SFDugout Minor League Notebook: 5/4

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 4th, and who's hot and who's not.

Giants Minor League Notebook 5-4-04 Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

Fresno 6, Sacramento 7

Game Notes:
Sacramento snapped Fresno's six game winning streak beating them 7-6. Fresno took a 4-2 lead into the fifth when Graham Koonce hit a grand slam that capped a five run inning for the River Cats. Damon Minor hit a three run homerun in the third inning, which was followed by a solo shot by Robert Stratton in the fourth. Ryan Jensen started the game for the Grizzlies; he went four innings giving up six runs on seven hits, walked four and struck out two. The Grizzlies almost came back in the ninth, but were stopped after RBI singles by Todd Linden and Trey Lunsford.

Team Notes:
Jason Ellison went 3 for 4 scoring two runs; his batting average is now .228. Damon Minor hit his team high fourth homerun. He also currently leads the team in RBI with 19. Robert Stratton hit his third homerun of the year, but is batting only .205 which can be attributed to his team high 37 strikeouts. Ryan Jensen continues to struggle; he has now pitched 30 innings and has a WHIP of 1.73.

Norwich Navigators (AA)

Reading 2, Norwich 5

Game Notes:
The Navigators won this game comfortably behind starting pitcher Brad Hennessey's seven strong innings of work. Hennessey gave up two runs on just four hits. The Navigators struck first scoring two unearned runs in the second inning. The Gators added two more runs in the fifth and got their final run on a solo homerun by Bryan Carter in the eighth. Matt Palmer pitched 1 1/3 inning to earn his second save of the year.

Team notes:
Carlos Valderrama injured himself in the sixth inning trying to steal third base. Valderrama before the injury had gone 2 for 4 scoring a run and knocking one in, he is currently hitting .366. Brad Hennessey dropped his era to 3.29. Matt Palmer has now pitched 10.2 innings giving up only one run and striking out eight. Norwich will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

San Jose Giants (A)

Bakersfield 3, San Jose 4

Game Notes:
San Jose won their second straight game by beating Bakersfield in another one run victory. Brian Treadway led the way for the Giants pitching six innings giving up three runs, only one of them being earned. San Jose down 3-1 in the sixth scored three runs giving them the one run victory. Lance Niekro contributed again going 2 for 4 with an RBI, but it was Brad Vericker in the sixth who came up big with a two run double. Billy Sadler pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth inning to get the hold, and Jeremy Accardo pitched a scoreless ninth earning him his six save of the year.

Team Notes:
Lance Niekro for the second straight day went 2 for 4. Jeremy Accardo has a 3.86 era in 11.2 innings of work; he has struck out 11 batters. Brian Treadway has 24 strikeouts in 30.2 inning of work. Billy Sadler has only given up five runs in 18.1 innings. On the flip side he has given up 13 walks, but it hasn't affected him much posting a 2.45 era.

Hagerstown Suns (A)

Game 1: Hagerstown 0, Hickory 1
Game 2: Hagerstown 4, Hickory 3
Game Notes:
The Suns split their doubleheader with the Crawdads. Both games were tight low scoring games, the Suns lost the first game 1-0 and won the second game 4-3. The Suns only managed two hits in the first game, the only bright side for the Suns in this game was the a stellar performance by pitcher Travis Nesmith who struck out five and only gave up a run in 5 1/3 innings. It was looking like another shutout for the Crawdads, but Hagerstown finally after 12 innings of scoring no runs, scored four in the sixth inning of game #2. Nate Schierholtz hit a three run bomb to give the Suns a 3-2 lead. The next batter, Jonathan Armitage, hit another homerun extending the Suns lead to 4-2. Hickory got a run in the sixth, but it wasn't enough, Tim Alvarez pitched a scoreless seventh inning to pick up his fourth save of the year.

Team Notes:
Jonathan Armitage has three homeruns in three days. He is currently tied with Nate Schierholtz for the team high in homeruns with four. Hagerstown will now travel to Charlestown to face the first place Alley Cats who swept the Suns earlier this season.

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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