Jose Tabata Is Hitting .344 With RISP
The red-hot Colter Bean finally falters, Justin Pope continues to struggle, Erold Andrus is heating up, Hector Made is making the most of his time in Charleston, Kyle Larsen keeps providing in the clutch, and Jose Tabata continues to turn heads in the Gulf Coast League. All this and much more in the latest edition of the Yankees Minor League Notebook.
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Columbus Clippers: In the AAA version of the "Subway Series", the Yankees got their collective hats handed to them, getting swept by the Tides 7-1 in Norfolk on Monday. Shutout in each of their first two games, catcher Wil Nieves snapped a 24-inning scoreless drought by going 1-4 with a double and an RBI in the loss. Known more for his bat than his catching ability, it was his first RBI in his last nine games. RF Mike Vento had one of the three Columbus hits in the game, going 1-3 with a double. It was just his 10th extra-base hit in his last 27 games after collecting 26 extra-base his in his previous 29 games.
RHP Hideo Nomo, signed to a minor league contract, made his first start in the Yankees' organization on Monday and promptly served up two earned runs on three hits and four walks in just two innings of work. He walked the first two batters in the third inning before being yanked. RHP Colter Bean, who entered Monday's relief appearance with a 0.84 ERA in his previous 28 appearances, was tagged for three runs (two earned) on one hit and two walks in one inning of relief. It was the first time since way back on May 22nd that he had allowed more than one earned run in an appearance.
Trenton Thunder: Trenton opened up a four-game series in New Hampshire on Monday wiht their fifth straight loss as the Fisher Cats edged the Thunder 2-1. RHP Justin Pope blew his four save of the season as New Hampshire rallied for two runs in the final two innings. Pope surrendered two earned runs on three hits and two walks in just 1 2/3 innings. It was the first time in his last 23 appearances that he walked more than one batter and he now has a 6.23 ERA over his last 11 games. For Mets' pitcher Grant Roberts, who started on Monday, hurled four innings of scoreless baseball for his second straight shutout appearance.
3B Eric Duncan supplied all the offense for Trenton, going 2-3 with a solo home run. Hitting just .196 in his last 28 games, it was just his second multi-hit game in his last 23 games played. 8 of his 16 home runs this season have been solo shots. SS Ramiro Pena went 2-4 in the loss to give him consecutive multi-hit games for the second time with the Thunder this year. He has now gone ten games without an extra-base hit. CF Matt Carson snapped a four-game hitless streak by going 1-4 in the loss.
Tampa Yankees: Tampa had a scheduled off-day on Monday and welcome the Vero Beach Dodgers to town on Tuesday for a four-game series. LF Erold Andrus, along with 1B Cody Ehlers, enters the series as one of the hotter hitters in the Tampa lineup. Andrus, who hit just .234 in his first 71 games this season, is hitting .315 over his last 25 games for Tampa. Not to be outdone, Ehlers is hitting .319 over his last 25 games.
Charleston Riverdogs: Staking themselves to an early 5-0 lead, Charleston could not hold the lead as Augusta came roaring back for a convincing 11-6 victory over the Riverdogs on Monday. LHP Phil Coke was roughed up for six earned runs on a season-high 12 hits in just 4 1/3 innings pitched to fall to 6-7 on the year. To say Coke has fizzled as of late would be an understatement. After starting off the year 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA in his first six games, he has now posted a 6.23 ERA in his last eleven games. On the note of struggling pitchers, LHP Shaun Parker allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in two innings of relief on Monday. Over his last 9 appearances, Parker has a 9.00 ERA.
SS Hector Made was one of three Charleston batters to get a mutli-hit game in the loss, going 2-4 with two RBI. While he has a .256 average overall this season in two stops between Charleston and Tampa, Made has responded well since his demotion to the Riverdogs. He's hitting .320 for Charleston, including a .353 batting average with runners in scoring position. 3B Marcos Vechionacci also had two RBI on Monday, going 1-5 with a run scored at the plate. He now has consecutive multi-RBI games for the first time this season and his RBI output over the last 4 games matches his total from his previous 16 games. 2B Mario Holmann wound up scoring two runs and stealing a career-high three bases in the loss on Monday despite going 0-2 at the plate. It was the fourth time this season that he has stolen more than one base in a game and he has now scored at least one run in each of his last four games.
Staten Island Yankees: The Yankees won their third straight game on Monday with a 9-3 thrashing of the Auburn Doubledays. 1B Kyle Larsen went 3-5 with two doubles, a run scored, and two RBI to help pace the Staten Island offensive attack. He has at least one RBI in each of his last four games and Monday was the second time this season he has had at least two extra-base hits in a game. Catcher P.J. Pilittere also had three hits in the victory, going 3-4 with two RBI. It was just his second multi-hit game at home this season, improving his average at home to .216 on the year. RF Jonathan Poterson matched his run total from his previous eight games on Monday, going 2-4 with three runs scored while CF Brett Gardner saw his 14-game hit streak snapped by going 0-2 with a run scored.
RHP Justin Berg, piggy-backing on Monday, tossed four shutout innings of relief to improve to 3-0 at home this season. He surrendered just two hits and struck out four batters. Monday was the first time in his last six games that he did not walk a batter. RHP Jason Stephens got the starting nod on Monday and allowed three earned runs on four hits and one walk in four innings of work before giving way to Berg. It was the first time that Stephens, who entered Monday's start with a 1.20 ERA at home, had allowed more than one earned run in five home games.
GCL Yankees: The Gulf Coast League Yankees pounded out 18 hits in a 10-7 defeat of the Phillies on Monday. LF Jose Tabata, the 16-year old phenom, continues to impress this season. He was one of three Yankees' batters to collect three hits in the victory, going 3-5 with a home run, three RBI, and stealing his league-leading 16th base. It was his third 3-hit game in his last 15 games played and he has stolen at least one base in 7 of his last 8 games. Catcher Jose Gil also went deep on Monday, going 2-5 with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI. Gil, who has three more walks than strikeouts this season, has gone six straight games without striking out. CF Austin Jackson went 3-5 with a double and two runs scored on Monday for his second career 3-hit game. He has now reached base in eight straight games.
RHP Rolando Japa picked up his second win of the season despite allowing one earned run on five hits in 3 1/3 innings pitched and tying a season-high with five walks. He has now walked 13 batters in his last 13 1/3 innings pitched. LHP Jesse Bahr struck out the only batter he faced to notch his third save for the GCL Yanks. He hasn't walked a batter in five consecutive appearances and opposing batters are hitting just .156 against him this year, including a .000 average against lefties.
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