Yankees Minor League Notebook for June 19th

The Baby Bombers are back and after an opening day loss, their bats woke up on Saturday; John Rodriguez brings the power stroke for Columbus; Justin Pope turns in a nice outing in a spot start for the Thunder; Rod Allen and Rob Villanova showing off their skills early on in Staten Island; Jesse Hoover comes out blazing as he blows away Ironbirds with five strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings for Staten Island. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers were locked up in a tight ballgame on Wednesday evening and were one of the only two Yankee Farm Teams to pick up a victory on this specific date. They were taking on the Syracuse Sky Chiefs and they won in a seesaw battle. The Clippers took this one bay the final score of 5-4. However, they were out hit by Syracuse by the final count of 11-5. Even though they were able to pull off a victory in this game, the Columbus bats did not exactly light up the ballpark. Not one member of their lineup had a multi hit game actually. However, John Rodriguez brought his power stroke to the game. Rodriguez had only one hit but that one hit left the yard. J-Rod also had an RBI and a base on ball. Andy Phillips has been cooled off severely as of late as he went hitless in three trips to the plate on Saturday evening. His batting average has dipped down to .331 for the season. In another note, starting pitcher Nerio Rodriguez has been released. Andy Beal took the mound for the Columbus Clippers and he turned in a very solid performance. Beal went seven innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out tow as well.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder took action on Saturday evening against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. It was a very poor night for them as far as on field performance is concerned though. The Fisher Cats were able to roll over the Thunder. Trenton went on to lose this ballgame by the final count of 8-2. They were also out hit by the final count of 10-3. Obviously, the offense was very scarce for the Thunder as only three members of their lineup were able to pick up hits. One of those hitters was their consistent leadoff hitter, Kevin Reese. Reese had a hit in four trips to the plate. He also had one of the only two RBI for Trenton and his one hit was one of the two extra base hits for the team as well. The other extra base hit for the Thunder belonged to the catcher, Dioner Navarro. Navarro also had one hit in four at bats including a double. The only other hit of the game belonged to the the resurgent shortstop, Andy Cannizaro. Justin Pope came up from Tampa to make a spot start in AA on Saturday and he did a fairly solid job as he kept the space warm for the assumed soon to be promoted, Matt DeSalvo. Pope went 6 1/3 innings, conceding two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking one and striking out six. He got a no decision in this game.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees were yet another Yankee Farm Team to suffer a suddenly silent offensive output on Saturday evening. The T-Yanks were taking on the Clearwater Threshers on this night and would end up with a loss. They went on to lose this ballgame by the final score of 4-1. They were also out hit by the final count of 12-4 as their lineup also went quietly on this night. However, despite an overall quiet offensive output on Saturday, one player that did not go quietly was the red hot and resurgent Kevin Thompson. The designated hitter picked up two hits in three trips to the plate including the only run scored for Tampa on this night and a base on ball as well. The other two contributors to this offense on Saturday were two familiar characters. Jared Koutnik, who has been everything for Tampa and more, had a hit on this night. He raised his average even further over .300 to .311 for the season. Bronson Sardinha chipped in with a hit of his own as well. Jeffrey Karstens took the hill for the t-Yanks on this night and had should be considered a slightly sub par outing. Karstens did go seven innings but surrendered four runs on eleven hits while walking two and striking out four. He took the loss to move to 2-4 on the season.


Battle Creek Yankees. It must have been the popular trend on Saturday for the New York Yankees Farm Teams to suddenly have a total lack of offense. This was the case for the Battle Creek Yankees as well as they were shut down by the Lansing Lugnuts pitching staff. They went on to lose this ballgame by the final score of 5-1. The BC Yanks also were out hit in this game by the final count of 10-7. Tommy Rojas was a big part of that offense as he picked up two hits in four trips to the dish including a double. Enrique Cruz is really started to heat it up with the bat and he had a hit in this game as well. He has now raised his batting average all the way up to .234 for the season. The Battle Creek right fielder, Matt Carson, who has been sizzling hot since he joined the team was held down by the Lansing pitching staff in this ballgame. Carson went hitless in four trips to the plate while striking twice as well. He is still batting .341 for the season in Battle Creek. Abel Gomez took the mound for Battle Creek on Saturday and he turned in a solid outing. Gomez went 5 1/3 innings, conceding one run on only two hits while walking two and striking out five. He took the hard luck loss to fall to 6-3 on the season.


Staten Island Yankees. The big bats of the Staten Island Yankees burst onto the scene on Saturday evening as they showed what their lineup was truly capable of. The SI Yanks were taking on the Aberdeen Ironbirds after they suffered an opening day loss on Friday. They went on to win this ballgame by the final score of 11-5. Staten Island also out hit Aberdeen by the final count of 15-9. There was plenty of offense to go around but the one who has supplied the power for the first two games has been Edwin Cabrera. Cabrera had two hits in the first game of the season and on this night he had one hit which was a home run as he had two RBI as well. The leadoff man, Rob Villanova is off to a flying start to his professional career. The 15 round draft pick picked up three hits in six trips to the plate on Saturday including two RBI. After going fairly quietly in the first game Grant Plumley awakened with the bat on this night. The 9th round draftee had two hits in this game in six at bats including a run scored. Rod Allen may have gotten off to the most consistent start as the 12th rounder has gotten a hit in each of the first two games of the season. Allen had two hits in his first game of the season including a home run and he had one hit in this ballgame as well. Phil Coke was getting the start in this game for Staten Island but it appeared that this game was meant to be split up among long relief appearances. Coke did not pitch overly poorly but he only went three innings, yielding two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out one. Making an unexpected relief appearance was the normally starting pitcher, Jesse Hoover. He showed his starter stuff as he was lights out for 2 2/3 innings, relinquishing no runs on one hit while walking none and striking out five! He got the win as it was his first in his professional career.

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