SFDugout Minor League Notebook: 4/19

Here's a brief look into how each team into how the San Francisco Giants' minor league affiliates: Fresno Grizzlies (AAA), Norwich Navigators (AA), San Jose Giants (A), and the Hagerstown Suns (A) in yesterday's game, as well as other news concerning the team.

FRESNO GRIZZLIES (AAA)

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Salt Lake 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 14 1
Fresno 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 0

WP: Cameron Esslinger (W, 1-0) 2.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 3.18 ERA
LP: Ryan Jensen (L, 1-1) 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR, 4.30 ERA

Game Notes:
Fresno was unable to break their streak, despite knocking out Salt Lake's starting pitcher in the 2nd inning by scoring 4 early runs. As many Giants fans are familiar with, Jensen couldn't hold the lead, and gave up 5 runs before getting through 5 innings. The bullpen was mostly solid, including scoreless outings by former Giants Chad Zerbe and Scott Eyre. But the damage was done, and Fresno didn't score again.

Team Notes:
Fresno's offense isn't entirely to blame. Todd Linden has cooled off, but went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 K, though lowering his average to .268. Brain Dallimore has pulled out of a short slump after moving to third in the lineup, going 2 for 5 to get to .292. Damon Minor is batting .317 after a 1 for 3 day, and Tony Torcato is making a big case to return to the big squad, going 2 for 5 with a double, keeping his Fresno average at .353.

NORWICH NAVIGATORS (AA)

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Norwich/b> 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0
New Hampshire 0 0 3 0 1 4 0 0 x 8 12 1

WP: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR 3.27 ERA
LP: Chris Berg (L, 1-1) 54.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR 3.60 ERA

Game Notes:
Norwich is really struggling right now. Daniel Ortmeier is the main offensive threat, knocking in Norwich's only two runs with a single in the first and a triple in the third. It capped his 2 for 4 day, with him batting .326. But pitchers Chris Berg and Julio Pavon allowed eight runs to trickle in over 6 innings, sealing the Gators' fate

Team Notes
29 year old 3B Michael Cervenak went 0 for 3, dropping his average to .375. He leads the team in homers with 4

SAN JOSE GIANTS (A)

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Modesto 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 7 0
San Jose 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 5 1

WP Marc Sauer (W, 2-1) 7.0 IP 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 4.24 ERA
LP Brion Treadway (L, 0-2) 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR 4.40 ERA

Game Notes:
Brion Treadway's 2 run first inning was his only blemish on an otherwise good day, but it was enough for Modesto to dominate San Jose behin Marc Sauer's 3 hit pitching. San Jose's only run off Sauer came thanks to a passed ball by Modesto Catcher Jed Morris, but otherwise, they couldn't get their hitting until Chris Shank gave up a home run to Dan Trumble in the 8th, and by then, it was too late.

Team Notes:
Promising slugger Brad Vericker had another 0 for 4 day, dropping his average to .258. Catcher Todd Jennings, one of the top prospects from the Northwest League last year, went 1 for 3 with a double and RBI, but his average is floundering at .205.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS (A)

No Game Scheduled



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