Yankees Minor League Notebook for April 22nd

Tampa and Battle Creek the only two teams in action on this night; Bronson Sardinha extends his now 11 game hitting streak; Dioner Navarro looks to break out tomorrow; Jose Enrique Cruz goes hitless again; Abel Gomez very solid in Battle Creek loss; Melky and Duncan continue to lead the Battle Creek offense; Estee Harris still can't find the groove at the plate: Kartler blasts a leadoff home run to start the game. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. On this night, the Columbus Clippers yet again had to battle the elements. But again this is a battle they would lose as their game with Louisville was rained rained out. However, Columbus has promptly rescheduled this game to be played as a part of a double header at 4:35 p.m. on Friday, April 23rd. They will look to continue a push toward the top of their division and as of now they are 3 games behind Indianapolis. Darren Bragg will be attempting to extend his mini 5 game hitting streak on Friday as well.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder had a scheduled off day on this night but are scheduled to take on the Reading Phillies at 7:05 p.m. Trenton has won 4 out of their last 5 games. Mitch Jones will try to extend his league leading home run total and Dioner Navarro will be desperately attempting to break out of his terrible slump. Kevin Reese is still sizzling hot, but the lineup is still searching for the day where they click on all cylinders.


Tampa Yankees. Only a night after scoring an explosive 17 runs, the Tampa Yankee bats went dead in this game as they were only able to salvage hits against Sarasota. One of the bright offensive spots was the continuation of Bronson Sardinha's now 11 game hitting streak. He picked up a lone single in this game and dropped his average below .400, now at .378. Jose Enrique Cruz is still in a horrible slump as he still only has 3 hits on the entire season and is only batting .115. Designated hitter, Shelley Duncan was cooled off after a big night on Wednesday. He went hitless but he remains a patient and feared hitter as he drew two walks. Jon-Mark Sprowl is edging his average up towards .300 as he picked up a single in this one. It has been an up and down season thus far for him. Matt Carson is still carrying on his enigmatic offense as he went hitless in this game. His season average has plummeted down to an anemic .175. The only other hits were obtained by Tommy Winrow and Eric Verbryke. Winrow is heating it back up after he has fallen off his former hitting pace the last couple games. The starting pitching wasn't a problem for Tampa as they had an excellent performance turned in by Justin Pope. Pope went 6 1/3 innings, surrendering two runs on eight hits while fanning 3 and walking only one. He has done well out of the starting role for Tampa this season but again took a hard luck loss and is now 0-2 on the year.


Battle Creek Yankees. Battle Creek lost an extra inning nail biter to Fort Wayne whom they have played more than one superb games with so far this season. They got off to a good start when when of their struggling hitters, Bryce Kartler blasted a solo home run to get the scoring started in the top of the first inning. Melky Cabrera was rewarded for his hot hitting of late and slipped into the third spot in the lineup for this game. Melky made the most of it by smacking two hits with an RBI as well. Less than a week ago, Cabrera was hovering around .250 but he is now batting .323 on the year. Hector Made continued his up and down offensive pattern as he had a two hit game. Also with a two hit game as the struggling Tommy Rojas. Despite his good day at the plate, Rojas is still only batting .231.  Just to keep up his offensive tear, Eric Duncan rapped an RBI double in this game. Erold Andrus had a key double as well. As far as pitching is concerned, Abel Gomez faired pretty well. He went six innings, surrendering 3 runs on five hits while walking five and striking out 6. He picked up the no decision. This game did wonders for his ERA, bringing it all the way down to 5.68.

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