Yankees Minor League Notebook for June 2nd

Sean Henn tosses a gem for the Trenton Thunder; Navarro inching his way back to where he wants to be in regards to batting average; Tejada in the midst of a lost season; Jason Giambi plays through a healthy rehab game with Tampa Yankees; Battle Creek lineup falls silent in the loss; Koutnik becoming a primary run producer for Tampa; Vazquez red hot at the plate for the Battle Creek Yankees. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers had a scheduled off day on Wednesday night as there was only one International League game scheduled for this date. The Clippers are coming off a sweep of the Ottawa Lynx. They are scheduled to take on the Buffalo Bisons on Thursday.

 

Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder once again, yes again showed their knack for playing in extra inning ballgames as they played through yet another one against Harrisburg on Wednesday night. This game lasted ten innings and Trenton came out on the right end of it as they went on to win it by the final score of 3-2. However, they were out hit Harrisburg by the final count of 10-8.  Dioner Navarro is edging his way up to where he expects himself to be as he had the only multi-hit game for the Thunder on this night. Navarro went 2-4 including a double and a walk, moving his batting average up to .298 for the season. Aaron Rifkin had only one hit on the night in five trips to the plate but his one hit was a big blow in this ballgame. Rifkin smashed a two run double in the first inning to give Trenton an early lead. Mitch Jones is watching his average dip towards .200 as he also went hitless on the game. He is now batting .213 on the season but he did draw two walks in this game. Sean Henn was on the mound for the Trenton Thunder and turned in a sparkling performance. Henn went eight great innings, surrendering one run on eight hits while walking one and striking out five. However, he was stuck with the no-decision.

 

Tampa Yankees. It was not just an average night or game for the Tampa Yankees as they got a visit from the rehabbing Jason Giambi. Tampa was taking on the Dunedin Blue Jays and played a tight ballgame with them throughout. They went on to win this ballgame by the final count of 5-4. The T-Yanks were out hit, however, by the final count of 13-8.  Jason Giambi was in town and most importantly he played with a no injury trouble of any kind. But, Giambi went hitless in three trips to the plate but did draw a walk. Melky Cabrera was in the leadoff spot, where he seems most comfortable, for Tampa and he had a hit in five at bats including a double. Ferdin Tejada is just a huge mystery for the entire season so far. He is having a nightmare season as he went hitless again on Wednesday and is now batting .086 in Tampa this season. Jared Koutnik continues to be a run producing machine for Tampa this year and quite to their surprise. He had a double and two RBI on this night. Jeffrey Karstens was on the hill for Tampa on Wednesday and pitched a solid ballgame. Karstens went six innings, yielding three runs (two earned) on nine hits while walking two and striking out three.

 

Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees seemed to play very flat baseball on Wednesday or it just might have been that they were shut down by the opposing pitching staff.  The Dayton Dragons were the opponents and defeated Battle Creek by the final score of a shutout, 5-0. The BC bats went silently on this Wednesday evening as they were only able to pick up four hits in the game. The on guy that could not be set down easily tonight was only the team's hottest hitter, Willie Vazquez. Vazquez who had been on a power surge with three homers in two days was one of the few to pick up a hit in this game. He went 1-4 out of the second spot in the order and playing shortstop. Hector Made, who has actually been hitting well as of late, was sitting out this one. After playing a few games in the leadoff spot in the order, Erold Andrus was sent all the way down to the ninth spot in the order. There, Andrus was also one of the few with a hit as he went 1-3 on the night. Abel Gomez was on the mound for Battle Creek on Wednesday night and did a decent job. Gomez lasted 5 1/3 innings, conceding three runs (two earned) on two hits while walking three and striking out seven. He suffered his first loss of the season.


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