Thursday, May 15, 2008

Minor League Recap - 5/15

We go from the bottom up this time around. Tough day and night for the Yankees farm teams on Wednesday. Charleston was held to one hit by the Greenville Drive in a rough 1-0 loss. Jason Stephens allowed just 3 hits over 6 innings, didn't walk a batter and struck out 5, but the RiverDogs were shooting blanks in the batters box.

Justin Snyder had the lone hit, a 4th inning single that followed a Carmen Angellini walk. With runners on the corners and one out, Jesus Montero hit into an inning ending double play. The RiverDogs would have just one other runner on the night, courtesy of a walk. Jesse Hoover pitched a solid 3 innings of relief, but the Drive scored the game's lone run off of him in the 7th inning.

Tampa had 3 times the hits of the RiverDogs, but not any more runs. The Class-A Yankees got blanked by the Lakeland Flying Tigers by the same exact 1-0 score. This time it was Al Aceves pitching with hard luck. He left the game with no decision after allowing just 2 hits over 7 innings.

The Yankees mounted a threat with one out in the 3rd when Jose Gil singled and Josue Calzado was hit by a pitch. But Kevin Smith lined into an inning ending double play. The Yankees also put the tying run on 2nd Base with one out in the 7th, but failed to push him across. Josue Selenes gave up the game's lone run in the 8th inning.

For as much pitching as there was at the bottom two levels, the Yankees got none of it at the top two levels. The Trenton Thunder were outscored by the Portland Sea Dogs 10-6 in an afternoon contest. Shortsop Reegie Corona entered the game with only one error on the season, but committed 3 of the 5 errors the Thunder would make on the day. The misplays lead to 8 unearned runs. All 4 runs that Mike Gardner allowed were unearned as he absorbed the loss.

Corona's day in the field spoiled his day at the plate where he was 2-3 with 2 RBI. Edwar Gonzalez continues to hit well since his promotion from Tampa. He was 3-4 with a pair of doubles and is batting .308.

Lousiville scored 8 runs in the 2nd inning to paste the Scranton Yankees 11-6 in another afternoon game. Heath Phillips was awful as the Bats battered him for 8 runs, 5 of them earned, in just 1.1 innings. The Yankees scored 5 runs in the 8th to just make the score semi-respectable. Cody Ransom and Justin Christian homered for the Yankees, and Jason Lane had 3 hits.

Reds stud prospect Jay Bruce was 3-3 with a double, triple, home run, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored, and 2 walks. He's now hitting .366, which begs the question, what the heck is he doing in the minors?

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