LP Troy Browhawn (0-2) 0.1IP 3H 2R 1ER 0BB 0SO 1HR 5.23 ERA
Fresno mirrored the parent club's day by winning in its last at-bats, 4-3, in the bottom of the 9th, do or die, as the score was 3-0 when their 9th began. However, unlike Yorvit Torrealba's dramatic run scoring single off the wall, the Grizzlies won on a throwing error by the 51's catcher. They'll take it as the win improved their record to 9-15 to tie the 51's for third in the South Division of the PCL. Jeff Urban got the win in spite of giving up 2 runs in the top of the ninth, increasing Las Vegas' then lead from 1-0 to 3-0.
Craig Kuzmic went 3-3 with an RBI and a walk, increasing his batting average to .278. Damon Minor, who had the first RBI of the fateful ninth, was 1-2 and 2 walks to raise his average to .303. Chad Zerbe started and did well, going 5 innings and giving up only 3 hits and 1 walk with no strikeouts.
NORWICH NAVIGATORS (AA)
LP Josh Habel (0-3) 5.0IP 10H 6R 6ER 1BB 5SO 2HR 4.07 ERA
Norwich got blasted 12-2, falling back down to .500, 12-12, losing to Portland. Carlos Valderrama and Michael Cervenak each had two hits and one walk and Justin Knoedler had a double, his second for the season. Cervenak and Knoedler each had one RBI. Josh Habel started and got pounded, going 5 innings with 10 hits, 6 runs (all earned), 1 walk, and 5 strikeouts. He gave up 2 homers. Luke Anderson, who was recently demoted to Norwich from Fresno, then put the game away, going only 0.1 IP, giving up 4 hits, 5 runs (all earned), 1 walk, and 0 strikeouts.
Josh Habel, who did so well last season, dropped to 0-3 with an ERA of 4.07. Valderrama's two hits raised his average to .361, good for first with the team and third in the league, while Cervenak's two hits raised his to .352, good for second on the team and sixth in the league. Cervenak's RBI raised his season's total to 20, which leads the team and is second in the league
SAN JOSE GIANTS (A)
LP Brian Stirm (1-2) 3.2IP 6H 5R 4ER 2BB 2SO 0HR 5.19 ERA
Continuing a disturbing trend among the Giants and their farm system, San Jose's pitchers got pounded for 16 runs and 19 hits, resulting in the San Jose Giants defeat at the hands of the Lake Elsinore Storms, 16-1. Obviously, highlights were limited: Aaron Hornostaj and Julio Cordido had two hits apiece, Cordido with a double and a run scored. Starter Brian Stirm dropped his record to 1-2 with 3.2 IP, 6 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts, raising his ERA to 5.19. None of the relievers were able to shut down the Storms, each giving up at least 3 earned runs.
The hot Julio Cordido raised his average to .330, good for 10th in the league and just behind the 9th place league leading hitter, Freddy Lewis, who saw his average drop to .333 in the game. Lewis left the game for a pinch-hitter early in the game and there was no report on what happened to cause his removal.
HAGERSTOWN SUNS (A)
LP Raymar Diaz (0-2) 3.0IP 2H 1R 1ER 0BB 2SO 1HR 6.08 ERA
S Tim Alvarez (3) 1.0IP 0H 0R 0ER 2BB 1SO 0HR 4.22 ERA
Another highscoring game in the Giants systems but with the Hagerstown Suns coming out on top, 8-7, when a wild scoring game became a pitching duel: the winning run scored in the bottom of the sixth. Jay Knowlton and Jonathan Armitage each had three hits and Mike Wagner and Anthony LaBarbera each had two hits. Knowlton had a homer and 2 RBIs and Armitage was the hitting star with 2 homers and 5 RBIs. Kelyn Acosta was blasted, going 4 IP and giving up 10 hits, 7 runs, 5 earned, 2 walks, and two strikeouts. Jesse Floyd pitched well in relief, going 4 innings with only 3 hits and 1 walk given up and 6 strikeouts. Tim Alvarez got his third save of the season with a scoreless ninth, though he made it interesting with two walks.
The win kept the Suns from falling into last place in the Northern Division of the Sally League; they are 9 games back of the streaking Charleston-WV, who looks to be running away with the first half honors this season. The homers were Knowlton's and Armitage's first of the season. Armitage increased his RBI total to 15, good for taking the team lead and placing him 11th in the league.
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