Yankees Minor League Notebook for July 19th

Navarro trying to find his way at the plate in Columbus; Javier Ortiz masterful in his first AAA start since his promotion; Kevin Thompson snaps out of his slump in the Trenton Thunder victory; Koutnik making his final push for a promotion to AA Trenton; Vazquez enduring a monster slump for Battle Creek; Baby Bombers rained out; Gulf Coast Yankees also not in action on Sunday; Melky continues to be consistent. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers were in action on Sunday night and they were taking on the Charlotte Knights. It was an extra inning battle that lasted 12 innings. However, it would be a game that the Clippers eventually went on to lose. The game was a pitcher's duel and Columbus went on to lose by the final score of 2-1 in a tight one. They were also out hit by the final count of 9-8. Kevin Reese has been a shot in the arm out of the leadoff spot as he has batted .327 in AAA. But, he was cooled off on Sunday, going 0-5. Dioner Navarro has struggled terribly since his promotion to AA but he has shown signs of pulling out of his slump. While it is a small step, Navarro is 3 for his last 6. Another encouraging factor is that the young backstop also drew two walks in this ballgame. Without getting too much attention, the veteran Homer Bush is putting together a nice little season for himself. Homer raised his batting average to .315 on the season as he picked up two hits and an RBI as well. However, as anyone can tell by the score of the game, it was night where pitching dominated. The question has to be asked. How come Javier Ortiz does not get more attention as a prospect. Ortiz was an Easter League All-Star and he was promoted to AAA. He made his debut on Sunday and he was superb for the Clippers. Javier went six innings, giving up no runs on five hits while walking three and striking out six as well. He pitched well but would only come away with a no-decision. 


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder have been playing very poor baseball for most of the season now, especially since most of their talented players have earned promotions. However, they took the field on Sunday to take on the Portland Sea Dogs and came away with a rare victory. Trenton went on to win by the final score of 6-4. The Thunder also out hit the Sea Dogs by the final count of 11-9. The real Kevin Thompson showed up on Sunday as he broke out of the slump that has plagued him since joining the Thunder. Thompson picked up two hits in four trips to the plate including a walk and a run scored. Andy Cannizaro has been smoking the ball since returning from the disabled list and that did not change in this game. The shortstop also had two hits in four trips to the plate including a walk, a double, two RBI and two runs scored also. Jason Grove has improved his consistency as of late and he had another two hit evening to raise his batting average up to .265. Chien-Ming Wang was on the hill for the Trenton Thunder on Sunday and he turned in a solid outing. Wang went seven inning, surrendering two runs on six hits while walking none and striking out eight. Wang picked up the win to improve to 6-5 on the season.


Tampa Yankees. It would end up as a good night at the ballpark for the Tampa Yankees on Sunday night. The T-Yanks cruised to an easy victory as they took on the Palm Beach Cardinals. Behind an excellent starting pitching performance and an explosive offense, the Yankees easily defeated Palm Beach. Tampa won by the final score of 6-0 in a rout. They also out hit the Cardinals by the final count of 11-6. Melky Cabrera continues to be a model of consistency as he had one hit in this game. Eric Duncan seems to be emerging from hi hitting slide. He showed great patience in this game by drawing two base on balls. He also crushed his second Tampa home run in the game as well. Jared Koutnik is making a very hard push to get the promotion to AA that he badly wants and really deserves. Koutnik picked up two hits in five trips to the plate including an RBI also. Ferdin Tejada, who has struggled all year to find his swing, fell hitless in five at bats. Charlie Isaacson was on the mound for Tampa and he he turned in a very nice effort. He went six innings, yielding no runs on five hits while walking two and striking out seven. Isaacson got the win to improve to 2-1 on the year.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees were in action on Sunday night but the outcome was a favorable one for them. There was offense galore for both teams on this night but not enough in this case for Battle Creek. They were taking on the Quad Cities Swing and were defeated in a slugfest. Quad Cities went on to beat the BC Yanks by the final score of 15-8. The Yanks were also out hit by the final count of 14-8 as well. Bryce Kartler had quite a night at the dish on Sunday. He had three hits in four trips to the plate including a double and three RBI. Hector made also had a productive game as he smacked two hits in five at bats including an RBI. Willie Vazquez's slide has been transformed into a big time slump at this point. He was moved into the ninth spot in batting order as his batting average has plummeted to .227 for the season. Remember, this was a guy that was a Midwest League All-Star. The tall, lanky, Brad Baisley made his first ever Battle Creek Yankees start on Sunday. However, let's just say that it did not go so well. Baisley lasted only four innings, relinquishing nine runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out one. Needless to say, he took the loss.


Staten Island Yankees. The Staten Island Yankees game on Sunday against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers has been postponed due to heavy rains in the area. The game will be made up as a part of a doubleheader on Monday, beginning at 12:35.


Gulf Coast Yankees. Due to reasons of scheduling, the Gulf Coast Yankees were not in action on Sunday afternoon.

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