The Farm Report: 6/23/12

…and a 7-6 victory in Game 2:
Portland took a one-run lead in the first, but the Thunder stormed back in the second, in big part to a RBI double from Addison Maruszak, who scored later on a wild pitch.  The Sea Dogs took a 3-2 lead in the third, but Trenton found their swing in the fifth.  Doubles by Zoilo Almonte and Maruszak helped the Thunder take a 6-3 edge.  Portland tied the game in the top of the seventh, but a RBI single from Jose Pirela gave Trenton the walk-off victory.  Zoilo went 2-4 with a double and a run scored.  Maruszak went 2-4 with two doubles, a stolen base and four RBIs.

Tampa got stomped 8-1 by Lakeland:
Tampa was never really in this game, scoring their lone run in the ninth as they already trailed by nine runs.  Ramon Flores went 3-4 and Zach Wilson went 2-4.  Caleb Cotham got smacked around, going four innings and giving up seven runs on nine hits, a walk and two Ks.  … Click here to read the rest

Ibanez ties it. Chavez wins it. Yanks beat Mets, 4-3

Reaction to Ivan Nova‘s start was mixed on Twitter. Some said the Yankees’ starter was bailed out by the homers. But the truth is closer to the fact that he kept the Yankees in the game and made three bad pitches. One resulted in a Kirk Nieuwenhuis solo homer in the bottom of the third. The second was a double to Omar Quintanilla that compounded a fielding error by Alex Rodriguez to lead to another run. And Daniel Murphy hit a double to center that led to the third and final run in the bottom of the sixth. But it really could have been worse. Nova got out of a second and third situation in the fourth with only one of the runs scoring on a ground out and struck out Kirk Nieuwenhuis to end that threat. Nova struck out seven in his five and two-thirds innings and walked three.

Once the Yankees took the lead, they still had to preserve it by getting nine more outs.… Click here to read the rest

Andy’s rocky 1st inning proves decisive

They got him early

When you have a lineup like the Yankees do, as a fan I always feel like they’re still in the game no matter what the deficit. We saw proof of that on an April night in Boston, and falling behind 5-0 in the first inning facing Mets starter Jon Niese with the worst bullpen in the NL behind him, I still had confidence the Yanks would get back in the game and be one swing away from a big comeback win. Fangraphs Win Probability doesn’t agree, but that’s OK. I’ve more of a match ups guy, and WPA is the big picture view. Both have their place, and last night WPA held sway in predicting the outcome.

So what went wrong for Andy in that decisive 1st inning? According to his manager, he didn’t have his slider working and his FB command was a bit off. Girardi always says that whenever a pitcher gets hit, and it appeared to me in the first inning that both pitchers had some trouble adjusting to Home Plate Umpire Marvin Hudson’s strike zone.… Click here to read the rest

Offense can’t climb out of Pettitte’s hole, Yankees lose to Mets

The Mets did most of their damage in the game’s very first innings, touching up Yankees’ starter Andy Pettitte for five runs in the first frame, all of which came with two outs. Pettitte almost escaped the inning without damage when, after loading the bases with one out, he got Lucas Duda to pop up to shallow centerfield for the second out, failing to bring the runner in from third. That set Pettitte up with a chance to retire Justin Turner to keep the Mets off of the board, but Turner was able to punch the ball into center to bring two runs home, and then Ike Davis really broke things open with his eighth home run of the season, a three run shot that gave the Mets a 5-0 lead.

Pettitte would ultimately settle down after that, going onto finish six innings without allowing another run, and finishing the night with six strikeouts to go against two walks and seven hits allowed.… Click here to read the rest