The Farm Report: 6/5/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Syracuse 8-0:
The RailRiders broke through in the bottom of the second inning. Brennan Boesch flew a double to center and Addison Maruszak knocked him in with a double of his own. A sac bunt by Bobby Wilson and a throwing error by the Syracuse pitcher, Paul Demny, allowed Maruszak to score and Wilson to reach second. Walter Ibarra, making his first at bat in Triple-A, rocked a homer to right, plating two more runs and giving the RailRiders a 4-0 lead. Ibarra singled in the fourth and Zoilo Almonte lined a single to right with two outs. A single by Ronnier Mustelier loaded the bases and a wild pitch plated Ibarra. Dan Johnson lined a two-run single to center and Scranton held a 7-0 lead. The RailRiders added another run in the seventh, when Melky Mesa reached on an error and scored on a Josh Bell double, giving them an 8-0 win.

Ibarra was the only hitter with more than one hit, going 2-4 with a pair of runs scored, a pair of RBIs and a homer.…

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Minor League Review: May

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We are now two months through the baseball season and over the next couple weeks we will see the MLB First-Year Player Draft and the start of the season for the short-season clubs. Of course, before we get looking too far ahead we better take a look back at the month that was May. Overall, it was a tough one for the Yankees’ affiliates, as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and Tampa Yankees both had losing records for the month and have some space to make up in their divisions. The Trenton Thunder’s May was a little better, thanks to a seven-game win streak to end the month. Meanwhile the Charleston RiverDogs put together a surprisingly strong May and find themselves atop their Division in the Sally League.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
Scranton went 11-18 over May, as they adjusted to losing players like Austin Romine and Vidal Nuno to the big league club for at least the month. They are currently 9.5 games behind Pawtucket in the International League North Division, in large part due to their lackluster offense.…

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The Farm Report: 6/3/2013

Pretty quiet day on the farm as Trenton and Charleston both had scheduled days off. Scranton got pummeled by Durham.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Durham 15-2:
The RailRiders fell behind early when Rich Thompson scored on a sac fly by Vince Belnome in the first. Wil Myers doubled in Jason Bourgeois and the Bulls held a 2-0 lead. Ronnier Mustelier hit a solo shot to center field, putting Scranton on the board in the second, but Durham immediately added to their lead. A three run triple by Thompson in the bottom of the inning gave the Bulls a nice advantage. Thompson then scored on a wild pitch by Chase Whitley for a 6-1 Durham lead. The third inning was scoreless, but Durham added runs in the fourth through the seventh, taking a massive 15-1 lead. A solo homer by Melky Mesa gave the RailRiders another run, but it was far from enough as they fell 15-2.

Mesa went 1-4 with a homer.…

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The Farm Report: 5/30/13 – wins for everyone!

Need to go with the bullet point version today – it was a busy night yesterday and I expect a hectic day at the office today, so here goes…

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Norfolk 5-1:

  • Norfolk took an early lead with a run in the bottom of the third. Dan Johnson tied the game with a solo homer in the fourth for the RailRiders.
  • Addison Maruszak doubled to start the fifth and scored on a sac fly by Alberto Gonzalez.
  • The Yankees got some insurance runs in the top of the eighth, when Ronnier Mustelier hit a three run homer for the 5-1 win.
  • No one in the RailRiders’ lineup had more than one hit. Mustelier and Johnson both went 1-4 with homers. Maruszak went 1-3 with a double and a walk. Melky Mesa went 1-5 with a run scored, three stolen bases and three Ks.
  • Caleb Cotham made the start, giving up one unearned run on six hits. He did not walk anyone and he struck out five.
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The Farm Report: Memorial Day Edition

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre blanked Norfolk 8-0:
The RailRiders used a big second inning to storm out ahead of the Tides. Ronnier Mustelier got it started by lining a single to left. Dan Johnson followed with a ground-rule double and Josh Bell singled in Mustelier for the first run of the game. With two outs, Bobby Wilson drew a walk to load the bases. Corban Joseph was hit by a pitch, pushing another run across the plate. Thomas Neal lined a single to left, plating Bell and Zoilo Almonte singled in Wilson and Joseph, putting Scranton ahead 5-0. Johnson and Bell drew walks to start the third, with the former scoring on a single by Addison Maruszak. The RailRiders added a run in the seventh and the ninth, with Mustelier playing a role in both as he was swinging a particularly hot bat en route to the Scranton 8-0 victory.

