Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers continued to be on a nearly month long tear as they won yet another ballgame on Independence Day, Sunday night. The Clippers took on the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons, the team with the best record in the International League, and they defeated them fairly easily by the final score of 9-4. They also out hit the Red Barons by the final count of 12-11. The slumping Dioner Navarro finally started to get it going at the plate on Sunday. He had one hit, a triple to go along with a run scored. Andy Phillips has just not slowed down all season ash is just an absolute machine for the Columbus Clippers. Phillips had one hit in this game and it was a very big one. He hit a two run home run in the fifth inning and had a total of three RBI on the evening. Jeff Deardorff also caught fire at the plate for Independence Day. he had a three hit game including a double and an RBI as well. Buddy Carlyle was on the mound for the Clippers and he continues to be very solid. Carlyle went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out one. He got the victory to improve to 3-1.
Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder continue to be underachievers this season as inconsistency on offense and their pitching constantly has plagued them. They were taking on the New Britain Rock Cats and they took another disappointing loss. The Thunder lost by the final score of 5-3. However, they matched the hit total of the Rock Cats at eight apiece. Kevin Thompson. after starting off his season so well, has been struggling mightily at the plate as of late. In fact, he is hitless in his last 12 at bats and 1 for his last 16. It was the same deal on Independence Day as he went hitless yet again. Bronson Sardinha has not missed a beat since he was promoted to AA. Since joining the Thunder from the Tampa Yankees, Sardinha is batting .333. Andy Cannizaro has been hitting the ball extraordinarily well since rejoining the Thunder from the DL. he got two hits in this ballgame and now has a season average of a lofty .337. After Matt DeSalvo was lit up in his third AA start on Saturday, Javier Ortiz took the mound on Sunday. Ortiz was selected as an Eastern League All-Star this year but did not turn in an All-Star performance on Sunday. Ortiz went six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out five. He took the loss in this one to drop to 6-5 on the season.
Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees engaged in a seesaw battle in Lakeland on Independence Day to take on the Tigers. This was a game that they went on to be victorious in by the final score of 5-4 in a ten inning affair. The T-Yanks scored the game winning run oddly as Shelley Duncan came home to score on a strikeout by Jon-Mark Sprowl in which he reached on a wild pitch. Duncan had an excellent night at the plate as he picked up two hits in four trips to the plate including a double and an RBI. One of the Yankee top prospects, Rudy Guillen returned to the lineup after rehabbing in the Gulf Coast League. Guillen hasn't missed a beat, picking up two hits in four trips to the plate including an RBI and a base one ball. Jared Koutnik continues to be a run producing machine as he picked up an RBI in this game. Koutnik now has an impressive 46 RBI on the season. Jon Skaggs was on the mound for Tampa on Sunday but he would not last out of the third inning. The reason for his early departure is not known yet but it could be a possible injury. Skaggs went only 2 1/3 innings, surrendering one run on one hit while walking two and striking out four.
Battle Creek Yankees. Could it finally be that the Battle Creek Yankees are hitting their stride. It was been an up and down season but now, with their 4th of July victory, they have won their third straight and are playing good baseball. They went on to defeat the Peoria Chefs by the final score of 9-6 in a high scoring contest. Battle Creek also out hit the Chiefs by the final count of 12-9. What a nice addition Nick Walsh has been. He signed as an undrafted free agent and has been a huge lift for Battle Creek. on Sunday, Walsh stayed red hot as he ha four hits in four trips to the plate. Eric Duncan was promoted to Tampa on Saturday so that left a gaping hole in the Battle Creek lineup. Willie Vazquez stepped up as he had two RBI and an impressive three walks on the night as well. Jason Van Meetren also had a big night as he picked up two hits in four at bats including a double, a walk and a run scored. Chase Wright was on the mound for the Battle Creek Yankees and he turned in a very quality outing. Wright went through five innings, yielding three runs on seven hits while striking out two. However, he did walk five batters in the game.
Staten Island Yankees. The struggles just seem to keep on coming for the Staten Island Yankees as they took yet another loss on Independence Day on Sunday. They finally got their offense rolling but their pitching is what failed them. The Hudson Valley Renegades went on to defeat them by the final score of 12-9 in a slugfest. The Yankees were also out hit 16-11. It was a day of roster moves. Second baseman, Justin Christian was added. Also, Timothy Battle and Marcos Vechionacci were promoted from the Gulf Coast League. They were both having amazing starts. It didn't take long for Tim Battle to get in on the action as he picked up three hits in his first New York-Penn League game, including a home run and two RBI. Vechionacci, in a rare instance for him, went quietly in this game. On the other hand, Christian had a huge night with the bat. He went 3-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and a home run. What a debut! Some of the guys on offense got on track but T.J. Beam was just plain derailed. Beam was on the mound for the Baby Bombers but he was rocked. He went only 3 2/3 innings, relinquishing eight runs (five earned) on ten hits while walking one and striking out five. He took the loss to drop to 0-2 on the season.
Gulf Coast Yankees. The Gulf Coast Yankees, along with the rest of the league had a scheduled off day on Independence Day.