Yankees Minor League Notebook for June 10th

Brad Halsey establishing himself as a top notch starting pitcher for the Columbus Clippers; Kenny Lofton on a rehab assignment with the Trenton Thunder; Ferdin Tejada FINALLY starting to heat it up with the bat with Tampa; Aaron Rifkin on a power surge this season; Skaggs knocked around in the Tampa loss; Kevin Thompson continues to hit well since returning from the disabled list last week. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. On Thursday night, the Columbus Clippers played the type of baseball that they wish they could play every game. They played behind outstanding starting pitching and some solid offense as well. The Clippers took on the Rochester Red Wings and cruised to a victory by the final score of 4-0. They also out hit the Red Wings by the final count of 8-2. The formerly red hot Andy Phillips has been slowed as of late and despite is still high average of .338, that average has actually fallen from near .400. He was hitless again on Thursday. Felix Escalona brought his big bat with him on Thursday as he was the main offensive force for the Clippers. Escalona had two hits, both of which were doubles, in four trips to the plate. He also had an RBI. Jeff Deardorff continued his hot hitting on Thursday as he continues to push his average towards the .300 mark. Deardorff had two hits in this game including a run scored in four trips up to bat. How big of a plus has Brad Halsey been for the Clippers this year? Well, he is arguably the ace of the staff and with this win on Thursday, his record is now an impressive 6-2 on the season. Halsey was dazzling in this game as he tossed a complete game, allowing no runs on only two hits! He also struck out six and walked only two. His ERA dropped to an outstanding 2.57 for the season.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder were in action on Thursday night and they would be taking on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. It was a game of tons of excitement throughout the contest and it came to a very likeable ending for the Thunder also. The Trenton Thunder went on to win this game by the final count of 6-5. Both teams were tied with the same amount of hits, ten apiece. Yankees centerfielder, Kenny Lofton joined the club in a rehab assignment on Thursday. Lofton had a double and an RBI in three trips to the plate as he prepares to return to the big club. Aaron Rifkin continues to pile up the power numbers this season as he pounded his tenth home run of the season on Thursday to go along with an RBI and a run scored. Kevin Reese also had a long ball in this game. It was his fifth of the season. Andy Cannizaro, who recently rejoined the team, had a huge night on Thursday. Cannizaro had three hits in four trips to the plate including an RBI. After starting off very well this season with Trenton, Carlos Ryes had his first true bad outing on this night. Reyes pitched 6 2/3 innings, surrendering five runs on ten hits while walking on and striking out five.


Tampa Yankees. After having their game suspended due to rain on Wednesday, the Tampa Yankees were scheduled to finish that game on Thursday along with the already scheduled contest for this date. The T-Yanks came out strong on Thursday but eventually came out on the losing end on the scoreboard. They went on to lose this game by the final score of 7-6 in a tight one. Tampa was also out hit by St. Lucie by the final count of 10-8. The lineup was shuffled up for this game. The now resurgent Ferdin Tejada was moved up to second and he picked up a hit in three at bats including a walk. Andy Brown has done very little this year including play in general. Brown got a chance tonight to play and he blasted his first home run of the season. Kevin Thompson has been a shot in the arm for the Tampa ballclub since his return from the DL as he had yet another hit on Thursday out of the leadoff spot. His average in Tampa now sits at .364 for the season. Jon Skaggs was on the mound for the Tampa Yankees on Thursday and for him, it was not the best of games. Skaggs lasted only four innings, conceding three runs on three hits while walking two and striking out none.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees scheduled game on Thursday night has been postponed due to heavy rains. They were scheduled to take on the Dayton Dragons. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Friday, June 11th. The first of the two scheduled game will being at 6:00 p.m.

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