Yankees Minor League Notebook for April 14th

Betts provides the only significant offense for silent Columbus lineup; Graman snubbed out of win as he pitches well yet again; Rudy Guillen is still red hot; Trenton rained out for fourth straight day; Shelly Duncan becoming an offensive force for Tampa; Hector Made is heating up; DeSalvo rocked in 3 2/3 innings; Andrus wins it with walkoff shot for BC; Vento still hitless in 2004. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. Offense was nearly non existent for the Columbus Clippers on this night as they only managed 3 hits and zero runs. The only hits belonged to 1b, Todd Betts and 2b Caonabo Cosme. Those two hitters both are batting over .400, Betts (.412), Cosme (.400). Overall hitting has not been the problem for Columbus as they have multiple hitters in their lineup batting over .300. But rather it is timely hitting as their have not been many RBI compiled as a team. On the other hand, two of Columbus' key players, Brian Myrow and Mike Vento are both in the clutches of horrific slumps. Vento has a big zero as his number of hits for the year as he continues to seem lost at the plate. Myrow started off well but has fallen off as of late. He is now batting a lowly .176. Pitching wise, Alex Graman was finally on the mound and he pitched excellent but still took the loss. Graman pitched 5 strong innings, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits. Graman also struck out a dominating 8 batters while walking three. Despite his efforts, Graman took the tough loss as he falls to 0-2.


Trenton Thunder. No, this is not a broken record. The Trenton Thunder have been rained out again. That's right, for the fourth day in a row Trenton was unable to play their doubleheader today due to soaked playing conditions. They will once again attempt to play tomorrow and the forecast thus far is calling for clear skies!


Tampa Yankees. Tonight was not a battle of pitching by any means between Tampa and Dunedin. Tampa starting pitcher, Matt DeSalvo was rocked in 3 2/3 innings pitched. He gave up three hits and 4 runs while walking 3 and striking out 4. The slack was picked up by the bullpen as Juan DeLeon picked up the win in this one for Tampa. DeLeon pitched 2 solid innings of relief while surrendering only 3 hits and no runs. Edwardo Sierra remains a dominant force out of the bullpen for Tampa as he picked up his third save of the year with no trouble at all in the 9th inning. On the offensive side there is much to be said of the Tampa hitters. Shelly Duncan shined the brightest on this night as he picked up three hits, including a double, a home run and 2 RBI. He ha an amazing .381 batting average on the year. Rudy Guillen refuses to cool off as he and Bronson Sardinha both picked up two hits apiece. Guillen leads the team with a .435 batting average with Sardinha at .409. Jon-Mark Sprowl remained a consistent force as he picked up another two hits on Wednesday while also scoring a run. Matt Carson broke out of his awful slump in a huge way by blasting a three run home run. Carson is still only batting .125. Rehabbing Travis Lee was on of only two hitters to go hitless in the game. The other is Jose Enrique Cruz who is still hitless on the young season.


Battle Creek Yankees. Battle Creek fought it out until the 11th inning in a nail biter with Fort Wayne on Wednesday night. The fight came to an end with Battle Creek coming out on top. Erold Andrus was the hero in this one as he blasted the game winning, walk off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning. It was Andrus's only hit of the game but it was a big one for BC. Andrus is still struggling overall with a season batting average of .100. Hopefully, this will start him on an offensive tear. Picking up two hit nights were Hector Made, who remains sizzling hot, and Melky Cabrera who has been picking up the pace the last two games. Melky had two doubles. Made also had an RBI in the game. The BC Yanks hottest hitter, John Urick also had a hit along with Bryce Kartler and Eric Duncan. Estee Harris was benched on this night as he has fallen silent at the plate thus far. Chase Wright had another excellent outing on the mound tonight as he has started off the season very strong. Wright went 5 2/3 strong innings, giving up one run on seven hits while striking out 4 and walking 2. He only received a no decision and his record remains 0-1. Brandon Harmsen pitched a superb 11th inning for BC and he picked up the win in this on as they went on to win it by the score of 3-2.

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