Yankees Minor League Notebook for June 12th

Kevin Reese holding together his hitting streak as it is extended to 11 straight games; Nerio Rodriguez is rocked once again, raising his season ERA to a bloated 8.36; Buddy Carlyle could possibly be becoming the ace of the Trenton pitching staff; Battle Creek offense nearly completely shut down as they only manage to pick up three hits; Rik Currier pounded in the Trenton loss; Deardorff gets his batting average back to .300. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers were in action on Saturday night and they would be taking on the Richmond Braves. However, they did not have the type of game that would be expected. Good pitching was not there for them on Saturday as their hitting fell silent as well. They went on to lose this game by the final score of 7-2. The Clippers were also out hit by the final count of 11-8. Andy Phillips was right back on track on Saturday as he picked up two hits in four trips to the plate. However, that would be the only multi-hit game that any Clipper would have on this date. At the bottom of the lineup, David Parrish got into the action as he had a hit in four at bats. Bubba Crosby set the table out of the number two spot in this game as he also had one hit. Crosby also scored one of the two Columbus Clippers runs. It was a pretty good day fro Jeff Deardorff as he got one base hit but the best part was that he got his batting average back over the .300 mark at .301. The starting pitcher for Columbus, Nerio Rodriguez, was smacked around again as he has just been awful for most of the season. Rodriguez lasted only four innings, conceding  six runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out seven. Nerio now has a lofty 8.36 ERA and his record has fallen to 2-6 on the year.


Trenton Thunder. Game 1. The Trenton Thunder were prepared to play a doubleheader against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and in game one they would play strong behind their most consistent starting pitcher. It was a very tight, low scoring game but the Thunder took home victory by the final score of 1-0. Both of the two teams had the same amount of hits with 5 apiece. Obviously, the offense was quite scarce in this game but there was one Trenton player that did have a multi hit game. J.T. Stotts picked up two hits in three at bats and also had the only RBI of the game that eventually win it for Trenton. in the seventh inning, Stotts drove in Jason Grove from second base to give the Thunder the 1-0 lead that they would not relinquish. Jason Grove was also vital in the victory as he had a key double in the seventh inning. Kevin Reese remained consistent and also extended his hitting streak to ten straight ballgames. Dioner Navarro is starting to heat up as he had a hit as well. How amazing has Buddy Carlyle been for Trenton this season? With his performance on Saturday he now has a season ERA of 0.72. In this game, Carlyle went 6 2/3 innings, surrendering no runs on four hits while walking two and striking out seven.

Game 2. Well, the Trenton Thunder starting off this day very well but it did not end in the fashion they might have wished for. Trenton was knocked around in the second game by New Hampshire as they were only able to manage three runs total in this two game set. The Thunder went on to lose the second game by the final score of 12-2. They were also out hit by the final count of 17-11. Kevin Reese has been perhaps the most consistent hitter for Trenton all year. He had another big game in this one as he had three hits in three at bats including an RBI. Reese has now extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games. Aaron Rifkin also got his bat heated back up as he had two hits as well. Dioner Navarro is not red hot per say but he is picking up his hits. He had another game in which he had on hit in this one. Navarro also had a walk. Down at the bottom of the lineup, the second and final RBI came from Teuris Olivares. Olivares went 1-4 in the game with an RBI. Rik Currier was on the mound for Trenton and he fell into the "taking one for the team" category. Currier was crushed in five innings, relinquishing eleven runs on twelve hits while walking five and striking out four.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees are still of due to the Florida State League All-Star break. They will return to playing action on Monday, June 14th at 7:05 p.m. and they will be taking on Clearwater.


Battle Creek Yankees. This game was not the best one for Battle Creek as the once again failed to put very many runs on the scoreboard. They took the loss and it was their 27th loss in which they scored four runs or less. The BC Yanks were taking on the Dayton Dragons and went on to lose by the final score of 4-1. They were also out hit by Dayton by the final count of 13-3. There was almost no offensive action whatsoever but a couple guys were able to chip in. Eric Duncan  had the best performance as he had a triple in four at bats including the only BC RBI of the game and a walk. The formerly on fire and All-Star Willie Vazquez was shut down also by the Dayton pitching staff. Vazquez was hitless in four trips to the plate. Erold Andrus did contribute a couple patient at bats as he drew two walks in the ballgame out of two slot. In fact, the offense was so hard to come by for BC that they were not hit for six innings until they picked up a hit in the seventh. Tyler Clippard was on the mound for Battle Creek and he turned in a solid performance that should not have earned him the loss that he received. Clippard went 5 1/3 innings, surrendering two runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out six.

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