Yankees Minor League Notebook for April 27th

Brad Halsey roughed up against Toledo; Mitch Jones adds to his league leading home run total; Melian batting .500 in his last 20 at bats; Sardinha extends his impressive hitting streak to 16 straight games; Melky Cabrera leads Battle Creek in their romp over West Michigan; Abel Gomez sent back to extended spring training even after fanning 10 in his latest start; Quezada brought up to BC. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus bats came alive in a big way in this game as they rolled over the Toledo Mud hens by the score of 12-7. The team's hottest hitter, Caonabo Cosme was right back on track after a hitless night in Sunday's game. Cosme went 2-5 in the game and had three RBI. The impressive young 2b is now 13 for his last 31 at bats (.420). The Columbus Clippers have gotten one of their team's best hitters back on track as Mike Vento is absolutely on fire. His tear was extended to an amazing 6 for his last 9 plate appearances and extended his already superb hitting streak to 10 straight games. Felix Escalona was cooled off as he went hitless after picking up 5 hits in his previous 7 at bats. The Clippers are also getting another one of their better hitters back in John Rodriguez. J-Rod has his average all the way up to .283 as he had a 2-3 night at the plate on Tuesday. In his last 10 at bats, Rodriguez has 6 hits as he begins to hit the way he is capable as well. The struggling Jeff Deardorff finally showed signs of breaking out of it as he also had two hits and an RBI. After coming off a solid outing in his last start, Brad Halsey was roughed up a bit in this effort. Halsey went 6 innings, surrendering 5 runs on 8 hits while striking out one and walking one as well.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder and the Binghamton Mets were slugging it out all night long for nine innings straight but in the end, Trenton came out on top by the score of 17-12. One major part of the offense was the team slugger Mitch Jones. Jones added to his league leading home run total as he slammed his 7th homer of the year on Tuesday. Jones had two hits in the game but he still remains mostly hit or miss so far this season. Jackson Melian, after taking one quiet day off going hitless, broke out again with a two hit night. Melian is still sizzling hot as he is now 10 for his last 20 at bats (.500). Melian, with his excellent play all season long, could find himself in an every day role if he keeps it up. Kevin Reese also had a two night as did Robinson Cano, Andy Phillips and Jason Grove. Reese had previously been in a bit of a mini slide, going 2 for his last 14 plate appearances. Dioner Navarro kept his hot hitting going with a single. Dioner is now 9 for his last 17 at bats as he has drove his average all the way up to .308 after dipping under .200 less than a week ago. On the hill for Trenton was their young righthander, Javier Ortiz and he was very solid in 5 innings of work. He allowed only two hits and two runs, none of which were earned, while walking four and striking out five.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees suffered a very disappointing loss to Clearwater on Tuesday night by the score of 5-4 and it was due to an area that has been perhaps their strongest part of the team all year. Tampa was leading by two runs going into the ninth inning when their seemingly invincible closer, Edwardo Sierra came in and was lit up for three runs and taking the loss. Those three runs were the first that Sierra has given up all year long. So his streak of 6 straight saves and scoreless innings streak at 7 1/3. Once again, the big story on offense for Tampa was the hitting streak of Bronson Sardinha. His streak was extended to 16 straight games as he picked up a single and an RBI on Tuesday. Jayson Drobiak has gone from ice cold to red hot in two games. Drobiak is 5 for his last 8 at bats after coming off an 0-10 slide earlier in the week. After a huge night on Monday, Rudy Guillen went hitless in this one. Tommy Winrow is quietly putting up good numbers in the nine spot in the order as he got another two hits in 3 at bats. Jeffrey Karstens pitched 5 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out three. He got a no decision.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankee offense may have had its turning point of the season as they absolutely exploded in this one for 15 runs as they romped over West Michigan by the score of 15-1. Leading the way was who else but Melky Cabrera. Melky is now an impressive 16 for his last 30 at bats and has extended his hitting streak to 8 straight games. He now leads the team with his .360 batting average. However, Melky is tied with another red hot hitter John Urick who is also batting .360. Urick racked up 2 hits in this game and he started up a new hitting streak after having his mini three game hitting streak snapped in Monday's game. Omir Santos had a two hit game as he has seemed to settle in to his backup catchers role a little better every day. The good news for the night would be that Estee Harris has been on fire and that did not change on Tuesday. Harris went 2-4 and he is now 10 for his last 18 at bats (.556). Eric Duncan had a rare hitless evening and he is now 1 for his last 12 plate appearances after being sizzling hot for over a week and a half. The story of the night though was the pitching performance of Abel Gomez. He went 7 innings, surrendering 1 run on one hit while striking out 10 and walking 4. He got the win. Even after his performance, Gomez was sent down to extended spring training in Tampa along with Brad Blackwell. Elvys Quezada has been brought up.

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