Yankees Minor League Notebook - August 3rd

Kevin Reese halts slide with game-winning hit for the Clippers Monday; Bronson Sardinha looks to continue his hot hitting in Trenton's doubleheader Tuesday; Melky Cabrera's HR in his second straight game can't help Tampa win; Brandon Harmsen finally loses for Battle Creek; and Estee Harris' hot hitting can't help Staten Island in their loss to New Jersey. All this and much more in this edition of the Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers: The Columbus Clippers pounded out fourteen hits in a 10-6 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox Monday, scoring four times in the ninth inning to pull away. CF Kevin Reese doubled home Dioner Navarro with the eventual game-winning run. Reese snapped a 2-15 slide with a 2-5 night. 1B Andy Phillips went 1-5 with a run scored and an RBI. It was Phillips' third straight game with a run scored. 2B Robinson Cano was able to extend his mini-hit streak to four games with a single to left center in the top of the ninth inning. Cano also scored a run in his fourth straight game in the victory. RF Mike Vento (1-4) also extended his current hit streak to four games.

RHP Javier Ortiz started the game for the Clippers, allowing four earned runs on six hits in five innings. Since making his AAA debut on July 18th where he shut out Charlotte for six innings, Ortiz has allowed 13 earned runs in his last 19 innings pitched for the Clippers. AAA batters are hitting .296 off of Ortiz in his first four starts for the Clippers. Reliever Colter Bean struck out the only batter he faced in the top of the sixth inning to pick up his sixth victory of the season. Bean made an appearance in his third straight game.

Trenton Thunder: The series opener between the Trenton Thunder and the Binghamton Mets was postponed due to rain Monday and will play a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Trenton offense limps into the series averaging just two runs per game in their last three games played. 1B Aaron Rifkin is hitting .100 in his last six games and bopper Mitch Jones is hitting just .105 in his last five games, although Jones' streak of 12 straight games with at least one strikeout ended in Sunday's loss to Norwich. Even RF Jason Grove has cooled off after his monster week last week. Grove, who batted .529 with 10 RBI from July 25th-29th, is just 1 for his last 11 entering the series against the BMets. 3B Bronson Sardinha continues to be the Thunder's best hitter these days, hitting safely in seven of his last eight games. Sardinha is hitting .382 during that stretch with seven runs scored and three RBI.

Tampa Yankees: Tampa lost to the Sarasota Red Sox 3-2 Monday. When they lose, all the blame can be put on their offense. In their last seven losses, Tampa has scored a grand total of ten runs, being shutout in four of those losses and scoring six of those ten runs in one loss to Sarasota on Friday. CF Melky Cabrera contiues to be the one Tampa hitter swinging a hot stick, going 2-4 wiht a home run and two RBI in the loss. It was the second straight game in which Mekly homered and now has a modest four-game hit streak, collecting multi-hits in three of those contests. SS Ferdin Tejeda went 1-3 with a run scored and has now hit safely in five of his last six games played, hitting .368 during that time with three runs scored. 3B Eric Duncan (0-3) continues to struggle as of late, hitting just .105 in his last five games without any runs produced and just one double to his credit. RHP Jon Skaggs, who has not won since defeating St. Lucie way back on July 19th, allowed two earned runs on six hits in eight innings to pick up the no-decision Monday. Skaggs struck out seven batters in the loss and now has 24 K's in his last 29 1/3 innings, allowing just 11 earned runs over that stretch for a 3.38 ERA in his last four starts.

Battle Creek Yankees: After winning five straight games, Battle Creek lost for the third time in their last four games when the fell to Lansing 8-6 Monday. The big story of the game was RHP Brandon Harmsen picking up his first loss of the season. Harmsen allowed six earned runs on ten hits in just four innings. Harmsen came close to his first losing decision on July 21st against West Michigan after allowing five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, but the Battle Creek offense got him off the hook that day by scoring a run in the top of the sixth inning to grab the lead. SS Hector Made (4-5, 2 Doubles, Run, RBI) collected four of Battle Creek's twelve hits in the loss, snapping a mini 0-9 slump. Made, the epitome of a contact hitter, did not strike out Monday and now has just one strikeout in his last 45 at-bats! RF Matt Carson, the offensive stalwart for Battle Creek this season, went 0-5 and is now just hitting .111 in his last four games with six strikeouts. LF Jason Van Meetren went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBI Monday and has now hit safely in six of his last seven games, hitting .429 during that stretch wiht five RBI and six runs cored during that stretch. Don't look now but CF Erold Andrus (1-3, Double, RBI, Run) has put together a mini hit streak, hitting safely in five straight games and driving in at least one run in each of his last three games.

Staten Island Yankees: Staten Island's four-game win streak came to a streaking halt Monday when they were doubled up 10-5 by the New Jersey Cardinals. RHP Jesse Hoover, who struggled mightily in his last start, allowed just two earned runs on three hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision while striking out seven batters. Hoverr allowed five earned runs on five hits in three innings in his previous start. Despite the loss, the Staten Island bats have stayed hot as of late. LF Estee Harris remains one of the hottest hitters in the entire Yankees' system, going 2-3 with a solo home run in the loss...his first HR of the season. Harris has hit safely in five of his last six games, collecting multi-hit games in each of those five games and is hitting .522 during that stretch to raise his season average (from .204 on July 24th) to .299 on the year. RF Edwar Gonazalez (1-5, Double) extended his current hit streak to six games and is hitting .414 during the streak. Gonzalez's double in the third inning also gave him at least one extra-base hit in three straight games. CF Timothy Battle (1-4, Run) also extended his current hit streak to seven games while SS Grant Plumley extended an impressive streak of his own. Plumley (2-5, Run) scored on a Cody Ehlers fly out in the third inning to give him six straight games with at least one run scored.

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