SFDugout Minor League Notebook: 5/3

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 May 3rd, and who's hot and who's not.

Giants Minor League Baseball 5/2/04 FRESNO GRIZZLIES (AAA):

Fresno 7, Sacramento 4

Game Notes:

Fresno continued their hot streak beating Sacramento 7-4. Fresno has now won 6 consecutive games. Fresno fell behind early as starting pitcher Brain Cooper gave up three runs in the first and a run in the second. Those would be the only runs Sacramento would score being shutout the rest of the way by Cooper, Adam Pettyjohn, Kevin Walker and Dave Veres. Brian Cooper ended up pitching five innings giving up four runs on six hits and three walks. Winning pitcher Adam Pettyjohn pitched two scoreless innings, followed by Walker pitching a scoreless eighth and Veres pitching a scoreless ninth earning him his third save of the year. All Grizzlies scoring came in the fourth and seventh innings, led by the top of the lineup which went 7 for 15. Damon Minor went 3 for 5 with two runs and two RBI.

Team Notes:

Even after winning six in a row, the Grizzlies are still five games under .500. Tony Torcato went 2 for 5 with an RBI raising his average to .313. Cody Ransom went 2 for 4 scoring two runs and raising his average to .261. Damon Minor is leading the team with a .324 batting average. He also has the team high in homeruns with three and RBI with sixteen.


Game postponed due to rain, game will be made up on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader.


San Jose 5, Bakersfield 4

Game Notes:

San Jose snapped a three game losing streak with this 5-4 win over Bakersfield. The Giants took the early lead in the fourth inning when newcomer Lance Niekro hit a two run homerun. The Giants added another run in the sixth when Julio Cordido hit a solo homerun. The 3-0 lead disappeared as Bakersfield scored two runs in each of the following two innings to take a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth. Julio Cordido struck again in the eighth tying the game with a RBI triple. He eventually scored the winning run on a wild pitch. Jeremy Accardo earned his fifth save pitching a scoreless ninth.

Team notes:

Lance Niekro joined the team on a rehabilitation assignment. Winning pitcher James Garcia gave up two runs raising his ERA to 7.07. Julio Cordido has a team high 18 RBI and is batting .337 to also lead the team. Starting Pitcher James McNiven pitched seven innings giving up two runs on only three hits and one walk. His era dropped to 4.26.


Hagertsown 8>, Hickory 9

Games Notes:

Real tough loss for Hagerstown, up 8-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Hickory ends up scoring six runs, the final three coming off a walk off homerun by Bobby Kingsbury. The loss snaps the suns three game wining steak. The Suns took advantage of Hickory's horrendous defense. The Suns scored six unearned runs off of four errors. Nate Schierholtz and Mike Wagner both went 2 for 4 with two RBI. Suns starting pitcher Christopher George went five innings giving up three runs, he was followed by Jesse English who pitched three scoreless innings before the dreadful ninth in which he gave up a two run homerun and then let two others get on base before he was pulled by manager Mike Ramsey who brought in Joe Bateman. Bateman gave up a single to the first batter he faced which drove in a run cutting the lead to 8-6 and then Kingsbury hit the three run homerun to steal the game from the Suns.

Team Notes:

Nathan Schierholtz extended his streak of getting on base to 15 games. Joe Bateman had only given up one run before this game in 15 innings of work. Even after giving two runs in this game his era is a paltry 1.80. Schierholtz has a team high 26 hits posting a .317 average.

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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