Yankees Minor League Notebook for April 12th

Eric Duncan breaks out as he carries Battle Creek to victory; Heavy rains wash out Columbus, Trenton and Tampa; Battle Creek offense finally breaks out; Gomez gets tagged for four runs in 4 2/3; Battle creek lineup heating up; Kartler opening eyes at his newly found DH role; John Urick remains red hot in Battle Creek victory. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. After returning to action after an off day for Easter Sunday the Columbus Clippers were washed out due to rain. It is yet to be determined whether Alex Graman will get the start or if the pitchers will take their regular turns in the rotation. Darren Bragg will attempt to keep his hot bat warm after two days off and Mike Vento looks to pull out of his hideous slump to start off the year.


Trenton Thunder. For the second night in a row, the Trenton Thunder were rained out as more rain made its way into the region. Chien-ming Wang will have to wait yet another day to make his first start of the season. The Thunder will play a doubleheader tomorrow (2 seven inning games). The starting pitchers are yet to be determined for either team. Mitch Jones looks to stay on his home run tear while Dioner Navarro continues to do what he does best; be consistent at the plate.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees were also rained out as a weather system is drenching a large portion of the nation. Tampa seemed to be clicking on all cylinders after their 3-1 victory over Lakeland on Sunday and they will try to keep that up for as long as they can. Timely hitting and superb pitching have been the keys for Tampa. Jeremy King was excellent in his start on Saturday and they will hope to get the same from the rest of their staff on a consistent basis.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees were the only team in action on this night as all the other Yankee affiliates were postponed due to heavy rain. Monday night was the much awaited debut of hard throwing 19 year old lefthander Abel Gomez. Gomez was decent at best in his first start of the season. He made a big jump this season from the Gulf Coast Rookie League straight up to Battle Creek, never playing in Staten  Island. Gomez went 4 2/3 innings, surrendering 4 runs on 4 hits. Gomez also walked 3 and struck out 5. All four of the runs off him were scored off him in the fourth inning. It was not an excellent performance by any means but it was not a terrible start for the young Gomez to start the season. The night had finally come for the ultra talented Eric Duncan to break out of his beginning of the season slump. Duncan broke out in a huge way with 2 hits and 3 RBI in this one to lead Battle Creek over Fort Wayne by the score of 8-6. The big blow came off the bat of Duncan who smacked a two run double in the fifth inning. Hector Made had only one hit on the night but the one he had was a key one in the game. Made hit a two run double in the sixth inning to put Battle Creek up by two. Melky Cabrera also had a hit, a double, and had three runs scored. Also picking up doubles were Rafael Rodriguez, Tommy Rojas and John Urick. Urick also had a two run double and Rojas picked up an RBI as well. Bryce Kartler and Erold Andrus were the only two hitters that went hitless in this game. However, Kartler still picked up a pair of walks and continues to impress in his new DH role. As a whole, the Battle Creek lineup seemed to awaken on Monday and they hope it carries over into many games to follow. Brandon Harmsen picked up the win for Battle Creek. Erold Andrus continues to struggle at the plate as he has only one hit on the season. John Urick leads the team in batting average (.571), home runs (1), tied for first in RBI (3), total bases (8), and hits, (4).

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