Minor Night Cap: Afternoon game at Staten Island
This afternoon I had the opportunity to sit in the press box at a Staten Island Yankee game. Richmond County Bank Ballpark (say that three times fast) is very easy to get to and from my trip from north Jersey it was about thirty-five minutes. This was my first trip to the ballpark and it will definitely not be my last. If you haven’t been here it’s a must see the view’s are amazing (when not blocked by tanker ships going by) but seriously you are staring at Manhattan and the rise of the freedom towers. You are also looking directly at the statue of liberty from your seats as well. Tickets to a game range from $10 to $25, which is definitely reasonable.
On to my game notes I hope you can take away some tidbits from what I watched….
Gabriel Encinas (6th round pick of the 2010 draft) is 6’3” 195 from California. Encinas went 3-0 last year in his work with the Gulf Coast League. In his first outing this year he went 1.2IP giving up 1H, 2R, 1ER and striking out 2.
1st inning of work. Encinas works quick with no runners on. 3 up 3 down with 1K.
Bottom of the first: Danny Oh (LF) – With a rocket shot in a full count that the third baseman robbed him with an excellent catch.
Jose Rosario (SS) keeps his hands back well and laced a shot into right field.
Cayones (RF) hits a shot where the short stop tried to turn the double play without watching the ball and it went to the outfield. Rosario with heads up base running moved to third.
First pitch to Butler (1B) is a wild pitch and Rosario scores easily. Butler lined a nice hit to CF Cayones moved to third.
Ravel Santana (CF) who was out of the lineup for three games was 0-11 with 8K’s they gave him 3 days off to work on his swing. He is coming back from a broken ankle and torn ligaments suffered last season. Works a walk to the load the bases.
Matt Snyder (DH) worked a four-pitch walk that brings a run in. Staten Island up 2-0
Wes Wilson (C) – Hits a bases clearing triple. Note: Santana running from second almost passed Butler who was on third. Santana’s speed is something to see. Staten Island up 5-0
Matt Duran (3B) – Fly’s out to first.
Jamiel Orozco (2B) – grounded out to second.
2nd inning of work. Encinas struck out the first guy mixed his pitches well. Hit the second batter, which was called by the second base ump. I have never seen that before. Line shot hit to third and Duran made a nice diving play showing great range and to get up quickly and gun the guy at 1st on a one hopper. Pop up to end the inning. 2 innings of work 0R, OH
Bottom of 2nd
Danny Oh leads off with a shot down the line. The left field looks to have trouble reading the ball as it went by him.
Jose Rosario with a line drive to the outfield with the infield in scoring Oh. 6-0 Staten Island. Rosario steals 2nd didn’t get a great jump but just beat the throw. Rosario tries to steal third and was gunned out by a mile. Stupid play making the 1st out on third. Hopefully he doesn’t make that mistake ever again.
Exicardo Cayones walks.
Saxon Butler hits a double, which was a shot over the centerfielders head. (I am up in the press box but you can tell Butler is a big guy) (Looked it up he is 6’2” 239). Cayones scores. 7-0 Yankees.
Ravel Santana – Nice shot between SS and 3B. Butler moves to third. Santana now has his 1st hit of the season. That hit knocks out the pitcher.
Matt Snyder – Pop out to LF.
Wes Wilson – Hit a rope to 1B (3 outs)
Top of 3rd Encinas is still in the game – The announcing crew told me before the game he would probably only work 3 or 4 innings today depending on pitching count as he is still getting stretched out. 1st batter with a weak grounder to third 1 Out. 2nd Batter gets a hit right back through the pitcher. Even with a runner on 1st Encinas works quickly always waiting for the batter to get set. 3rd batter Pop up to shallow outfield caught by second baseman Orozco. 2 Outs. Twice in this inning he is bouncing his breaking ball in the dirt in front of the plate. 4th Batter with a shot up the middle scoring the 1st run for Hudson Valley. 7-1. SI Yanks. Encinas definitely needs to work on his breaking ball (fourth one bouncing in the dirt this inning). Hit the batter. Runners on 1st and 2nd. (Another pitch in the dirt the catcher Wilson is probably not happy). Pop out to Rosario end of inning. 1R on 2H. Staten Island 7-1
Bottom of 3rd
Duran – Swing and a miss 1 Out.
Orozco – Foul tip into the glove of the catcher. 2 Outs.
Oh – ground out to short.
Top of 4th – Encinas out for the top of the 4th. Between innings the bullpen was getting some work so not sure if he is going to pitch this whole inning. Ground out to SS Rosario. That is all for Encinas. He had a nice fastball but his breaking ball needs some work. Now pitching Dietrich Enns he is a Lefty 6’1” 195. He has pitched in 3.1IP this year only giving up 1H with 0ER.
1st batter he faces gets on with an error booted ball by the SS.
2nd batter long fly ball out to RF.
3rd batter – Struck out the batter with an 88mph pitch. Staten Island up 7-1
Bottom of the 4th –
Rosario – is now 3 for 3 with an infield single.
Cayones – works his second walk. Runners on 1st and 2nd.
Butler – Hits a shot to the warning track that the left fielder miss played. No error was given. Butler on 2nd Cayones on 3rd and Rosario scored. 8-1 Staten Island leads.
Santana – Ravel got hit and went down like he got shot. Turned and got hit in the back of the shoulder. Luckily he got up he wanted to stay in the game but the trainer thought other wise.
Snyder – hits into a 3-6-1 double play. 2 Outs run scores and runner at 3rd. 9-1 Staten Island.
Wilson – fooled by an off speed pitch. Strikeout.
Headed home to beat the traffic on the Island. Great game and will defiantly be back here again.