Yankees Minor League Notebook for July 6th

Brandon Harmsen having an unbelievable year on the mound for the Battle Creek Yankees; "El Duque" stellar in his start in Columbus; Karsay throws a scoreless rehab inning; Tommy Winrow promoted to Trenton; Battle and Vechionacci stealing the show in Staten Island; Mitch Jones cracks his 20th home run of the season; Kevin Reese promoted to the Columbus Clippers. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers are now beginning to just roll over their competition in the International League as they toppled their opposition again on Monday night. The Clippers were taking on the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons and they went on to defeat them by the final score of a 13-3. They also out hit the Red Barons by the final count of 15-6. Kevin Reese has been promoted from AA Trenton to AAA and he did not miss his stride on Monday. Out of the leadoff spot, Reese picked up two hits in five trips to the plate including an RBI and two runs scored. What else is new? Andy Phillips had a monstrous night at the dish. Phillips had four RBI, a home run, a triple and two runs scored. However, the big story was the veteran, journeyman, catcher, Sal Fasano. Fasano had huge game as he went 4-5 with a double, two home runs and three RBI as well. The biggest attraction for the entire organization on this night was the pitching. Orlando Hernandez continues his strong, prolonged rehab stint. "El Duque" went seven strong innings, yielding two runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out five. He got the win to improve to 1-1. Steve Karsay, also rehabbing, made an appearance and another impressive one at that. He tossed one inning and he gave up no runs and no hits while walking none and striking out one.


Trenton Thunder. It is a seemingly totally revamped roster but still the same Trenton Thunder. However, Trenton did manage to win their ballgame on Monday evening against the New Britain Rock Cats in New Britain. They went on to defeat the Rock Cats by the final score of 7-3. They also out hit New Britain by the final count of 11-9. Yet another promotion has taken place as promotion season is open for business and running hot and heavy. Tommy Winrow joined the Trenton Thunder after playing very well for the Tampa Yankees. Winrow kept it up, now playing in AA Trenton. In this game, he opened with a bang as he hit a home run. Overall, he had two hits, a triple and a home run. It seemed like the long ball was contagious as the Thunder blasted four home runs as a team in this game. Kevin Thompson hit his first AA home run of the season as well. Also getting in on the action was Aaron Rifkin with his twelfth and Mitch Jones with his twentieth. Jones is a distant second as Ryan Howard leads the league with 32 long balls. Sean Henn was on the mound for the Trenton Thunder and he turned in another solid performance. Henn went 7 2/3 innings, surrendering two runs on eight hits while walking four and striking out five. He picked up the win to improve to 4-3 on the season.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees played in a tight ballgame with Jupiter Hammerheads but it did not end up in a positive outcome for the T-Yanks. They have been struggled a bit as of late and that did not change on Monday evening. the T-Yanks went on to lose the game by the final score of 4-2. However, they did out hit the Hammerheads by the final count of 7-5. Ferdin Tejada is finally starting to turn his already lost season around and he is starting to more consistently pick up base hits. In this game, Tejada had a base hit but still is striking out way too much as he went down three times. Eric Verbryke had a good game for the T-Yanks though. Verbryke picked up two hits in five trips to the plate including a run scored. Melky Cabrera was cooled off in this game as he had a rare 0-4 performance. Jeffrey Karstens, one the T-Yanks most consistent starting pitchers all of this season, was on the mound and he turned in another solid ballgame. Karstens went 7 1/3 innings, relinquishing two runs on three hits while walking three and striking out seven. He got a no decision on Monday and held his ERA at 3.54.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees are officially on a big time roll. The BC Yanks have been loving the second half of the season so far as they are now on a four game winning streak. they are taking out their hot streak on the Peoria Chiefs and they defeated them on Monday night. They were victorious by the final score of 5-3. However, Battle Creek was out hit by Peoria by the final count of 12-7. There is no doubt that there was not a while lot of hits to go around for Battle Creek but there was one very big one. The surging Enrique Cruz came up and hit a huge grand slam home run. That ended up as the big difference in the ballgame. Hector Made also had a nice game at the dish as he stroked two hits in four at bats including a double out of the second spot in the batting order. Willie Vazquez had a key double in the game as well. Brandon Harmsen has had some unbelievable year on the mound for the Battle Creek Yankees this season. Harmsen tossed another beauty on Monday night. He went six innings, giving up one run on seven hits while walking two and striking out four. Harmsen is now 8-0 on the season with an impressive 2.14 ERA.


Staten Island Yankees. The Staten Island Yankees continued their already very rough season with yet another losing effort on Monday evening. The Baby Bombers were taking on the Hudson Valley Renegades and they dropped the contest to them in a slugfest. The Renegades defeated the Yankees by the final score of 9-6. The Staten Island Yankees did out hit Hudson Valley by the final count of 14-12. The two newest additions to this Yankee ballclub, Tim Battle and Marcos Vechionacci, have been a huge lift for the offense. They now bat 1,2 in the batting order and set the table for the offense. Battle had another big game as he had two hits in four trips to the plate including including a double and an RBI. Vechionacci also had two hits, a double and an RBI as well. Ben Jones has been really hitting the ball solid as of late and he exploded offensively on Monday. Jones had four hits in the game including a double and an RBI. Drew Edwards was on the mound for the Baby Bombers and he continued his struggles against the Renegades. Edwards lasted only 3 innings, conceding six runs on six hits while walking four and striking out only one. His ERA has now been elevated to a lofty 8.44 for the season. He also took the loss to drop to 0-2 on the season.


Gulf Coast Yankees. The Gulf Coast Yankees were back in action on Monday night after a Sunday off day and they did not miss a beat. The GCL Yankees have been playing great baseball here in the early going. They went on to defeat the GCL Braves by the final score of 2-0 in a pitcher's duel. They also out hit the Braves by the final count of 5-3. However, the Yankees lost two of their top performers in Marcos Vechionacci and Tim Battle. They played themselves right out of the league and a promotion to the New York-Penn League. Now manning the leadoff spot is the toolsy Jose Perez and he just continues to struggle terribly. He went hitless in this ballgame and is now hitting just .050 for the young season. The same can be said for 1st round pick, Jon Poterson. He also was hitless in this game and he is batting only .140 for the season. It is easy to say at this point though, that as a young player, he is just pressing. The only multi hit game for the GCL Yanks came from the now surging Anderson Amador. Amador was a highly touted international free agent last year and is just now starting to come into his won as a hitter. He picked up two hits in three at bats and he also scored a run in this game as well. Jeff Marquez took the mound for the Gulf Coast Yankees on Monday and he has been lights out all year long. Marquez kept that trend going as he tossed another gem of an outing. He went five innings, giving up no runs on three hits while walking one and striking out five. His ERA is now a minuscule 0.63 and he picked up the win to improve to 2-0 on the season.

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