Yankees Minor League Notebook for June 23rd

Melky Cabrera really settling in at the plate in the Florida State League; Javier Ortiz tosses a complete game shutout, gem for the Trenton Thunder; Rob Villanova with his second two hit game in a row for Staten Island; For the first time since the start of the season, Ferdin Tejada is batting over .200; Ben Jones hits his first professional home run for the Staten Island Yankees in the loss. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers had an off day on Wednesday as did the rest of the International League. The Clippers will return to action on Thursday, the 24th against the Toledo Mudhens in Columbus at 7:05 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

 

Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder took the field on Wednesday night to take on the New Britain Rock Cats at Waterfront Park. It was an excellent all around night for the Thunder as they cruised to an easy victory over New Britain. The Trenton Thunder went on to win the game by the final score of an easy 7-0 behind very strong starting pitching. They also out hit the Rock Cats by the final count of 7-6. If it is one thing that Mitch Jones can do just about as well as anyone else, it is hitting the long ball. Jones has been on a tear as of late and he continued it on Wednesday as he went 2-4 with a home run, a run scored and two RBI as well. His average is now all the way up to a still poor .237 for the season. This was also a good night for the newly promoted Bronson Sardinha. Sardinha hit his first Trenton home run of the season as he went 1-3 with a home run and two RBI. Dioner Navarro may be merging from his prolonged slump finally as he had one hit on the night, a double. Only one pitcher stood on the mound for Trenton tonight and that was Javier Ortiz. The righthander was phenomenal on Wednesday as he tossed a complete game shutout for the Thunder. Ortiz surrendered no runs on only six hits while walking one and striking out six. He picked up the win to improve to 6-4 on the season.

 

Tampa Yankees. It was a tight game throughout the contest between the Tampa Yankees and the Brevard County Manatees. What a good ballgame it was and the Tampa Yankees enjoyed it even more once they went on to win this ballgame. The T-Yanks went on to win by the final score of 5-3 in a very close contest. Tampa also out hit Brevard County by the final count of 8-7. It appears that Melky Cabrera has settled in playing in the Florida State League and he is really starting to show that he can play at every level he is put on. Melky Cabrera had another good game on Wednesday night as he picked up two hits in three trips to the plate including a double, a triple, a run scored and two RBI as well. It is official, for the first time since the beginning of the season, Ferdin Tejada is back over the .200 batting average mark! It is obviously not the place that he would hope to be at this point in the season but it is definitely an improvement from his earlier struggles. Tejada had two hits in three at bats on Wednesday including a double and an RBI. Jon Skaggs was on the mound for the Tampa Yankees and he turned in a very solid performance. Skaggs went seven solid innings, conceding three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out five. He got the win to improve to 7-5 on the season.

 

Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees once again were off on Wednesday due to the Midwest League All-Star Break. They will return to action on Thursday, the 24th against Fort Wayne.

 

Staten Island Yankees. The Staten Island Yankees were taking on the Oneonta Tigers for the first time this season on Wednesday night at home. However, once again, the Staten Island Yankees, no matter which way you look at it, are having major offensive struggles now. The game did not end up in a positive way for the Baby Bombers as they went on to lose this ballgame by the final score of 3-1 despite strong pitching performances. Staten Island was also out hit by the final count of 8-4. Robert Villanova has become a consistent force at the top of the Staten Island lineup as he picked up two hits for the second game in a row. It was a big night for one of the Staten Island hitters though. Ben Jones stepped up to the plate and blasted his first professional home run of his young career. The home run was his only hit of the ballgame. Cody Ehlers, who had formerly been red hot at the plate, was cooled off on Wednesday as he went hitless in four trips to the plate. T.J. Beam would take the mound for the second time this season for the Staten Island Yankees and once again, he turned in a solid performance. Beam went six solid innings, surrendering three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out nine. However, he would take the hard luck loss to drop to 0-1 on the season.


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