The Farm Report: 8/18/12

Trenton lost to Bowie 3-2:
The Baysox struck first with a run in the third on a RBI single by Ty Kelly. Robbie Widlansky lined a single to right in the fourth, as Buck Britton followed with a double. A ground out plated Widlansky, giving Bowie a 2-0 lead.  Meanwhile, Trenton struggled to get a hit against Jacob Pettit.  The Thunder finally broke through in the eighth, as Addison Maruszak homered to center. Bowie got the run back with a homer by Ronnie Welty in the ninth. Adonis Garcia and David Adams both drew walks, and Garcia scored on a single by Luke Murton, however, it was not enough as they lost 3-2.

Trenton only had two hits, with Luke Murton going 1-3 with a RBI and Maruszak going 1-3 with a homer. Vidal Nuno went six and gave up two runs on seven hits, a walk and four Ks. Graham Stoneburner pitched two strong innings, walking one, giving up a hit and picking up a K.… Click here to read the rest

Saturday Night Open Thread: I’m Sick Of Ciriaco

In lieu of a game recap – truthfully, I really don’t feel like rehashing this afternoon’s game. It was bad enough to watch the first time – I figured we could have an open thread and log our complaints about what transpired this afternoon.

Okay, fine, I’ll mention a couple of things:

  • Jon Lester won back-to-back starts for the first time since May. Good job making him look good, boys!
  • Pedro Ciriaco continued his hot hitting against the Yankees. What’s he batting now, .900?

Is this loss the end of the world? Of course not. The Red Sox are still in fourth place and still way out of contention. But it would have been nice for the Yankees to play well during a Saturday afternoon FOX game. They’ve only beaten the Red Sox once on a Saturday, so far, this season – the infamous comeback in April against, which was at the time, a horrible Red Sox bullpen.

Hopefully, the Yankees will not have a repeat of the last three-game series at the Stadium – they won the Friday night game but lost Saturday’s and Sunday’s games – and can win the rubber game tomorrow night.… Click here to read the rest

Lester forgets it’s 2012, tosses seven-inning gem as Red Sox topple Yanks 4-1

Perhaps it’s a bit unfair to Lester to put all the blame for his dismal numbers onto him: by some metrics, he’s actually having a relatively acceptable season, pitching-wise. His FIP is 3.91, and his xFIP is down at 3.61 (he’s giving up homers at a slightly elevated 14.1 HR/FB%), his batting average on balls in play (BABIP) is 20 points above his career average, and his LOB% is about 10 points below his career mark. All of this suggests that he’s getting a bit unlucky–though just a bit. The BABIP and LOB% are a bit outside of his normal range, but they’re not huge outliers, and he might be giving up more homers this season because he’s leaving balls out over the plate more. While some of these numbers are indicative of bad luck, it’s hard to know when bad luck ends and a genuine drop in talent begins. The question, then–and it’s definitely one for another article, probably on another, more Sox-focused site–is whether Jon Lester’s mean stats are closer to what we’ve seen this year, or whether his talent is unchanged, and that this season is just an outlier.… Click here to read the rest

Game 120-Boston Dead Sox

Its been a long time since the Sox were this far back on this late a date. The manager is getting heat from his two best players, Beckett and Lester can’t get anyone out, Big Papi is hurt, and they’re maxed out financially so there doesn’t appear to be any major moves on the horizon. The team resembles the mess that it was when the Henry group took over, and it looks like Theo knew when to bail. Its so bad I almost feel sor..nah, who am I kidding.

Here’s your lineup from Yankee PR:
1-Jeter DH
2-Swisher 1B
3-Cano 2B
4-Jones RF
5-McGehee 3B
6-Granderson CF
7-Martin C
8-Nix SS
9-Ichiro LF

With rookie David Phelps getting the long-awaited (by everyone who doesn’t like Freddy Garcia) start on the mound. GO YANKS!!!!!
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The Farm Report: 8/17/12

Trenton lost to Bowie 12-6:
The Baysox took a quick lead, as Ty Kelly hit a RBI double to center. David Adams hit a double to right in the bottom of the first and Luke Murton knocked a two-run homer, giving the Thunder a 2-1 lead. Bowie tied the game with a run in the third, but Trenton had an answer. Adonis Garcia started the bottom of the inning with a double and scored on a single from Zoilo Almonte for the 3-2 lead. Unfortunately, the Baysox broke out in the fifth. A grand slam by Buck Britton before there was a single out started a six-run inning, as Bowie took the 8-3 advantage. Murton was hit by a pitch in the sixth and moved to second and third on ground outs. A single by Rob Segedin scored him, but the Baysox put the game out of reach with a three-run seventh. Murton hit a two-run homer in the eight, but it was far from enough as the Baysox took a 12-6 win over Trenton.… Click here to read the rest