Yankees Minor League Notebook - August 26th

Andy Phillips extends his hit streak in Columbus' sweep of Louisville; Mitch Jones' hit streak ends in Trenton's loss; Melky Cabrera snaps out of his funk in Tampa's victory; Battle Creek begins a five-game series Thursday; and Staten Island wastes another strong outing from Jeff Marquez. All this and much more in Thursday's edition of the Yankees Minor League Notebook. <b>Free Preview of Premium Content</b>

Columbus Clippers: The Clippers completed the three-game sweep of Louisville Wednesday with an 8-5 victory over the Bats and it was their fourth straight victory overall. 1B Andy Phillips continues to crush the ball, extending his hit streak to 15 games by going 2-3 with an RBI triple and three runs scored. It was the fourth straight game Phillips has driven in at least one run and is hitting .389 during his streak. After having a day off Tuesday 2B Robinson Cano, who snapped an 0-9 slide on Monday with a pair of hits, had two more hits in the victory Wednesday. C Dioner Navarro, who entered Wednesday's contest hitting just .200 in his previous four games, chipped in with a double and a run scored.

Trenton Thunder: The Thunder are not getting off to a good start on their final homestand of the season, dropping their second straight game to the New Britain Rock Cats in a 3-1 loss Wednesday. LHP Sean Henn threw seven scoreless innings in a no-decision, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out four batters. Henn is finishing up the month of August strong after struggling earlier in the month. Wednesday was the third straight start in which Henn lasted seven innings and has given up just two earned runs in his last fourteen innings pitched after allowing 11 earned runs in his previous 17 2/3 innings. It was no surprise the offense struggled Wednesday as New Britain was able to finally cool off the red-hot LF Mitch Jones. Jones had his 10-game hit streak and his 6-game extra-base hit streak snapped Wednesday when he went hitless in four at-bats. CF Mitch Thompson went 0-3 in the loss and is hitting just .105 with one run scored atop the Thunder lineup in his last five games.

M. Cabrera
Melky Cabrera: Hit his 8th HR for Tampa.
Tampa Yankees: The Tampa Yankees won a rain-shortened affair against Fort Myers 4-2 in game one of a doubleheader that lasted just five innings. Game two of the doubleheader was postponed. LHP Charlies Isaacson allowed two earned runs in five innings, scattering five hits and two walks. While Isaacson kept Tampa in the game, CF Melky Cabrera supplied the offense. Cabrera, who entered Wednesday's game hitless in his last four games, went 1-2 with a home run and two RBI to give him two home runs as his last two hits. Cabrera homered in his first at-bat of Wednesday's victory. His last hit was a solo home run in the fifth inning of last Friday's 16-1 win over Dunedin. LF Tommy Winrow, who is the team leader in batting average, went 2-3 with a run scored and drove home the eventual game winning run in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI single to center field. Wednesday was Winrow's first multi-hit game in his last five games played.

Battle Creek Yankees: Battle Creek, and in fact the entire Midwest League, had an off-day Wednesday. Battle Creek opens up a five-game series at home against South Bend, including a doubleheader on Friday. RF Matt Carson will look to extend his 7-game hit streak when South Bend comes calling Thursday. Carson also has a home run in three of his last five games played. 1B John Urick enters the series as one of Battle Creek's hottest hitters as well, hitting .387 in his last eight games with three home runs, five doubles, and 11 RBI.

Staten Island Yankees: The Staten Island Yankees lost to the Williamsport Crosscutters 7-1 Wednesday to drop their third losing decision in their last four games. RHP Jeff Marquez continues to be a hard-luck loser for Staten Island. Marquez allowed two runs (one earned), scattering five hits and allowing two walk in five innings to pick up his fourth loss of the season. In his last four starts Marquez is just 1-2 but sports a 0.82 ERA in that span, allowing just 11 hits in his last 22 innings pitched. For the season Marquez has held opposing NY Penn League batters to a .232 batting average. The only offense for Staten Island was supplied by 2B Justin Christian when he hit an RBI double in the bottom of the 8th inning to spoil Williamsport's shutout. Christian's double extended his hit streak to six games and he's hitting .321 during the streak with four RBI out of the leadoff spot. SS Grant Plumley (0-4, 3 strikeouts) saw his six-game hit streak snapped in the loss.

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