The Farm Report: Memorial Day Edition

Trenton beat Richmond 4-3:
Zoilo Almonte grounded a single to center to start the second inning.  He stole second, but Trenton loaded the bases on a pair of walks by Kevin Mahoney and Addison Maruszak.  Damon Sublett drew the third straight base on balls, plating Almonte for the first run of the game.  Richmond had a chance to strike back in the bottom of the inning, as Juan Perez singled and errors by Michael O’Brien and Luke Murton allowed him to reach third, as Ryan Cavan was safe at first.  Cavan stole second and Wendell Fairley drew a walk, but the Thunder escaped with the shut out intact as Gary Brown flew out to end the threat.  Murton made up for his error with a solo homer to start the fourth, giving the Thunder some insurance.  With two outs in the ninth, Abraham Almonte drew a walk and Jose Pirela was hit by a pitch.  David Adams lined a double to right, plating both runners and giving the Thunder a 4-0 lead.  … Click here to read the rest

Game 48-Hot pitcher vs team on a roll

I'm going back to Cali, Cali, Cali

They say that momentum in baseball is tomorrow’s starting pitcher. That theory will get a test today as Phil Hughes, who is 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA in his past 4 starts facing a red-hot Angels team that has won 6 in a row. But the Angels have done it with pitching, scoring 26 runs over that span (4.33 R/G) while allowing just 10 (1.66 R/G). For his career, the Angels haven’t been a very good match up for Sir Phillip of Hughes. He’s 3-2 with a 7.61 ERA in 7 games (4 starts). In those 4 starts he’s had only had one quality outing (4-15-2010 5 IP 2 ER) while the rest have been pretty ugly, allowing 5 or more runs and pitching as few as 3.1 IP this past April. But its a small sample, so let’s see what Phil can do tonight.

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Cubs’ DeJesus a Perfect Fit for Yankees; Would Help Fill Outfield Void

(The following is being syndicated from The Captain’s Blog; follow me on Twitter at@williamnyy23).

Overlooked in the Yankees’ weekend sweep of the Athletics was the not so subtle implication by Joe Girardi that left fielder Brett Gardner could wind up missing at least six more weeks of the season. Gardner’s return will largely depend on how he feels after swinging the bat this afternoon in Tampa, but regardless of the outcome, it’s time for the Yankees to proactively address the team’s glaring weaknesses in the outfield.

DeJesus would be an ideal catch for the Yankees.

Last year, just about every defensive metric pegged Brett Gardner as one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball. Meanwhile, Raul Ibanez was widely rated as one of the worst. Not surprisingly, this trade off has proven costly to the Yankees. Entering the season, Brian Cashman hoped to rely on the DH-platoon of Ibanez and Andruw Jones as outfield depth, but each player’s limitations have made that strategy unviable.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 5/27/12

Trenton lost to Richmond 5-2:
Zoilo Almonte started the second with a single to center, moving to second on a wild pitch.  Jose Gil lined a single to center, plating Almonte, but getting thrown out at second to end the inning.  Richmond responded in the fourth, starting the inning with back-to-back singles.  Jose Gil threw out one runner trying to steal second, but three more singles and an error by Yadil Mujica put the Flying Squirrels in front 2-1.  Richmond added another pair of runs in the fifth.  Ehire Adrianza tripled in the seventh and scored on a sac fly, putting the Thunder down 5-1.  Almonte doubled in the top of the eighth and Luke Murton drew a walk.  Jose Gil scored Almonte on a sac fly, but Trenton was unable to keep the rally going, taking a 5-2 loss.  Zoilo Almonte went 3-5 with two runs scored and a double.  Corban Joseph went 2-3 with two walks.  Vidal Nuno went five innings and gave up four runs (none earned) on nine hits.  … Click here to read the rest

Yankees ride Kuroda, sweep A’s, 2-0

It looked early like Milone might have a very short outing. Derek Jeter led off the game with a single to left. Curtis Granderson walked. But then Mark Teixeira fouled out to third. The third baseman had to run forty yards to make the catch and once again, that was out out in Oakland that would not be an out in any other ballpark in baseball. Alex Rodriguez singled to right in a nifty bit of going with the pitch. But Jeter was conservatively held at third to load the bases. Two terrible at-bats followed as both Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher limply popped out to end the threat.

Jones started the top of the second with his monster homer on the first pitch he saw and then Jayson Nix hit a booming double to the wall in right-center. But in a moment of complete insanity, Joe Girardi had Chris Stewart bunt for a sacrifice. Stewart popped the bunt up and it was caught by the charging third baseman for a gift out.… Click here to read the rest

Hiroki tosses a gem as Yanks win fifth straight

The road, whether more or less traveled, has been a horror show for Hiroki Kuroda this season. Coming into today, he’d given up 27 hits, 11 walks, and 5 homers on the road in 21.2 innings while surrendering 18 runs, 15 of them earned (6.23 ERA, compared to 3.41 at home). The friendly confines of (the ridiculously named) O.co Coliseum and the weak offense that calls them home were just what Kuroda needed, as he racked up his first road victory of the season, throwing eight shutout innings while walking only one and striking out three.

One of those three strikeouts came at one of the most important times of the game. With runners on the corners and one out, Kuroda struck out Oakland DH Kila Ka’aihue before getting third baseman Luke Donaldson to pop out and end the only real threat Oakland could muster during the game. The Yankees, who’d slugged their way to 6-3 and 9-2 victories on Friday and Saturday, needed just two runs today, thanks to Kuroda’s performance.… Click here to read the rest

Game 47-We don’t need another Hiro

another long ball

….we need the one we that we already have to get his act together. No excuses for Kuroda today.  He’s facing the American League’s worst offense, in a pitcher’s ballpark, against a team that has lost 8 of its last 11 games. The Yankee lineup won’t have an easy task, they’ll be facing Tommy Malone (acquired from the Nats in the Gio Gonzalez deal) who’s been outstanding for the A’s this year. But Kuroda needs to do his part, if he can’t shut down the A’s it’s hard to imagine who he can. The Yanks are on a roll, having won 5 of 6 and their long dormant offense appears to be hitting their collective stride.

Here’s your lineup, courtesy of Yankee PR:

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