Yankees Minor League Notebook for June 21st

Battle Creek Yankees off because of the Midwest League All-Star break; Tampa Yankees also with an off day from the ball field; Andy Phillips has cooled off abruptly for the Columbus Clippers; Alex Graman tosses a complete game shutout gem in the Columbus victory; Bronson Sardinha earns a promotion to AA Trenton and makes an immediate impact on the lineup; Jason Jones pitches a fantastic four innings in his pro debut. 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 one very good ballgame in a victory. The Clippers would be taking on the Syracuse Sky Chiefs and they would go on to defeat them in a shutout. Columbus were victorious over Syracuse by the final score of 4-0. They also out hit the Sky Chiefs by the final count of 9-6. It was a night of excellent pitching for the Columbus Clippers but the offense was there as well. John Rodriguez has begun to catch fire as of late as he had two hits on Monday evening. J-Rod picked up two hits in four trips to the plate including a home run, a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Felix Escalona, normally more of a slap hitter, found his power stroke on this night too. Escalona also had two hits including a long ball, a run driven in and a run scored. Any Phillips, who has been absolutely on fire for most of the entire season, has suddenly hit a serious dry spell. He was hitless in this game as he saw his average drop to .328 for the season. However, the story of the night was still the pitching. Alex Graman took the mound and hoped to rebound from a sub par outing his last time out. Graman tossed a complete game shutout as he gave up only six hits while walking one and striking out six. He got the win to improve to 6-3 on the season.


Trenton Thunder. It was a very tight ballgame between the Trenton Thunder and New Britain Fisher Cats at Waterfront Park. However, it did not end up in the Trenton Thunder's favor. They were shut down late in the game by the New Britain pitching staff. The Thunder went on to lose this game by the final score of 3-2. They were also out hit by the final count of 9-8. The newly promoted Bronson Sardinha was in the Trenton lineup and he got right in on the action as he picked up two hits in his first four at bats with Trenton this season. The formerly streaking Mitch Jones was slowed down by New Hampshire as he was held hitless in this ballgame. Robinson Cano has settled into a consistent groove at the plate as of late and he continued this trend on Monday night. Cano picked up two hits in four trips to the plate including a base on ball and a run scored. He raised his batting average to .289 for the season so far. Ramon Ramirez made his return from the disabled list and turned in a fairly solid performance for the Thunder. Ramirez went 7 1/3 innings, conceding three runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out an impressive nine batters. He took the loss to drop to 0-2.


Tampa Yankees. There was no action to be seen in the Florida State League as the entire league had a day off due to scheduling. However, the Tampa Yankees will be back in action on Tuesday. The T-Yanks will be taking on the Brevard County Manatees at 7:00 p.m. in Tampa.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees were not in action either on Monday night. This was not because it was a day off but it is the Midwest League All-Star break.


Staten Island Yankees. The Staten Island Yankees locked up in a fantastic ballgame with the Williamsport Crosscutters on Monday night but it did not have the best outcome for the home team, Yankees. It would be classified as a pitcher's duel but one that Staten Island would go on to lose. They were defeated by the final score of 3-2 despite a late comeback attempt. They were also out hit by the final count of 6-5. There was very little offense for either team and especially for the Yankees. However, one major contributor was first baseman, Cody Ehlers. Ehlers had a fantastic night as he picked up two hits in the game including two doubles and Staten Island's only two RBI as well. His two RBI came in the bottom of the ninth as he cleared the bases with a double to right field. T go along with his excellent defensive play at shortstop, Grant Plumley also did a little hitting as well. Plumley smacked a double in four trips to the plate. The big story of the night was the pitching for Staten Island though. Jason Jones, who like all the other pitchers on the Staten Island roster early in the season, was on a 75 pitch count, However, he made the most of all 75 of them. Jones went four innings, surrendering no runs on only two hits while walking none and striking out four. The righty showed tremendous command of all his pitches and dominated using his sinker and changeup. He only got a no decision despite a very impressive outing.

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