The Farm Report: 8/27/12

The game was still tied after nine, giving the crowd some extra baseball. Both teams had opportunities to score, but neither capitalized as the game stretched on. Darnell McDonald started the thirteenth with a single to center. He moved to second on a sac bunt by Ramiro Pena. Russo doubled in McDonald and the Yankees took their first lead of the game. Chase Whitley came out to close the game and set down the IronPigs in order for the 5-4 win.

Fukudome went 2-4 with a run scored, a double, a RBI and three walks. Romine went 3-7 with a run scored, a homer and a RBI. Mustelier went 2-5 with a run scored, a RBI and two walks. Garner went 2-6 with a RBI. Nunez was the only Yankee to fail to pick up a hit, going 0-7. He did have a stolen base. Adam Warren went 6.2 innings and gave up four runs on eight hits, a walk and six Ks.… Click here to read the rest

Soriano Blows Third Save, Yankees Lose in Extras 8-7

Well, that was just an awful loss.

Is it the end of the world? Of course not, but it’s not very pleasant watching the Yankees cough up a lead late in the game and losing in extra innings to a team that has nearly 75% of its roster on the waiting list for Tommy John surgery (Yes, that’s an exaggeration but not that much of one.)

The Yankees were an out away from winning the game 6-4 when Colby Rasmus and his cornrows hit a three-run home run off Rafael Soriano in the top of the ninth to put the Blue Jays ahead 7-6.

Derek Jeter tied the game in the bottom of the inning to force the game into extras but the Yankees couldn’t score in the tenth and the Jays put one across in the top of eleventh off Derek Lowe – aided by shoddy defense by the Yankees – on the way to winning the game 8-7.

Mark Teixeira injured his left calf and was removed from the game after the fourth inning.… Click here to read the rest

Game 128: The Walking Wounded

For all of the (very justified) lamentations surrounding the injuries that have befallen the Yankees this year, thank whichever God(s) you may or may not worship that you are not a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays. Our neighbors to the North have lost some hundred and thirty-eight thousand games to injury thus far this year, and that number will only increase as the twenty-seven or so TJS victims on their roster rehab.

Onto the line-ups:

Toronto Blue Jays New York Yankees
Rajai Davis, LF Derek Jeter, SS
Colby Rasmus, CF Nick Swisher, DH
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Robinson Cano, 2B
Adam Lind, DH Mark Teixeira, 1B
Yunel Escobar, SS Curtis Granderson, CF
Kelly Johnson, 2B Eric Chavez, 3B
Yorvit Torrealba, C Russell Martin, C
Moises Sierra, RF Raul Ibanez, LF
Adeiny Hechavarria, 3B Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Henderson Alvarez, SP David Phelps, SP

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., on YES. Let’s go Yankees!… Click here to read the rest

Red Sox v. Dodgers, Ichiro’s Hot Streak, and Granderson’s Defense

In just two hours, David Phelps and Ricky Romero will duel at Yankee Stadium. Meanwhile, the Rays will be in Texas for the next three games. That makes this a pretty big series if the Yankees plan to regain any significant lead on Tampa. Here are some links in anticipation of the 7:05 PM start on YES.

  • At The Captain’s Blog, our own Williams Juliano compares how the outlook of both the Red Sox and the Dodgers have evolved since last year.  While one team looked to shed payroll and one earned the title of “Best Team Ever”, the roles have quickly reversed in 2012.
  • Mark Duggan at Pinstripe Alley wonders why Curtis Granderson has such poor defensive numbers. There are a number of different factors that Duggan digs into, but in recent days I personally feel the Yankees have very poorly scouted shifts.
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