Yankees Minor League Notebook for May 4th

Bubba Crosby and Alex Graman return to the Columbus Clippers; Graman has solid 6 inning outing for the Clippers; Crosby goes 0-3 in his return; Ramon Ramirez tosses a nice outing in his first start since demotion to Trenton; Rudy Guillen launches his first home run of the season; Eric Duncan showing signs of emerging from his extended slump; Ferdin Tejada feels the starting shortstop slipping away. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. After a night off due to a rain out, the Columbus Clippers took on the Richmond Braves on Tuesday evening. The Clippers were able to pull out a victory by the final score of 4-2. With one hit which was a double in this game, Caonabo Cosme extended his solid hitting streak to 7 straight games. Cosme is still leading the team with his .357 batting average. Andy Phillips also played in his first game in AAA since being called up from AA Trenton. Phillips went 0-5 on the game with a strikeout. Bubba Crosby also joined the team for the first time this season after being sent down from the big club. Crosby was 0-3 in the game. Mike Vento had a two hit night in five at bats. In doing so he snapped himself out of a 1 for his last 14 at bat slump. Felix Escalona had yet another multi hit game as he picked up two hits as did Jeff Deardorff. About a week ago, Deardorff's average dipped below .200 but it is now back up to a respectable .260. Alex Graman was on the hill for Columbus and it was his first start since returning for his stint with the Yankees. Graman went 6 innings, surrendering 2 runs on six hits while walking none and striking out four.

Trenton Thunder. It was not a pleasant night for the Trenton Thunder a night after they were washed out due to the rains in the Norfolk area. The thunder were pounded by New Britain on Tuesday by the final tally of 7-0. Trenton only managed a miniscule two hits the entire night. The two hits for Trenton belonged to Teuris Olivares and Jason Grove who both had singles. The Thunder first baseman, the normally very productive Aaron Rifkin is still in a terrible slump Rifkin, with another 0-4 performance to go along with 2 strikeouts on Tuesday, is now 5 for his last for his last 46 at bats (.108). His season average has plummeted in this tail spin to a lowly .175 for the season. It appears the the the everyday shortstop may be losing that title little by little. Ferdin Tejada was not in the lineup, something that is becoming more frequent, and he was replaced by Teuris Olivares. Olivares had one of the two hits for the Trenton Thunder on Tuesday. The recently demoted Ramon Ramirez, who was previously in Columbus, was on the hill for Trenton in this game. Ramirez tossed six solid innings, yielding three runs on ten scattered hits while walking one and striking out three.

Tampa Yankees. It was a seesaw battle between the Lakeland Tigers and the Tampa Yankees but this was a battle that Tampa would eventually win. Tampa took this one by the final score of of 5-4. The T-Yanks pounded out 12 hits in which three belonged to the second baseman Gabe Lopez. With his first home run of the year in this game was the young outfielder, Rudy Guillen. Guillen had two hits on the evening while also knocking in two as well. Tommy Winrow's hot hitting was halted as his seemingly endless string of multi hit games was stopped. Shelley Duncan also had a big night with the stick as he smacked two hits including a double and an RBI. Shelley raised his season average to a solid .284. Jayson Drobiak is also showing signs of emerging from his season long struggles as he had two hits of his own in five at bats. However, Drobiak still has dismal statistics and is only hitting .236 for the entire season. Justin Pope was on the hill for Tampa and he was OK at best. Pope went six innings, surrendering 4 runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out two. Justin Pope was in line to take the loss in this one as he falls to 1-2 on the season.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees have been taking some beatings as of late and Tuesday night was not of this variety but still resulted in another loss.. BC was up against Clinton on Tuesday and were defeated by the final score of 2-0. Hitting was very scarce once again for BC as they were only able to manage three hits in the entire game. The only three hits in the game for Battle Creek and they belonged to John Urick, Melky Cabrera and Eric Duncan. Eric Duncan, at least it is hoped, is pulling out of his slump that he has been experiencing as of late. To games ago, his slump got bad enough that he was only 1 for his last 19 at bats. Hopefully, his double in Tuesday's game can help to pull him out of it. Melky Cabrera was back in the leadoff spot in the lineup and he still continued his consistency. Melky had a single and maintained his .309 batting average. Bryce Kartler was dropped to the ninth spot in the order after struggling mightily in the leadoff spot. Tyler Clippard was on the hill for Battle Creek and once again pitched a solid game. Clippard went six innings, conceding two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out eight. Despite his efforts, Clippard took the loss to fall to -13 on the year.

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