SFDugout Minor League Notebook: 4/29

Here's a brief look into how each team in 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
Las Vegas 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 9 0
Fresno 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 13 0

WP David Aardsma (1-0) 1.0IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 1SO 0HR 4.50 ERA
LP Troy Brohawn (0-1) 1.0IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 1SO 0HR 4.50 ERA

GAME NOTES
Winning in their last at-bats, Fresno pulled out a close one, 5-4, after Las Vegas tied it up in the top of the ninth, 4-4. Ryan Jensen was wild, walking 4 and also giving up 6 hits in 5.2 IP, with 3 ER and 3 strikeouts. A trio of relievers - Lee Gardner, Kevin Walker, and Dave Veres - kept Las Vegas scoreless over the next 2.1 innings, before Dave Aardsma blew the save in the ninth, giving up the tying run on a homerun and adding another two baserunners before closing them out. Tony Torcato started the rally with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Trey Lundsford singled and advanced to second when Torcato was thrown out at the plate, Jamie Athas walked, and finally Dave Doster singled to left with two outs, scoring Lundsford. Cody Ransom, Tony Torcato, Trey Lundsford, Jamie Athas, and Dave Doster all had two hits apiece in a 13 hit attack by the Grizzlies. Aardsma got his first win and is now 1-0.

TEAM NOTES
Cody Ransom, since being sent down by the Giants, is now batting .300 after his 2-5 performance. Tony Torcato is now hitting .294 by going 2-4. Damon Minor drove in two for a total of 12, tying Todd Linden for the team lead.

NORWICH NAVIGATORS (AA)

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Norwich 2 0 3 0 2 0 4 0 2 13 15 0
Portland 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 3

WP Patrick Misch (1-1) 5.0IP 6H 2R 2ER 2BB 4SO 2HR 2.66 ERA
LP Phil Seibel (0-1) 4.0IP 6H 5R 5ER 2BB 4SO 3HR 11.25 ERA

Game Notes:
The Navigators improved their record to 11-10 by pounding the Portland Sea Dogs 13-2, with six home runs hit, two by Carlos Valderrama, one leading off the game. In a 15 hit attack, Valderrama, Derin McMains, and Doug Clark all had 3 hits plus Dan Ortmeier and Michael Cervenak had 2 each. Doug Clark and Justin Knoedler had 3 RBIs each, while Tyler Von Schell added a two-run homer. Ortmeier hit his 4th homer of the season. Pat Misch evened his record to 1-1, pitching 5 innings with 6 hits, 2 walks, 2 ER (both solo homers) and 4 strikeouts. Scott Munter had a 9 up, 9 down, 3 IP and Alberto Montes pitched a scoreless 9th, but not before giving up two hits to the Sea Dogs.

Team Notes:
Valderrama raised his batting average to .365, good for 3rd in the Eastern League. Michael Cervenak raised his batting average to .333 and is now tied for second on the team with Tyler Von Schell. Dan Ortmeier raised his average to .309 and his four homers puts him second on the team (and tied for 5th in the league) now to Michael Cervenak, who has six and is tied for 2nd in the league. Pat Misch's ERA rose to 2.66, third behind Josh Habel (2.33 ERA) and Jeff Clark (1.93 ERA) among starter. Given all the offense and starting pitching, it is surprising that the team is barely over .500 until one sees all the relievers with ERA's basically 6.00 and above (5.93, 6.30, 9.82)

SAN JOSE GIANTS (A)

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Jose 0 6 1 6 2 3 0 0 0 18 24 2
Rancho Cucamonga 3 2 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 10 14 2

WP Brion Treadway (1-2) 5.0IP 11H 8R 8ER 2BB 2SO 1HR 6.20 ERA
LP Jean Toledo (1-2) 2.1IP 7H 7R 7ER 2BB 2SO 1HR 6.23 ERA

Game Notes:
In a wild slugfest, the San Jose Giants pulled off an 18-10 victory over Rancho Cucamonga with a 24 hit attack. Zach Strong and Randy Walter each had 4 hits, Fred Lewis, Julio Cordido, and Todd Jennings each had 3 hits, and Brad Vericker, Aaron Sobieraj, and Aaron Hornostaj each had 2 hits. However, only Todd Jennings had a home run, when he led off the 3rd. Cordido and Strong each had 3 RBIs. Brion Treadway won his first game, raising his record to 1-2 despite only pitching 5 innings and giving up 11 htis, 8 ER, 2 walks, and getting 3 strikeouts.

Team Notes:
Despite all the hits, only Zach Strong (.394), Julio Cordido (.313) and Fred Lewis (.301) had batting averages over .300 after the game. Julio Cordido now has 14 RBIs, good for 9th in the California League.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS (A)

TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lexington 1 0 2 1 1 3 0 0 2 10 12 1
Hagerstown 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 11 3

WP Matt Albers (1-0) 6.0IP 8H 0R 0ER 3BB 5SO 0HR 0.82 ERA
LP Travis Nesmith (1-2) 4.0IP 5H 4R 3ER 1BB 3SO 0HR 3.38 ERA

GAME NOTES
The Hagerstown Suns lost to the Lexington Legends, 10-6, dropping their record to 5-12 for the year and 0-5 at home. However, it was not as close as that score seemed because the Suns scored all 6 runs in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Wagner was the hitting star, going 3-3 and Jesse Schmidt and Timothy Hutton contributed 2 hits apiece, Hutton's two both coming in the 9th. Hutton also had 2 RBIs.

TEAM NOTES
Jonathan Armitage drove in a run for his team leading 10th RBI of the season; however, he is only hitting .203, though with a team leading 6 doubles and 2 triples, along with one home run.



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