Yankees Minor League Notebook for July 20th

Kevin Reese providing a spark plug at the top of the order for the Columbus Clippers; Mitch Jones continues his home run tear as he blasts his 25th dinger of the season; Bryce Kartler now has 14 RBI in his last four games and is also batting .625 in that span; Abel Gomez tosses a beauty in the Battle Creek victory; Jason Stephens and Erik Abreu make their debuts in Staten Island; Abreu fans six of the nine batters he faces. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers took the field on Monday night as they continue to try and hold on to their small first place lead. The Clippers were taking on the Pawtucket Red Sox and they played in a good old fashioned baseball game and a tight one at that. However, it would be a game in which the Columbus Clippers would come out on top. They would go on to win by the final score of 5-4. However, Pawtucket did out hit the Clippers by the final count of 14-11. Kevin Reese has been absolutely on fire since joining the Clippers. He continued his tear. He picked up three hits in five trips to the dish including a double, an RBI and a run scored as well. Dioner Navarro seems to be finally picking up the pace in AAA with another good game on Monday. He had one hit in three at bats to go along with a walk. Mike Kelly has gotten hot at the plate in the last couple days. Kelly has no had back to back two hit games. On the mound for the Columbus Clippers on Monday was Andy Beal. Beal gave the Clippers exactly what they need. He gave the a quality start. Beal went five innings, giving up two runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out two also. He would only qualify for a no decision though.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder were in action on Monday night as they try their hardest to try and turn their season around. They would be taking on the Akron Aeros in Akron. It would be a big time slugfest between the two teams but it would be a game where Trenton would find themselves on top at the end of the game. They went on to defeat the Aeros by the final score of 9-7. The Thunder also out hit Akron by the final count of 11-10 as well. For the second night in a row, Kevin Thompson put together a multi hit game. He went 2-5 with a double and two runs scored. Mitch Jones has been on a month long tear at the plate and he has also really been blasting the long ball in that period of time. Jones had two more hits in this ballgame including a double and his 25th home run of the season. His 25 home runs is second in the league to Ryan Howard. Tommy Winrow has added some production form the ninth spot in the batting order as he drove in two runs in this game. The recently demoted Carlos Reyes got the ball for this game for the Thunder. Reyes turned in a fairly solid effort as he went five innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out one. He ended up with a no decision.


Tampa Yankees. Monday night seemed like a big night for slugfest type of ballgames in the Yankee Farm System. The case was no different for the Tampa Yankees either. They were one of the few teams that did take the field on Monday. Most other Florida State League games were rained out. The T-Yanks were taking on the Palm Beach Cardinals on Monday. They went on to defeat them by the final score of 10-8. They also out hit the Cardinals by the final count of 12-11. Eric Duncan. who struggled early on in the FSL, has really caught fire in the last few games. His batting average was down around .200 and he has it all the way up to .250 now. He had two hits in this game to go along with three RBI as well. Melky Cabrera still remains arguably the most consistent hitter on the Yankee Farm this year. He had another 1-3 night on Monday. He showed great patience as he also drew three walks. Steven White, the pitcher for Tampa on Monday, has struggled just a bit since joining the team but had a pretty good outing this time around. White went six innings, yielding three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three. He picked up the win to improve to 3-2 on the season. Edwardo Sierra closed the game out to pick up his 21st save of the season.


Battle Creek Yankees. The Battle Creek Yankees have been playing pretty decent baseball since the All-Star break and they continued on that path on Monday night. The BC Yankees were taking on the Quad Cities Swing. It would be a nice outcome for the Yanks as they went on to defeat the Swing by the final score of 5-1. They also out hit Quad Cities by the final count of 9-8. Bryce Kartler has been on absolute hitting tear as of late and he is, for the most part, carrying this team right now. Kartler had a huge night as he had three hits for the second game in a row and he also had four RBI in the game as well. To put things in perspective, here are Kartler's numbers for the last four games. He has an incredible 14 RBI. He also has 10 hits in his last 16 trips to the plate. That comes out to an average of .625 in that span. Willie Vazquez has slowed down badly at the plate. His average is now down to .223 after another 0-4 day at the plate on Monday. Abel Gomez was on the mound for Battle Creek and he had yet another good outing. Gomez went 6 2/3 innings, relinquishing one run on six hits while walking two and striking out three as well. He picked up the win to improve to 8-5 on the season.


Staten Island Yankees. The Staten Island Yankees played a doubleheader on Monday but to put it in a nutshell, it did not go so well as far as team performance is concerned. The Baby Bombers were swept in the doubleheader by the Mahoning Valley Scrapers. They dropped the first game by the final of 7-3. They, then dropped the second game as well by the final score of 4-1. In the first game, Chase Wright, who was recently demoted from Battle Creek, got the start and was smacked around in three innings of work. He gave up five runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three. He took the loss. Tim Battle continued his slump in game on as he went 0-4. Estee Harris did just the opposite as he showed signs of coming out of his slump. He picked up two hits out of the ninth slot. Hector Zamora continues to be a big run producer as he drove in two of the three Yankee runs in game one. Marcos Vechionacci continues to impress as he had one hit in two at bats to go along with two walks. He has also firmly taken over the third spot in the order. The recently promoted Erik Abreu, who is a highly touted young prospect, got a relief appearance and was dominating. He struck out 6 of the nine batters he faced. In game two, the also recently promoted Jason Stephens, got the start. He just pitched okay. He went five innings and gave up three earned runs on ten hits. It was a decent debut. Tim Battle pulled out of his slump as he had one hit in three at bats. However, overall, the offense was scarce in this game. The only run of the game came off the bat of Rod Allen. The only multi hit game belonged to the shortstop, Grant Plumley. He had two hits in the game.


Gulf Coast Yankees. Once again, the Gulf Coast Yankees were not in action on Monday due to scheduling reasons.

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