YMLN - Ohlendorf Gives Scranton A Lift

Ohlendorf was a strike-throwing machine on Sunday

TAMPA, FL - It was a good day on both fields at the Yankees minor league complex as both Scranton and Trenton were victorious on Sunday. Triple-A Scranton edged the Devil Rays 3-2 on the strength of some good pitching from Ross Ohlendorf while the Trenton Thunder romped Tampa Bay 9-1 as Ramiro Pena put on a surprising power display.

(This notebook is the collective work of Toni Rosen, Mike Jones, and Andy Sullivan)

  • Scranton's Batting Order: Brett Gardner, Alberto Gonzalez, Eric Duncan, Shelley Duncan, Shawn Garrett, Kevin Howard, Justin Christian, Joe Burke, and Jeff Beachum.

  • Ross Ohlendorf had great control on Sunday afternoon. 30 of his 46 pitches went for strikes. He gave up three hits, one earned run and struck out two while walking none over his three innings of work. He gave up back to back hits, a long double down the third base line and a single to centerfield in the first inning, but seemed to settle down nicely, giving up a just sharp single to right field in his two other innings of work. He threw mainly fastballs and changeups and did not throw a breaking ball until the third inning.

  • Brett Gardner went 1 for 2 at the plate in the victory. After first trying to bunt for a base hit in the first inning, he grounded out to the pitcher but still hustled down the line and made the play closer than it should have been. In the third inning he hit a laser shot into the right-centerfield gap and used his speedy legs to make it a stand-up triple.

  • Alberto Gonzalez went hitless in two plate appearances, grounding out to shortstop in the first inning and grounding out to third base in the third inning.

  • Scott Patterson retired all six batters he faced and seemed to pitch to contact in his two innings of work. He threw 21 pitches, 16 for strikes and only five out of the strike zone. He did not give up a hit and had one strikeout. Five of his outs were on contact, three fly-outs and two groundouts. He ended his day with his only strikeout, getting the batter to look at a called third strike.

  • Justin Christian went 1 for 3 with an RBI on the day. He struck out swinging in the second inning on a ball in the dirt and tried to bunt for a base hit but Devil Rays' third baseman Evan Longoria charged the play beautifully to throw him out at first base. Justin ended his day with a bang as his only hit of the day was a little flare over the second baseman's into shallow centerfield but it led to Scranton's first run of the game. He then stole third base as part of a double steal with catcher JT LaFountain. He scored the tying run on a single by Brian Aragon in the seventh inning.

  • Brian Aragon replaced Brett Gardner in the sixth inning and definitely made the most out of his playing time. He went 2 for 2 with two RBIs. He led off the sixth inning with a single to right field but his biggest hit of the day was in the seventh inning. He drove in the tying and go-ahead runs on a single to centerfield.

  • Charlie Manning had a 1-2-3 inning to start off Sunday afternoon but seemed to lose a little control after an error was committed behind him. He pitched two innings giving up two hits, one unearned run, striking out two and hitting a batter. In his first inning of work, he struck out the first batter swinging and then got a fly-out and groundout to end the inning. In his second inning of work, he struck out the first batter swinging and got the next batter to hit a routine grounder to third base that Aarom Baldiris bobbled, which allowed the runner to reach base. Charlie then gave up a long double to left centerfield, which scored the runner from first base and hit a batter in the helmet. He gave up one more single in the inning but got the next batter on a grounder to shortstop to end his day.

  • Eric Duncan went 1 for 4 on Sunday afternoon. He flew out to right field in the first inning and his only hit of the day was sharp ground ball through first and second base. He struck out swinging in the sixth inning and flew out to right field to end his day in the eighth inning.

  • After reportedly hitting two home runs on Saturday, Shelly Duncan went hitless on Sunday. In his two plate appearances, he struck out swinging on a ball in the dirt and was thrown out on a fielder's choice grounder to third base.

