In Friday's Yankees Minor League Notebook - <b>YMLN</b> -Mitch Jones hits for the cycle! Eric…
YMLN - Mitch Jones Has Big Encore
RHP Chien-Ming Wang did not have his best stuff Sunday. He surrendered four earned runs on seven hits and three walks in seven innings to pick up the no-decision. Wang, who finished the 2004 season with four straight starts of giving up two earned runs or less, has now given up four earned runs in two of his last three starts to begin the 2005 campaign. RHP Jason Anderson was the beneficiary of Jones' 12th-inning heroics, picking up his first win of the 2005 season by pitching two scoreless innings of relief Sunday, allowing just two hits and walking none. He has begun the 2005 season with six straight relief appearances without issuing a walk.
Trenton Thunder: The Thunder have lost 7 of their last 8 games and just finished up a seven-game home stand in which they went 1-6 after losing to Portland 11-6 Sunday. RHP Steven White allowed four earned runs on eight hits in just 4 2/3 innings Sunday, picking up a no-decision and avoiding dropping his third straight decision. In the four game series against Portland that concluded the home stand, Thunder pitching enjoyed just five 1-2-3 innings. Included in that is a stretch of 20 consecutive innings without retiring the opposition in order that stretched from the 5th inning of the series opener on Thursday until the eighth inning on Saturday.
LF Kevin Thompson went 4-6 in the loss Sunday, hitting his second home run of the season and stealing two more bases. Thompson had 2 four-hit games in 2004, last doing it against Norwich on August 18th of last year. 1B Shelley Duncan, hitless in six of his previous seven games entering Sunday, went 2-4 with a home run in the loss. Duncan has more multi-hit games (3) this season and single-hit games (1). RF Bronson Sardinha went 1-4 with a solo home run in the 4th inning, his first home run of the year. Sardinha's solo shot ended a streak of eight straight starts without an RBI. The Thunder begin a three-game road trip in Norwich Monday and they are 7.5 games out of the Eastern League North race, having only played 11 games.
Tampa Yankees: Losers of seven of their last nine games, the Tampa Yankees had a much needed day off Sunday. Tampa begins a three-game set against Sarasota on Monday. How bad has the offense been? 3B Hector Zamora (.304) is not only the one regular hitting over .300, but he is the only one even remotely close to .300. It appears CF Rudy Guillen, hitless in five of his first six games played, may be out of his slump. He has hit safely in three of his last four games, collecting multi-hit games in two of them.
Charleston Riverdogs: RHP Brett Smith, dominant in his first two professional starts last week, allowed three earned runs on eight hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings, picking up a no-decision in Charleston's 4-3 win over Greenville Sunday. Smith struck out eight batters in the victory and he has averaged better than one strikeout per inning pitched in the early going. LHP Heath Castle extended his scoreless relief appearance streak to six games by tossing 1 1/3 innings of no-hit relief Sunday, picking up his first victory of the season for his efforts. Castle, who had walked a grand total of one batter in his previous seven innings this season and three in his last 21 1/3 innings pitched, walked three Sunday.
1B Ben Jones continues to prove that he may belong at a higher minor league level, pacing an 11-hit Charleston attack with a 3-4 day at the plate. It was Jones' third multi-hit game in his last four games played. 2B Justin Christian went 2-5 with two RBI in the victory Sunday, stealing his 7th base of the year in the contest and with no runs scored, ended his six game streak of scoring a run. Christian has a seven-game hit streak on the line and he has also stolen a base in each of the last four games. 3B Grant Plumley, who ended a 1-14 slide with a big pinch-hit Saturday, went 2-4 with two runs scored and stole his second base of the season in the win. The defensive wiz at shortstop started his ninth game of the year at third base Sunday, collecting his first multi-hit game of the 2005 season.
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