Yankees Minor League Notebook for April 13th

Watch out. Eric Duncan is heating up; Trenton and Columbus yet again washed out by torrential rains; Clippard strong in hard luck loss; Jayson Drobiak goes back to 2003 form with a big night at the plate; Travis Lee excellent in rehab performance with Tampa; Skaggs solid in 5+ innings of work; Guillen remains hot at the plate; Gabe Lopez is on fire out of the leadoff spot. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. Yes, that's right, the Columbus Clippers have been rained out yet again. For the second day in a row, they have been kept out of action due to torrential rains. This is actually their third off day in a row considering they also had Easter Sunday off as well. Alex Graman will most likely get the ball in whenever the next game is played and the rain moves out. Monday's game will be made up on Saturday, August 7th as part of a doubleheader at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday's game will be made up as a part of another doubleheader on August 8th at 12:05. The Clippers are now sitting in last place in the International League Western Division. Their overall record thus far is 1-3 and they sit two games back of first place Indianapolis.


Trenton Thunder. For the third consecutive day, on a scheduled doubleheader of all days, the Trenton Thunder were kept out of action on a drenched ball field. The Thunder have been rained out for three days straight now and continue their long wait to return to the field. The game that was postponed on Tuesday will be made up on April 14th at 5:05 p.m. as part of a doubleheader. Already, the Thunder have a lot of make up games to deal with very early in the season. Chien-ming Wang is still awaiting his first start of the season which barring weather conditions, should come tomorrow against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees defeated the Lakeland Tigers by a final score of 9-5 on Tuesday night. Gabe Lopez had a big night at the plate as he continues to have a very solid start to his season. Lopez picked up 2 hits, one of which was a double, while scoring a run in 5 at bats. Bronson Sardinha also had a nice night at the plate, picking up a triple and two walks, while scoring two runs as well. Sardinha boasts an impressive .389 batting average for the season. The formerly slumping Jayson Drobiak had a big night in the Tampa victory. Drobiak picked up two hits, one of which was a HR, a run scored and 3 RBI on the night. The Tampa Yanks also got a visit from rehabbing Travis Lee who got the start at 1b. Lee roped two hits in this game as well while also picking up two RBI. Deivi Mendez also knocked in two runs on Tuesday with a big double for Tampa. The red hot Rudy Guillen upheld his hot streak with an RBI single in this one. Guillen is batting .429! Jon Skaggs had an impressive outing to make up for his not so great outing in his first appearance of the season. Skaggs went 5 2/3, surrendering 2 earned runs on 8 hits while striking out two and walking two. Skaggs picked up the win and evened up his record at 1-1.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees reverted back to their woes they suffered in the first three games of the season on Tuesday night as they took the 9-3 loss to Fort Wayne. Tyler Clippard was on the hill for Battle Creek and did not end up receiving the fate he deserved in this one. Clippard went 5 2/3 strong innings, surrendering 5 runs of which only two were earned. He gave up 4 hits while walking two and fanning four. The BC Yanks could not have asked for much more out of their young fifth starter who spent all of last year primarily as a reliever in the GCL. The Battle Creek defense was not up to par playing behind Clippard as they allowed 3 unearned runs to cross the plate. The offense once again fell very silent for BC as they only compiled 6 hits and only 3 runs. The achilles heel for the club has been their offense and it has continued throughout the beginning of this season. However, Hector Made was able to pick up a two hit game for Battle Creek as he remains one of their most consistent hitters. Picking up a fencepost was Omir "Pito" Santos. "Pito" also added an RBI in this one. Melky Cabrera also has been fairly consistent, picking up a double and a run scored on Tuesday. Eric Duncan had a single and a run scored as his potentially lethal bat is started to heat up. The only other hit belonged to Willie Vazquez who had a single. The teams hottest hitter, John Urick had the night off in this game as Luis Robles played 1b. Out of the bullpen, Chris Kemlo was smacked around for four runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings of work. The hard luck loser for Battle Creek was Tyler Clippard.

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