Yankees Minor League Notebook for May 21st

The Columbus Clippers and the Battle Creek Yankees both rained out on Friday; Sean Henn rouged up by the Reading Phillies; Dioner Navarro heating it up at the plate; Aaron Rifkin goes from major slump to red hot in less than a week as he continues his tear on Friday; Matt DeSalvo has another great outing for the Tampa Yankees; Matt Carson explodes out of his slump with a three hit night including a home run. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers game against the Ottawa Lynx has been postponed on Friday due to heavy rains in the area. The game has been rescheduled for Saturday. This game will be included in a doubleheader against the Lynx. No pitching probables have been announced as of yet.


Trenton Thunder. It was a very disappointing night for the Trenton Thunder after winning three straight games previously. They took the loss to the Reading Phillies in a very flat matter. They lost the game in a close one 5-3 but played very flat all evening long. They were out hit by a large margin of 12-3. The hottest hitter on the whole team at this point, Aaron Rifkin picked up one of these hits. Rifkin also had an RBI and a run scored. His batting average continues to climb and climb. It has now leveled off at .263 for the season. Robinson Cano appears to be emerging from his mini slump as well. Cano had the only extra base hit for the Trenton Thunder of the evening. Overall, Cano smacked a double in three at bats while also drawing a walk. The Thunder also got a good sign in that Dioner Navarro had a hit in the game. His one hit was a home run while he also drove in two runs as well to account for 2/3 of his team's runs on Friday. Sean Henn took the mound for Trenton on Friday and he was not on top of his game by any means. Henn went 5 1/3 innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out six. With that outing, the young lefthander's ERA was raised to 4.11 for the season. Sean Henn took the loss and fell to 1-2 on the season.


Tampa Yankees. After going silent on Thursday, the Tampa Yankee's big bats took off in a massive attack on the Daytona Cubs pitching staff. The TYanks went on to pummel Daytona by the final score of 10-2 as they cruised to victory. They had a superb combination of excellent pitching and a hug offensive explosion. Tampa also widely out hit the Cubs by the tally of 12-7. As it is obviously shown, offense was in abundance on Friday. Gabe Lopez got right in on the action in the leadoff spot as he picked up two hits. One very good sign for the team was that their widely struggling outfielder, matt Carson had a monster game including a home run, three RBI, two doubles and two runs scored. Notoriously, Carson has become known as a slow starter. Bronson Sardinha kept his usual consistency up as he picked up a hit as well. Jayson Drobiak also had a big night as he drove two hits including a base on ball and a run scored. Matt DeSalvo had yet another great start as he continues to have an outstanding season. After this outing in which he went five innings, surrendering two runs (none earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out six his season ERA is now 1.44 for the season.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees game was also postponed on Friday night due to rain in the area. The game between the Battle Creek Yankees and the Beloit Snappers will be made up on Saturday as a part of a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and righthander, Tyler Clippard will be taking the mound. The probable starter for game two will be Chase Wright.



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