Yankees Minor League Notebook for April 23rd

Caonabo Cosme has been the most consistent hitter for Columbus; Halsey picks up his first AAA victory; Ramon Ramirez smashed again; Clippard spins a gem for Battle Creek; Estee Harris breaks out with a three hit game; Myrow has five game hitting streak snapped in nightcap; Thunder game suspended until tomorrow; Rudy Guillen continues to hit for Tampa; Skaggs has another great start. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. Game 1. In game one of a doubleheader against Louisville some of the Clippers hottest hitters cooled off an some just got hotter as they took this one 5-3. One hitting streak was snapped and that was Darren Bragg's five game hitting streak. Even though it was halted at five as he went hitless in the game, Bragg is still batting a superb .395 out of the leadoff spot. One player that did not slow down was the pesky second baseman for Columbus, Caonabo Cosme. This man just continues to hit and defy all expectations  The 25 year old has now hit in his last four games and is now 6 for his last 11. Brian Myrow also extended his hitting streak to five games with a single and 2 RBI in this one. He has gotten his batting average all the way up to .306 now. Felix Escalona picked up one hit tonight and is now 4 for his last 7 at bats. He and Cosme could possibly be the teams two most consistent hitters thus far. After a very fast start, Jeff Deardorff has slumped off badly and has now lowered his season average to .212. Deardorff went hitless in this game and he is now 1 for his last 10. Brad Halsey pitched a solid outing for his second straight start as he picked up his first win of the young season. Halsey went 5 innings, surrendering 3 runs on five hits while walking 3 and striking out 3 as well. The struggling Columbus closer, Sam Marsonek had a smooth ninth inning and got the save.

Game 2. After playing a superb contest in game 1 of the doubleheader, the Clippers dropped the second one to Louisville. The offense was their downfall in this one as they only salvaged 5 hits off the Louisville pitching. The teams hottest hitter was not slowed by this however. Caonabo Cosme got another two hits in game two and raised his batting average to a fantastic .378. The young 2b is now 8 for his last 14 at bats (.571). Jeff Deardorff showed signs of coming out of his slump as he poked a single in the game. The designated hitter, Brian Myrow also went hitless and had his hitting streak snapped at five games. For the first time since the beginning of the season, Felix Escalona saw his batting average dip below .300 as he also fell silent in this one. John Rodriguez was in the field today and he also broke out slightly by slapping a single. Before this game, Rodriguez was 3 for his last 18. Omar Fuentes has performed well off the bench for Columbus as he had a single of his own in this game. The mystery continues for Ramon Ramirez as people scratch their heads as to why he has not been performing well. Ramirez was again rocked and could not last through the fifth inning. He went 4 1/3, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits while walking one and fanning three. Juan Padilla and Colter Bean both threw scoreless relief in this game.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder game was suspended in the second inning on Friday night due to heavy rains. The game will be finished on Saturday at 12:35 p.m. followed by their regularly scheduled game. This game will be picked up with the same score and inning.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees ballclub has been playing well most of the year and they continued to do so here in this game. As usual, the Tampa offense was once again out to hit the ball in this one. They pounded out 12 hits and 7 runs. Gabe Lopez heated up his stick again after faltering as of late. Lopez was previously 2 for his last 13 at bats. Rudy Guillen continued his season long hitting tear with a double and a triple in this game. All of a sudden, Shelley Duncan is starting to get hot with the bat as he had two hits including a home run and 2 RBI in the game. He now has his batting average all the way up to .315 for the season. Jayson Drobiak was unable to break out of his hideous slump in this one as he is now 6 for his last 34 at bats (.176). Matt Carson is started to get his act together finally after a bad start as he got another two hits in this game. His batting average is finally over the .200 mark. Deivi Mendez also had two hits in this game, including a double. Battle Creek got another fantastic performance from their young right handed starter Jon Skaggs. Skaggs went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 4 and walking only one. He is now 3-1 on the season. Edwardo Sierra came in in a non save situation and pitched a scoreless ninth inning.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees completely dominated this game against Fort Wayne as they cruised by a score of 8-0. All the hitters in the lineup but one picked up at least one hit. That one was the tremendously struggling Jared Treadway. He went hitless and is now batting an anemic .067 for the season. Perhaps the teams hottest hitter and most consistent one, Melky Cabrera got the night off in this one. The man that replaced him in the lineup, Willie Vazquez did more than enough as a fill in. Vazquez ripped three hits including a double and an RBI. He has served the team well as a great utility man and remains a valuable part to a winning team. Erold Andrus continued a steady rise in his batting average as he picked up two more hits tonight. His batting average has increased by over 50 points in the last week. Nothing new for Eric Duncan in this game, slashing two singles. Duncan has solidified the third spot in the batting order and is arguably the teams best hitter. Hector Made stayed on his slight hot streak as he went 2-5 and is now 6 for his last 15. The most encouraging story of the game though was that top prospect Estee Harris had a big night. Estee went 3-4 with a big double in the game. Previously, Harris was in a 1 for 22 slump and saw his batting average plummet to near .100. Now he is up near .175. Rafael Rodriguez also had a good night, going 2-3 with 2 RBI. The pitcher for Battle Creek, Tyler Clippard was absolutely lights out in this game. Clippard went 8 innings, surrendering no runs on only 2 hits! He also struck out 6 and walked only one. The young righty picked up his first win of the season and has an amazing 1.86 ERA.

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