Yankees Minor League Notebook for April 30th

Mike Vento brought back down to earth after incredible hot streak; Battle Creek crunched yet again by the Kane County Cougars by the score of 10-0; Navarro returns to his struggles after a week of hot hitting; The Bronson Sardinha hit streak counter is now at 19 straight games; Eric Duncan's struggles worsen as he is now 1 for his last 19 at bats; Melian and Reese stay red hot for the Trenton Thunder. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers were able to pull out a victory on Friday night over the Norfolk Tides by the final score of 9-3. On the offensive side, the Clippers got a huge day from Darren Bragg. Bragg had three hits on the evening in five at bats. He is now 5 for his last 8 at bats as he has had back to back multi hit games after batting below .200 in his previous 20 plate appearances. Bragg had two doubles and 3 RBI on the night as well. After being sizzling hot over the past week, Mike Vento came back down to earth as he went hitless in 5 plate appearances on Friday night. John Rodriguez also got back on track in this game with a two hit game. J-Rod was able to raise his season average to a now respectable .267. Along with Bragg, Felix Escalona also had a three hit performance and raised his batting average to .328 for the season. Escalona is now 7 for his last 18 at bats (.389). With home runs in this game were Sal Fasano (2) and Mike Kelley (3). On the hill for the Clippers was Buddy Carlyle. Buddy went five innings, giving up three runs (1 of which was earned) on seven hits while walking three and striking out six. Carlyle got a no decision.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder took a pounding and a very tough loss to the Akron Aeros on Friday night by the final score of 10-2. All of a sudden. before everyone's eyes, Dioner Navarro is back to his previous struggles after being as hot as a player can get for about five games. Navarro has his average all the way down to .267 for the season and went hitless again in this contest. He is now hitless in his last three games. Kevin Rees did not miss a beat though on this game. Reese had two hits in four at bats including a double. In his last 4 games, Reese has had multi hit performances in each one of them. He has now raised his season average to a superb .363. Also with a multi hit game was the sizzling hot Jackson Melian. Melian went 2-4 with a double. Kenny Lofton made another rehab start, his first in AA Trenton but was fairly quiet on the field. Lofton actually did absolutely nothing with the bat on Friday. He went 0-3 with no walks and a strikeout. As far as pitching is concerned for the Trenton Thunder, Chien-Ming Wang took the ball for them on Friday. Wang did not disappoint in his six innings of work. He surrendered one earned run on 8 hits while walking three and striking out six.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees lost this one to the Brevard County Manatees on Friday night by the score of 3-1. As of late, the Tampa Yankees pitching has been solid but their hitting seems to have slowed as the season has wore on. But once again, the big offensive story was Bronson Sardinha. Yes, he extended his monster hitting streak to 19 straight games. He kept it going by racking up two hits in five at bats, including a double. Much of the offense has slowed down as of late but it is extra noticeable for Gabe Lopez. In his last 22 at bats, he is only batting at a .181 clip. After getting off to a flying start, Rudy Guillen has slowed down tremendously. He went 0-4 on Friday and is now 2 for his last 16 plate appearances. His once nearly .400 batting average is now down to .314 for the season. Jayson Drobiak. Despite poking a  single in this game, it was his only hit in his last 13 at bats. His batting average has now sunk to .221. The Tampa Yankees did however get a very strong starting pitching performance from Matt DeSalvo. DeSalvo went 7 1/3 innings, surrendering three runs (1 of which was earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out six. He took the loss despite his efforts.


Battle Creek Yankees. For the Battle Creek Yankees, there has been a complete turnaround in their offensive output on two different occasions thus far this season. Now they are back where they can't seem to buy a run or a hit for that matter. They were massacred by the Kane County Cougars yet again on Friday by the final score of 10-0. Three of the Battle Creek Yankees hottest hitter have gone ice cold as of late. Melky Cabrera is now hitless in his last two games after batting .533 in his previous 30 at bats. Eric Duncan is now officially slumping. He is 0 for his last 12 and 1 for his last 19 plate appearances (.052). The hottest hitter on the ball club at this point is the reemerging Estee Harris. Harris had another hit in this game. The only extra base hit for Battle Creek on Friday was a rocket double by Omir "Pito" Santos who was 1-4. Bryce Kartler continues to slump as he went 0-4 on Friday. The designated hitter is now 2 for his last 15 at bats (.133). As for the pitching, it was nothing too great for Battle Creek. Chase Wright was chased from the game after only three innings of work. Wright was slammed for 10 runs on 10 hits while walking five and striking out none.

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