Yankees Minor League Notebook for May 27th

The Columbus Clippers rained out: Kevin Reese is on fire for Trenton as he has had six hits in his last ten at bats; Dioner Navarro is really heating up and pushing his average towards .300; Aaron Rifkin goes from red hot to ice cold; Melky Cabrera slowed down for a rare instance in Tampa; Jared Koutnik providing some of the major offense for Tampa once again as he continues to surprise. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers experienced heavy rain in their home stadium on Thursday night and the game was forced to be called off. The heavy rain gave them no chance to play the ballgame and the contest between the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons has been postponed. No make up date has been announced yet but it is thought that a doubleheader will be scheduled for possibly this weekend.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder were bats were out and alive on Thursday night as they smacked the ball around the ballpark against Harrisburg. However, because of their lack of pitching the game was still a tight contest for them. They did come out on top though, by the final score of 8-6 over Harrisburg. The Thunder out hit Harrisburg 14-7 as they doubled them up. Kevin Reese is officially on fire with the bats as he had his second three hit games in a row. Reese is now 6 for his last ten plate appearances (.600) The leadoff man had a triple and a run scored included in this performance. Aaron Rifkin has proved to be very streaky this entire season. He started the season on fire, fell into a monster slump, red hot and now he is ice cold once again. The first baseman is hitless in his last 9 at bats now. Dioner Navarro is creeping his batting average up to where he expects it to be as it now sites at .295 for the year. Navarro picked up two hits in five at bats on Thursday including an RBI and a run scored. Sean Henn took the hill for the Thunder on Thursday and pitched merely so-so. Henn lasted through five innings of work, conceding five runs (3 were earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out seven. This performance was good enough for him to get the win to improve to 2-2 on the season.


Tampa Yankees. For the third straight day, the Tampa Yankees played a very tight ballgame against the Palm Beach Cardinals. but unlike the previous two games, Tampa took the loss in this one. Palm Beach won the ballgame by the final score of 3-2. Despite the small margin of the loss, the T-Yanks were out hit by the count of 10-5. The big time Tampa offense was pretty well handled by the Cardinal pitching. Melky Cabrera had something happen to him that was very rare for him in Battle Creek. He went hitless. Little used Andy Brown had the best night of an Tampa Yankee. For not being in the lineup in seemingly forever, Brown had a huge night, picking up two hits in three at bats including a double. Bronson Sardinha was held down all night by the Cardinal pitching as he went 0-3. Tommy Winrow, who had formerly been red hot was also silenced, going hitless in four at bats. Winrow still leads the ball club with his .353 season batting average. Jared Koutnik has been the most productive hitter over the past couple weeks for this team and he was a guy that was not even expected to have a starting job at the start of this season. On this night he had both RBI's for Tampa and he had one hit in the game. Jose Valdez was on the mound for Tampa and he had a not bad but also not great outing. Valdez lasted five innings, surrendering three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out two. The righthander was tagged with the loss as he falls to 4-4 on the season.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees continued to play solid baseball on Thursday night against the South Bend Silver Hawks. They came off a bad loss on Wednesday and came back in this game to win it by the final score of 7-3. Despite the fact that pitching carried them on Thursday, the hitting was there too as they out hit South Bend 12-5. Bryce Kartler is finally starting to swing the bat well as he has to fill the big shoes in the leadoff spot that was vacated by the promoted Melky Cabrera. Kartler smacked two hits on this night in five at bats including his third home run of the season, a double, an RBI and a run scored. Eric Duncan continues to provide most of the power for this ball club as he smacked a one hit that was his ninth home run of the season. Duncan also had two RBI and two runs scored. John Urick had a two hit game and he appears to be getting back on track and hopefully to the point he was hitting to start the season. Rafael Rodriguez quietly had a big night with three hits out of the ninth spot in the lineup. Tyler Clippard has been superb on the mound this season and that did not change on Thursday night. Clippard went six strong innings, surrendering two runs (none were earned) on four hits while walking none and striking out three. He got the win to improve to 4-4 on the season.

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