Yankees Minor League Notebook for June 8th

Jeff Deardorff providing the power for the Clippers as he blasts his eleventh bomb of the year; Quezada has not been the same since tossing the no hitter as he has another sub par performance; Eric Duncan breaking out of a horrible slump; Kevin Reese has been a model of consistency batting leadoff for the Trenton Thunder in this 2004 season; Matt Carson clubs two long balls in the Battle Creek victory. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers were in action on Tuesday night and they were up against the Rochester Red Wings. It was a sloppy and overall bad loss for the Clippers as they committed four errors, costing their pitching staff very heavily as well. They went on to lose this game to the Red Wings by the final score of 6-2. The Clippers were also out hit by Rochester by the final count of 9-5. Jeff Deardorff was one of the only true sources of offense on Tuesday evening as he had a two hit performance in four trips to the plate including a home run and an RBI as well. The home run was his eleventh of the season. Mike Kelly also had a home run and an RBI in four trips to the plate in this game. His home run was his seventh of the season. Kevin Hooper continues to struggle since joining the Columbus Clippers. Hooper went hitless in this game in three at bats as he has lowered his average to a lowly .172 on the season. Andy Beal was the starting pitcher for the Columbus ballclub and he gave the team the innings it needed but perhaps stayed in the game too long. However, he had only one truly bad inning, the fourth, giving up four runs. His final line score was eight innings, yielding six runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out two. He took the loss to drop to 3-4 on the season.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder took the field on Tuesday night to take on the Portland Sea Dogs, the Red Sox farm team. It was a tight ballgame but it was one that the Thunder ultimately dominated with solid pitching and a hard hitting offense that came to life on this evening. Trenton went on to win this ballgame by the final score of 8-5. They were out hit, however, by the final count of 10-7. Kevin Reese is having a big season for Trenton thus far and it got even better on Tuesday as he smacked two hits in four trips to the plate including a clutch three RBI as well. Perhaps getting moved down in the order was just the jumpstart that Robinson Cano needed to get him going. He had two hits in this game as well, including a double, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored. Tuesday spelled the return of Andy Cannizaro who was batting in the ninth spot and playing shortstop. Cannizaro had a nice return as he slapped a hit and drove in two runs also. Sean Henn would take the mound for the Thunder on Tuesday and while it was not an excellent outing, he pitched well enough to keep his team in the game. Henn lasted seven innings, relinquishing four runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out three. He got the win to improve to 3-2 on the season.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees were taking on the St. Lucie Mets on Tuesday night. Note: The results of this game were obtained too late to record the notes of the contest in it's entirity.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees were in on a major slugfest on Tuesday night and it was against a very strong Peoria Chiefs ballclub. However, despite putting up a valiant battle, the BC Yanks eventually would take a heartbreaking loss in this ballgame. They went on to lose this game by the final score of 10-9 to Peoria. They were also out hit by the final count of 14-10.  The good news and perhaps the best news for the Battle Creek Yankees was that their star third baseman, Eric Duncan is back in the swing of things. Duncan had two hits in Monday's contest and had another hit on Tuesday as he snapped out of his 0-22 slump, on of the worst of his career. Matt Carson has been everything to the Battle Creek Yankees since he joined the club, batting .364. Carson had a monster night at the plate as he had two hits, both home runs! He also had five RBI on the night. The problem of Estee Harris's hitting is still a mystery as his average has plummeted to .213 for the season. He went hitless again on Tuesday. The bottom line with Elvys Quezada, who was on the hill for Battle Creek on this night, is that he has just not been the same since he threw the no hitter. Quezada lasted five innings, conceding five runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out one.

Pinstripes Plus Top Stories