Yankees Minor League Notebook for May 24th

Elvys Quezada tosses a no-hitter for BC; Brad Halsey throws yet another great game for the Columbus Clippers; Jackson Melian continues to tear up the International League at the plate; Darren Bragg is still lighting it up for the Clippers; Aaron Rifkin named EL Player of the Week; Jared Koutnik a big surprise for the Tampa Yankees as he takes the number three spot in the order. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers got their swings into swing in a big way on Monday in a day game against the Ottawa Lynx. They took it to the Lynx as they pummeled them by the final score of 11-1. It was all Clippers right from the get go and they also out hit Ottawa by the final count of 13-8. Who led the charge for Columbus? It started right from the top as the first three hitters in the lineup all had home runs for the Clippers. Darren Bragg is sizzling hot as he went 2-4 with a his fourth home run of the season. John Rodriguez had a home run as well. But the big story here is that Andy Phillips clobbered yet another long ball. It was his seventh of his season in AAA. Phillips had tow hits overall including a triple and two RBI. Jackson Melian has been on a tear since his promotion to Columbus. That did not change in this game as he had a team best three hits including two doubles and two RBI as well. He is now batting a lofty .556 with the Clippers. Young lefthander, Brad Halsey was on the mound for the Clippers and he had yet another fantastic outing. Halsey went six strong innings, surrendering one run on seven hits while walking two and striking out five. Halsey got the win and improved his record to 3-2 on the season.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder had a scheduled off day as did most of the Easter League teams. Only two games were scheduled to be played on Monday. They are however, scheduled to play tomorrow. One side note, Trenton first baseman, Aaron Rifkin was name Eastern League player of the week. Rifkin has been red hot all week long. In this week he batted .462 with three home runs while driving in thirteen and slugging a fantastic .885. He will be trying to keep his hot streak moving on Tuesday.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees played to a dramatic finish in a game against the Palm Beach Cardinals on Monday night. This was a dramatic finish that would shift in favor of the Tampa Yankees as the won it in the bottom of the ninth inning. The TYanks won it by the final score of 4-3 as they scored three runs in the bottom of the frame. However, they were out hit by Palm Beach 7-6. Jayson Drobiak may have taken over the title of the team's hottest hitter at the dish. He did nothing to change this on Monday as he smacked a clutch RBI double and picked up an RBI in two official at bats. Bronson Sardinha pitched in with his usual hit as he went 1-4 with double, an RBI and a run scored in four trips to the plate. Jared Koutnik has play very well throughout this young season and earned a spot in the starting lineup that no one expected he had a chance at early on in the year. On Monday he found himself batting third in the lineup and he continued to hit well as he went 1-2 with a double and an RBI. Jon Skaggs has been very consistent for the Tampa Yankees so far this season. He proved that yet again on Monday as he tossed seven innings, conceding two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out six. Skaggs got a no decision in this contest.


Battle Creek Yankees. What a night it was for the Battle Creek Yankees offense and their young left-handed starting pitcher as well. The game could not have gone any better for the BC Yanks as they took home an easy victory over the South Bend Silver Hawks by the final score of 7-0. But perhaps the most important note of the night was the fact that the Battle Creek Yankees out hit the Silver Hawks 15-0. Obviously, the hitting was there all night long for the Battle Creek Yankees. Hector Made and Bryce Kartler both had three hit games. Kartler is really starting to heat it up at the plate since getting back into the lineup. He has finally gotten his average back over .200 at .212 for the year. Eric Duncan continues to be able to come up with the big hit whenever it is needed. He had three RBI on the evening as he had a double in four at bats. Erold Andrus and John Urick also had productive plate appearances as they both had two hit performances. The big story of the night though came from the mound. Elvys Quezada threw an unprecedented no-hitter for BC to pick up his first win of the season. Quezada went nine innings, surrendering no runs on no hits while walking four and striking out ten.



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