Yankees Minor League Notebook - August 25th

The suddenly red-hot Brad Halsey leads the Clippers to a win Tuesday; Mitch Jones' RBI streak comes to an end in Trenton's loss; Rudy Guillen's RBI streak aids Tampa to a victory; Brandon Harmsen can't get anybody out as of late as Battle Creek loses; and Estee Harris' 9th inning heroics gives Staten Island a dramatic victory. All this and much more in Wednesday's edition of the Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers: The Clippers won their third straight game as two of their hottest players led the Clippers to a 9-2 victory over Louisville Tuesday. LHP Brad Halsey allowed two runs (one earned) over eight innings, scattering six hits while allowing no walks and striking out nine batters to pick up his tenth victory of the season. Halsey, a probable September call-up after his recent success at AAA, is 3-0 in his last four starts with a miniscule 0.32 ERA. What's the key to his recent success? A combination of pinpoint control and keeping the ball in the ballpark. Halsey has allowed zero home runs in his last four starts and has walked a grand total of two batters in his last 28 innings pitched, striking out 27 batters in the process. While Halsey has been red-hot on the mound, 1B Andy Phillips (2-4, HR, 4 RBI Tuesday) has been equally hot at the plate. Phillips provided the offense for the Clippers, hitting his 24th home run of the season and extending his current hit streak to 14 games. Phillips has at least one RBI in his last three games, driving in six overall. The Clippers will go for the three-game sweep of Louisville on Wednesday evening.

Trenton Thunder: After snapping his personal losing streak at five games to pick up his first victory of the season last Wedneday, Carlos Reyes could not make it two in a row as he and the Trenton Thunder fell to the New Britain Rock Cats 8-7 Tuesday. Reyes was spanked to the tune of six earned runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday and is 1-3 with a 9.47 ERA in his last four starts. LF Mitch Jones extended one streak but had another one snapped. Jones went 2-4 with a double and a run scored Tuesday to extend his hit streak to ten games but had his streak of nine straight games with at least one RBI halted. Jones' double to left field in the sixth inning gives him seven straight games with at least one extra-base hit and his two hits Tuesday gives him four straight multi-hit games. 2B Craig Wilson (0-3, Run) had his five-game hit streak snapped in the loss. Wilson entered the series hitting .579 in his previous five games with nine RBI. 3B Bronson Sardinha snapped his streak of 12 straight games without an RBI Tuesday, driving in two runs on a pair of hits. It was Sardinha's first multi-hit game since going 2-3 in a 7-3 loss to New Britain back on August 12th.

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Steve White: Has 0.78 ERA in last four starts.
Tampa Yankees: After having their four-game win streak snapped Monday, the Tampa Yankees got back to their winning ways with a 3-2 defeat of the Dunedin Blue Jays Tuesday. RHP Steven White continues to be one of Tampa's more reliable starters, allowing just two runs (both unearned) on four hits in six innings to keep the Yankees in the game. In his last four starts, White has a 0.78 ERA...but has just one win to show for his efforts. RHP Ewardo Sierra picked up his fifth straight successful save by striking out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning. Sierra's has not given up a run since picking up the loss in a loss to Sarasota way back on August 2nd. While White and Sierra were getting the job done on the mound, RF Rudy Guillen and 3B Eric Duncan were getting it done at the plate. Guillen (1-4, 2 RBI) drove home two of the Yankees three runs to extend his current hit streak to seven games. Guillen also has a streak of four straight games with at least one RBI. After having his six-game hit streak snapped Monday, Duncan bounced back with a two-hit game Tuesday. In his last eight games, Duncan has hit safely in seven of those contests for a .392 average and six doubles.

Battle Creek Yankees: Battle Creek was whalloped 10-3 by Burlington Tuesday for their second consecutive loss after having their five-game win streak snapped Monday. RHP Brandon Harmsen lasted just three innings as his nightmarish August continues. Harmsen allowed six earned runs on six hits in his three innings of work and is now 0-2 with a 9.55 ERA in the month of August after a terrific start to his season. Despite how good his overall stats look (10-2, 3.67 ERA), Harmsen is giving up hits at an alarming rate this season. Opposing batters are hitting .306 off of Harmsen this season which makes his win-loss record somewhat of an enigma. He's allowed 41 hits in his last 21 1/3 innings, striking out just eight batters. At the plate, SS Hector Made (0-3) had his five-game hit streak snapped and Erold Andrus (0-4) saw his six-game hit streak broken. The three Battle Creek runs came via the long ball as C Tommy Rojas hit a two-run home run and RF Matt Carson hit a solo home run. Carson's 12th HR of the season extended his hitting streak to seven games and it was his third home run in his last five games played.

Staten Island Yankees: LF Estee Harris picked a great time to hit a home run for the second straight game. With the game tied 5-5 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Harris hit a solo home run to give the Staten Island Yankees a much needed 6-5 victory over visiting Williamsport Tuesday. After snapping his 0-19 slump Monday, Harris has hit two home runs and driven in four runners in his last two games. 2B Justin Christian (1-4, Double, RBI) extended his hit streak to five games in the victory and SS Grant Plumley (1-4) extended his streak to six games. Pitcher Drew Edwards made his second consecutive start after being used primarily as a reliever and has done a respectable job in his new role. Edwards scattered four hits in six innings, allowing just three earned runs and keeping Staten Island in the game. He has pitched six solid innings in both starts.

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