Yankees Minor League Notebook for May 6th

The Tampa Yankees played two against the Lakeland Tigers; Bronson Sardinha has hit safely in 24 of his last 25 games; Caonabo Cosme extends his hitting streak to 9 straight games; T.J. Beam knocked around against Clinton and does not make it out of the third inning; Bubba Crosby 0-11 since returning to the Columbus Clippers; Gabe Lopez red hot at the plate; Wang smacked in his start on Thursday. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers had a bit of a sloppy games with two errors and they eventually lost the game by the final score of 7-2. They were also out hit by the Richmond Braves 9-7. The only player in the lineup to come up with a multi hit game was the reserve catcher Sal Fasano. Fasano had a two hit evening including a double. His season batting average now sits at .267 for the season in limited playing time. Caonabo Cosme had another hit in the game on Thursday and extended his steady hitting streak to 9 straight games. He hasn't exactly been tearing the ball up though as he has had many games much like this one, picking up one hit per game. Bubba Crosby continues to struggle since rejoining the Columbus Clippers. Since being sent back down to the team from the New York Yankees, Crosby has gone hitless in his first three games. He is now 0 for his first 11 at bats. But, he did have an RBI in the game. Buddy Carlyle took the mound for Columbus on this night and pitched fair at best through five innings of work. Carlyle went five innings, relinquishing four runs on  six hits while walking three and striking out four. He took the loss to drop his record to 0-1.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder dropped a close one to the Norwich Navigators on Thursday night by the score of 6-5 by the time it was all said and done. However, they were unable to cash in on their opportunities as they out hit Norwich 12-8. Trenton got a big night from a source that desperately needed it in Aaron Rifkin. Rifkin rapped two hits in four at bats to hopefully start a successful breakout from his previous 5 for 43 slump. However, he is still batting only a dismal .194 for the season. Dioner Navarro had another good game as he picked up a two hit game in five at bats and raised his season batting average to .295 for the year. Ferdin Tejada continues to make strides to pull out of his season long hitting troubles. He had a single in Thursday's game in two at bats and also drew a walk. Jackson Melian followed up his three hit game on Wednesday by picking up a single on Thursday. He is now batting an amazing .351 on the year. Chien-Ming Wang was the pitcher for Trenton on Thursday and tossed a sub par game for the Thunder. Wang went 6 1/3 innings, conceding five runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out one as well.


Tampa Yankees. Game 1. The Tampa Yankees picked up yet another victory on Thursday against the Lakeland Tigers by the final score of 4-3. Tampa also out hit Lakeland eight hits to seven. Despite having his hitting streak snapped a few games ago, Bronson Sardinha has hit safely in every game since then. In Sardinha's last 24 games, he has hit safely in 23 of them. On Thursday, he also drove in three runs for Tampa. The second baseman, Gabe Lopez had a big night with the stick as he slashed three hits of his own in this game. The red hot Lopez is now an incredible 8 for his last 13 at bats (.615). Tommy Winrow also had another big night as he continues to make use of his not routine amount of playing time. Winrow is batting a superb .349 for the season. After heating up for a few games, Shelley Duncan and his big bat fell silent as he went 0-2 with a strikeout on Thursday. Jose Valdez was on the mound for Tampa and did not fair too well on this short evening for him. Valdez lasted on 4 2/3 innings, yielding three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out none.

Game 2. Well, the Tampa Yankees were able to sweep right by the Lakeland Tigers as they took both games of the double header. Tampa took this second game by the final score of 6-2. Tampa also out hit Lakeland by the total tally of 8-4. Bronson Sardinha just seems to be a hitting machine and he has no hit safely in 24 of his last 25 games. In this one, Sardinha went 2-4 with a double and he is now batting an impressive .346 for the season. Tonight, everyone got their first look at one of 2003's biggest DSL Yankees star, Mario Holman. Holman entered the game as a pinch runner and scored a run. The bat of Jayson Drobiak really seems to be coming alive as he had another two hit game in the second game. He has raised his average all the way up to a respectable .260 for the season thus far. The red hot Tommy Winrow was cooled off as well, going 0-2 but did have an RBI. Jeremy King was on the mound for Tampa in this game also did not have a strong outing. King lasted only 4 innings, surrendering a run on three hits while walking one and striking out six.

Battle Creek Yankees.  As it is has been repeatedly well noted, the Battle Creek Yankees have taken some bad beatings as of late. Thursday was not much different for the BC Yankees as they were thoroughly pounded by the Clinton Lumberkings by the final tally of 14-3. They were also out hit 15-7. But, there was some bright spots on the offense for Battle Creek. Melky Cabrera had a three hit night as he continues to pace the hitting for Battle Creek. H leads the ball club with his .327 batting average. Eric Duncan fizzled again on Thursday, going 0-3 and dropping his average to .280 for the season. One of the major offensive providers was also John Urick. Urick blasted his fourth home run of the season but it was his only hit of the game. Estee Harris still hasn't completely kicked all his skills into high gear yet but he did pick up a hit on this night. Harris is still only batting .224 for the season. T.J. Beam got the ball for Battle Creek in this one but he didn't have that great of an outing. Beam went three innings, giving up five runs on four hits while walking three and striking out four.

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