Yankees Minor League Notebook for April 20th

Andy Phillips making an instant impact in Trenton as he hits his second home run in two games; Jose Valdez pitches 8 strong innings for Tampa; Navarro in the depths of a bad slump; Sardinha still batting over .400 for the year; Shelley Duncan breaks out with two hits; Ferdin Tejada smacks two hits but only batting a dismal .133; Battle Creek offense shut down in rain shortened contest. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers had a scheduled off day on April 20th but are scheduled to take on Louisville on Wednesday, April 21st. With this off day, Columbus will be able to sort their pitching staff out with the loss of Alex Graman who is now pitching for the New York Yankees for the time being.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder kept their red hot offense going on this night in order to take home a 7-6 victory over Portland on this night. Trenton pounded out 13 hits. The leadoff man Kevin Reese continued his season long tear as he smacked two more hits in this one. For the first time all season, 2b, Robinson Cano got his batting average to .300 as he picked two hits and two RBI. The suddenly struggling Dioner Navarro went hitless again and is now batting an uncharacteristic .231 for the year. With his sudden entrance, Andy Phillips has burst onto the scene for Trenton as he hit another home run in the game and picked up three hits along with 2 RBI. The slumping Aaron Rifkin finally broke out of his slump with two hits and a home run with two RBI of his own. Jason Grove had a two hit night as well. Breaking out of a season long slump was Ferdin Tejada who picked up two hits but is still only batting a hideous .133 on the year. On the mound for Trenton was Chien-Ming Wang who was superb in six innings of work. Wang went six, giving up 1 earned runs on 6 hits while walking 3 and fanning 6. He now has an outstanding 2.53 ERA for the year. Despite his fantastic efforts, Wang only picked up a no decision. David Shepard was very ineffective in his two innings of work but picked up the win. He is now 2-0 on the season.


Tampa Yankees. On this night, there was not much offense for either side and good pitching for Tampa is what eventually won the game for them Jose Valdez took the ball for Tampa on this night and pitched one of the best game by a Yankee minor league pitcher thus far. Valdez showed his durability by going 8 fantastic innings. He surrendered no earned runs and scattered 7 hits while walking  only one and fanning six. The young righty now has an impressive 2.65 ERA on the year. He picked up the victory and now has a 2-1 record. Ben Julianel was able to fill in for the resting closer, Edwardo Sierra who has been completely dominant so far this season. Julianel filled in nicely and picked up the save. There was only one hitter in the entire Tampa lineup that did not have a hit and that was the formerly hot hitting Tommy Winrow. Gabe Lopez heated up his bat again with a single in this game but for the first time all year his batting average dropped below .300. Bronson Sardinha and Rudy Guillen kept their hot bats going by picking up two hits apiece. Snapping out of a terrible slump was Shelley Duncan as he smacked two hits in this game. Jon-Mark Sprowl also picked up a single.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees played and eventually lost a rain shortened game after waiting out a long delay. They played 7 official innings. Fort Wayne took this game 3-0. The starter, T.J. Beam was once again very good in his 5 2/3 innings of work. Beam gave up four hits and two runs. Despite his efforts, Beam took the hard luck loss and now has fallen to 1-2 on the season. The offense was simply not there for Battle Creek once again on this night. BC did not have one extra base hit the entire night. They were only able to scratch out four hits in which two belonged two belonged to the leadoff man Melky Cabrera. Melky has become one of the team's most consistent hitters as he has raised his season batting average to a solid .308 for the year. The sizzling bat of Eric Duncan was finally cooled off on this night by the Fort Wayne pitching as he went hitless but is still batting a superb .341. Picking up the only other two Battle Creek hits were Erold Andrus and the designated hitter, Bryce Kartler.

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