartered a private jet and police escort for a backup catcher, it would be another example of them "flexing their corporate muscles" or how they're "ruining the game with their freespending ways." ESPN makes me appreciate the genius of Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow more and more with each game they broadcast.

Down on the Farm:

Triple-A Columbus (4-3 loss to Louisville)
Melky Cabrera: 2 for 4, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 HBP - picked off first, but seems to enjoy the leadoff spot
Mitch Jones: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 E
Carlos Pena: 2 for 3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP
Wil Nieves: 0 for 5, 1 RBI - .154 BA, and Torre wanted his guy on the big league team?
Eric Duncan: 1 for 1- pinch hit single in the 8th
Kris Wilson: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Colter Bean: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K - .56 ERA, if only he wasn't 29 years old

Double-A Trenton (7-4 win over Reading, 5th straight win, 7th win in 8 games)
Justin Christian: 0 for 5, 1 K
Bronson Sardinha: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Vincent Faison: 1 for 1, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI - pinch hit 2-run HR in 8th
Danny Borrell: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
TJ Beam: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K - allowed both inherited runners to score

High-A Tampa (2-1 loss to Sarasota)
Eduardo Nunez: 1 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - leadoff HR was Tampa's only offense
Ben Jones: 2 for 4, 1 2B, 1 K
Marcos Vechionacci: 0 for 4 - hitless in 43 ABs, holy crap
Tim Battle: 0 for 4, 1 K
Brett Gardner: 1 for 1, 1 2B - pinch hit double in bottom of the 9th
Phil Coke: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K - just as I gave him praise yesterday
Jason Jones: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Chase Wright: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Low-A Charleston (1-0 win over Kannapolis)
Reegie Corona: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 E (throwing) - thrown out at first by an outfielder
Mario Holmann: 1 for 4, 1 2B
Jose Tabata: 0 for 4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB
Bryan Villalona: 4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Bryan Rueger: .1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K - how do you know when your career is going nowhere? when you're a situational lefty in the low minors
Edgar Soto: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Minor league pitchers and hitters of the week were announced, and Duncan was honored (not that one):
Eastern League
Shelley Duncan, Trenton

.474 (9-19), 4 R, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, 1.000 SLG
Duncan provided Trenton with some thunderous offense, as six of his nine hits on the week went for extra bases. The most crucial of these hits was a walk-off two-run homer against New Britain on Saturday. Duncan's 11 doubles lead the Eastern League, while his .545 slugging percentage ranks fourth.

Update: BA's Prospect Hot Sheet for this week is out, a couple of Yankee prospects make appearances, albeit for different reasons:
Jose Tabata, of, Yankees (Low Class A Charleston): Hitting .440 over the last seven games, Tabata still doesn't walk--with just two compared to 20 strikeouts.

Philip Hughes, rhp, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): We haven't seen him in Double-A yet, but the Florida State League version was nearly impeccable with a 30-2 strikeout-walk ratio.

Marcos Vechionacci, 3b, Yankees (High Class A Tampa): Hitless since
April 18, Vechionacci is now hitting .136/.226/.185 in 81 at-bats.
Anonymous Adam B. said...
I've been told the Yankees TV broadcast was just as bad. The Red Sox announcers were not too bad in terms of harping on the past too much and seemed to actually want to call the game

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