Yankees Minor League Notebook for June 14th

Estee Harris becoming more and more of an enigma at the plate for Battle Creek as he continues his struggles; Mike Vento has a three hit ballgame; Jeffrey Karstens turns in a beautiful pitching performance for the T-Yanks; Escalona becoming a consistent hitter for the Columbus Clippers; Matt Carson's homer is the difference in the Battle Creek victory; Kevin Reese's hitting streak snapped at 11. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers were in action on Monday and they played through a solid ballgame of good pitching and some nice offense as well. The Clippers were taking on the Richmond Braves and they went on to win and come from behind fashion. Columbus took this ballgame by the final score of 6-4. They also out hit the Braves by the final count of 10-8. Out of the leadoff spot, as he has done so well for most of the season, Darren Bragg hit well on Monday. Bragg had two hits on the night including a home run, an RBI, a triple and a run scored. Bubba Crosby has been slumping slightly since his return from the Bronx as he went 0-4 in this game, dropping his season average to .254. Mike Vento had some day at the plate. Vento had three hits in three trips to the plate including an RBI and walk. Felix Escalona continues to be a consistent force for the Clippers as he raised his season average to .315. Escalona had two hits in three at bats including two RBI on Monday. Andy Phillips also hit his ninth AAA home run of the season. Eric Schmitt was on the mound for Columbus and he had a very solid outing. Schmitt went 6 1/3 innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out five. He improved his record to 4-1 on the season.


Trenton Thunder. Sunday. (Trenton had an off-day on Monday) What a game it was at Waterfront Park in Trenton on Sunday night. The Trenton Thunder and New Hampshire Fisher Cats battled in a fabulous pitcher's duel but the home team would go on to lose this ballgame. Trenton lost an absolute heartbreaker on Sunday in the ninth inning by the final score of 1-0. Trenton was also out hit by the final count of 7-5. One of the bigger offensive stories for the Thunder on this night was a negative on in that the hitting streak of Kevin Reese was snapped at eleven straight games. The lone Thunder hitter that had a multi-hit game was the designated hitter, Jake Weber. Weber went 2-4 in the ballgame. Mitch Jones has been on tear as of late as he has raised his average to a still dismal .232 for the season. Jones had one of the two extra-base hits as he went 1-3 with a double on Sunday. What a performance Sean Henn turned in on this night against New Hampshire. It was one of if not the best outing he has had all season long. Henn went eight innings, conceding no runs on six hits while walking none and striking out three. However, Henn received a very tough no decision in this game.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees also found themselves locked in a pitcher's duel on Monday night but this one would have a much more positive outcome for them. The T-Yanks were taking on the Clearwater Threshers and defeated them in a tight one. Tampa went on to win this one by the final score of 2-0. They were out hit, however, by the final count of 6-5. If there has been one sparkplug for the Tampa Yankees as of late, it has been Kevin Thompson and his return from the disabled list. Thompson had yet another big game on Monday as he picked up two hits in four trips to the plate including a double. Shelley Duncan is proving over and over again that he is the primary producer for this Tampa ballclub. Big Shelley clubbed his eleventh home run of the season in this one and he also drove in a run as well. The formerly sizzling hot Tommy Winrow was cooled off as he was held hitless in four at bats including a strikeout. After showing signs of emerging from his nightmarish season, Ferdin Tejada fell hitless again on Monday evening. Little by little, Jeffrey Karstens is turning himself into a very dependable starting pitcher for the T-Yanks, Karstens went 6 2/3 innings, relinquishing no runs on six hits while walking one and striking out four. He got the win to improve to 2-3 on the season.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees strictly followed the trend of Yankee Farm teams locking up in pitcher's duels as they got into one with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Once again, this pitcher's duel had a positive outcome for Battle Creek. The BC Yanks went on to win this game by the final score of 3-2. The Yankees also out hit Cedar Rapids by the final count of 6-5. The question has to be seriously asked right now, what is wrong with Estee Harris? Harris's hitting woes have gotten worse instead of better over the past month. Estee, after going hitless in this game, is pushing "the Mendoza Line" as his average has fallen to .203 on the season. The biggest blow of this game for Battle Creek was a long ball by Matt Carson who has meant the world to this offense since his demotion from Tampa. Carson blasted a two run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give BC a lead that they would not give away. Well, the Battle Creek Yankees have to be happy with the way that their enigmatic starter, Elvys Quezada threw the ball on Monday. Quezada had a strong outing, yielding one run on two hits while walking two and striking out eight. He got a no decision.

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