Yankees Minor League Notebook for May 26th

Matt DeSalvo has been lights out all year as he has another great start against Palm Beach; Kevin Reese homers for the second game in a row for Trenton; Buddy Carlyle is still yet to give up a run in AA Trenton in the 2004 season; Melky Cabrera gets a well earned promotion to High A Tampa from Battle Creek; Dioner Navarro breaks out of his slump in a a big way with a thee hit game. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. For the Columbus Clippers it was all offense nad no pitching as they teed off in a battle of the bats on Wednesday evening. In this battle, they were up against the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons. However, this would be a game that the formerly red hot Columbus Clippers would eventually lose by the final score of 10-6. They were also out hit by the Red Barons 15-9. Brian Myrow came out of his seemingly endless silence at the plate as he had a big night with the stick, going 3-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Andy Phillips did not have the kind of night that he has become accustomed to over the span of his tremendous hot streak but he did get in on the action for the Clippers. Phillips went 1-5 with an RBI. Caonabo Cosme went from being the surprise player and sparkplug for the Columbus Clippers to now a horribly struggling second baseman at the bottom of the lineup. His batting average is all the way down to .276 for the season. Nerio Rodriguez took the ball and got the start for Columbus on Wednesday and had a very rough outing. Rodriguez last five innings, yielding six runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out only one. He took the loss to fall to 2-4 on the season.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder are really starting to get themselves on a good roll after being in a bad team slump for a while. Trenton took on Harrisburg again and they took home yet another victory in a big way by the final score of 8-0 on Wednesday evening at Waterfront Park. The thunder also widely out hit Harrisburg by the final count of 1303 behind strong starting pitching. Kevin Reese continues to have a tremendous year out of the leadoff spot and he is just red hot at the plate right now. For the second straight game, Reese homered to spark a big night of offense. Reese had three hits including a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in five at bats. Finally, to the relief of all Eastern League pitcher was one of the few hitters that didn't have ah it in five at bats on Wednesday. He had previously been batting over .400 in his last week worth of games. Dioner Navarro appears to swinging his way back into form as he smacked three hits on Wednesday in five at bats including an RBI and a run scored. Mitch Jones also blasted his team leading 11th home run of the season. Buddy Carlyle has been perhaps the biggest surprise in the Yankee Farm System this year as he continually is benefiting the Trenton pitching staff. Carlyle went seven spectacular innings, conceding no runs on three hits while walking none and striking out ten! He is still yet to give up a run in a Thunder uniform.


Tampa Yankees.  Once again, the Tampa Yankees were faced of against the Palm Beach Cardinals. Just like their game on Tuesday, these two teams played through a very tight ballgame. But, just like Tuesday, Tampa came out on top by the final score of 7-5 over the Cardinals. The Tampa Yankees also out hit Palm Beach by the final count of 10-6. Tonight was a night of a new face as newly promoted Melky Cabrera, who was lighting up the Midwest League was in the Tampa lineup for the first time. Like he did in Battle Creek, Melky continued to hit as he went 1-3 out of the two spot in the lineup. Bronson Sardinha, Mr. Consistency himself, had two hits in four at bats on the night including a run scored as well. Providing the power was the man that usually does so, Shelley Duncan, Shelley clobbered his team leading ninth home run of the season. It was his only hit of the game but he did have three RBI on the night to add to that team leading total as well. It was pitching, pitching, pitching for Tampa on this night. Matt DeSalvo, the team's ace for this 2004 season so far. DeSalvo was up to the task again as he went seven superb innings, surrendering no runs on two hits while walking one and striking out eight. DeSalvo picked up the victory to improve his record to 4-2 on the season.


Battle Creek Yankees.  The Battle Creek Yankees played another disappointing ball game on Wednesday night against the South Bend Silver Hawks. They seemed to be paying flat baseball but some of that could be due to the loss of their leadoff hitting sparkplug, Melky Cabrera who was promoted to Tampa. The BC Yanks took the loss in this game by the final score of 6-4. However, they out hit South Bend 9-4 which shows a lack of timely hitting. After suffering through a monstrous tailspin in which his batting average dropped from the .350 area all the way down to the low .200's, John Urick appears to be bouncing back as he had two hits in this game including two RBI and a double in three at bats. Eric Duncan is starting to become very steady at the plate and batting out of the third spot in the order as he smacked two hits in this game as well. Matt Carson, recently demoted from Tampa due to his slumping bat, was batting cleanup and had two hits and an RBI in the game. Chase Wright was on the mound for Battle Creek and he had a terrible outing. Wright went only three innings, relinquishing six runs on four hits while walking five and striking out two. He took the loss to drop to 4-5 on the season.

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