Yankees Minor League Notebook for May 30th

Nerio Rodriguez smacked around for the second straight start as his ERA continues to go sky high; Andy Phillips seeming invincible with the bat in his hands so far this season; Caonabo Cosme is hitless in his last 15 at bats as he suffers through a terrible slump; Shelley Duncan provides the only offense for Tampa in the loss; Carson turning his season around with the Battle Creek Yankees after struggling in Tampa. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers came out on Sunday afternoon and were clicking on all cylinders offensively and on the mound. The Clippers took on the Ottawa Lynx and brought their bats to life and pitched well also. Columbus went on to defeat the Lynx by the final score of 9-2. They also out hit Ottawa by the final count of 12-8. Darren Bragg was finally shit down as his bat was cooled off, going hitless in five at bats. On this night, his batting average dropped below .300 as well. Andy Phillips still can't seem to make an out as he had yet another three hit performance. He also had an RBI. Phillips is pushing his average towards the .400 mark as he now sits at .393 on his season in AAA. Felix Escalona has been hot with the bat as of late as he had another two hit game on Sunday. Escalona is now 5 for his last 11 at bats (.454). Caonabo Cosme is falling deeper and deeper into his slump, going hitless in this game as well. The 2b is now hitless in his last 15 at bats and is 2 for his last 25 at bats (.080). Nerio Rodriguez was on the hill for the Clippers on Sunday and had yet another awful outing. Rodriguez lasted only 4 2/3 innings, conceding four runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out two. Rodriguez was let off the hook and got a no decision.


Trenton Thunder. For the Trenton Thunder, it was a night of fun especially for their lineup as they took it to the Binghamton Mets in their home ballpark in easy fashion. It was a night of superb pitching and a strong offensive output for the Thunder as they went on to defeat the Binghamton Mets by the final score of an 8-0 beating. Both teams did however, have 10 hits piece but Trenton made the most of their hits. Aaron Rifkin got right back into his hot streak on Sunday as he smashed three hits including a home run, a double, a triple and three RBI. Rifkin missed hitting for the cycle by only a single in this game. Dioner Navarro got his bat heated up again as he picked up two hits in fur trips to the plate including three RBI. Robinson Cano appears to be pulling out of his mini slump that he is has gone through over the past week. Cano picked up two hits in five trips to the plate including a run scored. In a very rare occurrence for this season, Kevin Reese went hitless in this game. Javier Ortiz was on the mound for the Trenton Thunder and for the third time in a row, he had a superb outing. Ortiz went 6 2/3 strong innings, surrendering no runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out five.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees played a game of very flat baseball and the results showed on Sunday night as they were shut down fairly easily by Dunedin. The T-Yanks went on to lose this game by the final score of sound 7-1 deficit. The Dunedin starting pitching and bullpen kept the heavy hitting Yankees quiet all day as they were out hit 13-5. Gabe Lopez seems to be pulling out of his slump as of late as he picked up two hits on Sunday in four trips to the plate including a double. Melky Cabrera has not missed a beat since his promotion from Battle Creek to Tampa. Melky had a single in four trips to the plate in this game. Shelley Duncan had the only significant blow of the game for Tampa and that was a long home run in the fourth inning. It accounted for Tampa's only run of the ballgame. The home run was Duncan's tenth of the season. Ferdin Tejada's slump has become much more than just a slump at this point. He went hitless in this ballgame and is in danger of dropping his average below .100. His average is .100 on the dot right now. Justin Pope took the ball for Tampa on Sunday night and for the most part, did his job. Pope went six solid innings, conceding three runs, scattering nine hits while walking none and striking out six. However, Pope took the loss to drop to 3-3 on the season.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees played through a nail biter type of ballgame after pounding Burlington on Saturday. This game was much different but still had the same overall result for Battle Creek. The BC Yanks came out on top in this one by the final score of 4-3 behind strong starting pitching. BC also out hit Burlington by the final count of 8-7. Eric Duncan continues to be a model of consistency for Battle Creek as he has been all season long. Duncan picked up two hits in three trips to the plate including a double, an RBI and a run scored. Matt Carson has been a breath of fresh air since joining the ballclub and he is batting .444 this year in the Midwest League. Carson smacked two hits in three trips to the plate with a double and an RBI as well. Hector Made has played well enough as of late to work himself all the way up to the second spot in the batting order on Sunday. There, he thrived as he picked up two hits in three trips to the plate. Steven White took the mound on Sunday and once again turned in a pretty solid outing to lead Battle Creek to a victory. White went 5 1/3 innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four. He got the win to improve to 2-2 on the season.

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