Yankees Minor League Notebook for May 5th

Matt DeSalvo tosses seven innings of no hit baseball for the Tampa Yankees; Mitch Jones blasts another home run to add to his league leading total; Jackson Melian has another big three hit game; Eric Duncan breaks out of his slump with two hits including a home run; Shelley Duncan on fire with the bat as he picks up two more hits on Wednesday; Caonabo Cosme extends his hitting streak to eight straight games. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The bats of the Columbus Clippers were suddenly awakened in a big way on Wednesday evening when they took on the Richmond Braves. Columbus went on to win this game by the final score of 9-4. They also pounded out 14 hits in the game. Bubba Crosby has not gotten off on the right foot for Columbus as far as his hitting is concerned as he went 0-3 in the game. However, he did manage two walks. He is 0-7 since joining the ball club. With the bat, this season so far has been smooth sailing for Caonabo Cosme. He picked up a single on Wednesday to extend his current hitting streak to 8 straight games. After going hitless in his first game in Columbus this season, Andy Phillips had a huge night, clubbing three hits in five at bats including a home run and two RBI. Mike Vento continues to heat up his stick as he has had three hits in his last 8 at bats after going through an 1-14 skid. Columbus also got a three hit day from the veteran outfielder Mike Kelly who seems to be finally awakening at the plate. Andy Beal was on the mound for the Clippers on Wednesday and went five innings to pick up a victory and improving his record to 2-0 on the season. Beal yielded three runs, scattering eleven hits while walking two and striking out one.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder came alive with their big sticks in this game and were able to topple over the New Britain by the score of 8-2. Trenton smacked twelve hits in the game on Wednesday as they exploded on New Britain. The team may have gotten a glimmer of hope in the game that their horribly struggling shortstop Ferdin Tejada may be ready to pull out of his season long slump. It was nothing huge but Ferdin did pick up a single in five at bats. He also drove in a run. Despite his hit in the game. Tejada is still only batting .148 for the entire season. After going quietly for the last few game, Jackson Melian returned to his hot hitting and smashed three hits in five at bats on Wednesday. Melian had a double in those three hits and also had two runs scored. Mitch Jones also had a huge night with the stick as he blasted his league leading eighth home run of the season and overall had a two hit day. So far, Mitch Jones has proved to be nearly completely hit or miss at the plate. With this approach, Jones is still only batting a lowly .203 for the season. Sean Henn was on the mound for Trenton on Wednesday and threw a strong outing. Henn went seven innings, relinquishing two runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out two.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees had another big victory over the Lakeland Tigers as their eleven hit offensive attack was enough to overtake the opposition by the final score of 8-4. However, pitching was the big story of the night. Hard throwing Matt DeSalvo got the ball on Wednesday and obviously brought his A+ game to the park. DeSalvo tossed seven innings of flawless baseball in which he gave up no hits. That's right, no hits. DeSalvo had a final line of 7 innings, no runs, no hits, one walk and 11 strikeouts! DeSalvo did not get a chance to close out his no hitter as he was lifted before the eighth inning. However, he did pick up the win. It was his first of the year and he lowered his ERA to an amazing 1.91 for the season. On offense, Bronson Sardinha is still hitting the ball with authority and blasted his first home run of the season. Shelley Duncan had his third two hit night in a row and is now 6 for his last 13 at bats (.462). Jayson Drobiak is also trying to get his season together as he blasted his fourth home run of the young season as he had two hits on this night while driving in two as well.


Battle Creek Yankees. Despite being out hit by the Clinton Lumberkings 8-6, the Battle Creek Yankees were able to pull out a big victory by the final tally of 4-2. Eric Duncan is showing strong signs of pulling out of his hitting struggles as he went 2-3 with a home run and two RBI in the ballgame. In the last two games, he has gotten three hits after escaping a 1 for 19 slump. He raised his season average to a solid .289. Melky Cabrera continues to be the model of consistency out of the leadoff spot for Battle Creek as he slapped a double, drove in a run and scored a run in five at bats. Erold Andrus may be coming out of his cold streak with the bat as he also had a double in Wednesday's game. Previously, Andrus was only 1 for his last 13 at bats (.076). Since then, his batting average has plummeted to a dismal .240 for the season. The only other Battle Creek hits belonged to the catcher Omir Santos and the second baseman Rafael Rodriguez who both had one hit apiece. Pitching for Battle Creek on Wednesday was perhaps their steadiest starter all season long. Wright got the win as went seven strong innings, conceding two runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out three as well.

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