Yankees Minor League Notebook for May 8th

2003 draftee, Steven White has superb pitching performance in only his second professional appearance; Javier Ortiz on the losing end of another Trenton blowout loss; Melky Cabrera is still on fire; Rudy Guillen has fell ice cold after starting off strong; Mario Holman making his case in Tampa for the second base job; Eric Duncan cranks his fifth home run of the season. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. On Saturday, the Columbus Clippers cruised to a big victory over the Norfolk Tides. The Clippers took this one over Norfolk by the final tally of 8-4. After being absolutely ice cold in his first two games back with AAA Columbus, Bubba Crosby is suddenly lighting up the International League. Bubba had a four hit game on Friday and went 2-3 on Saturday. He now has six hits in his last six at bats. In less than two games, Bubba has raised his average from zip to .316. Even though he had his nine game hitting streak snapped on Friday, Caonabo Cosme went right back to work for the Clippers, picking up two hits in four at bats. Cosme also crushed his third home run of the season and also drove in two runs as well. Jeff Deardorff was swinging a big stick on Saturday as he sent his team leading sixth home run of the season over the wall. Deardorff had a two hit game as well including four RBI to lead the team to victory. The Clippers got a solid starting pitching performance after faltering in that area as of late. Young lefthander, Brad Halsey pitched for Columbus and went 6 innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out six.

 

Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder took a terrible beating in the second game in a row in which Javier Ortiz has been the starting pitcher. Trenton was pummeled by the Norwich Navigators by the final score of 16-1. They are finally starting to get the veteran bat of Jake Weber rolling as he picked up a three hit night in three at bats while also drawing a walk. Ferdin Tejada just continues to look lost at the plate as he has dropped his batting average all the way down to a dismal .145 for the season as he went 0-2 on this afternoon. Jackson Melian was finally cooled off with a rare hitless day as he went 0-4 in the game as well. Mitch Jones got a hit in this game, but it wasn't a home run! Jones, who seemingly never gets hit unless it leaves the ballpark, picked up not a home run but a double in this game. This young power hitter, has 19 hits this season and nine of them have left the ballpark. As for Trenton's starting pitcher, Javier Ortiz, it was not a game to remember. Ortiz was rocked in 5 1/3 innings, yielding five runs on ten hits while walking 2 and striking out one. Now, that is back to back starts in which Ortiz has pitched and been blown out by the opposition. He took the loss and dropped to 1-2 on the season.

 

Tampa Yankees. Saturday was a very disappointing and overall bad loss for the Tampa Yankees as they were taken out by the Jupiter Hammerheads. Jupiter won it by the final score of 10-3. However, the disappointing part was that Tampa had just as many hits as Jupiter with 11 for the game. After being red hot and even being moved to the leadoff spot in the order, Tommy Winrow finally went hitless in four at bats, dropping his season batting average to .342. There was a very good sign in this game for Tampa though. Their formerly badly slumping catcher, Jon-Mark Sprowl had three hits in four at bats while also scoring two runs as well. All of a sudden, Rudy Guillen, who started the 2004 season off so well, is badly slumping and has dropped his batting average that once nearly touched .400 all the way down to .264. It seems that 2003 DSL star prospect, Mario Holman is starting to try and put a strangle hold on the second base job. Holman had two hits in four at bats including a double and an RBI. In very limited playing time, Holman is batting an impressive .500. Jon Skaggs was on the mound on Saturday for Tampa and did not fair too well. Skaggs went 5 1/3 innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out three. He took the loss and fell to 4-3 on the season.

 

Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees pulled out another victory on Saturday by the final score of 9-2 over Wisconsin. Battle Creek pounded out 13 hits on Saturday as they poured on the offense to go along with excellent pitching throughout the game. Battle Creek got another big night at the plate from who else but Melky Cabrera. Cabrera is now 7 for his last 12 at bats (.583) but to put it plainly enough he has just been red hot for most of the season thus far. Eric Duncan also had a good night with the stick by blasting his fifth home run of the season and also having a two hit day. Duncan has raised his average now closer to .300 again at .294 for the season. He has now had back to back two hit games and in the process, pushing his batting average up over 10 points. Erold Andrus has also started to show signs of life with his previously dead bat as he had two hits in the game. However, Andrus is still only batting .243 for the year. Perhaps the biggest note for this game and perhaps for the entire organization was that Steven White was pitching for Battle Creek and was superb. White was one of the Yankees top draftees last year and is finally paying dividends. White went 6 innings, conceding only one earned run on three hits whil walking four and striking out eight. White picked up the win.


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