SFDugout Minor League Notebook: 5/7

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 7th, and who's hot and who's not.

Tucson 8, Fresno 3

Kevin Correia got rocked early, and Fresno's late rally wasn't nearly enough to catch up as they fell to Tucson on Friday night. Tucson took advantage of a throwing error by Cody Ransom in the first, allowing two runners to score, and then on a home run by Luis Terrero to go up 4-0 in the first. Tucson scored three more off of Correia in the third, including a solo home run by Steve Neal, and added one last run off of reliever Jason Jacome in the fourth. Fresno attempted to come back in the ninth, where a Todd Linden single and Damon Minor walk came in front of a Craig Kuzmic home run, but that was all the Grizzlies would get.

Correia's ERA jumped to 6.00, allowing five earned runs in 3.1 innings…Adam Pettyjohn threw 3 innings in relief, allowing only 1 hit and striking out 3. His ERA now stands at 5.67. Todd Linden went 2 for 4, raising his average to .320. Damon Minor continues to have a team leading average of .349 despite an 0 for 3 day.

Trenton 4, Norwich 3

Josh Habel lost his fourth game of the season, allowing Trenton to break away in the sixth inning. Trenton had scored in the first on a triple by Jackson Melian, but Habel had settled down, allowing only 3 hits over the next four innings until the sixth inning. Melian reached on an error to lead off the inning, then scored off of another error on Aaron Rifkin's single. Mitch Jones then homered, and Trenton took the 4-1 lead. Norwich scored it's first run in the fifth off of back to back hits by Bryan Carter and Derin McMains, and then mounted a late charge with RBI singles from McMains and Tyler Von Schell before falling one run short.

McMains had a 4 for 5 day with 2 RBI and a double. He is now batting .309…Bryan Carter had a 2 for 4 day in center field with two doubles. He is hitting 6 for 12 playing center field since Carlos Valderrama got injured on Tuesday.

San Jose 12, Inland Empire 2

Inland Empire's starting pitcher TA Fullmer collapsed in 3+ innings of work, as San Jose stung him for 10 runs. Brad Vericker had a two run home run in the first, and Dan Trumble followed with a solo homer of his own two batters later. In the second, it was Fred Lewis knocking in Jacob Wald following Wald's triple. In the third, it was Carlos Sosa tripling in Lance Niekro, and then Wald doubling in Sosa and Todd Jennings, who drew a walk. And in the fourth, all it took was Lewis's lead off double, Julio Cordido's single, and Vericker's single to bring in Lewis to knock Fulmer out of the game. San Jose kept coming, though, even through the reliever as Niekro doubled for an RBI, Trumble singled to bring in Vericker, and Sosa hit a sacrifice fly to get in one more run. San Jose got one more insurance run late as Vericker walked with the bases loaded to get an unearned run in. Giants starter Brian Stirm wasn't sharp, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks, but he did strike out 6 in 5 innings and got his second win of the season. Anthony Pannone and Jason Waddell pitched 4 innings of 1 hit ball in relief to finish the game off.

Vericker was 3 for 4 with a double and home run, and is now batting .268…Lance Niekro, still rehabbing, went 2 for 5 with a double, an RBI and 2 runs scored, and is batting .350 since arriving in San Jose…Dan Trumble went 2 for 4 and his home run was his 9th, keeping him in a tie with Michael Napoli for the lead league. Napoli is hitting .344/.400/.699, while Trumble has a .330/.431/.714 line…Shortstop Wald's 2 for 5 day raised his average to .191.

Charleston 9, Hagerstown 2

Charleston scored 6 runs with 2 out on Hagerstown starter Jesse Floyd in the third inning to seal a 9-2 victory over the Suns. After getting a fly out and a strike out, Floyd allowed 7 straight hits, including 2 doubles and a home run before getting out of the inning. The Suns did get a couple of runs late, including a run coming in on a Schierholtz ground out into a double play, but they weren't nearly enough.

Schierholtz went 0-3 with a walk. He had been very hot, getting 15 for 28 with 5 doubles, 2 home runs and scoring 8 runs in his previous 7 games. He is still batting .327 for the season…Shortstop Jay Knowlton went 2 for 4, raising his average to .318…Floyd's 7 earned runs nearly doubled his total for the season. In his previous 16.1 innings, he had given up only 8 earned runs. His ERA is now a team worst 6.98.

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