*** New York Yankees Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
COLUMBUS CLIPPERS - The Clippers alternated wins and losses over their last four games, but still remain under .500 on the season at 7-8. The club is currently in second place in the International League's West Division, 3 1/2 games back of Indianapolis for first. Over the last four games, IF Caonabo Cosme was the squad's most productive player, batting a stellar .533 with eight hits and four RBI in 15 at-bats. He is now hitting .396 with 10 RBI for the season. After a hot start to the season, Darren Bragg struggled over the past four games, going just 1-for-12 with six strikeouts. However, he did walk five times and even stole a pair of bases. For the season Bragg is still batting a respectable .327 with a team-best nine walks. LHP Andy Beal picked up his first win over the weekend, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings of an 8-2 victory over Indianapolis. LHP Brad Halsey also earned his first win, in three starts this season, with a 5-3 victory over Louisville on April 23rd. He went five strong inning, allowing three runs and five hits while striking out three. RHP Sam Marsonek also notched his team-leading third save of the season over the weekend.
TRENTON THUNDER - After dropping the first game of three to Reading this past weekend the Thunder responded by taking the next two contests by a combined score of 15-5. The squad has now won four of its last five games, improving to 8-5 on the season. The recent success has pushed the team into second place in the Eastern League's Northern Division standings, just a 1/2 game back of Binghamton for first place. In the three game series with Reading, C Dioner Navarro tore the cover off the ball, going 8-of-13 with fives runs scored and four RBI. OF Jackson Melian also had a tremendous series with two home runs and seven RBI in just six at-bats. Melian is now batting .476 with 11 RBI and three home runs in nine games played this season. RHP Rik Currier picked up his first win of the season on April 24th, with five scoreless innings of relief in the Thunder's 5-3 victory. On April 25th, RHP Chien-Ming Wang threw a gem in a 10-2 triumph over Reading. The hard throwing righthander allowed no runs and just three hits in seven innings, while striking out a season 10 batters. He is now 1-1 with and ERA of 1.53 this season.
TAMPA YANKEES - The Yankees continued to shine this past weekend, sweeping a pair of games from Fort Myers. The squad has now won three straight games and seven of its last eight overall. The fast start has allowed the Yankees to open up a 2 1/2 game lead in the Florida State League's West Division standings at 12-5. IF Shelley Duncan led the Yankees to a 3-1 record over their last four games by notching four hits and five RBI in 12 at-bats. He has now driven in a team-best 15 RBI on the season. IF Jayson Drobiak's start to the season was summarized by his play over the last four games, when he went 0-for-10 with three strikeouts. He is now batting just .200 on the season with a team-worst 18 strikeouts in 55 at-bats. The main reason for the team's success this season has been pitching. Over the last three games, the Yankees staff has allowed just three runs with two shutouts. On April 25th, RHP Jon Lieber, who is rehabbing for the New York Yankees, tossed seven scoreless innings in picking up a 2-0 victory over Fort Myers. He allowed just two hits while striking out four.
BATTLE CREEK YANKEES - The Yankees have dropped four of their last six games in falling below .500 on the season at 7-10. The team is currently seven games out of first place in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League Standings. Over the last four games IF Hector Made has been solid, going 7-for-18 with two runs scored. IF John Urick, who leads the team with a .372 batting average this season, drove in a team-best four runs over the last four contests. RHP Tyler Clippard was able to even his record up at 1-1 with a strong showing in an 8-0 victory over Fort Wayne on April 23rd. In that game, he went eight strong innings allowing just two hits while striking out six. LHP Chase Wright also earned a victory this past weekend, after allowing three runs in six innings of a 6-3 triumph over West Michigan on April 24th.