Mustelier ended the day 3-5 with two runs scored and a RBI. Almonte went 3-4 with a pair of RBIs and a walk.…

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The Farm Report: 5/26/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Durham 7-3:
With two outs in the bottom of the first Zoilo Almonte and Ronnier Mustelier hit back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corners. A single by Dan Johnson brought Almonte home for the 1-0 lead. That score held through three innings and the RailRiders put together a nice rally in the fourth. Josh Bell drew a lead off walk and Addison Maruszak grounded a single to right. Bobby Wilson drew a walk, loading the bases and Corban Joseph reached on an error by the Durham pitcher. Bell, Maruszak and Wilson all scored as Chris Archer also made a throwing error, landing Joseph on third. The Bulls got two runs back in the top of the fifth. Craig Albernaz singled and stole second. A single by Rich Thompson scored Durham’s first run of the day. He then stole second and scored on a single by Vince Belnome, making the score 4-2. Mustelier started the seventh with a single and scored on a sac fly by Maruszak.…

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The Farm Report: 5/25/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Durham 9-4:
The Bulls broke through in the top of the third, as Juan Apodaca singled to short and scored on a double by Brandon Guyer. A double by Wil Myers plated another run and Durham had a 2-0 lead. Shelley Duncan started the fourth with a walk. Mike Fontenot lined a single to center and Duncan scored on a Tim Beckham single. Apodaca was hit by a pitch and Jason Bourgeois drew a walk, bringing another run home. The Bulls scored two more runs on a pair of ground outs, taking a 6-0 lead. The RailRiders finally scored in the bottom of the fifth. Melky Mesa started with a single and Bobby Wilson reached on an error. A single by Corban Joseph plated Mesa. Brennan Boesch grounded into a force out, bringing home another run, but the RailRiders still trailed 6-2. Durham added three more runs, giving Scranton a tough hill to climb as they entered the ninth inning.…

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The Farm Report: 5/22/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had a day off.

Trenton lost to Richmond 5-4:
The Thunder drew first blood, when Kyle Roller started the second with a single to center and Neil Medchill doubled him in. The lead was short-lived, however, as Richmond took advantage of some sloppy pitching in the bottom of the inning. Ryan Lollis led off with a walk and Andrew Susac drew a free pass as well. A wild pitch moved the runners over and another loaded the bases with two outs. Brett Krill laced a double to right, scoring Lollis and Susac for the 2-1 advantage. A two-run triple by Adam Duvall in the fourth doubled the Flying Spiders’ score. Back-to-back doubles by Susac and Krill gave Richmond one more run, putting the Thunder down 5-1. With time running out, Trenton rallied in the top of the eighth. A single by Walter Ibarra gave the Thunder their first runner of the inning. A single by JR Murphy put two runners on and Roller drove a homer over the wall in left, bringing the Thunder within one run of the Flying Spiders.…

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The Farm Report: 5/20/13

My apologies for the lack of posts this past week and a half, but I came down with some horrendous cold/fever/upper respiratory thing that has been going around up here. It was beyond miserable, but I appear to be on the mend finally – a day I was starting to think might never come. Anyway, it was an exciting day on the farm, as the Yankees’ affiliates split the day. Much like the big club, Scranton saw some extra baseball, though they came up short. Trenton put together a nice comeback win over Richmond, while Tampa won the rare low-scoring game.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Columbus 6-5 (10 innings):
The RailRiders scored first, putting together a big third inning. Brennan Boesch drew a walk with two outs. Zoilo Almonte singled and Dan Johnson drew a walk, loading the bases. A single by Josh Bell plated Boesch and Thomas Neal lined a double to left, clearing the bases and giving Scranton a 4-0 lead.…

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