Fresno 4, Las Vegas 3
Replacement third baseman Dave Doster, playing in the spot by grand slamming call-up Brian Dallimore, came up big in the Fresno win over Las Vegas. Doster went 2 for 3 with a home run to collect three of the Grizzlies' four RBIs. The Grizzlies led 3-0 going into the 8th, when Shane Victorino tied the game with a three run home run off of Lee Gardner, but Cody Ransom came through in the bottom of the 8th, tripling in Jason Ellison to score the winning run.
Todd Linden went 1-4 with 2 K's, dropping his average to .299. Tony Torcato raised his back to .315 with a 2 for 3 day with a double. Starter Chris Begg was making his season debut for the Grizzlies. He threw 7.0 innings, and allowed no runs on 3 hits and no walks, while striking out 3. Dave Veres pitched the ninth for his second save of the season. He gave up no hits, but did walk one.
Portland 11, Norwich 9
Norwich lost despite the continued hot hitting of Michael Cervenak. Cervenak went 2 for 5 with a double and a two run home run. Cervenak's home run gave the Navigators a 2 run lead in the top of the first, but starting pitcher Jeff Clark gave up four runs in the third to give the lead back to Portland. The teams traded leads until Luke Anderson gave up 4 runs in 1 inning of work in the 7th, and the ‘Gators couldn't come back.
Cervenak's home run was his 7th of the season, and his 2 RBI's gave him 19. Both numbers are tied for the league lead. Norwich DH Doug Clark went 2-5 with a double, triple and 3 RBI, raising his average to .247. Carlos Valderrama went 1-3 with 2 walks while leading off, and has a team leading .364 average. Both Valderrama and Daniel Ortmeier (who went 2-5) had stolen bases.
SAN JOSE (HIGH-A)
Lake Elsinore 5, San Jose 3
Giants center fielder Fred Lewis' 5-5 day couldn't lift San Jose to a victory. Despite being on base 5 times, Lewis came around to score only once, after his only double was followed by a Julio Cordido single. Dan Trumble also added a home run, but leading hitter Zach Strong went 0-4. Losing pitcher Jeffrey Petersen did well through the first three innings, but gave up 2 runs each in the 4th and 5th to put San Jose down early. He allowed all five Lake Elsinore runs, with only one unearned.
Lewis raised his average to .341, 10 points behind team leader Strong, who dropped to .251. Left fielder Carlos Sosa went 2-4 with a double to raise his average to .267. Reliever Billy Sadler threw 2.2 scoreless innings in relief to lower his ERA to 2.76.
Hagerstown 7, Lexington 3
Hagerstown struck in one big inning, getting 6 runs in the 2nd to take a five run lead, and didn't allow Lexington to get any closer until the very end of the game to cruise to victory. Third Baseman Nate Schierholtz had the best day amongst Hagerstown player, going 2-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Leadoff hitter Jon Coutlangus contributed 2 RBI himself with a double on his only hit, going 1-3 with a walk. Juan Serrato threw 6 innings for the win, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 5 walks while striking out 8, and he lowered his ERA to 1.35.
Schierholtz is tied for the team lead in doubles (6), home runs (2), and has the team lead in RBI with 11. He is batting .279, going 19-68 with 8 walks. Catcher Brian Munhall, who started hot for the Suns, has cooled off, his average dropping to .269 over 7 games. Serrato has started a tie tied high 4 games, and is 2-0. He has 21 strikeouts in 20 innings.
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