The Farm Report: 7/15/12

Trenton beat New Britain 6-5:
Kevin Mahoney opened up the offense with a solo homer in the second.  The Rock Cats took the lead with a pair of runs in the third and that lead held through the sixth.  Luke Murton tied the game with a solo homer to start the seventh.  Mahoney singled to center and scored on a triple from JR Murphy.  Neil Medchill singled in Murphy and a RBI double by Addison Maruszak gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead.  New Britain turned around and scored three runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game, but Murphy homered in the ninth, giving the Thunder a 6-5 victory.

Medchill went 3-4 with a double and a RBI.  Murphy went 2-4 with two runs scored, a triple, a homer and a pair of RBIs.  Mahoney went 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer and a RBI.  David Adams picked up a pair of hits, continuing to swing a very hot bat.  …

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The Farm Report: Friday the 13th

Tampa beat St. Lucie 8-2:
St. Lucie scored first, on a RBI single from Cesar Puello in the top of the second.  Kyle Roller homered to tie the game.  The Mets got a run in the top of the fourth, but Tampa put together a nice rally.  Ramon Flores tripled and scored on a ground-rule double from Adonis Garcia.  Slade Heathcott reached on an error, allowing Garcia to score. Heathcott then scored when Gary Sanchez reached on an error.  Roller drew a walk and Zach Wilson singled, though Sanchez was thrown out at the plate.  The Yankees ended the inning with a 4-2 lead.  The Yankees rallied again in the sixth.  Sanchez drew a walk and Roller singled to right.  With two outs, Jose Mojica reached on an error, plating Sanchez.  Mason Williams drew a walk and Flores doubled in everyone for an 8-2 victory.

Flores went 3-4 with a run scored, a double, a triple, a stolen base and three RBIs (a homer shy of the cycle).  …

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The Farm Report: 7/12/12

Trenton beat New Britain 7-6:
Jose Pirela started the day with a single to right and Addison Maruszak doubled.  David Adams singled in Pirela.  JR Murpy hit a two out line drive to plate Maruszak, while Adams got tagged out at the plate.  New Britain tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning.  Adams got the next rally started, with a single in the third.  Zoilo Almonte and Luke Murton walked to load the bases.  An error allowed Kevin Mahoney to reach and Adams scored.  A sac fly from Murphy plated Almonte for a 4-2 lead.  Adams (do you see a trend here?) hit a RBI double in the fourth, but the Rock Cats added two runs, cutting the Thunder lead to 5-4.  Yadil Mujica singled to start the sixth and Maruszak drew a walk.  Adams singled in Mujica.  A ground out by Almonte plated Maruszak and Trenton was up 7-4.  New Britain got two runs in the eighth, but the Thunder held on for the 7-6 win.…

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Some Minor League Notes

I have mentioned the various changes going on with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate, most notably the renovations to PNC Field, their changes in ownership and a potential name change for 2013.  Most recently, however, they have announced a new leadership team, headed by Rob Crain as the President and General Manager.  He comes from the Pacific Coast League’s Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate for the Kansas City Royals.  Given what he did in Omaha (overseeing marketing, construction of a new field and the team’s re-branding) he seems particularly well-suited for whatever 2013 may bring for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Baseball America looked at some of the Yankees’ minor league standouts and frustrations over the break.  They praised Gary Sanchez and Tyler Austin, while noting just how disappointing Dellin Betances has been.  Newcomer Saxon Butler and veteran Jack Cust were also mentioned.

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