LP Chad Zerbe (0-1) 3.1IP 5H 3R 3ER 1BB 3SO 0HR 4.70 ERA
The Grizzlies lost to the Edmonton Trappers in Thursday's game, ending their two game winning streak. Edmonton got the lead in the game when they scored twice in the third inning, and they never looked back. Grizzlies manager, Fred Stanley, was ejected in the fifth inning for arguing a play at the plate. Edmonton Trapper, Henry Mateo slid in home and was called safe, but Trey Lunsford had tagged Mateo in the foot before he had crossed the plate, according to Stanley. Edmonton proceeded with a three run rally, giving them a 6-1 lead. The Grizzlies were able to cut the lead down by one run, with RBI singles off the bat of Francisco Santos and Jamie Athas. Unfortunately, in the ninth, the Trappers extended their lead by adding five more runs later in the game. Todd Linden continues his great season hitting a solo homerun in the third and later scoring a run in the fifth. Brian Dallimore led Fresno in hits with a double, 2 singles and an RBI.
The Grizzlies have gone six games without having one starter go through five innings. The bullpen has been really worked hard in April, and it was shown in today's game when they gave up 18 hits. The Giants released Mike Crudale, who had a 15.63 this season with the Grizzlies. Right handed pitcher, Luke Anderson was sent down to AA Norwich, while another righty, Lee Gardner returns from the inactive list. Rob Stratton also finally ended his 0-for 16 streak a couple hits in the game, an infield single and his first double.
NORWICH NAVIGATORS (AA)
No Game Scheduled
SAN JOSE GIANTS (A)
LP Billy Sadler (0-2) 3.0IP 5H 3R 3ER 3BB 2SO 1HR 4.22 ERA
S Trevor Sansom (3) 1.0IP 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 0SO 0HR 2.57 ERA
Modesto A's pitchers slowed down the San Jose Giants bat in Thursday evening's game. Derrell McCall took the mound for the A's allowing only two hits and one unearned run. After he left the game, the Giants had trouble producing hits as the bullpen was dominant throughout the rest of the game. Curtus Moak, Shawn Kohn, and Trevor Sansom only allowed one baserunner, thus shutting out the Giants. The Giants relievers were also strong after the A's scored three runs against Giants starter, Billy Sadler. Brian Burres allowed on hit in three innings, Brian Stirm gave the Giants two shutout innings, and Jason Waddell allowed one run in one inning of work. The only run in the game for the Giants came in the fifth inning started Aaron Hornostaj drove in a run with a single to center.
The Giants are now off to a 10-game roadtrip, starting off against the Visalia Oaks. Brooks McNiven (0-0, 3.95) is scheduled to start for San Jose. Hornostaj who has been slumping, got the only run in the game for the Giants, his third RBI of the season. The San Jose Giants are no longer in the top spot of the North Division of the California League due to their three loses of their four games.
HAGERSTOWN SUNS (A)
LP Tony Peguero (1-1) 4.2IP 7H 6R 4ER 1BB 1SO 1HR 4.50 ERA
The Hagerstown Suns finally broke out of their eight game losing streak. The Suns took the lead in the second off Charleson starter, Tony Peguero (1-1). Jonathan Armitage doubled down the left field line. With two outs, Travis Ishikawa hit an infield single to right. Ishikawa and Jonathan Armitage each had three hits. Ishikawa hit his first home run in the fourth inning, driving in two runs. In the fifth inning, Jesse Schmidt walked and Nate Schierholtz singled. Armitage got another infield single. Peguero picked it up and then threw it down the third base line. Two runs were able to score for the Suns. Another run scored with Pat Dobson's single. Suns starter, Jesse English pitched 4 1/3 shutout innings. Christopher George threw 2 2/3 innings of relief, achieving the win.
The team produced 14 hits in Thursday's game, a season high. Starting pitcher, Jesse English struck out six for his second straight start. In all of the eleven games Schierholtz has played in, he has reached base safely. He is maintaining a batting average of .267. Christopher George remains impressive with a 1.93 ERA in four games.
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