Yankees Minor League Notebook for July 21st

Brown pitches in a rehab start with the Columbus Clippers; Matt DeSalvo hammered despite the Trenton victory; Tampa Yankees rained out; Bryce Kartler is as red hot as any batter can ever be right now; Mike Knox gets smoked in the Staten Island loss; Tyler Clippard tosses another gem for Battle Creek; Jesse Hoover becoming a master strikeout artist very quickly; Pilittere getting hot with the bat for Staten Island. All this and more in this edition of Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers. The Columbus Clippers took the field on Tuesday and they were taking on the Pawtucket Red Sox once again. However, the first place Clippers had some trouble on Tuesday with the PawSox as they went on to lose to them in a tight one. Columbus went on to lose the game by the final score of 5-4 as the game was lost in the eight inning when the Sox put up three runs. Pawtucket also out hit the Clippers by the final count of 10-8. Kevin Reese continues to be a sparkplug for this team as he had his second multi hit game in a row on Tuesday. Reese had two hits in three at bats. He is now batting a lofty .367 with the Clippers thus far. Mike Kelly also continued his hit hitting as he put tow more hits on the board in four trips to the plate including a double and two runs scored. The Clippers were getting some production out of the bottom part of their batting order as Felix Escalona drove in two runs in this game. In the biggest story of the night, and the most important one for the organization, was that Kevin Brown got a rehab start with Columbus. Brown started and went four innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three.


Trenton Thunder. The Trenton Thunder were in action on Tuesday night and once again, they got tangled up in a high scoring slugfest of a game. But to their pleasure, it was a game that they would eventually go on to be victorious in. The Thunder were up against the Akron Aeros and they went on to defeat them by the final score of 11-9 in a wild seesaw battle. Trenton also out hit Akron by the final count of 17-11. Kevin Thompson has really caught fire as of late in the batters box. Thompson has raised his average all the way up now to .225. Thompson had two more hits in this ballgame including a double and two runs scored. On Tuesday night though, it was Jake Weber who stole the show. Weber picked up three hits in five trips to the dish including a home run and for RBI as well.  Jason Grove also got in on the offense as well. He smacked two hits in the ballgame while also driving in three runs as well. On this particular night in Akron, pitching was just not the name of the game. Matt DeSalvo returned to the mound on Tuesday after suffering a back injury that kept him sidelined for a start. However, things went quite miserably for DeSalvo. He lasted only 3 2/3 innings, yielding six runs on five hits while walking four and striking out two. He got a no decision.


Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees were unable to play on Tuesday evening. Their scheduled game against Vero Beach was postponed due to heavy rains in the Tampa area. No date has been set as of yet has been set for the game to be made up.


Battle Creek Yankees. Tuesday was the day that the Battle Creek Yankees returned home to C.O. Brown Stadium from their long road trip. Battle Creek made themselves a nice homecoming as they ended up victorious over the West Michigan Whitecaps in their first game back home. The BC Yankees went on to win this game by the final score of 3-2 in a ten inning affair. Battle Creek also out hit the Whitecaps by the final count of 9-7.  It is almost hard to even understand how red hot Bryce Kartler is at the plate right now. He just went 10-16 in the last four game series. Now, he didn't stop there as he had his third three hit game in a row on Tuesday night! He is now 13 for his last 20 trips to the plate. That comes out to a .650 batting average and he has now raised his season average 32 points since July 11th. His average is up to .282 for the season. Enrique Cruz though, continues to be a mystery at the plate. He has still never hit his stride and his batting average is now back down to .219 for the season. Tyler Clippard and Abel Gomez continue to be a nice one-two punch. Clippard had yet another very fine outing on Tuesday. He went seven innings, relinquishing one run on five hits while walking one and striking out five. However, once again, he did not get the run support early in the game to earn him the victory that he deserved.


Staten Island Yankees. Out of all the bad baseball games that the Staten Island Yankees have played this season, and some have been pretty bad, this one could be by far the worst one yet. They got completely torched by the Tri-City Valley Cats in an embarrassing loss. They went on to lose to the Valley Cats by the final score of 9-1. Staten Island was also out hit by Tri-City by the final count of 15-7. P.J. Pilittere has gotten hot at the plate as of late. He picked up two hits in this game in three trips to the dish. The only other multi hit game by a Yankee belonged to Edwar Gonzalez. Edwar picked up two hits in four trips the plate including a double and a run scored. Tim Battle is trying to claw his way out of his slump as he had one knock in this game in five at bats including a run driven in. Grant Plumley is also starting to show more signs of life at the plate as well. Plumley picked up a hit in four at bats in this game to also go along with a base on ball. The starter for Staten Island, Mike Knox, had perhaps the worst outing by a Staten Island starter this season. Knox lasted only two innings, giving up six runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out two. He took the loss. Jesse Hoover was once again a pitching bright spot. He pitched the ninth inning and, true to form, he struck out the side.


Gulf Coast Yankees. Note: The results of this game were recorded too late to discuss them in their entirety.

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