SFDugout Minor League Notebook: 4/21

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.


TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Edmonton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Fresno 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0

WP Tyler Walker(1-1) 1.0IP 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 0SO 0HR 1.69 ERA
LP Ron Chiavacci (0-2) 1.1IP 0H 1R 1ER 1BB 1SO 0HR 6.30 ERA

Game Notes:
Five Grizzlies pitchers, James Garcia, Leo Estrella, Luke Anderson, Jeff Urban and Tyler Walker, helped to shut out Edmonton. Combined, they gave up only two hits, three walks, and seven strikeouts. Edmonton's pitcher Josh Carp, went seven innings giving up five hits. The loss was given to Ron Chiavacci. Todd Linden started off the ninth, when he managed a walk to lead off the inning. Brian Dallimore failed to lay a bunt down. Edmonton pitcher Anthony Ferrari came into the game to face the left handed hitters Damon Minor and Tony Torcato. Minor hit a opposite field single to left, while Linden moved to third. With the count 0-2, Torcato hit Ferrari's curveball to right field, driving in Linden and winning the game.

Team Notes:
Noah Lowry was called up by the San Francisco Giants and David Aardsma was sent down to Fresno. Lowry pitched three innings in the game, giving up four runs on nine hits, with one walk and one strikeout. After the game, he was sent back down to Fresno as Scott Eyre was activated off the disabled list.


TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Norwich 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 5 9 0
New Hampshire 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 4 12 3

WP: Mitch Walk (2-1) 2.0IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 0SO 0HR 2.51 ERA
LP: John Ogiltree (0-1) 1.0IP 2H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 10.38 ERA

Game Notes:
Michael Cervenak was the hero of this game, with his only hit of five at bats driving in the winning run in the 10th inning after Jay Pecci and Daniel Ortmeier received walks to lead off the inning. Norwich came back from a 3 run deficit after Tyler Von Schell tripled to lead off the seventh, and then was helped by timely hitting and New Hampshire miscues. Von Schell came home on a Doug Clark single, who then went to 2nd after the pitcher threw the ball away on a pickoff. He then advanced to third as Knoedler's ground ball induced an error, and then the bases were loaded by a walk. Derrin McMains picked up an RBI with a single after that. Valderrama hit into a fielder's choice that got the runner at home but kept the bases loaded, and then more New Hampshire miscues followed. Pecci was hit by a pitch, bringing home a run, and then a wild pitch to Cervenak scored a fourth. Pitcher Matt Palmer gave up a home run to tie the game at 4 late, to set up the extra-innings work.

Team Notes:
Brad Hennessey had a solid outing, giving up 3 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out one, and kept his ERA at 2.93 for the season. Ortmeier went 2 for 4 with a walk, and is at .327. Cervenak's average also dropped to .327, on the 1-5 day. Surprise hitter Tyler Von Schell went 2-5 with a triple, and is hitting .404.


TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Modesto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 0
San Jose 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 x 6 12 0

WP Matt Cain (1-0) 5.2IP 4H 0R 0ER 2BB 9SO 0HR 2.30 ERA
LP Bradley Sullivan (0-3) 3.1IP 8H 4R 4ER 2BB 1SO 0HR 7.94 ERA

Game Notes:
Top prospect Matt Cain dominated Modesto to lead the Giants to an easy 6-1 victory. Cain went 5.2 innings and gave up only 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 9. San Jose got all the offense they needed in the 2nd, with Dan Trumble, Todd Jennings and Jacob Waid stringing together singles to score the first run, and then Fred Lewis and Julio Cordido each hitting some two out singles to knock in a run each. San Jose also scored an insurance run in the fourth when Aaron Hornostaj stole second and then scored on a wild pitch by Bradley Sullivan. Modesto got on the board with a solo home run by Brant Colamarnio off of Jason Waddell, but the Giants answered right back with a home run by Trumble and an RBI single by Hornostaj to make the victory easy.

Team Notes:
Matt Cain's ERA was lowered to 2.30 with the scoreless outing. Fred Lewis continued to be a leadoff threat with a 2 for 5 day, and is batting .333. Todd Jennings appears to be out of an early season slump, going 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored, but is still batting only .217. Brad Vericker played first base (he usually DH's) and went 0 for 2 with 2 walks; he is batting .222.


TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hagerstown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Charleston-SC 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 x 3 11 0

WP Jino Gonzalez (2-1) 5.0IP 2H 0R 0ER 4BB 8SO 0HR 4.50 ERA
LP Kelyn Acosta (0-1) 7.0IP 8H 2R 1ER 0BB 3SO 0HR 2.77 ERA

Game Notes:
Hagerstown lost in it's second straight shutout, and struck out a combined 12 times against Charleston starter Jino Gonzalez and reliever Chad Orvella. They managed only 3 hits and 4 walks the entire game. Hagerstown starter Kelyn Acosta took his first loss of the season despite a solid start, going 7 innings and giving up only 2 runs (1 earned) on 8 hits and no walks. He struck out 3.

Team Notes:
Hagerstown is slumping very badly, being shut out for their second straight game and having scored only one run in the last three. They haven't won since April 9th, opening the season with back to back wins. Acosta's ERA, despite the loss, was lowered to 2.77 over 3 starts. Nate Schierholtz went 1 for 3 with a walk, raising his average to .250. Prized prospect Travis Ishikawa went 0 for 3, and his average dropped to .148. Only two players have averages over .250 on Hagerstown, and neither of them have played in more than half of the team's 10 games.

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