Yankees Minor League Notebook for April 18th

Clippers blast four homers in victory; Reese finally cooled off with the bat; Rudy Guillen is still red hot; Skaggs solid in 6 innings of work; Clippard fans 10, walks none in his 6 inning starting effort; Andrus knocks in four for Battle Creek; Eric Duncan is simply on fire with the bat; Urick is finally silenced; Edwardo Sierra continues his reign of dominance as a closer in the FSL as he picks up his 4th save of the year. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clipper offense came alive again on this night as their unpredictable lineup continues to surprise every night. The Clippers pounded out 13 hits in this one, as most of the lineup was able to contribute. The starting pitching on the other hand was not a strength in this game as it has been so far. Andy Beal was not on top of his game for Columbus as he was not able to last through the fifth inning. Beal surrendered 6 earned runs on 8 hits while striking out and walking one. After consecutive sub par starts, Beal now has an unimpressive 13.50 ERA. The bullpen picked up the slack for Columbus on this night as they pitched 5 shutout innings. Juan Padilla got the win. Sam Marsonek also picked up his second save of the season. Offense was the story of the night for Columbus in this game as they smacked 13 hits and scored 8 runs. The Clippers hit 4 home runs on the night also. They belonged to John Rodriguez, Sal Fasano, Todd Betts and Brian Myrow. Betts continues to be an offensive force early on this year as he picked up two hits in this one and three RBI. He now has a .294 season batting average. Also with two hit games were Brian Myrow and Mike Vento who both seem to be pulling out of their respective slumps. The hitting star of the game though was catcher, Sal Fasano who picked up three hits and two RBI.


Trenton Thunder. Despite the fact that there was not one Trenton Thunder hitter that had a multi hit game, they were still able to slip by New Hampshire for the 5-4 victory. Sean Henn was on the mound for Trenton and was able to turn in another solid performance. Even though he only went 4 2/3 inning which is not uncharacteristically short for the minors, Henn was still excellent. He allowed 3 runs, none of which were earned on 3 hits while walking 3 and fanning 7. Henn was only in line for the no decision in this one as his defense failed him in the early going. Reliever, Joe Orloski picked up his first win of the season and David Shepard picked up the save. There was really only one big blow in this game for the Trenton Thunder and it was enough to put them over the top in their victory. Mitch Jones hit another big bomb in this game and it was a three run shot. Jones went 1-4 in the game with 3 RBI. His 4 home runs leads all Yankee farm hands. Also picking up an RBI were the hot hitting Jackson Melian who went 1-4 with an RBI and Teuris Olivares. Melian is now second on the team with a stunning .364 batting average. The team's leading hitter, Kevin Reese (.367) finally cooled off in this game, going 0-4. The slumping Aaron Rifkin remained cold as he again went hitless in this game.


Tampa Yankees. All around it was a very good, well played game on the Tampa end. They had good pitching from Jon Skaggs and their bullpen as well. The offense was also impressive enough to lead the Tampa Yanks to victory. Bronson Sardinha picked up another hit on the night to keep his team leading .414 batting average. He also had an RBI. Rudy Guillen continued his season long hot streak, picking up two more hits in this one and he is now batting .395 for the year. Manuel Mejia got a start off the bench and made the most of it. The catcher got 3 hits, including a double, a run scored and an RBI. Also putting up fence posts were Eric Verbryke, Jared Koutnik and Shelley Duncan. The ice cold hitting persisted for Jose Enrique Cruz as he remains hitless on the season for the Tampa Yankees. Jon Skaggs was once again very solid on the mound for Tampa as he pitched 6 solid innings. Skaggs went 6, surrendering 3 runs on 5 hits while walking 1 and fanning 4. He improved his record to 2-1 for the season. Edwardo came on for the four out (4th) save and it was no runs, no hits, no sweat for the dominant Tampa closer. Sierra fanned 2 in his 4 out appearance. His ERA still sits at 0.00 for the season.


Battle Creek Yankees. It looks like the much anticipated Battle Creek offense may have finally come alive for good after starting off very slowly. The BC lineup smashed 15 hits in the game and also put 9 runs on the board. The top four hitters in the lineup all had 2 hit games. Melky Cabrera had two hits and and two runs scored. Hector Made is heating back up with two hits of his own. Eric Duncan also had two hits, both of which were doubles. Erold Andrus was perhaps the hitting star of the game with his two hits and 4 RBI. John Urick has finally cooled of as he went hitless but still has a .462 season batting average. Bryce Kartler picked up a single and an RBI as well. With a three hit day was the catcher, Tommy Rojas who had a double, a run scored and an RBI. Picking up two hits was the 2b, Rafael Rodriguez and Estee Harris showed signs of pulling out his slow start with a double in this game. As far as pitching is concerned, the starter, Tyler Clippard was outstanding. Clippard scattered 9 hits in 6 innings while giving up 2 earned runs. He also walked none and struck out 10! He only got a no decision in this one. Paul Thorp pitched two innings in this one and picked up the save.

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