The Yankees didn’t play today, but all 4 of their affiliates did.
- Manny Banuelos took the mound against Buffalo today, and although he was able to limit the damage, the young lefty struggled in his second straight start. In 2.0 innings he threw 74 pitches and only 36 for strikes, giving up 3 hits, 2 runs, and 6 (!) walks. The bullpen was great in relief though, and between Pat Venditte, Manny Delcarmen, Cody Eppley, and Kevin Whelan, they went 7.0 innings, giving up 1 hit, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. The offense was able to score some runs today thanks to multi-hit games by Kevin Russo and Jack Cust. Dewayne Wise, Raymond Kruml, and Brandon Laird each doubled, while Steve Pearce hit his first homerun of the year. The Scranton Yankees (Yes, thats still their name) beat the Buffalo Bisons 7-2. (Box Score)
- Trenton took the only loss in the system today behind a weak start from Brett Marshall, who gave the team 4.1 innings, 9 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Kelvin Perez was the most impressive reliever, who went 2.0 innings, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Ronnier Mustelier, Kevin Mahoney, and Walter Ibarra were the only players to have hits today, although they all had 2 hit games. Trenton lost to Akron 6-1. (Box Score)
- In Tampa, Shane Greene went 4.1 innings, giving up 4 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 2 walks, and 1 strikeout. Kramer Sneed relieved him with 2.2 innings, giving up just 1 hit and 2 walks, along with 3 strikeouts. Offensively, Eduardo Sosa and Kyle Rolled had 2 hit games with a double. The shortstop Jose Mojica went 3 for 3 with a walk, but J.R. Murphy out did him with a 3 for 4 outing that was a double shy of the cycle. Tampa beat Daytona 5-4. (Box Score)
- Caleb Cotham started for Charleston today, going 5.0 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, and 1 strikeout. In relief, Wilton Rodriguez and Mariel Checo went 4 innings, giving up only 2 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts. As they always do, the offense put on a show. Mason Williams went 2 for 5 with 2 stolen bases, Anderson Feliz and Angelo Gumbs went 2 for 4 with a double a piece, Dante Bichette Jr. went 3 for 4 with a walk and a double, and my favorite player Tyler Austin went 2 for 5 with 2 homeruns. Gary Sanchez had the day off. Charleston beat Rome 9-3. (Box Score)
- Curtis Clark at the Bronx Baseball Daily wants to know what happens if Mariano Rivera struggles. Although I can see his point, there is a simple answer, he won’t.
- Deadspin also had something on Mo this morning, 10 years of writters saying he’s too old. I don’t think you’ll be too surprised to read who first said it 10 years ago for the New York Post.
- Chris McKeown has crunched the numbers and put together a nice chart showing how Derek Jeter always gets off to hot starts. Following a few years of weak to horrible starts, 2012 has been his best by far. I don’t really have faith that he’ll keep his .370 batting average very long though.