Musing after the four inning save

Pardon me if this makes little sense (and excuse the pity party), but I had one of those ten-and-a-half-hour-without-a-break-work-days.

To seal last night’s victory, Derek Lowe notched a four-inning save. The last time a Yankee pitcher did that was in 2009 when Alfredo Aceves did it against...

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The Farm Report: 8/13/12

Trenton lost to Reading 8-4:
The Thunder’s losing streak grew to six games, as Reading scored early and often. The Phillies got on the board with a sac fly from Miguel Abreu in the second. Jake Fox hit a two-run homer in the third, giving Reading a 3-0 lead and they added another run in the fourth. Trenton finally scored in the top of the fifth. Adonis Garcia singled and Jose Gil lined a double to left. A sac fly from Abraham Almonte brought Garcia home. David Adams doubled in Gil and Trenton had cut the Phillies’ lead in half. Reading got one run back in the bottom of the inning and Trenton tried to rally again in the sixth. Addison Maruszak singled and scored on a double by Garcia. Garcia moved to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch, making the score 5-4. Unfortunately, the Phillies plated three more runs and took an 8-4 win.

Garcia went 2-3 with two runs scored, a double, a RBI and a walk.…

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Swisher And Lowe Help The Yankees Win In Grand Style Over Rangers

Earlier today, all I saw were tweets from people saying how they expected tonight’s game to be a high scoring affair with Ryan Dempster starting for the Texas Rangers and David Phelps starting for the Yankees.

Well, they were half right.

The Rangers got the scoring started, picking up a run in the...

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Game 115: Enter Derek Lowe

With David Phelps having thrown a total of 23 pitches in the month of August, it seems unlikely that he will be able to go terribly deep into this evening’s contest. In fact, since throwing 103 pitches on July 14 (the last of a two-start demotion where he was kept loose on the heels of...

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Phelps latest opportunity may be his best

That’s not really through any fault of his own, however. In his three starts this season, Phelps has pitched to a 2.08 ERA with a strikeout to walk ratio of 16-7. The only thing he hasn’t been able to do is give the team length in his outing, failing to finish five complete innings in any of those three starts and logging a combined 13 innings between them, but that has in large part been a function of not having been sufficiently stretched out to throw a lot of pitches in any of them. In his last, and best, start, Phelps struck out eight Rays while allowing 2 hits and three walks, but hit his pitch limit in the fifth inning and wound up lasting just 4.1 official innings.

Of course, the opportunities for Phelps to start have been few and far between because he keeps getting bumped from the rotation by returning stars. His first two starts were an opportunity to show what he could do after Freddy Garcia‘s disastrous start to the season, but with Andy Pettitte on the verge of returning, Phelps didn’t really have a chance to win a rotation spot.…

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