SFDugout Minor League Notebook: 4/25

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
Fresno 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 7 10 0
Tuscon 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 11 3

WP Scott Service (3-0) 1.0IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 0.00 ERA
LP Lee Garnder (1-2) 1.2IP 3H 2R 2ER 2BB 1SO 0HR 2.92 ERA

Game Notes:
In a wild game, the Grizzlies lost 8-7 when Tucson scored 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth off Lee Gardner, whose record fell to 1-2. The Grizzlies started the scoring off with 2 in the top of the first, but Kevin Walker just did not have it as he gave up 3 runs in the 2nd and then Leo Estrella gave up 3 runs in the 3rd. But the relievers - Jeff Urban and Dave Aardsma - held strong for a combined four shutout innings, allowing Fresno to take the lead again with 3 runs in the 5th - highlighted by Adam Shabala's 2nd homer of the year - and 2 runs in the 8th; for the game Brian Dallimore, who had 4 hits in 5 at-bats with 2 doubles, drove in 2 runs, as did Deivi Cruz. But after shutting down Tucson in the 8th, Gardner gave up the two runs that lost the game for the Grizzlies, dropping them to 4-14, mirroring the poor record of the parent club.

Team Notes:
ith his 4 hits, Brian Dallimore raised his average to .406, which put him in the top 5 in batting average for the league. In his 4 game hitting streak, he is 11 for 18, with 4 doubles, a homer, and 6 RBIs. Shabala's two hits pushed his average to .289 - he also stole two bases for four for the season - and Deivi Cruz's two hits raised his to .310. Jeff Urban dropped his ERA to 3.86 with his two shutout innings and Dave Aardsma dropped his to 2.45 with his two. Lee Gardner's ERA is now 2.92 after the two earned runs given up.

NORWICH NAVIGATORS (AA)

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Harrisburg 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 2
Norwich 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 x 5 13 1

WP: Chris Begg (2-1) 5.2IP 4H 1R 1ER 1BB 4SO 0HR 3.05 ERA
LP: Luke Lockwood (1-3) 5.0IP 9H 2R 2ER 4BB 4SO 0HR 4.22 ERA

Game Notes:
The Navigators won 5-1, rising to 9-7. They rapped out 13 hits, with Carlos Valderrama getting 3 hits and Derin McMains, Michael Cervenak, Doug Clark, and Angel Chavez getting 2 hits each; Valderrama had 3 RBIs and Cervenak 1 RBI. Chris Begg pitched 5.2 innings and only gave up 4 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run (earned) with 4 strikeouts in dropping his ERA to 3.05 and raising his record to 2-1. It was a close game until Norwich scored 2 in the 7th and 1 in the 8th, but Mitch Walk, Luke Anderson, and Matt Palmer relieved Begg and shut down Harrisburg the rest of the way.

Team Notes:
Carlos Valderrama raised his RBI total to 10, just one behind Michael Cervenak who is 6th in the league and 3 behind Dan Ortmeier, who has 13. Despite going 0-3, Tyler Von Schell's .375 average is 3rd in the league; Valderrama is 6th with .348 and Dan Ortmeier and Michael Cervenak are close behind at .333 each.

SAN JOSE GIANTS (A)

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Jose 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 11 0
Visalia 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 x 5 11 0

WP Ubaldo Jimenez (3-0) 6.0IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 8SO 0HR 1.57 ERA
LP Jeffrey Peterson (0-3) 6.0IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 4.05 ERA

Game Notes:
Playing in Visalia, the San Jose Giants lost the game 5-1, falling to 8-10, as neither the hitting nor the pitching was working well enough. There were only 5 hits by the Giants, with Brad Vericker hitting 2 doubles in 4 ABs and Randy Walter added a double in 4 ABs and scored the only run in the 5th when Julio Cordido drove him in with a single. Jeffrey Petersen didn't do that bad, going 6 innings with 7 hits and 2 walks but bunched them together and gave up 4 runs, all earned in the first and third innings; he also had 2 strikeouts. Jason Waddell closed out the game with 2 innings pitched, 4 hits, no walks, 1 run (earned) and one strikeout.

Team Notes:
Jeffrey Petersen suffered his third loss of the season; his ERA is 4.91 and he also hit a batter as well. Despite his two doubles, Brad Vericker is still only batting .227; he was being counted on to hit and hit for power. Fred Lewis had a hit but watched his average fall a hair under .299. He did get his third stolen base of the season: he finished 2nd in the Giants farm system in stolen bases in 2003. Julio Cordido is one of the other few bright offensive spots: he had a hit and an RBI, his 10th of the season, and is batting .311 so far and has a 9 game hit streak going.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS (A)

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

WP Nick Long (2-2) 5.0IP 7H 2R 2ER 2BB 4SO 1HR 3.66 ERA
LP Bryan Millikan (0-1) 6.0IP 7H 2R 2ER 2BB 4SO 1HR 3.66 ERA
S Brett Reid(6) 1.0IP 3H 0R 0ER 0BB 0SO 0HR 0.00 ERA

Game Notes:
Despite pounding out 11 hits, as the team tries to break out of its collective slump for the season, the Suns lose to Savannah 3-2. Patrick Dobson continued his hot hitting, getting 3 hits, including a double. Jon Coutlangus and Nate Schierholtz added 2 hits apiece. Bryan Millikan suffered his first loss, going 6 innings and giving up 6 hits, 3 runs, all earned, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts, with a home run. Christopher George came in and kept the team close, throwing two shutout innings of relief, with 2 hits and 2 strikeouts, dropping his ERA to 1.59 for the season.

Team Notes:
2B Patrick Dobson, since going 0-4 in the game on 4/20, has a five game hitting streak, going 11-17 with 2 doubles, 3 walks, 2 RBIs, as he raised his batting average from .190 to a third best in the league .395. Unfortunately, without others hitting, the team has gone 2-3 during that period. 3B Nate Schierholtz added another two hits to stretch his hit streak to six games. He was 8 for 27 with 4 runs, 1 double, 1 homer, 2 RBI and 1 walk. C Brian Munhall has hits in his last 4 starts, going 7-15 in those games with 2 doubles, 1 homer, 2 RBI, 1 run scored, and 1 walk. During this hot streak, he has jumped his average from .000 to .318. Lastly, Travis Ishikawa added a hit and a walk, for a four game hitting streak. He was 5-13 in that stretch, 1 double, 1 homer, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, 2 walks, raising his average from .148 to .225.



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