The Farm Report: 9/5/12 – Playoffs! (mostly)

Unfortunately, the Red Sox got their insurance in the bottom of the eighth. Kelvin Perez replaced Whitley on the mound and gave up a lead-off single to Dan Butler. Bryce Brentz hit a homer to center and the PawSox held a 7-4 advantage. Ramiro Pena tried to get a rally going in the ninth, when he singled with one out. Darnell McDonald doubled, putting runners on second and third with the top of the order coming up. Kevin Russo struck out at a ball that almost landed in the dirt and Joseph went down looking to end the game with a 7-4 Yankee defeat.

Bronx Cheers:
Ronnier Mustelier:
 Went 0-4 and hit into a double play.

John Maine: Gave up five runs on seven hits, two homers and two walks over just 4.2 innings of work. He struck out six.

Kelvin Perez: Gave up two runs on two hits in one inning.

Curtain Calls:
Corban Joseph: He went 2-4 with a run scored, a walk and a double.…

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Russell Martin And Derek Jeter Power Yankees To A 6-4 Win, Retake The East

Tonight could have been devastating. The Yankees could have potentially lost their AL East lead, and further, been swept by the Rays. Alas, the Yankees won and the Orioles lost, a great night compared to what we’ve been accustomed to lately.

Something had to go right to create a win tonight, and Hiroki Kuroda...

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Game 136: Why Does it Have to be Matt Moore?

Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees Blog posted a quick blurb on the Yankees offense over the past week. For the weak of heart, suffice it to say that only two players, Chris Dickerson and Jayson Nix, posted an .800+ OPS, and two more were at .700+ (Robinson Cano and Russell Martin). Sure...

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Minor League Playoff Preview: Trenton Thunder

Pitching:
The loss of major prospects like Dellin Betances and Manuel Banuelos made pitching a question mark for the Thunder, heading into the season. Of course, Betances was eventually demoted, but he was still largely battling the same control issue he had with Empire State. Despite this, the Thunder put together some nice pitching performances in 2012. Their team 3.74 ERA was fourth lowest and they managed 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings and allowed just 95 homers.

Brett Marshall was the standout pitcher for Trenton this season, going 13-7 with a 3.52 ERA. He struck out 120 batters while walking just 53 and keeping opposing hitters to a .255 average. Unfortunately, the Thunder will need him to shake off an ugly August, where he went 2-3 with a 6.03 ERA and got smacked around for a .291 average. Shaeffer Hall was another solid arm for Trenton, going 910 with a 3.67 ERA, 100 Ks and just 41 walks. On a couple occasions he flirted with the rare minor league complete game.…

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Minor League Playoff Preview: Empire State Yankees v. Pawtucket Red Sox

Pitching:
Pitching was supposed to be the big story of the Empire State season – and it was – but not for the reasons we all expected. As the season went along, the only remaining member of the original rotation was Adam Warren, who is now in the Bronx. Still, the Yankees had a 3.86 ERA as a team, the sixth lowest in the International League and was in the top half of the league in most pitching categories. They combined that with one of the stronger defenses in the IL. The Yankees led the league in fielding percentage at .983, though Pawtucket owned an equally impressive .982 fielding percentage. Yankee catchers caught 31% of stolen base attempts, but allowed a league leading 22 passed balls.

While the Yankees did not have the starting rotation we expected, they had plenty of strong arms filling in. Ramon Ortiz has been a dependable arm for the Yankees, going 13-6 with a 3.45 ERA, 4.10 FIP and .281 BABIP over 27 games.…

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