SFDugout Minor League Notebook: 4/27

An in-depth look into the San Francisco Giants minor league affiliates - Fresno Grizzlies (AAA), Norwich Navigators (AA), San Jose Giants (A), and the Hagerstown Suns (A)- the games played on April 27th, and who's hot and who's not.


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

WP Jeff Urban (1-1) 1.2IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 1SO 0HR 2.77 ERA
LP Andrew Good (1-1) 4.0IP 3H 2R 2ER 2BB 3SO 1HR 5.63 ERA
LP David Aardsma (1) 2.0IP 2H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 1.59 ERA

Game Notes:
The Grizzlies with this win split their four game series with first place Tucson. Todd Linden in the first inning hit a sacrifice fly to plate the Grizzlies first run. The Grizzlies added another run in the fourth on a Jamie Athas RBI single. Tucson tied the game in the fifth inning after Andy Green hit a two-run double down the left field line. The Grizzlies got those two runs back in the top of sixth of a Craig Kuzmic two-run homerun. Jeff Urban pitched 1 2/3 inning of scoreless ball to earn the win. Dave Veres pitched a perfect seventh inning and David Aardsma pitched the final two innings to secure his first save with the team.

Team Notes:
Brian Dallimore extended his hitting streak to six, going 1 for 4 and scoring a run. Back-up catcher Craig Kuzmic is currently 2 for 15, on the bright side each of his two hits has brought in two runs. Chad Zerbe started the game for the Grizzlies, but ended up pitching only 4 1/3 innings. Zerbe gave up two runs on five hits, his era is now 4.50. The Grizzlies have a day off tomorrow and then open up a series against Las Vegas in Fresno. The Grizzlies will face Dodger prospect Edwin Jackson who is currently 3-1 on Thursday. Ryan Jensen will get the start for Fresno.


TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Altoona 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
Norwich 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

WP Ian Snell (2-2) 7.0IP 3H 0R 0ER 1BB 4SO 0HR 2.14 ERA
LP Josh Habel (0-2) 7.0IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 11SO 0HR 2.33 ERA

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Altoona 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 4 7 0
Norwich 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 8 0

WP Luke Anderson (1-0) 1.0IP 0H 0R 0ER 2BB 2SO 0HR 0.00 ERA
LP Brandon Agamennone (1-1) 1.1IP 1H 1R 1ER 2BB 0SO 0HR 5.06 ERA

Game Notes:
Game One:
The first game of the doubleheader was a pitching duel between Ian Shell for Alatoona and Josh Habel for Norwich. Both pitchers ended up only giving up three hits, and both pitched complete games. Alatoona got two of their three hits in the seventh inning, which led to them scoring the only run of the game. The Navigators best chance to score was in the second inning when they had runners on first and second. That was the only inning a Navigator reached second base.

Game Notes for Game Two:
After being shutout in the first game, the Navigators came out swinging in the second game scoring at least a run in the first three innings. Daniel Ortmier singled in Carlos Valderrama in the first inning for the Navigators first score. The following inning with runners on second and third and one out, Valderrama hit a groundball to short to plate the Navigators second run. Jay Pecci followed Valderrama with a RBI single giving the Navigators a 3-0 lead after two innings. Norwich got another run in the third inning which was followed by Alatoona scoring their first run in the game in the fourth inning. Alatoona managed to tie the game in the sixth inning scoring three runs off Alberto Montes. In the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded Justin Knoedler was hit by a pitch that brought in the game winning run for the Navigators.

*All double header games are seven inning games.

Team Notes:
The Navigators started Jack Troshner in game two; he pitched two scoreless innings lowering his era to 0.73. Four other pitchers pitched in game two with Luke Anderson earning the win. Tyler Von Schell went 2 for 7 on the day dropping his average to .366. Josh Habel struck out 11 hitters in his outing which lowered his era to 2.33. Valderrama went 1 for 3 in each game; he is batting .333 for the season.


TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Jose 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 12 5
Rancho Cucamonga 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 2 x 7 14 1

WP James Carroll (1-0) 1.0IP 4H 1R 1ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 7.71 ERA
LP James Garcia (0-2) 1.2IP 2H 2R 2ER 0BB 2SO 1HR 7.36 ERA
S Austin Bilke (4) 1.0IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 1.86 ERA

Game Notes:
The Giants beat themselves in this game, committing five errors. San Jose in the second inning scored three runs off a Dan Trumble solo homerun and a two run single off the bat of Steve Holm. In the third inning Brad Vericker hit a two run homerun giving the Giants a comfortable 5-1 lead. The Quakes had a solo homerun in the second and third inning both given up by Brian Strim who only pitched three innings for San Jose. The Quakes tied the game in the sixth inning scoring three runs, with one run being unearned after a throwing errors by shortstop Jacob Weld and first basemen Brad Vericker that let a runner for second base score on a groundball to shortstop. San Jose retook the lead on a rbi single by Steve Holm, but could not keep the lead as the Quakes in the bottom of the inning hit a two run homerun off the bat of Reggie Willits.

Team Notes:
Dan Trumble has a team high five homeruns. Brad Vericker now has two homeruns, he is currently batting .231. Carlos Sosa went 3 for 4 in the game with two runs and one rbi. Sosa is batting is .274 and is currently tied with two other players for the team high in rbi with 11.


TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Hagerstown 0 0 4 0 1 3 1 0 1 7 10 1
Savannah 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 6 9 0

WP Tim Alvarez (1-2) 1.2IP 2H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO 0HR 5.00 ERA
LP David Thorne (0-2) 1.0IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 2SO 0HR 3.24 ERA

Game Notes:
In the last game of an eight game road trip, the Suns pulled out a 7-6 victory. Tim Hutting had an rbi double in the third and Jon Catulangus added an rbi double in the fifth. Down 3-2 in the sixth inning, Derrick Barrows hit a towering three run homerun over the left field wall. Savannah tied the game in the eighth scoring three runs. The Suns in the ninth scored the winning run of a Jay Knowlton rbi single. Tim Alvarez got the last five outs of the game to earn his first win of the season. Starting pitcher Jesse English only lasted three innings giving up three runs off of three hits and three walks. Three is not his lucky number; Sean Martin relieved English who also gave up three runs but on 4 1/3 innings of work.

Team Notes:
Derrick Barrows finished the day going 2 for 4 raising his average to .250. Pat Dobson and Nathan Schierholtz., two of the Suns hottest hitters, were out of commission in the final game of the road trip. The Suns have an off day tomorrow before starting a three game series against the Lexington Legends at home on Thursday.

Carlos Quezada has followed the Giants ever since the 1989 World Series. He can be reached for questions or comments at los04@yahoo.com .

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