  • Justin Pope had a strong outing and some great stuff. He was throwing hard and was very impressive. He had to work a little harder than he should have because of two errors in the ninth inning by Aarom Baldiris. He pitched two innings, throwing 28 pitches, 17 for strikes and 11 balls. He did not give up a hit, struck out three and walked one. He had a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth but the ninth was when the trouble started. He got the first batter to line out to second base and then induced a groundball to third base that Aarom Baldiris bobbled and allowed the runner to reach base. A passed ball by the catcher allowed the runner to advance to second base and another error by Baldiris allowed another runner to reach base. Pope then walked the next batter on four pitches to load the bases, but with a 3-2 Scranton lead, kept his composure and got the next batter to strike out looking.

  • Aarom Baldiris went 1 for 2 with a single but struggled in the field. He had single to left field in the seventh inning but was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Justin Christian's single. He ended his day by grounding out to third base. Aarom did have a rough day in the field though, committing three errors at third base.

  • Shawn Garrett had a multi-hit day at the plate, going 2 for 4 with two singles and scoring Scranton's first run of the game. In his first at-bat, he hit a sharp line drive to centerfield but was caught stealing second base in the second inning. He struck out looking in the fourth inning and singled up the middle in the seventh inning. He scored the first run of the game on a single by Justin Christian in the seventh. He grounded out to second base to end his day.

  • Trenton's Batting Order: Ramiro Pena, Russell Raley, Cody Ehlers, Chase Odenreider, Ben Jones, Hector Gonzalez, Joe Muich, Diyoio, and D.J. Hollingsworth.

  • Steven Jackson had a good outing on Sunday. He allowed a run in his first inning of work, but managed to settle down nicely to pitch two scoreless innings. Overall, he allowed four hits while striking out three batters in his three innings of work.

  • Ramiro Pena had a phenomenal day at the plate as he made a bid for the cycle, going 3 for 4 with a double, a triple, and a single. He showed good speed in his first-inning triple on a powerful drive to right-center. His double drove in two runs to put the Thunder ahead for good.

  • Third baseman Hector Gonzalez only had one at bat on the day, but it was enough to open a lot of eyes. Gonzalez legged out a leadoff triple in the third inning on a powerful shot to right field. His speed on the base paths was the impressive part as he reached third in lightning speed, beating the throw from the left fielder. He also had an impressive defensive play, bare handing an attempted bunt and gunning the runner out at first.

  • Jeff Marquez continued to look sharp this spring. While he wasn't throwing particularly hard on Sunday, topping out at 91 MPH, he had a solid effort with two scoreless innings of work. The right-hander was in control of Devil Ray hitters and got off to a good start with a 1-2-3 inning. He allowed just one hit and looked to be in complete control on the mound.

  • Ben Jones had an intimidating presence at the plate and followed through with a big blast in the bottom half of the fourth. he smashed a ball over the head of the left fielder, nearly hitting it out of the park, but the ball bounced over the fence for a ground rule double.

  • Cody Ehlers, the Trenton designated hitter on Sunday, had a tough start to the day with strikeouts in his first two plate appearances. He bounced back nicely in his last at-bat with a single in the fourth inning to drive in two runs.

  • Bryan Villalona had an impressive fastball on display. On-lookers were wowed with the strength and force behind it. Harboring that fastball was a challenging task at times for him however, with it rising out of the zone a bit too often. He allowed one run in his two innings of work with two strikeouts and a walk, but his arm action caught the attention of the Yankees' brass.

  • Second baseman Russell Raley peppered the ball throughout the field for Trenton, going 2 for 3 with an RBI. He continued the productive day with his glove, making a couple nice running plays and strong, accurate throws to first base. He showed ability to a get to the ball and make the play fluently.

  • Like Raley, Odenreider gets overlooked in the depth of the Yankees farm system, but continues to open eyes. He went 2 for 4 at the plate and picked up an RBI in the fourth on a broken-bat single.

  • R.J. Swindle came in for the last two innings of the game and couldn't have made it look any easier. The lefty got off to a shaky start in his fist inning of work, allowing two hits, but kept the batters off-balance and was able to easily dispatch them with his secondary pitches and great command.

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