The Farm Report: 8/29/12

Trenton lost to New Britain 3-1:
The game was scoreless through three, but New Britain broke through in the top of the fourth. Chris Colabello started the inning with a single and Rene Tosoni doubled. Deibinson Romero doubled in Colabello and a ground out plated Tosoni for the 2-0 lead. Aaron Hicks tripled to start the seventh, scoring on a wild pitch for a 3-0 edge. The Thunder finally plated a run in the bottom of the seventh. Rob Segedin singled to right and Shane Brown and Walter Ibarra both drew walks, loading the bases. Adonis Garcia lined a single to left, plating Segedin, but JR Murphy hit into a force out at the plate and David Adams and Zoilo Almonte went down swinging as the Thunder fell 3-1.

Almonte went 2-4. Garcia and Segedin both went 1-4 and Ibarra went 1-3 with a double and a walk. Mikey O’Brien gave up two runs on nine hits and three Ks in six innings.… Click here to read the rest

Yanks Drop Finale To The Jays 8-5, Lose Series

At least it was nice out today

Today’s game was ugly. And if you think it was bad watching it on TV or listening to it on the radio, try being there at the Stadium and experiencing it in person like I did. It was just miserable. Plus, being seated in front of a child that did nothing but kick the back of my chair nearly the whole time, wasn’t very fun either. That added to the misery.

The Yankees needed CC Sabathia to step up and win the rubber of the series. That didn’t exactly go according to plan. And the thing is, he wasn’t terrible. Sabathia was more unlucky than bad today – lasting seven innings and giving up two earned runs.

Yes, the home run he gave up to Yunel Escobar in the sixth inning was a big blow but up until that point it was the only hard hit ball the Blue Jays had all day. Poor CC was BABIPed to death in the third when the Jays scored three runs with two outs in the inning.… Click here to read the rest

Well, that was ugly. Yanks lose, 8-5

After Sabathia worked around a Derek Jeter error in the first, the Yankees scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Jeter hit a lousy 0-2 pitch for a single and then Nick Swisher walked. Robinson Cano rolled over on a curve and hit a weak grounder to second advancing both runners. Andruw Jones rifled a single up the middle to score Jeter and send Swisher to third. Swisher would score when Curtis Granderson beat out a double play ball for the second out. Steve Pearce then popped out to end the inning.

Both pitchers had 1-2-3 innings in the second, but the Yankees would cough up the lead in the top of the third. Jeff Mathis (of all people) started off the inning with an infield single. He should have been thrown out at second when Adeiny Hechavarria grounded a ball to Jayson Nix at third. But Nix booted it and everyone was safe. Rajai Davis then swung at a pitch a foot outside and poked it to shallow right for a single to load the bases.… Click here to read the rest

Screw It, Call Up Mark Montgomery

Used courtesy of Josh Norris

(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod)

These are perilous times in Yankeeland, friends.  Injuries have the lineup disintegrating into one giant platoon (or more accurately, TWO giant platoons), the rotation is still operating at just 60% of its ideal capacity, the bullpen is essentially Rafael Soriano, David Robertson, and pray for 7 strong from the starter and no extra innings, and there’s still over a month of regular season baseball to play.  The division lead that felt safe and sound 2 months ago (opening myself up to some ridicule there) has shrunk to a competitive level and the Yankees are limping to the finish line.

There isn’t much that can be done to address the holes in the lineup or rotation.  They will take care of themselves as guys come back from injury or continue to operate as they are if it turns out those guys can’t make it back. … Click here to read the rest

Hughes incorporates new pitch against Jays

With that in mind, Hughes decided to pull out a brand new pitch, working it in against the Blue Jays last night as he hurled seven innings of one run ball:

“I was working on a little cutter/slider hybrid deal in the bullpen and I figured this would be a good team to use it against because they have a lot of right-handed bats in that lineup,” Hughes said. “… I was just kind of messing around with it during catch, threw a few at the end of a bullpen one time and it was decent, so I just kind of started to mix it a little more in. In our scouting report meetings before today’s game, (Larry Rothschild) said, ‘Do you feel comfortable going to it if you need to? Not a whole lot obviously, but just something?’ I said, yeah. The first one was a 3-2 to Torrealba that I threw. After that, Russ and I found a few more spots to use it.”

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“I was talking to Alex after the game and he said, a bad cutter is a BP fastball, whereas a bad slider at least does something,” Hughes said.Click here to read the rest