Yankees Minor League Notebook for June 3rd

Chien-Ming Wang walloped in the Trenton loss to Harrisburg; Andy Phillips finally cooled off against Buffalo; Rifkin stays red hot with the bat as he has a two hit night; Elvys Quezada has second straight bad start since tossing the no hitter; Jones provides the power for the Thunder; Robinson Cano heating it up with the stick; Willie Vazquez finally silenced by the Dayton pitching staff. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. Thursday night was not a very nice one for the Columbus Clippers. It was a rough night in every facet of the game of baseball and the Columbus Clippers felt the results on the scoreboard. They took a beating at the hands of the Buffalo Bisons and lost by the final score of 13-2. The Clippers were also out hit by the final count of 13-7 as well. Darren Bragg was back in the lineup on Thursday and was right back in the swing of things. Bragg picked up two hits in four trips to the plate including a double. He was able to raise his average back over .330 for the season at .302. Newsflash, Andy Phillips actually had a hitless game. After seeming to be at the point where he might be emerging from a woeful slump, Caonabo Cosme fell right back into it on Thursday. Cosme went 0-4, dropping his batting average to a season low .253. Mike Vento provided the power for Columbus on Thursday as he blasted his eight home run of the season while driving in two as well. Andy Beal took the mound for the Columbus Clippers and had the total opposite of what would be a good outing. Beal lasted 5 1/3 innings, conceding eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits while walking none and striking out one. Beal took the loss to drop his record to 3-3 on the season.


Trenton Thunder. It was a slugfest on Thursday night between Harrisburg and the Trenton Thunder. They combined to scored 15 runs and pick up 25 hits on the game. However, the Thunder would eventually go on to lose this slugfest game. They were defeated by the final score of 8-7 in a tight one n which they made a valiant comeback. The Thunder did out hit Harrisburg by the final count of 13-12. As it normally happens, Mitch Jones provided the power for Trenton as he blasted his twelfth home run of the season. Jones had a big night including two hits and three RBI. It seems that every time that Dioner Navarro gets his batting average near .300, he has another hitless night as was the case on this night. Aaron Rifkin had a good night at the plate as he smacked two hits in four trips to the plate including an RBI, a walk and a run scored. Robinson Cano is officially back in the swing of things. He had two hits in this game and has raised his season average back up to .282. Chien-Ming Wang was on the mound for the thunder and he had just about as bad of an outing as any pitcher could have. Wang lasted only 2/3 of an inning! He gave up seven runs on eight hits while walking on and striking out none. Wang took the loss to drop his season record to 2-4.


Tampa Yankees. Well, all four of the Yankee farm teams lost on Thursday night so the Tampa Yankees were not the only ones. The Tampa Yankees were taking on Dunedin Blue Jays in their home park and lost in disappointing fashion. The T-Yanks went on to lose by the final score of 8-3 as they were widely outplayed. However, they did out hit the Blue Jays by the final count of 10-9. Kevin Thompson is back! After serving his stint on the DL, he was on a rehab assignment in Tampa and will hope to rejoin Columbus sometime soon. Thompson was back in a big way and had a monster night. He picked up three hits in five at bats including a home run. What a way to return.  Jason Giambi continued his rehab stint as well. He had a hit in four trips to the plate. Melky Cabrera had a hit on the night and maintained his .317 average. Bronson Sardinha had a two hit performance as well as he was batting in a rare spot for him, cleanup. Florida State League All-Star, Jon Skaggs was on the mound on this night but did not pitch like an All-Star. Skaggs lasted only 4 1/3 innings, yielding five runs on five hits while walking three and striking out two. He took the loss to drop to 5-5 on the season.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees are yet another Yankee farm team on this Thursday night to take a beating from their opposition. Battle Creek was taking on the Dayton Dragons and did not fair to well at all. The BC Yanks went on to lose this one by a landslide score of 9-2. They were also widely out hit by the final count of 13-3. The formerly sizzling hot Willie Vazquez was finally quieted by the Dayton pitching. Vazquez went hitless in four trips to the plate including two strikeouts. One good sign on this night for the Battle Creek Yankees was that their struggling second baseman, Enrique Cruz picked up a hit out of the ninth spot in the lineup in two trips to the plate. Eric Duncan had yet another rough night at the plate as he went hitless three trips to the plate including a strikeout. However, he did pick up a walk. Matt Carson was cooled off from his Midwest League hot streak. He went hitless in four at bats. Tonight was not a night for the pitchers as Elvys Quezada also did not pitch well for Battle Creek. In fact he has not pitched well since he tossed a no hitter. Quezada lasted only four innings, surrendering five runs (four earned) on four hits while walking three and striking out seven.

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