Yankees Minor League Notebook for July 7th

Marcos Vechionacci gaining a star prospect glow in Staten Island; Dioner Navarro starting to struggle badly with the Clippers at the plate; Mitch Jones slams his 21st long ball of the season; Eric Duncan picks up two hits in his first game with the Tampa Yankees; Mike Knox pitches an excellent game for the Baby Bombers; Reese picking up right where he left off in Columbus. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook. (Free Preview of Premium Content)

Columbus Clippers. After a long streak of playing tremendously good baseball, the Columbus Clippers were brought back down to earth, for one game at least. Columbus was taking on the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons and they were beaten in a ten inning affair. The Clippers lost by the final score of a heartbreaking 2-1 tally. The Red Barons also out hit the Clippers by the final count of 9-6. Mark this one down. Why? Robinson Cano was finally cooled off. It seemed that he couldn't play in a AAA game without getting a hit until tonight. Cano went hitless in two trips to the plate. Dioner Navarro also went hitless in four trips to the plate but he was not cooled off. He is just ice cold right now. Navarro is only hitting .150 since joining the Clippers this season. His slump carried right over from AA Trenton. On the other hand, Kevin Reese has just been consistent all season long. Reese was hitting well in AA and he has picked up right where he left off in AAA. He had a one hit on this night and is now batting .333 in AAA. Andy Beal was on the mound for the Columbus Clippers and he did an outstanding job but in the end had nothing to show for it. The lefthander went six strong innings, giving up one run on six hits while walking three and striking out two as well.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder have been struggling very badly now for an extended period of time. The Thunder were taking on the Portland Sea Dogs and they took yet another loss on Tuesday night. The Portland Sea Dogs went on to defeat Trenton by the final score of 6-4. They were also out hit by Portland by the final count of 10-8. The top four batters in the Trenton batting order were completely silent with their bats on this night. the big performance came out of the surging Mitch Jones. Jones slammed his 21st home run of the season. He had a big night overall though as he had three hits including that home run, a double and two RBI as well. Craig Wilson also had a good night with the stick. He had two hits in four trips to the dish including a run scored. After hitting a home run the night before, Kevin Thompson fell right back into his slump as he went hitless in five trips the plate on Tuesday. Chien-Ming Wang was on the mound for the Trenton Thunder and he also did not fair too well. Wang went six innings but gave up five runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out five. He took the loss to drop to 5-5 on the season.


Tampa Yankees. Tuesday night ended up as a pretty good one for the Tampa Yankees as they came home with a well earned, clean victory over the Jupiter hammerheads. It was a very tight ballgame throughout until Tampa blew it open in the late innings to get the victory. They won by the final score of 8-2 over the Hammerheads. They also out hit Jupiter by the final count of 11-6. This game marked the first High A Tampa game for Eric Duncan. The normal third baseman was in the designated hitter role on this night and his first game was a very strong one. He had two hits in five trips to the plate including a triple and two RBI as well. Melky Cabrera put together his very typical good night at the plate. Melky also had two hits in five plate appearances including two doubles, a run scored and three RBI. The centerfielder now has a lofty .317 batting average for the Tampa Yankees this season. Jose Valdez took the mound for the t-Yanks and had one his best outings in recent memory. Valdez went seven innings, yielding one run on three hits while walking one and striking out five. He picked up the victory to improve to 6-6 on the season.


Battle Creek Yankees. It was a soaking wet night in Battle Creek as two rain delays were endured but one of them eventually ended the ballgame. However, the game did go seven innings and was an official game. To the pleasure of the BC Yankees, it ended when they were on top of the Peoria Chiefs. The score would end up standing at 3-2 and that's where it would end. Battle Creek was victorious. However, they were out hit by the final count of 6-3. The hits were very scarce for Battle Creek as they only managed three. The big hit of the game though was off the bat of Hector Made. Made had a two RBI single in the bottom of third inning. He continues to be a very good clutch hitter for the BC Yankees. Rafael Rodriguez got the start at second base on Tuesday and he also came up with a big hit. Rodriguez had an RBI double in the game. He had one hit in the game and scored a run as well. Elvys Quezada started this game but only pitched three innings. As a result of the long rain delay, they did not elect to send Quezada back out to the mound. In three innings, Quezada conceded no runs on one hit and struck out one.


Staten Island Yankees. It is not customary to get very excited over a baseball team winning one game in the midst of a season. However, in the case of the Staten Island Yankees, they are a last place team and they badly needed a victory. Well, they got the victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades. They went on to defeat them by the final score of 8-3. They also out hit the Renegades by the final count of 12-7 and Hudson Valley also committed four errors. Even though they have just begun to play for the Baby Bombers, there is not much doubt that Tim Battle and Marcos Vechionacci have stepped right in and become the team stars. Vechionacci just may be one of those special players that we are watching develop before out eyes. This guys is only 17 years old! Last year, he tore up the the DSL, he played himself right out of GCL and now is making the New York-Penn league look too easy. He had another multi hit game on Tuesday as he smacked three hits in four at bats including two RBI. He could well be a star in the making. Battle also had a hit in this game as well. Justin Christian has been a nice pickup as he stroked three hits as well. Mike Knox was on the mound for the Staten Island Yankees and tossed a solid ballgame. He went seven innings, relinquishing two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out four. He got the win to improve to 1-1.


Gulf Coast Yankees. The Gulf Coast Yankees played in another tight baseball game against the Gulf Coast Braves on Tuesday afternoon. There was not a lot of offense to go around by the GCL Yankees came out on top anyway. They won by the final score of 2-1 over the Braves in a very tight one with not much offense. They also out hit the Gulf Coast Braves by the final count of 7-5. Jose Perez seems to possibly be coming out of his season long slump so far. Perez had a multi hit game on Tuesday as he picked up two hits in four plate appearances. Yosvani Almario-Cabrera is very quietly putting up some gaudy numbers this season. He is no tied for the team lead in batting average at .323. He had a hit in this ballgame including an RBI as well. The man he is tied for the lead in batting average is Raul Dominguez. Dominguez also had a hit in the game. Jon Poterson is still struggling terrible as he went hitless once again. Erik Abreu did not start this game but ended up getting the victory. He pitched four innings of scoreless relief. He struck out six batters and walked one while only giving up one hit.

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