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The Farm Report: 4/12/12

Banuelos only last two innings and has pitched just 5.1 innings in his two starts this season.  He gave up two runs on three hits and six walks.  Pat Venditte pitched a scoreless, hitless inning of relif and Manny Delcarmen threw three scoreless, hitless innings and picked up the win.  Dewayne Wise went 1-4 with two runs scored and a double.  Brandon Laird went 1-3 with a run scored, a double, two walks and two RBIs.  Jack Cust went 2-5 with a run scored and a RBI.

Trenton lost to Akron 6-1:
Trenton was unable to recover from a tough second inning, as Akron started with a pair of singles and the runners advanced on a throwing error by Dan Brewer.  Kyle Bellows homered to left before another pair of singles had the Aeros threatening again, along with a wild pitch.  Akron took a 4-0 lead and added two more runs while the Thunder continued to struggle on offense.  Walter Ibarra doubled with one out in the eighth, scoring on a single from Ronnier Mustelier, but that was all Trenton could manage as they took a 6-1 loss.   …

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The Farm Report: 4/11/12

Trenton beat Portland 10-1:
After three scoreless innings, Trenton broke through in the bottom of the fourth on a solo homer from Ronnier Mustelier.  Portland answered with a run in the top of the fifth, but Gustavo Molina led off the bottom of the inning by reaching on an error.  Jose Pirela was hit by a pitch and Walter Ibarra connected with a RBI single to put the Thunder on top again.  Cody Johnson started the sixth with a single to right.  Back-to-back doubles by Jose Gil and Addison Maruszak put Trenton up 4-1.  The Thunder ran away with the game in the bottom of the eighth.  Three straight singles were followed by another double by Maruszak.  Abraham Almonte walked and Mustelier doubled as the Thunder added six more runs for a 10-1 victory.  Mustelier ended the day 2-4 with two runs scored a double, a homer and two RBIs.  Maruszak went 2-4 with a run scored and two doubles and Jose Gil was 2-2 with two runs scored, two doubles and three RBIs.  …

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Prospect Profile: Nik Turley

Turley hit his first real hurdle in 2010, when he struggled at times in Staten Island, when he went 4-4 with a 4.38 ERA in 61 innings of work.  Nevertheless, the young southpaw started last season in Charleston and were he seemed to be opening some eyes.  He had a 2.51 ERA in fifteen starts and had a career-high 82 strikeouts, while allowing just 21 walks.  Turley was promoted to Tampa in July, where he made two appearances and was off to a bit of a rocky start before his season was abruptly ended.

During his second start with Tampa, Turley put a pitch down the middle of the plate and the batter sent it right back at him.  With little time to react and a line drive coming for his face, Turley threw his hands up attempting to at least block his face if he couldn’t catch the ball.  While he succeeded at that, he was left with a broken bone in his pitching hand, ending his season.…

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The Farm Report: 4/9/12

Adam Warren lasted just three innings, giving up six earned runs on seven hits, four walks and a homer.  Pat Venditte came in for Warren and did a solid job in the middle innings. He threw three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, while picking up four Ks.  Dewayne Wise had a big day, going 3-4 with a couple runs scored, a double, a homer and a RBI.  Chris Dickerson and Steve Pearce were the other Empire State players to pick up multiple hits, but they were unable to bring in runs or score.

Trenton beat Portland 8-3:
The Thunder’s offense got to work early on Monday, as Abraham Almonte led off with a single and stole second.  Jose Pirela doubled to left and David Adams and Zoilo Almonte hit back-t0-back singles.  A single from Melky Mesa was followed by a walk to Cody Johnson.  Gustavo Molina rounded out the scoring, as he drove a single to right and Trenton took a 4-0 lead.  …

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The Farm Report: 4/8/12

Charleston took a 1-0 win over Rome:
Unlike the lopsided game in Syracuse, the Yankees Low-A team played a close game this afternoon.  The first seventeen batters of the day went down in order, before Charleston’s catcher, Francisco Arcia, drew a walk in the third.  Rome picked up the first hit in the top of the fourth when Elmer Reyes singled to left, but Arcia caught him stealing to end the inning.  The RiverDogs threatened in the bottom of the fourth, with Cito Culver taking a leadoff walk and Dante Bichette lining a single to center.  Unfortunately, Gary Sanchez grounded into a double play and the RiverDogs were unable to capitalize.  With the game still scoreless in the seventh, Charleston finally got a break.  Ben Gamel reached on an error by Reyes and moved to third on a single by Casey Stevenson.  Anderson Feliz grounded out to short, but Gamel scored giving the RiverDogs a 1-0 lead.  They almost picked up an insurance run in the eighth, as Mason Williams led off with a bunt single and stole second.  …

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The Farm Report – 4/7/12

Trenton beat up on New Hampshire taking an 11-2 win:
The Fisher Cats jumped out to a quick lead, when Kevin Howard started the game with a single and Brett Marshall issued back-to-back walks to load the bases.  A sac fly from Mike McDade scored the first run of the game, but the Thunder got the run back in the bottom of the inning.  Jose Pirela knocked a triple and scored on a single by Zoilo Almonte.  A solo homer by Cody Johnson in the second gave the Thunder the lead.  Jose Gil worked a walk and Addison Maruszak singled.  The runners moved over on a sac bunt by Pirela and Gil scored when Ronnier Mustelier grounded out, giving Trenton a 3-1 edge.  New Hampshire was able to pull within a run of Trenton, but the Thunder responded with back-to-back-to-back homers to start the bottom of the third, as Almonte, Robert Lyerly and Melky Mesa all went yard.  The Thunder’s offense never let up, knocking the Fisher Cats for eleven runs on sixteen hits.  …

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The Farm Report – Opening Day!

Trenton lost to New Hampshire 5-3:
The Thunder leapt out to an early lead, as Abraham Almonte and Ronnier Mustelier started the bottom of the first with back-to-back doubles.  David Adams drew a walk and Melky Mesa drove a single to center, plating Mustelier for the quick 2-0 edge.  The Fisher Cats struck back in the top of the third, as Mark Sobolewski and Justin Jackson both singled.  Sobolewski scored on a wild pitch and a throwing error by Trenton catcher Jose Gil.  Another single by A.J. Jiminez tied the game.  Hall found himself in trouble again in the fourth, giving up another two runs as New Hampshire took the lead.  They added another run in the seventh, for a 5-2 advantage.  Trenton tried to scrape together a rally in the bottom of the eighth.  Mustelier reached on an error and Robert Lyerly worked a walk.  A RBI single from Mesa put the Thunder within two, but that was as close as they got, taking a 5-3 loss to start 2012.…

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Opening Day in the Minors

Pitching will be the strong point for the Yankees this season, but the questions surrounding their offense appear to have gotten bigger in the lasts week.  The release of Jorge Vazquez has erased the biggest power bat not named Montero from last year’s lineup and Justin Maxwell seems unlikely to either clear waivers or decide to return to the Yankees Triple-A affiliate if someone does not claim him.  Those questions, combined with their lack of a home this season, suggest it will be a tough year for the Yankees.  If you subscribe to MiLB tv, this game is available to watch tonight.

Trenton Thunder v. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (7:05pm)

Trenton kicks off the season by hosting the Fisher Cats, the 2011 Eastern League Champions.  Shaeffer Hall has gotten the starting nod for the Thunder, for what should be another strong starting rotation in the Yankees farm system.  Trenton has an interesting group of players slated to start 2012 in Double-A, and while few really stand out as exciting prospects, it should still be an exciting year for them.  …

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