The Farm Report: 8/18/12

Empire State beat Rochester 10-3:
The Yankees started the game with a run in the first, after Darnell McDonald drew a walk and scored on a single by Brandon Laird. They added to their lead in the second. Kosuke Fukudome and Ramiro Pena hit back-to-back singles and Corban Joseph knocked a two-run homer for the 4-0 lead. The Yankees didn’t slow down in the third. Laird singled and Austin Romine followed with a double. Francisco Cervelli hit a sac fly to center and Melky Mesa singled in Romine. Mesa stole second and scored on a single by Fukudome, putting the Yankees up by seven. Another sac fly by Cerelli in the fourth gave the Yankees another run and Rochester finally put together a little rally in the fifth. Tsuyoshi Nishioka hit a two run homer and a RBI single from Wilkin Ramirez made the score 8-3. A two-run homer by Romine in the eighth finished off the Empire State offense, giving them a 10-3 victory.

The Yankees had 20 hits on the day, with everyone having at least one hit. In fact, Cervelli was the only one with just one hit, going 1-3 with a pair of RBIs and a pair of sac flies. Joseph went 3-6 with a run scored, a homer and three RBIs. Nunez went 3-6 with two runs scored. Romine went 2-5 with two runs scored, a double, a homer and two RBIs. Fukudome went 2-3 with a run scored, a RBI and two walks. Pena went 3-5 with a run scored. Michael O’Connor threw five innings and gave up three runs on six hits, two walks and eight Ks. Kelvin Perez and Juan Cedeno each pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Perez walked two and struck out three, while Cedeno allowed one walk.

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Home Run Derby

“Just meet the ball.” Age-old advice that you will likely hear at every Little League field in America. Making contact is the way to go when providing guidance to a hitter. I will never disagree with this statement. Who is the most watched and well-known baseball team in the world though? That would of course be none other than the New York Yankees, who play on national television multiple times a week. The Bronx Bombers aren’t exactly living by the commonly used expression of “Just meeting the ball” and they seem to be doing fine. Sorry kids. For the Yankees, home runs are the way to go.

Heading into play yesterday, the New York Yankees had smashed an astonishing 186 home runs. This was 26 more than any other team in baseball. In other words, all 29 other teams in the MLB are at least an Albert Pujols short of the New York Yankees in terms of round-trippers (Pujols had 26 home runs going into last night). In terms of batting average, the New York Yankees rank sixth in the MLB, at .267. Next, they rank eight in baseball in terms of total hits (heading into play yesterday), despite having Derek Jeter on the roster, who leads the MLB in total hits. Lastly, they are not exactly known as being a clutch hitting team with runners in scoring position. Ironically though, the Yankees rank second in the MLB in terms of runs scored. They also sport the top record in the American League.

On Friday night, the Yankees defeated their arch-rival 6 to 4. Yes, the Yankees/Red Sox is still a rivalry as demonstrated yesterday afternoon regardless of the current 12.5 game disparity in the standings. In the series opener, five of the Yankees nine hits were home runs. This has become a common winning formula for the pinstripes. After tying a franchise-record on Friday night with ten different players having blasted ten or more home runs (also had this many in 1998) on the year, it is safe to say that the Yankees are not exactly winning games via small ball. Amazingly, leadoff hitter Derek Jeter passed Babe Ruth with a 16th consecutive season with ten or more home runs as a member of the Yankees on Friday. Sure the Yankee pitching this year has been very good at times, but it is no secret how the New York Yankees are thriving: The long ball.

Ignore the fact that the Bombers have great power lefties that thrive on a short porch to right field. Also, ignore the fact that the New York Yankees have turned the game of baseball into a home run derby on a nightly basis. I can guarantee that you will still here coaches across the country telling kids to just “Meet the ball.” But the lesson is simple really. “Just meet the ball kids.” Unless of course you play for the New York Yankees. Continue reading Home Run Derby

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 Continue reading Saturday Night Open Thread: I’m Sick Of Ciriaco

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

By, well, most measures, Jon Lester has pitched badly in 2012: his ERA (5.20) is nearly 2 points higher than it has been in any season since he broke into the bigs, his K/9 is the lowest its ever been, his record (I know, I know) is 7-10, and he just hasn’t had that ace aura that surrounded his starts for most of his career. But none of that mattered Saturday evening in the Bronx, as Lester pitched seven strong innings, allowing only one run–a Granderson homer in the fourth–on five hits to go along with four strikeouts. He wasn’t 10 K, one hit dominant like he once was, but he was certainly better than he has been this season–and that was good enough for the Sox, who scored three runs off rookie David Phelps (two on an Adrian Gonzalez homer in the first) to seal the win. Continue reading Lester forgets it’s 2012, tosses seven-inning gem as Red Sox topple Yanks 4-1

Game 120: Down goes Bobby?

Bobby Valentine has not enjoyed the easiest season in Boston this year. I’m not sure whether that’s a huge, absurd understatement, or a pretty accurate guess at to what he might actually say if asked. Because, you know, he’s a bit unhinged. His Red Sox are now 13.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East, trailing a large contingent of better-prepared teams in the Wild Card, and seem to be coming undone at the seams. A Yankee victory this afternoon, with the bombers throwing newcomer David Phelps (who recently subdued Texas, but remains a rookie) and the Sox taking their best shot with Jon Lester (who’s sporting an ungainly 5.20 ERA), could signal the end of the Bobby V era in Boston.

David Ortiz said yesterday that Valentine shouldn’t shoulder all the blame for this season. He’s right, of course, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t. A series loss to the Yankees while the Sox are just trying to stay afloat…well, the bell might be tolling in beantown.

Red Sox (58-62)
J. Ellsbury, CF
C. Crawford, LF
D. Pedroia, 2B
A. Gonzalez, 1B
C. Ross, DH
R. Lavarnway, C
S. Podsednik, RF
P. Ciriaco, SS
N. Punto, 3B

Yankees (71-48)
D. Jeter, DH
N. Swisher, 1B
R. Cano, 2B
A. Jones, RF
C. McGehee, 3B
C. Granderson, CF
R. Martin, C
J. Nix, SS
I. Suzuki, LF

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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 Continue reading Game 120-Boston Dead Sox

The Farm Report: 8/17/12

Sorry for the delay, it’s just been one of those weeks…

Empire State beat Pawtucket 8-5:
A solo homer by Corban Joseph in the first gave the Yankees an early lead. Pawtucket tied the game with a run in the top of the third, but the Yankees retook the lead on a RBI double from Joseph. The Red Sox tied the game in the fourth, but once again the tie was short-lived. Kosuke Fukudome walked and Francisco Cervelli was hit by a pitch. Darnell McDonald then homered to left, giving the Yankees a 5-2 lead. Ramiro Pena homered in the seventh for some insurance and Melky Mesa hit a two-run shot in the eighth, giving the Yankees an 8-2 lead. A pair of homers for Pawtucket in the ninth gave them a chance, but Empire State held on for the 8-5 victory.

Joseph went 2-4 with a double, a homer and two RBIs. Cervelli was 2-2 with two runs scored, a walk and a hit by pitch. Pena went 2-4 with a run scored, a double, a homer and a RBI. Adam Warren spread out ten hits and three walks over five innings, allowing just two runs and striking out four. Preston Claiborne pitched two hitless innings, striking out four, while Cory Wade gave up three runs on four hits, two homers and a walk over two. He had a pair of Ks.

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