SFDugout Minor League Notebook: 4/28

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 28th, and who's hot and who's not.

FRESNO GRIZZLIES (AAA)

No game for Fresno on Wednesday.

NORWICH NAVIGATORS (AA)

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Altoona 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 5 12 1
Norwich 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 6 0

WP Bobby Bradley (1-0) 6.0IP 4H 1R 1ER 6BB 3SO 0HR 3.48 ERA
LP Brad Hennessey (1-1) 5.0IP 9H 4R 4ER 0BB 3SO 2HR 3.98 ERA

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Altoona 0 4 1 0 3 0 0 8 8 2
Norwich 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 7 13 1

WP Jeff Miller (2-2) 3.0IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 3SO 1HR 2.77 ERA
LP Julio Pavon (0-1) 2.2IP 3H 3R 3ER 0BB 0SO 0HR 5.93 ERA

Game Notes:
Norwich and Altoona played their second doubleheader in as many days. In the first game, Brad Hennessey took the loss, giving up 4 runs in 5 innings. He gave up solo home runs in the 2nd and 4th innings. Norwich attempted a late comeback, down 5-1 in the bottom of the 7th (Minor league double header games are only 7 innings), helped by an error by Jeff Keppinger. That error allowed Michael Cervanek to hit with two on and two out, and hit a three run homer. It still had Norwich fall a run short, though, as Tyler Von Schell popped out to end the game. In the second game, Norwich score three runs in both the first and second innings, highlighted by Jay Pecci's 3 run homer in the 2nd. Pecci, however, was only making up for an error in the top of the 2nd, which had allowed 3 unearned runs to score against starter Mitch Walk in a 4 run inning. Altoona then scored 3 more runs on Yrendall DeCaster's 5th inning home run off of Julio Pavon to take the lead and sweep the doubleheader.

Team Notes:
Jay Pecci was 5 for 7, playing 2 of the 4 games in the two double headers. Carlos Valderrama was 4-8 hitting leadoff in both games on the second day, after 1-6 the previous day. He is batting .350 on the season.

SAN JOSE GIANTS (A)

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
San Jose 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 3
Rancho Cucamonga 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 2

WP Ozzie Lugo (3-0) 2.0IP 0H 0R 0ER 2BB 3SO 0HR 1.64 ERA
LP Jason Waddell (2-1) 0.1IP 1H 1R 1ER 1BB 1SO 1HR 4.61 ERA

Game Notes:
San Jose had the lead in a tight game, but lost it and the game in extra innings, 2-1 in 12, at Rancho Cucamonga. San Jose struck first in the third inning, when DH Zach Strong doubled in Jacob Wald after Wald's single. RC came back, scoring a run on Michael Napoli's sixth inning single, but both teams stayed mostly quiet until RC's 12th inning. David Gates, a pinch hitter, was walked, and then pinch runner Ransel Melgarejo was balked to second, and Jason Sugden singled him home to win the game.

Team Notes:
Brooks McNiven threw a very good game for the Giants, going 8 innings and giving up only the 1 run on 6 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 2. He now has a 4.74 ERA. The Giants got only 5 hits, and DH Zach Strong was the only one with more than one hit. Catching prospect Todd Jennings dropped to a .197 batting average after an 0-5 day.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS (A)

No game for Hagerstown on Wednesday.



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