Yankees Minor League Notebook for May 29th

Caonabo Cosme in a huge tailspin for the Clippers as he has been moved to ninth in the lineup; Halsey has another fantastic outing; Andy Phillips is continually raking the ball day in and day out; Navarro cooled off against the Binghamton Mets; Carlos Reyes makes a strong debut for the Trenton Thunder; Quezada knocked around in his first start since his no hitter; Carson lighting up the Midwest League. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers came back strong after a disappointing sweep in a doubleheader on Friday night. They took a victory in a pure pitcher's duel against the Ottawa Lynx by the final score of 2-0 as they scored both of their runs in the late innings. They also out hit the Lynx by the final count of 8-4. Kevin Hooper was in the leadoff spot for Columbus and got his first hit as a Clipper and he also had a walk. Andy Phillips is still on fire at the plate as he picked up two hits in four at bats including a double and he has raised his season average to a team best .379 for the season. Jackson Melian continues to show that he can hit at every level he plays at. Melian picked up two hits in three at bats including a double, an RBI and a walk. Caonabo Cosme is still completely lost at the plate for Columbus. For the first time this season, Cosme batted ninth for the Clippers and went hitless in four bats including three strikeouts. He has now struck out five times in the last two games. Brad Halsey was on the mound for the Clippers and he was absolutely brilliant. Halsey went seven great innings, surrendering no runs on four hits while walking and striking out three. He picked up the win to improve to 4-2 on the season.


Trenton Thunder. All of a sudden the Trenton Thunder find themselves in a mini-slide yet again after just getting out of one of their worst team slumps of the season. Trenton took on the Binghamton Mets and once again saw their offense get put to sleep. They lost to the Mets by the final score of 3-1 as they could not really break through all night long on offense. Binghamton also out hit the Thunder by the count of 7-4. Kevin Reese kept his hot streak moving out of the leadoff spot as he picked up a double in five trips to the plate. First baseman, Aaron Rifkin got a hit for the second game in a row after suffering through an 0-9 mini-slide. But, his one hit was a very big one and accounted for all the Trenton offense. Rifkin rocked a solo home run in the fourth inning. The formerly sizzling hot Dioner Navarro was cooled off by the B-Met pitching staff on Saturday night as well. Navarro was held hitless in three trips to the plate but did manage to draw a walk. The newly acquired veteran pitcher, Carlos Reyes made his first appearance for the Thunder as he got the start on Saturday. Reyes faired pretty well, conceding three runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out four. He was tagged with the tough loss to drop to 0-1 for the season.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees fought through an extra inning battle with the Fort Myers Miracle and played long into Saturday evening in clash of offense. This would be a fight the Tampa would eventually go on to lose by the final score of 6-5 in eleven innings. They were also out hit my the Miracle by the final count of 11-10 but Fort Myers did commit four errors in the game. Bronson Sardinha batted in the cleanup spot for the first time this season and thrived. Sardinha had three hits in six trips to the plate including a run scored. Melky Cabrera was batting third on Saturday night and he also had a hit in six trips to the plate. Jon-Mark Sprowl is really hot with the bat as of late. He had two hits in three at bats including a double and two RBI. He as raised his season batting average all the way up to .281. One guy that got a out of slump on Saturday was Ferdin Tejada but he did not exactly burst out. Tejada had one hit in five trips to the plate but the way he has been hitting, it is progress. Jon Skaggs was on the mound for Tampa on Saturday night and he kept them in the game with a solid outing. Skaggs went five innings, yielding three runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out three.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees came to the ballpark ready to play on Saturday, especially their big bats. Battle Creek completely pounded Burlington in this one as they got fairly so-so pitching but the bats were out in force. They beat Burlington by the final score of 14-5. In this game, BC pounded out 15 hits as they out hit Burlington by the count of 15-6. The BC Yanks may have found their man to replace Melky Cabrera in the leadoff spot and that is Erold Andrus. Andrus set the table nicely for BC as he picked up two hits in five at bats including a run scored. Matt Carson has been raking the ball since he joined the Battle Creek roster and that did not change on this night. Carson smacked two hits in four at bats including three runs scored, four RBI, a home run and a double! Edwar Gonzalez played in his first game as a Battle Creek Yankee since being brought up from extended spring training and he played very well. Gonzalez picked up two hits in four bats including an RBI. Oddly enough. the man who pitched a no hitter in his last outing, was not up to par on this night. Elvys Quezada was knocked around on Saturday, lasting four innings, relinquishing five runs on six hits while walking one and striking out six. Quezada got the no decision in this one.

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