Yankees Minor League Notebook for June 1st

Caonabo Cosme looking to hold onto his spot in the lineup for the Clippers; Ferdin Tejada suffering through a lost season at every level he has played at; Willie Vazquez on a power surge for Battle Creek as he hits his third homer in two games; Jose Valdez smacked around in the Tampa loss; Melky Cabrera showing he can play at the next level; Carson rebounding well at the plate since his demotion. All this and more in this edition of Yankee Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers have been playing decent baseball as of late and they continued this positive trend on Tuesday night against the Ottawa Lynx. It was a very tight game for Columbus but they eventually went on to win it by the final score of 6-5. The Clippers also out hit the Lynx by the final count of 10-9. Brian Myrow had a huge night for the Clippers as he smacked three hits including a two doubles and three runs scored in five trips to the plate. Andy Phillips is hitting the baseball just about as well as you can hit it and this has gone on all season long for him. Phillips had a two hit performance on Tuesday in three trips to the plate. Hitting as well as he has, Phillips has also been drawing his fair share of walks as he drew two on this night. Caonabo Cosme is slowly but surely feeling his playing time slip away from him as he was benched on Monday night. But, on Tuesday, he made his case to remain in it. Cosme had a pretty good night at the plate, including a double and two RBI in three at bats. Jim Mann was on the mound for the Columbus Clippers and faired pretty well. Mann lasted five innings, surrendering two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out one.


Trenton Thunder. Before the game even started on Tuesday, one Thunder player was honored. Javier Ortiz was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, going 2-0 in that span with a 0.00 ERA. It seems that the Trenton Thunder have a knack for ending up in extra inning ballgames as of late as they battled through yet another one with Harrisburg on Tuesday night. Note: This game was completed too late to record the details of the contest


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees once again took on a tough Sarasota ballclub that creates a mini rivalry between the two. But, once again, the Tampa Yankees came out on the short end of the scoreboard. They went on to lose to Sarasota by the final score of 5-3. However, the T-Yanks did out hit Sarasota by the final count of 9-7. The big story that continues to baffle is that of Ferdin Tejada. This top prospect just can't seem to put it together this season. He was demoted from Trenton where he was batting just over .100 and now with Tampa he is batting below .100 and .097. He went hitless again on this night as he suffers through a lost first part of the season. Melky Cabrera has moved into Tampa and into the third spot in the order and do what he does best, hit. Melky went 2-5 on this Tuesday night and is now batting .355 since his promotion. Jared Koutnik continues to be the biggest surprise for Tampa so far this season. Koutnik is now batting .291 after a two hit performance on Tuesday at the shortstop position. Jose Valdez was on the mound for Tampa on Tuesday and got smacked around. Valdez lasted only 4 2/3 innings, yielding five runs (three earned) on seven hits while walking four and striking out three. The righthander took the loss to drop his record to 4-5 on the season.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees were locked up with the Dayton Dragons on Tuesday night and found themselves in a very tight ballgame. However, this would be a ballgame that Battle Creek would go on to eventually lose by the final score of 4-2. They were also out hit by Dayton by the final count of 6-4. After a monster power display on Monday night, Willie Vazquez did not miss a beat for Battle Creek on Tuesday night. Vazquez hit yet another home run. It was his third home run in two games. Vazquez had two hits on the night with a double and an RBI to go along with the long ball. Matt Carson continues to be a hitting machine since joining the Battle Creek roster. Carson had two hits on Tuesday including an RBI. He is now batting a lofty .440 in the Midwest League for this 2004 season. The rest of the Battle Creek Yankee lineup was completely silent on Tuesday as Carson and Vazquez were the only two in the lineup to get hits. Tyler Clippard took the hill for the Battle Creek Yankees and while it was not a bad start, it was still less than his absolute best. Clippard went 6 1/3 innings, conceding four runs on six hits while walking one and striking out nine. He took the loss to drop to 4-5 on the season.

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