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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The Farm Report 5/14/13

Just when I thought I was going to have to recap four losses by the Yankee affiliates, Charleston saved the day with a walk off against Savannah. Hooray!

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got shellacked by the Toledo Mud Hens 10-2
The poor RailRaiders arrived in Toledo at 6 a.m. yesterday morning after a long bus ride, not that it should be an excuse but it could be a reason as to why a team that’s 12-28 absolutely creamed 20-17 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Everything started off fine as Joba Chamberlain, who was making a rehab start, threw a scoreless first inning. Things fell apart once scheduled starter Caleb Cotham came in. He ended up giving up six runs in four innings.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got their two runs in the sixth after three straight two-out hits by Melky Mesa, Zoilo Almonte and Luke Murton.

The RailRiders were victimized by bases loaded walks and the long ball. This was their third loss in a row and fourth loss out of the last six games.…

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The Farm Report: 5/10/13 Yankees’ affiliates sweep the day

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 5-3:
The Braves took an early lead as Tyler Pastornicky started the game with a single to right and stole second. Alden Carrithers bunted for a single, putting runners on the corners for Joey Terdoslavich, who connected with a three run homer. The RailRiders had a chance to chip away at Gwinnett’s lead in the bottom of the inning. Corban Joseph singled, but Curtis Granderson hit into a double play. Zoilo Almonte, Ronnier Mustelier adn Dan Johnson all singled, but Almonte was thrown out at home, leaving Scranton trailing 3-0 . The RailRiders got a couple runners in the second and third innings, but didn’t get on the board until the fourth. Melky Mesa grounded a single to left and scored on a double by Addison Maruszak. Jeff Farnham drew a walk. Joseph laid down a bunt, that the Gwinnett catcher fielded and threw to third for the out. Granderson struck out, but a wild pitch moved the runners over.…

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Report: Betances to the pen

The first inkling that something was amiss came when Donnie Collins of the Times-Tribune in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre mentioned Dellin Betances‘s absence from the starter’s list in his piece this morning about the Triple A RailRiders:

Dellin Betances is not listed among the starters for the RailRiders during the upcoming four-game series with Gwinnet. He is on turn for Friday, and he was listed on the board for side work. My guess is that they’re holding him out in case the Yankees need the extra arm for Monday’s doubleheader in Cleveland.

After further investigation, Joel Sherman of the New York Post, prompted by Collins’s post, found out that Betances wasn’t on the list of starters because he is being moved to the bullpen.

Sherman also declared the Killer B’s dead. The killer B’s being Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances and Andrew Brackman. Banuelos is recovering from Tommy John surgery, Brackman hasn’t panned out and now Betances is the last man standing.…

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