Yankees Minor League Notebook for June 16th

Alex Graman tattooed in perhaps his worst outing of the year; Steven White tosses a complete game gem for Battle Creek in the win; Matt DeSalvo becoming a consistent pitching ace in Tampa this season; The real Enrique Cruz is starting to get red hot at the plate; Ferdin Tejada is finally beginning to hit well for Tampa; Estee Harris appears to be coming out of his season long slump with a good night at the plate. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers had a very tough night on Wednesday as they played in a game that would end in a heartbreaking manner for them. The Clippers were taking on the Rochester Red Wings and they would lose this game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Columbus went on to lose this game by the final count of 6-5. The two teams had the same amount of hits with eleven apiece. Tonight was big night for a player that has kept a low profile at the plate all season long. Mike Kelly was this player and he had a huge night as he blasted two home run on the night with three RBI as well. Felix Escalona has been on fire as of late and that did not change on Wednesday. Escalona picked up two hits in three trips to the plate including a double and a walk. Todd Betts is now back in the lineup as he was the designated hitter in this game. Betts went hitless on this night in three at bats. For the other Yankee farm teams, pitching was the big story but this was not so for the Columbus Clippers on Wednesday. Alex Graman was on the mound for the Columbus Clippers and he had perhaps his worst outing of his entire season. Graman lasted only 3 2/3 innings, relinquishing five runs on seven hits while walking five and striking out only one.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder were taking on the New Britain Rock Cats and played a very solid all around ballgame against them despite committing three errors in the field. The Thunder came to hit the ball on Wednesday night and went on to win this game by the final count of 7-2. They also out hit the Rock Cats by the final count of 12-7 as well. Kevin Reese has been cooled off since his hitting streak was snapped at eleven games. He was hitless in this game. The biggest offensive performer in this game would undoubtedly be by the catcher, Dioner Navarro. Navarro smacked three hits in this game in three at bats including two walks and a run scored. Robinson Cano had a big night at the plate and he is really starting to heat up at the plate. Cano had two hits on the night including two RBI and a run scored. Mitch Jones is red hot at the plate now as he had yet another multi hit game on Wednesday. Jones went 2-4 with an RBI. After coming off of a sub par outing, Javier Ortiz came back strong in this outing. The young righty went 6 2/3 strong innings, surrendering two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four. Ortiz got the win to improve to 5-4 on the season.


Tampa Yankees. What a ballgame it was in Clearwater on Wednesday night but it was not a good night for the hitters on either side. It was an all out pitcher's duel and it would be duel that the Tampa Yankees would go on to win in the end. The T-Yanks went on to win this game by the final score of 1-0. Tampa also out hit the Clearwater Threshers by the final count of 6-4. The hitting was scarce, yes, but nobody told Jayson Drobiak that. Drobiak had a huge night at the plate as he picked up two hits in four trips to the plate including a double and the only run scored of the game. The only RBI of the game belonged to a pinch hitter, Sandy Madera. The struggling shortstop prospect, Ferdin Tejada is starting to finally pull out of his season long tailspin. Tejada went 1-3 with a double as he continues to show signs of life at the plate. Kevin Thompson continues to be a nice sparkplug at the top of this lineup as he went 1-3 as well in this ballgame. However, the big story was the pitching in this game. Matt DeSalvo, who has been the ace in Tampa all year long, had another outstanding start as he is making a push for a promotion. DeSalvo went seven strong innings, conceding no runs on three hits while walking three and striking out five. He improves his record to 6-3 on the season.


Battle Creek Yankees. It was a fantastic display by the Battle Creek Yankees of a combination of offense and pitching on Wednesday. Battle Creek cruised over the Cedar Rapids Kernels as they had a big night in regards to hitting and they did not even dip into their bullpen either. The BC Yanks went on to win this ballgame by the final score of 7-1. They also out hit the Kernels by the final count of 11-2. There is big news out of Battle Creek and it is that the real Enrique Cruz may finally be coming to life at the plate. This former Rice hitting star seems to be adjusting to the wood bat now and he is hitting well. Cruz had two hits on this night in five trips to the plate and has raised his season average to .235. Estee Harris has been just dismal at the plate all year long but had a good night at the plate on Wednesday. Harris had two hits in four trips to the plate including a triple and two RBI as well. Matt Carson had yet another great game as he had three RBI on the night including two hits. Tonight seemed like a night dominated by pitching and that was the way it remained as Steven White took the mound for Battle Creek. He has been outstanding all season and he was just amazing on this night. White pitched a complete game, yielding one run on two hits while walking one and striking out nine.

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