My sincerest apologies for the lack of Farm Reports the past two nights. I told Tamar I would handle things for her and I have failed spectacularly. Tuesday night I was too hyped up and emotional from Mariano Rivera's last All-Star Game appearance to do anything other than write about him. I figured I'd wait until the morning to do the report. Then I woke up late and we had things scheduled to run in so many places already I thought it would be silly to post it after 12n.
Last night, I was just exhausted and delirious from the heat because that's what happens when you're in a bedroom that doesn't have an air conditioner. Fans can be okay but they're not an air conditioner. You're just having semi-cool and humid air blowing on you at all time.
Anyway, here we are on Thursday of All-Star week and with no major league games on the schedule until tomorrow, we look to the kids (and Alex Rodriguez) to rescue us from this malaise.
Did they do it? Let's find out.
Scranton was off because it's their All-Star break as well. Trenton lost 6-3 to Reading. Tampa was off. Charleston was off. Staten Island was off...
(Maybe I could have done this Farm Report with no issues, there isn't much to talk about)
The story of Tuesday night was A-Rod and his 0-3 performance (of course, because people see an 0-3 and they assume it was all bad) but according to the man himself, who called into Mike Francesa's radio show yesterday afternoon, he's feeling better and he feels like he can drive the ball farther now. Rodriguez says there's definite improvement even from last week. In fact, he picked up an RBI on a sac fly so he's getting the ball in the air which is a good sign.
Slade Heathcott was 2-5, Jose Gil 2-4 and Ramon Flores was also 2-4. On the pitching side of things, Mikey O'Brien picked up the loss in just one-third inning of work in which he gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits.
Last night was not a good night on the Farm. There was a whole lotta losin' goin' on.
Trenton lost 6-5 to Reading Trenton started things off well enough in the top of the first by scoring three runs. Yeral Sanchez and Andrew Clark knocked in those three runs - Sanchez on a single and Clark on a double. But Trenton allowed Reading to get right back into things and by the bottom of the third they were facing a 4-3 deficit.
In the top of the fourth, Trenton scored two to take a 5-4 lead. Again, Sanchez and Clark were involved. This time, Sanchez singled to start the inning and Clark followed him with a two-run home run to right.
Unfortunately, Reading scored two in the bottom of the fifth and that's all they'd need to win the game.
Sanche finished 3-4 and Clark finished 2-4. Sean Black picked up the loss. He pitched five innings, gave up all six runs, struck out four, walked two and gave up a home run.
Trenton is now 48-48 on the season.
Tampa drops one to Jupiter, 4-3 This was another game in which the Yankees' kids scored first but couldn't stop the other team from scoring more. They scored once in the first, once in the fifth and scored once in the ninth to tease everyone but ultimately fell short by a run.
The top four batters in the lineup - Mason Williams, Taylor Dugas, Peter O'Brien and Gary Sanchez - combined for 10 of Tampa's 11 hits on the night. Williams finished 3-5 with a run scored while O'Brien finished 3-5 with a home run and two RBI.
Scottie Allen picked up the loss after 6.1 innings of work. He three runs on seven hits, didn't walk a batter, struck out but he surrendered two home runs.
This loss puts Tampa 10 games under .500 at 40-50 on the season.
Charleston comes up short against Greenville, 4-3 In this one, Charleston actually didn't score first, Greenville did -- one run in the bottom of the first -- but the teams were tied at 3 by the time the bottom of the fourth rolled around. Sadly for Charleston, they yielded the winning run to Greenville and couldn't score again.
Dan Camerena picked up the loss for Charleston. He pitched five innings, gave up four runs on five hits, including two home runs and he struck out two.
Charleston is now 51-40 on the year.
Staten Island made a valiant effort but ultimately came up short against Batavia, losing 8-6 Staten Island scored first in the bottom of the first only to see the lead disappear after a three-run top of the second by Batavia.
And by the time the fifth rolled around, Batavia went up 5-1. It only got uglier from there and when I saw this tweet from the @SIYanks account at the start of the eighth inning, I thought, "Aw how adorable."
Well, they almost came back.
The SI Yanks rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth thanks to back-to-back singles by Eric Jagielo and Yeicok Calderon which put runners on first and second. They were followed by a Kale Sumner walk and then Bubba Jones single to score Jagielo. Batavia changed pitchers but it didn't help. John Murphy drove in Calderon on a single and Radley Haddad singled to plate Sumner and Jones.
In the bottom of the ninth, Calderon hit a solo shot to pull the Yankees within two runs but they couldn't score again and dropped the game to Batavia.
Cale Coshow took the loss. He pitched 2.2 innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits. He walked three and struck out two.
Each team finished with 13 hits. Staten Island is now 15-13 in 2013.