Yankees Minor League Notebook for May 28th

Andy Phillips is still red hot with the bat as he continues to pick up multi-hit games for Columbus; Schmitt knocked around and now has an over six ERA for the season; Melky Cabrera officially introduces himself to the Florida State League with a big night at the plate; Gomez victimized by poor defense in Battle Creek loss; Wang superb in Trenton loss as he tosses eight innings of work. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. Game 1. In a make up due to the rainout on Thursday night, the Columbus Clippers took on the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons in a doubleheader. However, they would go on to lose this first contest by the final score of 7-2. Columbus played very sloppy baseball, committing two errors. They were also out hit by the final count of 9-7. Darren Bragg was finally quieted down with the bat as the Red Barons pitching staff held him hitless in three at bats. For the first time in what seems like forever, Andy Phillips went hitless in the ballgame four at bats. Caonabo Cosme's slump is getting longer and longer and he is now batting all the way down in the eight spot of the batting order. Cosme went hitless in three at bats while striking out twice on Friday. Felix Escalona finally started up his bat again on Friday as he smacked two hits in three trips to the plate including a double, a run scored and an RBI as well. John Rodriguez provided the only other RBI for the Clippers. Andy Beal was on the mound on Friday and pitched well enough to get a better fate. Beal lasted six innings, surrendering six runs (only two were earned) on seven hits while walking two and striking out three. The lefthander took the hard luck loss and dropped his record to 3-2 on the season thus far.

Game 2. Friday evening and the rest of the day for that matter did not exactly go according to plan on Friday night for the Columbus Clippers. They were swept in the doubleheader by the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons in a disappointing fashion. They dropped the second game by the final score 6-4 and once again played very sloppy baseball with two errors. However, the Clippers did out hit the Red Barons by the final count of 10-7. After going one game without staying red hot at the plate, Darren Bragg got right back on a roll and picked up two hits in four trips to the plate including an RBI. The same goes for Andy Phillips who was also hitless in the first game but got right back on a tear as he smashed three hits in four bats including a double. Phillips is now 9 for his last 22 at bats (.409). Mike Vento was also right in on the action as he picked up two hits of his own in four bats. Newly acquired Kevin Hooper was hitless in his first game as a Clipper. Eric Schmitt took the mound for Columbus on Friday night and did not have the best of outings. Schmitt went five innings, conceding six runs (four earned) on seven hits while walking none and striking out four. He took the loss to drop to 2-1 on the season.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder and Binghamton Mets played long into the night as they battled in an extra inning battle, but someone eventually had to lose. In this case, it was the Trenton Thunder who took the very tough loss in the bottom of the fourteenth inning. They lost to Binghamton by the final score of 5-4. However, the Thunder were able to out hit hit the B-Mets by the count of 13-12. The team's hottest hitter, Kevin Reese in a rare instance was kept quiet with the bat through six at bats. Reese went hitless in the game. Mitch Jones got some activity with the stick with 2 hits in six trips to the plate including a double. Robinson Cano also had a two hit game that included a double and a triple. Teuris Olivares provided the pop on this night as he blasted his third home run of the season as he also had a two hit performance. Aaron Rifkin pulled out of his mini 0-9 tailspin as he picked up a single in five at bats including an RBI, a walk and a run scored. Chien-Ming Wang was on the mound for the Trenton Thunder on Friday and gave them everything they could have asked for. Wang went a strong eight innings, yielding three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out five.


Tampa Yankees. Like most of the other Yankee farm teams on this day, the Tampa Yankees played in a close ballgame with Fort Myers but it was a game for Tampa that they would end up on the short end of. The T-Yanks went on to lose this one by the final score of 7-5. The defense for Tampa was simply horrible as they committed a very sloppy four errors on the night. However, they did manage to out hit Fort Myers by the count of 12-11. Melky Cabrera officially introduced himself to the Florida State League as he showed what he was all about with three hits in five bats including a triple and an RBI on the night. Batting in the third spot now, Bronson Sardinha is still hitting as well as he has all season as he picked up two hits in five trips to the plate including an RBI. Jon-Mark Sprowl is slowly but surely moving his batting average up towards .300 after a slow start to his season. He went 2-4 on Friday and is now batting a respectable .273 on the season. Jeffrey Karstens did not have the best of starts on Friday and did not pitch long enough to even qualify for a win. Karstens lasted only 4 2/3 innings, conceding five runs (four earned) on six hits while walking two and striking out seven.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees took on Burlington on Friday night and played a very tight ballgame with them throughout the contest. However, Battle Creek suffered a disappointing loss by the final score of a heartbreaking 8-7. The BC Yanks lost a lead late in the game and committed two errors as well. They were also out hit by the final count of 9-8. Matt Carson has hit very well since joining the ball club as he is batting .364 with battle Creek. He picked up one hit on Friday in four at bats but that one hit was a home run. He also drove in two runs in the game as well. Eric Duncan also got in on the action as he usually seems to do. Duncan had a hit in three at bats including two runs scored and an RBI. The gaping hold is still left at the leadoff spot since the departure of Melky Cabrera. No one has truly stepped up to take over that spot. Erold Andrus was there on Friday and he went hitless in five at bats. Abel Gomez was on the mound for Battle Creek on Friday night and like just about every pitcher in the Yankee Farm System on this date, he was victimized by poor defense. Gomez last 4 2/3 innings, relinquishing six runs (two earned) on seven hits while walking three and striking out eight.

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