Sacramento 7, Fresno 3
Chris Begg, who threw 7 scoreless innings in his first start for Fresno after being called up from Norwich, was pounded for 5 runs in 2.1 innings by Sacramento. Fresno got on the board in the fourth on Mark McLemore's error on a ball hit by Tony Torcato, allowing Todd Linden to score all the way from first. They didn't score again until the 8th, on when Adam Shabala's double plated two runs.
Dave Veres had another easy inning. He's recovering from a terrible start, and has lowered his ERA to 8.00 since giving up 3 ER without an out in his first outing. At it's peak, his ERA was 27.00. The Grizzlies have three players batting over .300: Damon Minor (.329), Shabala (.306) and Linden (.305.) Minor has 11 extra base hits (4 HR, 2 3B, 5 2B) in 26 hits, and is slugging .595.
Norwich 2, Reading 0 (Game 1)
Norwich 4, Reading 2 (Game 2)
Norwich's 9 AM start didn't hurt, as Patrick Misch threw a complete game shutout in Game 1 to lead the Gators to an easy victory. Angel Chavez had a sacrifice fly in the second inning, and then Mike Cervenak doubled home Daniel Ortmeier for the second run. The throw beat the runner, but Ortmeier drilled into Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and knocked the ball loose. In game 2, Norwich came back from an early 2-0 deficit. Bryan Carter and Cervenak had early RBI's to tie the game, and then Jay Pecci hit a two out single with the bases loaded to give the Gators the win.
Misch's 1.98 ERA is 5th in the league. Cervenak won the Eastern League Player of the Week award for the second time in the month. He hit 11-22 with 3 HR and 9 RBI. Carlos Valderrama missed a game after injuring himself stealing third on Tuesday. The severity of the injury is not known. Bryan Carter started for Valderrama in center field, and went 0 for 3 leading off in Game 1. In Game 2, he was moved to 7th in the order and went 3 for 3.
SAN JOSE (HIGH-A)
San Jose 8, Bakersfield 4
San Jose won their third straight game against Bakersfield. San Jose took advantage of Bakersfield starting pitcher Mark Comoli for 7 runs over 5 innings, and ccruised to the victory. Dan Trumble went 4-4 with 2 doubles and a home run, and accounted for 3 RBIs. Brad Vericker, who hit a game tying double last night, went 1 for 3 with an RBI of his own. Jeffrey Peterson earned his first win, going 6.1 innings and allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks.
Left fielder Trumble is tied for the league lead in home runs with 8, and also has 6 doubles and a triple. He's hitting .321 with a .420 OBP and a .702 SLG. Peterson lowered his ERA to 5.10. Lance Niekro went 0-3 in his third game back from injury, and should be moved up to Fresno soon. He's batting .364 in his short rehab stint.
Hagerstown 8, Charleston 6
Starter Juan Serrato had his first rough outing of the year, giving up 5 runs (4 earned) over 3.1 innings, but reliever Joe Bateman put out the fire, pitching 4.2 innings of shutout ball. Meanwhile, the offense got to Charleston starter Ramon Mora early and often, scoring 7 runs in the first 4 innings to propel Hagerstown to victory over the first place Alley Cats. The Suns were led by Nate Schierholtz, who got on base all five times he was at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a double and 2 walks, and Timothy Hutting's 2 for 3 day with 2 walks as well.
Charleston swept Hagerstown early in the year, which was a big part of their 12 game win streak to get to first place. Schierholtz is now batting .330 on the year. Tim Alvarez picked up his fifth save of the year. Serrato, despite the outing, only has a 2.70 ERA for the year. Bateman dropped his ERA to 1.37.
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