Yankees Minor League Notebook for May 3rd

Two out of the four scheduled Yankee Farm Team games are rained out including Trenton and Columbus; Jon Skaggs is superb again as he picks up his fourth victory of the season; Shelley Duncan blasts another long ball, it was his sixth of the year; Eric Duncan still scuffling at the dish as he is now 3 for his last 31 at bats; Willie Vazquez has a three hit night. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers, along with several other minor league baseball teams were washed out on Monday night due to heavy rains in the area. No makeup date has been specified yet but should be announced within the next day or so. They are scheduled to play tomorrow against the Richmond Braves in Richmond. No pitching probables have been announced to this point. The Clippers will be looking to improve their recently anemic offense.


Trenton Thunder. Not only were the Columbus Clippers rained out on Monday, but the Trenton Thunder could not withstand the conditions that the weather presented either. In order to make up the game, the games will be rescheduled but that has not been done as of yet. Trenton will be playing at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday, they will play an early morning special. The Thunder will be playing at 10:35 a.m. Both of these games will be played against the New Britain Rock Cats.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees went on to take a victory from the Brevard County Manatees by the final score of 8-2. Tampa pounded out 11 hits while getting an excellent pitching performance for their starter as well. Jon Skaggs was superb in his seven innings of work. Skaggs allowed two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out six. Jon Skaggs improved his record to a team best 4-2 record. The Tampa Yankees got help from a familiar source on offense on Monday and that was one of their lineup's big thumpers, Shelley Duncan. Duncan picked up two hits in five at bats on Monday and on of those hits was a big blow in the game as he blasted his sixth home run of the season. He is second only to Trenton's Mitch Jones in home runs in the Yankee Farm System. Shelley was previously in a slump that dropped his average below .300. As he continues to play himself into the lineup with his hot bat, Jared Koutnik had a three hit night including a double, a home run and four RBI. Koutnik is now 7 for his last 14 at bats (.500). He now has a steady .308 average in his limited playing time this season.


Battle Creek Yankees. For just about the fourth time in five game, the Battle Creek Yankees took an absolute pounding at the hands of their opposition. This time it was not the Kane County Cougars but the Clinton Lumberkings hat stuck it to BC by the final score of 11-3. In is professional debut, Steven White was crushed by the Lumberkings. White was lit up for five runs on five hits while walking five and striking out four. He worked for 4 1/3 innings. Eric Duncan, surprisingly enough, fell yet again deeper into his growing slump. Eric is now 3 for his last 31 at bats after another disappointing hitless evening. On this night, Duncan was the only Battle Creek hitter that was unable to pick up a hit. With a big night with the stick was Willie Vazquez. Vazquez had three hits and two RBI in this game. The rest of the lineup fence posts as they continue to try and gel while gaining consistency. Melky Cabrera had a single on Monday as well and he continues to be the team's hottest hitter for the entire season.

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