Yankees Minor League Notebook for May 2nd

Brad Halsey has a superb 8 inning outing in Columbus loss; Jeff Deardorff now riding a six game hitting streak; Vento is 1 for his last 13 at the plate; Javier Ortiz knocked out after only one inning in Trenton loss; Outfielder, Andy Brown gets an inning of work for Trenton Thunder; Ferdin Tejada still appears lost at the plate; Rifkin 5 for his last 42 at bats. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers were locked up in a pitchers duel all game long wit the Norfolk tides but eventually came out on the losing end of the board by the final score of 2-1. The Clippers were only able to manage a measly 2 hits all game. One of those hits belonged to Mr. Consistency himself, Caonabo Cosme. Cosme went 1-2 with a walk and a run scored in the contest. That one hit was a triple. Jeff Deardorff appears to be getting out of his slump for good as he had another hit in this game. His hitting streak was also extended on Sunday to 6 straight games. In those games however, Deardorff has had only one multi hit game. So he is hitting but they are not coming in bunches. After being absolutely on fire for over a week, Mike Vento's performance has dropped off considerably. In his last 13 at bats, Vento has only one hit. That one hit was a single. Despite the loss and the lack of offense, the pitching performance of the starter Brad Halsey was outstanding. Halsey went a season high 8 innings, conceding one earned run on 7 hits while walking none and striking out two. Halsey picked up the hard luck loss for the Clippers.


Trenton Thunder. This game for the Trenton Thunder had nearly no positives to it at all. They were completely torched by the Akron Aeros by the ugly score of 16-2. It got so bad at one point that outfielder, Andy Brown was called upon to pitch the final inning of the game. At the plate, Kevin Reese stayed hot with a 1-3 night and maintaining his lofty .360 batting average. Aaron Rifkin showed a possible sign that he could be pulling out of his mega slump as he picked up a hit in three at bats. Despite his single in the game, Rifkin is still only 5 for his last 42 at bats (.119). Dioner Navarro seems to have returned to consistency as he slashed a single in two at bats while also drawing a walk. Jackson Melian, the team's hottest hitter even went cold on this afternoon as he went 0-3 on the day. Ferdin Tejada continues to struggle mightily at shortstop as he went hitless in the contest and lowered his batting average to .143 on the year. Javier Ortiz was on the mound for Trenton on Sunday and may have had the worst start of any Trenton starter so far this season. Ortiz only lasted 1 inning, allowing five runs on six hits while walking one and striking out three. He took the loss.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees and The Brevard County Manatees fought it out until the bitter end with a combined 30 hits between them. After 14 innings of battle, the Manatees came out on top of the Tampa Yankees by the score of 7-6. Bronson Sardinha saw no reason not to continue hitting after his his 19 game hitting streak was snapped on Saturday. Sardinha had a single in five at bats. Tommy Winrow, earning a move up in the order to the leadoff spot, made the most of it with is three hits in 6 at bats. Winrow is putting together quite a season thus far and quite a hot streak as of late. Tommy Winrow has 11 hits in his last 16 at bats (.688) and he continues to earn more and more playing time. Even though he had a hit in the game, Rudy Guillen is mildly slumping and one hit in 7 at bats wasn't exactly great. For the first time all season, his average fell below .300 at .296. Shelley Duncan also is in a slump of his own as he is now 0-10, going hitless in Sunday's game as well. Jeffrey Karstens started for Tampa, pitching five innings and surrendering 1 run on five hits. Karstens received a no decision.


Battle Creek Yankees. If it is a low scoring game that you are looking for, Sunday's Battle Creek Yankee's game was on to satisfy. Battle Creek did however emerge on the winning end of a 1-0 victory. On the mound to start for BC was Elvys Quezada who was recently called up from extended spring training. Quezada only went 3 2/3 innings only because of lack of work. He did not yield a run while surrendering one hit and striking out six. One alarming statistic for him however was that he had he had six walks! Abel Gomez also was very effective in 3 1/3 innings of relief. He gave up only two hits while walking only one and striking out 5. Gomez earned the victory to improve to 2-0 on the season. Gomez has been superb thus far and lowered his ERA to an excellent 3.13 for the season. Getting a rare start in the outfield for Battle Creek was Willie Vazquez and he had 2 hits in this game. In the bench playing role, Vazquez is batting .298, filling in at any spot necessary. After breaking out of his 1-19 slump on Saturday, Eric Duncan fell right back into his slide on Sunday. With his 0-4 performance, Eric Duncan is now 3 for his last 27 at bats (.111).

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