Yankees Minor League Notebook - August 24th

Despite Javier Ortiz's struggles, the Clippers doubled up Louisville in a win; Trenton begins their final homestand Tuesday; Tampa falls to Sarasota; Battle Creek had their five-game win streak snapped Monday; and Staten Island falls to Aberdeen (again) Monday.

Columbus Clippers: Powered by John Rodriguez and his 4 RBI, the Clippers doubled up Louisville 6-3 Monday. RHP Colter Bean pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing no hits or walks and striking out four batters to pick up his 8th victory of the season and kept the Clippers in the game after another rough start by Javier Ortiz. Despite allowing three earned runs in a loss in the second game of a doubleheader against the Norfolk Tides on Thursday, Bean has been brilliant this season. Bean has allowed just four earned runs in his last 15 1/3 innings, striking out 18 batters and allowing just 9 hits. Ortiz allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings Monday in one of his better outings as of late. In his last three starts, Ortiz has been lit up to the tune of 16 earned runs on 27 hits in just 11 2/3 innings.

1B Andy Phillips went 1-4 with an RBI in the win Monday, extending his hitting streak 13 games. Phillips is hitting .362 with 3 HRs, 4 doubles, and 11 RBI during his hit streak. 2B Robinson Cano snapped a 2-16 skid Monday by going 2-4 with a double and run scored. It was Cano's first mult-hit game since last Tuesday. LF Kevin Reese went 0-3 with a run scored Monday and continues to struggle as of late. Reese is just 2 for his last 16 but has been making good contact. His streak of 29 straight plate appearances without a strikeout was snapped Monday when he was punched out in the sixth inning.

Trenton Thunder: After an off day Monday, The Trenton Thunder begin their last homestand of the season Tuesday when they welcome New Britain to town for a three-game set before finishing out their home schedule this weekend when they face off against the Binghamton Mets. It's a tale of two players entering the series as LF Mitch Jones is really hot and 3B Bronson Sardinha is truly not. Jones enters the series against New Britain with a 9-game hit streak, hitting .417 during that stretch. Jones also has a streak of nine straight games with at least one RBI, driving in 20 runs total!!! He also has a streak of six straight games with an extra-base hit, including a home run in five of those six games. On the flip side, 3B Bronson Sardinha has a dubious streak of his own. Sardinha enters the series with a streak of 12 straight games without an RBI and is hitting just .069 in his last nine games.

Tampa Yankees: Tampa entered Monday's contest against Sarasota winners of six of their last seven games but fell to the Red Sox 6-1 Monday. RHP Jeff Karstens allowed ten hits and four earned runs in five innings to pick up his first loss in his last three starts. Prior to Monday's loss, Karstens was 2-0 in his last three starts with a 3.18 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his previous 17 innings pitched. RF Rudy Guillen gave Tampa the early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning with an RBI single before Sarasota rattled off six unanswered runs. 3B Eric Duncan (0-3, Run) went hitless Monday and had his mini six-game hit streak snapped in the loss. Known for his contact hitting, CF Melky Cabrera went 0-3 in his third straight game and has at least one strikeout in each of those three games. 1B Shelley Duncan went 1-3 with a double and has hit safely in four of his last five games...including three doubles and three home runs.

Battle Creek Yankees: Battle Creek had their five-game win streak snapped in a 5-3 loss to Burlington Monday. RHP Abel Gomez picked up his third straight losing decision Monday, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits in five innings. In his last three starts, Gomez has a 7.04 ERA and has not pitched well since his no-decision in Battle Creek's 2-1 loss to Lansing on August 4th. 1B John Urick (1-3, HR, 2 RBI) drove home two of Battle Creek's runs Monday and has found his power stroke lately. In his last five games, Urick has three home runs, three doubles, and 10 RBI. SS Hector Made (1-4) extended his hitting streak to five games in the loss while CF Erold Andrus (2-4, Double, RBI, Run) and RF Matt Carson (1-4) each extended their current hit streaks to six games.

Staten Island Yankees: For the second straight day, Staten Island was nipped by one run by the Aberdeen Ironbirds, this time in a 5-4 loss in 13 innings Monday and the Yankees lost the four-game series three games to one. RHP Jesse Hoover continues to be hot in the month of August. Hoover allowed just one run (unearned) and one hit in 4 1/3 innings Monday, striking out eight batters. In his last five starts, Hoover has a microscopic 0.79 ERA, allowing just 9 hits and 8 walks in his last 22 2/3 innings pitched...while striking out 35 batters! LF Estee Harris (2-5, HR, 2 RBI) snapped a terrible 0-19 slump with a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning. 1B Ben Jones (1-4, RBI) gave Staten Island an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when he drove home SS Grant Plumley with an RBI single. It was Jones' fourth straight game with at least one RBI and he has now hit safely in five of his last six games. 2B Justin Christian (2-6) extended his current hit streak to four games in the loss while Grant Plumley extended his streak to five games.

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