Yankees Minor League Notebook for May 19th

Brad Halsey tosses a gem for the Columbus Clipper; Caonabo Cosme still battling a major slump that has gotten him dropped to seventh in the batting order; Darren Bragg has a monster four hit night in the Clippers loss; Javier Ortiz pitches a beauty as he begins to shape up his season on the hill; The Tampa lineup held hitless for seven innings in a loss to Vero Beach; Reese has a three hit game. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. In a big time minor league pitcher's duel, the Indianapolis Indians and the Columbus Clippers played a low scoring affair in which runs were very scarce. Columbus however came out on the short end of a 2-0 loss. This tough Indianapolis team also out hit the Clippers by the final count of 8-6. The leadoff man, Bubba Crosby did not lead his usual charge as he took an 0-4 evening in this game. In all the troubles of this offensively scarce night for the Clippers, they did get one enormous performance out of their left fielder. Darren Bragg had a monster night as he picked up four hits in four at bats. This great hitting performance pushed his batting average back over the .330 mark at .304 for the season. Caonabo Cosme has really begun to struggle at the plate now as he has been moved all the way down to the seventh spot in the batting order. For just about the entire season before this he has been cemented into the second slot. He went hitless again in this contest as he lowered his season batting average to .289. Despite the lack of offense, the pitching was outstanding for Columbus in this game. Lefthander, Brad Halsey was on the hill and tossed a beauty. Halsey went 7 1/3 innings, surrendering one run on six hits while walking two and striking out three as well. The young lefty took the hard luck loss in this one to drop his record to 2-2 on the season.

Trenton Thunder. It appears that the Trenton Thunder may finally be coming out of their struggles that have plagued them as of late. They took this game against Altoona by the final score of 6-1 as they cruised to victory behind strong starting pitching. They out hit Altoona as well in this game by the count of 9-5. The home run bats came alive as well on this night as some of the big sticks got going. Robinson Cano had one hit on the night but it was a big blow. Cano blasted his sixth home run of the season and had a team best three RBI in the contest. Jason Grove also was swinging the home run bat as he crushed his fifth home run of the season. It was also his only hit of the evening. With the biggest offensive output of any Trenton Thunder tonight was the leadoff man and perhaps the team's most consistent hitter this year, Kevin Reese. Reese had three hits including two doubles in five at bats. Aaron Rifkin also had a hit in this game in four at bats as he continues to shoot his batting average up that once was all the way down in the .100's. He is now batting .252 for the season. Javier Ortiz was on the mound for the Trenton Thunder and he appears to be getting back on track. Ortiz had a fantastic outing, conceding one run (was unearned) on six hits while walking none and striking out three.


Tampa Yankees. Tonight was just not the night for the hitters in the Tampa Yankees lineup as far as hits are concerned. They fell to Vero Beach by the final score of a lopsided 6-0. Through the first seven inning, Tampa starter, Mike Megrew held the Tampa lineup hitless. However, Tampa with their high octane offense did mange to squeeze out three hits against the Vero Beach bullpen. To the surprise of no one, one of the Tampa hits belonged to the club's most consistent hitter this season, Bronson Sardinha. He still leads the team with his outstanding .338 batting average. A transaction not for Tampa is that they added shortstop Ferdin Tejada on Wednesday. Tejada was immediately inserted into the Tampa lineup on Wednesday evening and after struggling with AA Trenton, Ferdin picked up a single in four at bats. One bright sot for Tampa was that the struggling outfielder, Matt Carson who is losing playing time smacked a single in three at bats. To go along with a severe lack of hitting in the lineup, the pitching was certainly not there for Tampa either. Jon Skaggs had a rough outing, yielding five runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out six. Skaggs took the loss in this game and dropped his record to 5-4 on the season.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees had a scheduled off day on Wednesday as did the entire Midwest League. It was a travel day for Battle Creek as they will head to Beloit to take on the Snappers. Steven White will be on the hill on Thursday to try to start off the four game series with a victory.

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