The Farm Report: Memorial Day Edition

Empire State beat Toledo 6-3:
Jack Cust drew a lead-off walk to start the second.  Brandon Laird also took a free pass to first and Francisco Cervelli singled, loading the bases.  An error by the Mud Hens’ shortstop Argenis Diaz allowed Cust to score, and the Yankees took the early lead.  In the bottom of the third it was Matt Antonelli’s turn to walk.  He moved to second on a wild pitch and Steve Pearce got his base on balls.  Laird followed with a double, plating both runners.  Cervelli then connected with his second homer of the season, giving the Yankees a healthy 5-0 lead.  Toledo finally broke through in the fourth, as Brad Eldred homered for their first run of the game.  The Yankees got the run back in the bottom of the inning, as Antonelli doubled and scored on a single from Ronnier Mustelier.  Toledo managed to get a couple more runs in the ninth, as Matt Young walked and Eldred hit his second homer of the day, but the Yankees held on for the 6-3 victory.

Cervelli went 2-4 with a homer and two RBIs.  Cole Garner also went 2-4.  Pearce and Cust were the only Yankees without hits, as the rest of the lineup had at least one.  Cust drew a pair of walks, but also struck out twice.  Nelson Figueroa made the start, going seven innings and allowing just one run on five hits, two walks and five Ks.

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Game 48-Hot pitcher vs team on a roll

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 Continue reading Game 48-Hot pitcher vs team on a roll

Game 48: The Southern Californian Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Orange County

The Yankees finished the sweep in Oakland yesterday afternoon behind eight strong innings from Hiroki Kuroda, after a series in which they scored 17 runs over the three games and got at least seven innings from their starters in each contest. In total, they’re riding a five game winning streak into whatever town the Scrappy Scoiscias are playing in these days, but they’ll have they’re work cut out for them tonight as they run headlong into Jered Weaver. The Angels’ ace is having another fantastic season so far, but the Yankee offense has been hitting their stride of late, and were killing the ball in Oakland. Hopefully the air is just as friendly down South. Here are the lineups:

Yankees (26-21):

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez DH
Russell Martin C

Phil Hughes RHP

Angels (24-25):

Mike Trout LF
Maicer Izturis 3B
Albert Pujols 1B
Kendrys Morales 1B
Mark Trumbo RF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Erik Aybar SS
Peter Bourjos CF
Bobby Wilson C

Jered Weaver RHP

First pitch is at 9:05 P.M., and the game can be seen on YES, or nationally on MLB Network. Enjoy! Continue reading Game 48: The Southern Californian Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Orange County

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. Last year, just about every defensive metric pegged Brett Gardner as one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball. Continue reading Cubs’ DeJesus a Perfect Fit for Yankees; Would Help Fill Outfield Void

The Farm Report: 5/27/12

Well, it was a day that ends in “Y” so the RiverDogs played a game that went into extra innings.   Empire State pulled off a close win, but the rest of the Yankees’ affiliates were unsuccessful.

Empire State beat Buffalo 1-0:
In a game that saw a fair amount of hits, the Bison and Yankees had trouble getting runs home.  The Yankees first chance came in the bottom of the second, when Francisco Cervelli drew a walk and tried to score on a double by Cole Garner.  Instead, Buffalo executed a nice relay from left field to get the Empire State backstop at the plate.  Buffalo was unable to capitalize on a couple doubles, leaving the game scoreless entering the sixth.  With one out in the bottom of the inning, Steve Pearce connected with a solo homer to center, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  Buffalo had a couple chances to threaten, but the Yankees held on for the victory.  Pearce was 2-3 with a homer.  Garner and Pena each had hits for the Yankees as well.  Ramon Ortiz put together another strong outing, going 6.2 innings and scattering eight hits.  He did not give up a run or a walk and struck out five.

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Yankees ride Kuroda, sweep A’s, 2-0

If a Kuroda blanks a team and nobody can hit, did he really pitch well? No matter, the scorecard says that Hiroki Kuroda pitched eight shutout innings, limiting the punchless A’s offense to a walk and four hits. The Yankees had another rough game with men in scoring position and could only manage two runs themselves. They had plenty of chances to put A’s starter, Tommy Milone away in the first three innings and could not do so. The only early run in those innings was a big bomb from the bat of Andruw Jones, a solo job and homer Number 425 in Jones’ long career. Once the Yankees had that one run, the game was basically over. The final outcome gave the Yankees their fifth straight win and sent the A’s to their fifth straight loss.

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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 Continue reading Hiroki tosses a gem as Yanks win fifth straight

Game 47-We don’t need another Hiro

….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 Continue reading Game 47-We don’t need another Hiro

Game 47: Where’d we put those brooms?

For the first time in what feels like forever, the Yankees won’t be playing a rubber game in the finale of a three game series. Instead, they’ll be looking for a sweep of Oakland this afternoon, and to push their current winning streak to five games as they head down to the depths of Hades Orange County to face the Angels. Hiroki Kuroda will take the bump for the Yankees, looking to get himself on track after an up and down first couple of months. He’ll be opposed by Tommy Milone, a finesse lefty who will be tasked wiith slowing down the suddenly red-hot Yankee offense. Here’s the lineups:

Yankees (25-21):

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones DH
Jayson Nix LF
Chris Stewart C

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Athletics (22-25):

Jemile Weeks 2B
Coco Crisp CF
Josh Reddick RF
Seth Smith LF
Kila Ka’aihue DH
Josh Donaldson 3B
Daric Barton 1B
Kurt Suzuki C
Cliff Pennington SS

Tommy Milone LHP

First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 P.M., and can be seen on YES. Enjoy! Continue reading Game 47: Where’d we put those brooms?