Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers were able to snatch a victory on Monday over the Norfolk Tides in fairly smooth fashion. Columbus took this one over the Tides by the final score of 5-2. Columbus was also able to out hit Norfolk 11-8. Two of those hit belonged to who else but the team's leading hitter (.336), Caonabo Cosme. Cosme had two hits in four at bats on this evening. If you want to talk about a guy that couldn't be any more locked in at the plate, it is Andy Phillips. Phillips is rocketing every pitch he sees and that did not change on Monday. Phillips had a three hit game and is batting .400 with AAA Columbus. Phillips also had two RBI in the contest. Mike Kelly also flashed some power as he pounded his fifth home run of the season. Kelly had two hits and two RBI as well in three at bats in the ballgame. Eric Schmitt returned to the mound for Columbus on Monday and had an outstanding performance. Schmitt went five innings, surrendering only one run on four hits while walking none and striking out six. Schmitt got the victory for his first of the season. He is now 1-0.
Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder had a scheduled off day on Monday much like most of the Eastern League but are set to play on Tuesday and it will be of the doubleheader variety. The first game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. eastern standard time. Sean Henn is set to be the starting pitcher in the first of the two games but the the pitcher for the second of the two games is yet to be announced.
Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees scratched out yet another victory on Monday over the Jupiter Hammerheads. They took this game by the final score of 4-2. They got excellent pitching and solid offense but were out hit by Jupiter 9-7. Working to keep his starting second base job, Gabe Lopez seems to have a fire lit underneath him. Lopez had another multi hit game on Monday as he went 2-4 with a double and a run scored. Gabe Lopez has hit a min hot streak in which he is batting .500 in his last eight at bats. Rudy Guillen appears to be pulling out of his extended tailspin that dropped his batting average all the way down into the .260 are. Guillen went 2-4 in this contest including a run scored and an RBI. Shelley Duncan continues to be a run producing machine for Tampa as he had a hit in the game, a double that drove in two. The story of this game once again was the starting pitching performance by Matt DeSalvo. DeSalvo, who in his last start pitched a seven inning no-hitter, was superb again but of course not equivalent to his last outing. The young righty went five innings, yielding one earned run on seven hits while walking one and striking out six. DeSalvo leads the team with his incredible 1.89 ERA. Edwardo Sierra came in to close the deal, picking up his 10th save of the year.
Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees suffered another loss on Monday night at the hands of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. They fell by the final tally of 11-5 due to lack of solid pitching and inconsistent clutch hitting performances. However, one man that has defined consistency for the Battle Creek Yankees has been the centerfielder and leadoff man Melky Cabrera. Melky had another two hits including a double in five at bats and maintained an outstanding .336 batting average. Hector Made finally showed off some of his recently absent power by blasting a home run. Made is coming around in a big way with the stick as he smacked three hits in this game including a double and two RBI. Rafael Rodriguez kept up his mild hitting streak as he has hit in back to back games now by picking up a single on Monday. It is not much but it may be enough to get him going at the plate. Chase Wright was on the mound for Battle Creek and he was lit up by the Wisconsin offense. Wright lasted only 2 1/3 innings, conceding eight runs on six hits while walking five and striking out one. It was by far his worst outing of the season thus far and dropped his record to 3-3 on the season.