The Farm Report: 6/15/12

 Trenton lost to Harrisburg 4-3 in ten innings:
The Senators scored two runs in the bottom of the second for a quick lead.  Luke Murton homered for the Thunder in the fourth, for a 2-1 deficit.  Harrisburg got the run back in the fifth, but Zoilo Almonte started the sixth with a single to left.  Zoilo stole second and moved to third on a throwing error.  A wild pitch brought the run home and the Senators held a 3-2 lead.  Trenton tied the game in the eighth, though the game could have ended there.  Zoilo struck out with two outs, but he was able to reach first safely on the wild pitch.  He stole second and scored on a single from Melky Mesa.  The game went into extra innings, but the Senators started the tenth with a double from Chris Marrero, who was replaced by Stephen King – no doubt, an ominous sign.  An intentional walk was followed with another free pass to load the bases, as Chris McConnel drove a single to center, plating King for the 4-3 Harrisburg victory.…

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Hughes keeps the ball in the yard, Yankees keeping winning in D.C.

For six innings, this was a tremendous pitching battle between the two starters. Gonzalez had struck out eight Yankees through five innings and had only gotten into trouble in the third inning, when a couple of two out RBI singles by Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher staked the Yankees to a 2-0 lead. The Nationals would get a run back in the bottom of the inning when Hughes allowed an RBI single to Michael Morse with one out, but he subsequently got Ian Desmond to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning and the threat.

From there, both starters settled in and dominated for the next third of the game. After Morse’s single, Hughes wouldn’t allow another hit until Desmond singled in the sixth, and most importantly he wouldn’t allow a home run in the entire outing for the first time this season. As for Gonzalez, he sat the Yankees down in order in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, but would see his pitch count balloon up to 107 pitches by that point.…

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Game 63: Pleased to Meet You, Mr. Harper

Given the day of the week and the omnipresence of Bryce Harper in the minds of most every Yankees fan heading into this series, it seems prudent to keep this short and sweet. I highly recommend this FanGraphs interview with Tyler Clippard, in which he discusses the ‘closer mentality’ and other aspects of...

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