Tuesday, May 14, 2013

"Number Two" Gets Number One

Some prospects we remember; most we forget.  Melvin and I remember Corban Joseph because of the endless heckling he took at the April 8, 2011 game between the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and his visiting Trenton Thunder.

"Number Two! Number Twooo! Num-ber Twoo-oo!," brayed the ass in the suite above us at frigid Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, in Manchester.  "Nice cut!  Looking real good there, Number Two."  From the time he entered the on-deck circle until the end of each at-bat, Joseph withstood non-stop verbal abuse.

Last night, now wearing Number 61, Joseph got his first major league hit in the second game of a Yankees-Indians double-header, which the teams split.  His lead-off, line drive double in the seventh was the start of a six-run inning.  Catcher Austin Romine knocked Joseph home two batters later with a double of his own (below).  The Yankees won the second game, 7-0.

Playing second base in both games, Joseph was a combined one-for-six with a walk.  Prior to his call-up, he was batting .270/.355/.434 in 122 at-bats with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders.

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