Daily Archives: July 4, 2012

Minor Nigh Cap: Good outings by O’Brien & Mitchell

SWB W 8-5

2B – Corban Joseph – 2H (Double), 1RBI, 1K, .266

LF – Ronnier Mustelier – 1R, 2H, 1K, .301

1B – Russell Branyan – 2R, 2H (Solo- Homer), 1RBI, 1BB, 1K, .304

3B – Brandon Laird – 2R, 2H (3-Run Homer), 3RBI, .231


Nelson Figueroa (W, 6-2) 6.0IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 1K, 1HR, 4.10era

Trenton L 3-2

3B – Addison Maruszak – 2R, 3H (Double, Solo Homer), 1RBI, .294

1B – Luke Murton – 1H, 1RBI, 1BB, .262


Mikey O’Brien (ND) – 6.0IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 4K, 1HR, 3.88era

Tampa L 5-4

CF – Mason Williams – 1H, 1K, .200

LF – Ramon Flores – 2H (Double), 1RBI, 2K, .297

DH – Slade Heathcott – 1R, 1H (Double), 2BB, .275

C – Gary Sanchez – 1R, 1H, 2K, .222

1B – Kyle Roller – 1R, 1H (2-Run Homer), 2RBI, 2K, .247


Matt Tracy (ND) – 5.0IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 4BB, 1K, 2.63era

Charleston W 3-2

2B – Ali Castillo – 2H (Double), 2RBI, .355

SS – Cito Culver – 2H, 1K, .212

DH – Francisco Arcia – 1R, 1H, 1BB, 1K, .305


Bryan Mitchell (W, 6-6) – 5.0IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR, 4.44era

Staten Island L 5-3 F/12

DH – Saxon Butler – 1R, 1H (Triple), 1RBI, 1BB, 2K, .357

RF – Danny Oh – 1R, 2H (Double), 1BB, 1K, .188

2B – Fu-Lin Kuo – 3K, .333

Gulf Coast W 8-3

C – Peter O’Brien – 2H (Double), .571

CF – Kelvin Duran – 3R, 3H (Double), 1RBI, .216

2B – Jerizon Lopez – 2H, 2RBI, .411

Game 81 Lineup: Yankees @ Rays

Lineup vs. Rays:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix 3B

David Phelps RHP

Pregame Notes:

— Today marks the halfway point of the season! Only 81 games to go before postseason baseball!


This just in….

Why Rafael Soriano should be on the All-Star Game roster

When the 2012 All-Star game roster was released on Sunday, I scanned it to see which Yankees had made the roster. Of course there was the face of the Yankees, Derek Jeter who mad the roster 13 times in his career. Curtis Granderson after hitting 23 HR’s made the roster for the 2nd year in a row (he also seems to be a good candidate for the Home Run Derby). Robinson Cano who had made it to the All-Star Game 3 previous times in his career and who is the AL Home Run Derby captain made it for the fourth time in his career. CC Sabathia made the roster although he can’t pitch due to being on the DL. But after I had scanned the roster, I noticed that Rafael Soriano hadn’t made the roster, something that I felt like was a shocker since he has pitched so well this year.

Soriano started the year as the 7th inning man for the Yankees but all that had changed when Mariano Rivera went down for the year. Soriano moved into the closer role and had excelled there, saving 18 games in 19 save opportunities. Soriano in 30.1 innings has only given up 6 runs which equals a 1.78 ERA. So if Soriano has great numbers, then why didn’t he make the roster? It can’t be the reason that the Yankees can only have a certain number of players on the team since the Texas Rangers have 7 players (8 if Yu Darvish wins the Final Vote) heading to Kansas City.

This is supposed to be a game of the best of the best, and Rafael Soriano not being on the roster for a game of the best of the best is a gigantic snub. What more does Soriano have to do? Never give up runs again? It’s not going to happen since pitchers do make mistakes every once in a while. If Soriano doesn’t make it to the All-Star roster by the time the final game ends on Sunday before the break, then this will prove that Soriano is one of the most underrated closers in baseball; and he won’t even be recognized by Major League Baseball.

Morning Bits: Martin bad, Rob Thomson takes blame, Chamberlin taking baby steps

Good morning all and a Happy 4th of July!!!!  Another tough loss last night as so many little things could have changed that outcome of the game.  Martin had a poor game and is having a horrible year.   Today’s game is a 3:10 start. On the mound for the Rays is David Price and for the Yankees it will be David Phelps.

Enjoy the day.   Now let’s get to the links….

Wallace Matthews of ESPN NY has the details of how poorly Russell Martin has been this year.

Matthews has another article where third base coach Rob Thomson wants to take the blame for last night.

Adam Berry of MLB.COM has the recap of last nights game.

David Waldstein of The New York Times writes Led by Martin, Yankees make another mess.

Mark Feinsand of The Daily News has the scoop of the progress of Joba Chamberlin.

Josh Horton has the recap of last nights 6-5 loss for Scranton Yankees.

Martin’s 2 errors costs Yanks as they fall to Rays 7-4

Yesterday it was Mark Teixeira’s error that cost the game. Tonight it was Russell Martin and his 2 errors that cost the Yankees the game as they fell to the Rays 7-4.

Ivan Nova started the game for the Yankees, but he wasn’t at his sharpest giving up 6 runs (3 were earned) in 6 innings plus. 3 of the runs should not have scored but Russell Martin botched a throw home by Dewayne Wise in the 3rd which helped the Rays tie the game. Later in the 7th inning, Martin threw a ball into center field which allowed another run to score. Not only has Martin been dismal at the plate but his defense was off tonight as well.

Chad Qualls allowed a run of his own to score in the 7th inning which led to the Yankees falling behind to the Rays. The Yankees originally had given Nova a 3 run lead after the first two innings on Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano RBI doubles and a Dewayne Wise HR. The 4th run scored on an Eric Chavez double.

Tomorrow the Yankees play an afternoon game at 3:10pm where it’s the battle of the David’s. David Price will go for the Tampa Bay Rays and David Phelps will go for the Yankees in hopes to prevent the Rays from sweeping the Yankees.