YMLN - Nieves Proves His Roster Spot
Nieves had a multi-hit game on Friday
Nieves had a multi-hit game on Friday

Posted Mar 30, 2007


TAMPA, FL - The Scranton Yankees had a Bronx flavor on Friday as a few big leaguers helped lead them to a 6-0 blanking of Toronto's Triple-A squad.

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  • Scranton's Batting Order: Justin Christian, Angel Chavez, Bronson Sardinha, Shelley Duncan, Eric Duncan, Shawn Garrett, Alberto Gonzalez, Kevin Howard, **Wil Nieves, **Robinson Cano.

  • On Friday Wil Nieves was announced as the back-up catcher to Jorge Posada for the Yankees in 2007. He showed the Yankees' his gratitude by going 3 for 3 with a walk. In the first inning he flared a single into right field, he did not run the bases as he was replaced by Melky Mesa. He gave Melky quite a workout in the field as he reached base safely in all four of his at-bats. He then drew a walk in the third inning and singled in his last two at-bats. Both were to right field and both added runs.

  • Mike Mussina was on his game in Friday's contest. Mussina is known to have pinpoint control and he put that on display. He threw 69 pitches in seven innings, 57 for strikes. In the first inning alone, he threw 10 pitches, all for strikes. He gave up four hits, issued no walks and had five strikeouts. The four hits were all singles and no batter reached any farther than second base. His control was so perfect that all five of his strikeouts were on called third strikes. He looks ready to head to New York and have an excellent season.

  • Robinson Cano showed off his smooth stroke and showed why he was third in batting average in the American League last season. He used the whole field and ended up going 3 for 5 with an RBI. He struck out swinging in the first inning and then singled on a sharp ground ball to right field in the second inning. He flew out to deep centerfield in the third inning. In his last two at-bats of the day, he stroked a single into left field and laced a double into the right field corner that drove in a run.

  • Eric Duncan hit the ball hard at the plate but only had one hit to show for it. In his first at-bat he flew out to deep right field. The ball was caught right in front of the fence. He laced a single through first and second base driving in Melky Mesa for the fourth run of the game. In the sixth inning he showed some opposite field power by flying out to deep left field. In his last at-bat, he was robbed of a single up the middle by a tremendous play by the second base.

  • Alberto Gonzalez joined the hit parade on Friday, collecting one of Scranton's 11 hits. He grounded into a fielder's choice in the second inning and grounded out to shortstop to end the fourth inning. He drove in Scranton's last run of the game on a long double that bounced off the wall in right field that scored Shelly Duncan. He flew out to right field to end his day.

  • Kevin Howard went 1 for 3 with a run scored. He led off the third inning with a double that was just inside the foul line in left field. He eventually scored on Justin Christian's sacrifice fly. In his last two at-bats, he grounded out to shortstop. He also showed a great arm at third base, as he threw out a runner from his knees.

  • Ben Kozlowski went 1 for 3 with a run scored. He led off the third inning with a double that was just inside the foul line in left field. He eventually scored on Justin Christian's sacrifice fly. In his last two at-bats he grounded out to shortstop. Kevin also showed a great arm at third base, as he threw out a runner from his knees.

  • Justin Christian went hitless in Scranton's win against Toronto on Friday afternoon. He walked to lead off the game and then scored a run on an Angel Chavez single. He drove in Scranton's third run of the game on a sacrifice fly to centerfield in the third inning. He ended the day by grounding out to third base and lining out to centerfield.

  • Angel Chavez's only hit came in the first inning when he hit a broken-bat bloop single into left field. He drove in Justin Christian from third base to score Scranton's first run of the game. He showed good plate discipline as he worked the count full after being behind in the count to manage a walk in the third inning. In his last at-bat he grounded out to shortstop.

  • Bronson Sardinha's bat was silenced on Friday but he did collect an RBI. He grounded out to second base in the first inning which scored Melky Mesa, who pinch ran for Wil Nieves, to add another run on the scoreboard for Scranton. He grounded out to first base in the third inning and struck out swinging in the sixth. In the seventh reached base on a fielding error by the first baseman.

  • Shelley Duncan's struggles at the plate this spring continued in Friday's game. He went 0 for 3 but did manage a walk in the sixth inning and scored a run on an Alberto Gonzalez double. He struck out looking in the seventh inning and was clearly frustrated with his day.

  • Shawn Garrett went 1 for 4 with a single. He lined out to left field in the second inning and then popped up to the shortstop in the fourth. He hit a line drive single into right field in the sixth inning and struck out swinging in the eighth to end his day.

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