Yankees Minor League Notebook for August 5th

"Firestick" Seguignol clubs his 6th HR in 11 games for Columbus; OF Mitch Jones finally gets a hit for Trenton; Ramon Ramirez gets yet another loss for Tampa; Someone better cool off Battle Creek's Ray Clark; Staten Island continues to get it done on the mound; and Eric Duncan keeps getting it done for the GCL Yankees. All this and more in Tuesday's editon of the Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers: Who do you think led the Clippers to a victory Monday? 1B Fernando Seguignol snapped out of his mini 0-8 slump, driving in three in Columbus' 5-4 win over Indianapolis Monday. "Firestick" Seguignol hit his league leading 22nd HR in the game, his 6th HR in his last 11 games!!!! What's more impressive? 6 home runs in 11 games, or scoring 15 runs in 11 games? OF Juan Rivera went 0-3 Monday, ending his 12-game hitting streak (Rivera's streak started after going 0-4 in a 5-4 loss to Indianapolis on July 22nd). But what a streak for Rivera! Rivera hit .432 (19-44) during his streak with 12 runs scored and 11 RBI. 3B Drew Henson returned from a two-day absence and went 1-4 with an RBI double Monday. While Rivera and Seguignol have got all the press for the Clippers lately, Henson has strung together a 7-game hitting streak with 10 RBI during that span. He has a team-high 30 doubles this season. RP Sam Marsonek pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 10th save of the season. Marsonek has allowed just two hits in his last four innings.

Trenton Thunder: CF Kevin Reese had a 2-RBI double in Trenton's 3-2 win over the Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox) Monday. Reese (6 for his last 14) also stole a base in his third straight game, giving him 22 on the year. RHP Chien-Ming Wang (7-4), who had allowed seven runs on thirteen hits in 4 2/3 innings to the Sea Dogs last Wednesday, allowed just two earned runs on four hits and one walk through eight innings Monday. RF Mitch Jones snapped his five-game hitless streak with a 2-3 night. Jones, who leads the team in HRs and RBIs, entered Monday's game hitting just .042 (1-24) in his last 7 games. 3B Brian Myrow went 1-4 with a double Monday, his team-leading 26th double this season.

Tampa Yankees: The Tampa Yankees did not have the same luck against their Red Sox counterpart as Trenton did Monday. SP Ramon Ramirez (2-8) was touched for 5 runs (four earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks in just 4 2/3 innings. Making just his 14th start of the season, Ramirez (14 earned runs in his last 13 1/3 innings) lost for the 8th time this year. It was the third straight game in which he could not get past the 6th inning. 3B Elvis Corporan, who had entered Monday's game hitting safely in 11 of his last 12 games, went 0-3 with an RBI Monday. CF Tommy Winrow, who had his 9-game hit streak ended on Saturday, went 2-5 with two runs scored and stole his 7th base. LF Jason Grove went 1-5 Monday with a run scored and had his 4-game RBI streak snapped. DH Shelley Duncan went 3-4 with 2 RBI against Sarasota. Duncan has hit safely in five of his last six games.

Battle Creek Yankees: Is there a hotter pitcher in the entire Yankees system than SP Ray Clark? After being named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week earlier, Clark (5-5, 3.45 ERA) shut out South Bend in the first game of a double header Monday, scattering two hits in seven innings. He now owns a 23 2/3-inning scoreless streak in which he has allowed just 10 hits and 5 walks during that stretch. RF Bronson Sardinha went 2-3 and drove home the only run of the game with an RBI single in the fourth inning. Battle Creek could not complete the sweep as South Bend pitchers were able to shut down Battle Creek's "Murder's Row" (Jayson Drobiak, Bronson Sardinha, Matt Carson, and Rudy Guillen) to the tune of a combined 0-11 in game two. Sardinha had his 14-game hit streak snapped in the nightcap with an 0-3 game. Sardinha hit .365 (19-52) during the streak with 10 runs scored and 7 RBI. 3B Jayson Drobiak, who had 7 RBI in his last 4 games, went hitless in the doubleheader with an 0-4 day. CF Rudy Guillen, who had 11 RBI in his last 5 games entering Monday's doubleheader, went 0-4 with two walks.

Staten Island Yankees: Starting pitching remains the strength of Staten Island. SP Brandon Harmsen could not get any run support as the Yanks fell to Williamsport 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader Monday. Harmsen threw seven shutout innings, scattering four hits and two walks and lowering his ERA to 2.39 on the year. It was Harmsens' fourth straight "quality start" (he has allowed just 8 earned run in his 26 innings pitched – 26 IP, 19 H, 8 ER, 9 BB, 17 SO). In Game Two, SP Matthew Desalvo threw a 3-hit gem, allowing just one unearned run through seven innings. His stat line from his last three starts: 16 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 20 SO!!!! 3B Hector Zamora went 1-2 in both games of the doubleheader, extending his hitting streak to six games, and has 6 RBI in his last 6 games. CF Melky Cabrera went 1-4 in game one and 2-3 in game two. Cabrera has now hit safely in five of his last six games.

GCL Yankees: 3B Eric Duncan went 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, including his second HR of the season, in the Gulf Coast Yankees 5-2 win over the Tigers. Duncan has been on an RBI binge as of late, with 7 RBI in his last 5 games…hitting .476 during that stretch to raise his average to .280 for the year. LF Edwin Cabrera (1-3) clubbed his team-leading 4th HR Monday while 2B Rafael Rodriguez (1-3) hit his team leading 10th double. Rodriguez has cooled off as of late, hitting just .100 (2-20) in his last five games. SP Tyler Clippard looked sharp in just his third start of the season. Clippard allowed just 2 runs on 4 hits in 5 innings, striking out 9 batters. He has struck out 16 batters in his last 11 innings pitched.

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