Yankees Minor League Notebook for April 28th

Marsonek struggles again as he blows another save for Columbus: Ramon Ramirez goes six innings and finally has a solid outing; Bronson Sardinha hit streak counter now sits at 17 straight games; Battle Creek with a scheduled off day; Mike Vento is back to his 2003 form with back to back 3 hit games; Andy Phillips is on fire as he blasts his 4th homer for Trenton. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers lost a disappointing one to Toledo as they lost in in the ninth inning as their closer, Sam Marsonek could not shut the door. Marsonek lost it in the ninth, giving up two runs on two hits and taking the loss. He now has a bloated 7.56 ERA. Having another huge night at the plate was Caonabo Cosme. Yes, he had another big game, going 2-4 including an RBI and his 2nd home run of the season. Cosme remains on fire and he is now 15 for his last 33 at bats (.454). After starting off the season in a horrendous slump for almost two weeks, Mike Vento is starting to really swing that bat. Vento had three more hits tonight as he has moved himself to the cleanup slot in the order. He is now 9 for his last 14 plate appearances and has skyrocketed his batting average up to .303. In Wednesdays' contest, Darren Bragg also got of the snide with his first home run of the year. It was his only hit of the game. After showing signs of pulling out of his own prolonged slump, John Rodriguez had an 0-5 night in this one. Jeff Deardorff has really heated up in the last two games as he has 4 hits in his last 7 at bats after watching his batting average dip below .200 a week ago. A welcome sight for the Clippers was that Ramon Ramirez finally put together a good start. Ramirez went 6 innings, surrendering 2 earned runs on 7 hits while striking out 6 and walking none.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder had another big one in which they put a lot of runs on the scoreboard. In this particular Wednesday night contest, Trenton beat up on Binghamton by the score of 11-5. Almost everyone got in on the action but not the former team's hottest hitter. Dioner Navarro was this player and he went hitless in the game. Previously, Navarro was 9 for his last 17 plate appearances. Now, Navarro has dropped below .300 again at .291. Kevin Reese had his second straight multi hit game as he raked a double and a single on Wednesday. At this point, it doesn't seem like Andy Phillips can't be cooled off. He had another three hits in this game and is now 5 for his last nine and has only gone hitless in a game once since joining the Trenton Thunder roster. Already, Phillips has 4 home runs as he cracked another one on Wednesday. He is also batting .417 for his short season. Jackson Melian, still on a tear, had another single on Wednesday and kept his average well over .400 at .419 for the year. Charlie Isaacson picked up his first win of the year coming in for relief.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees have now lost two in a row after being red hot for over a week straight. They dropped this one to Clearwater again by the score of 4-1. As we continue to follow this team, the main focus has been for over 15 games Bronson Sardinha. Sardinha once again extended his hitting streak now to 17 straight games as he picked up another single in Wednesday's game. Rudy Guillen also remained a consistent force in this Tampa lineup, picking up one of the few hits in this quiet lineup on this evening. Shelley Duncan has not had that many multi hit games as of late but he has been a steady hitter in the middle of the Tampa Yankees lineup. Jayson Drobiak has been up and down on offense as of late. Drobiak, coming off a terrible slump in the past two games went 5 for his last 8. Now, he has another 0-4 night on Wednesday. In his last 23 at bats though, Drobiak is only batting .217. Tommy Winrow is now the hottest hitter on the ball club. He had another three hit game, his second one in a row. Winrow is now 6 for his last 9 and is now batting an impressive .364 for the season.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees had a scheduled off day on Wednesday, April 28th and will get set to take on the Kane County Tigers on Thursday evening. The BC Yankees came off a huge 15-1 victory on Tuesday. This will be the first time that Battle Creek has taken on Kane County and also their first against a Western division team. Tyler Clippard will be on the mound for BC on Thursday at 7:05 EDT.

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