SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 5/8

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 8th, and who's hot and who's not.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

Game Notes: Fresno ended a 4-game streak of losses, winning 9-4 over the Tucson Sidewinders after pulling away with a 5-run seventh inning. It was a good day all around except for an error. Brian Cooper started, going 6 innings, giving up 5 hits and 3 walks, 4 runs, 2 earned, and 1 home run with 5 strikeouts. Lee Gardner got the win (record 3-2) by pitching a scoreless 7th, giving up only one hit. Dave Aardsma, newly sent down from the majors, pitched a score 8th, giveing up only one walk. And Dave Veres closed it down with a quiet, scoreless 9th, striking out two. The stout pitching was accompanied by a 15-hit attack. Cody Ransom led the way with 3 hits and a walk. Todd Linden, Tony Torcato, Trey Lunsford, and Jamie Athas added two hits apiece. Ransom and Athas each had a homer as well, as Ransom led the way with 3 RBIs and Lunsford had 2 RBIs. Craig Kuzmic scored 3 runs.

Team Notes: Todd Linden scored his team leading 22nd run. Damon Minor added an RBI for his 24th of the year. Brian Cooper's ERA rose slightly to 2.55 with his outing, while Gardner reduced his to 2.95, Aardsma reduced his to a team leading 2.35 (though only in 5 games), and Veres reduced his to 7.20.

Norwich Navigators (AA)

Game Notes: Norwich trounced the Trenton Thunder, 16-1. The Navigators broke open a 1-1 tie with 7 runs in the 6th and 8 runs in the 7th, amassing 212 hits in total. Alberto Montes got his first win of the season (record 1-2) with 2.2 innings of shutout relief with 3 hits given up. Scott Munter and Luke Anderson followed with shutout appearances as well. Chris Curry and Angel Chavez led the way with 4 hits each and Michael Cervenak had 3 hits. Doug Clark, Tyler Von Schell, Francisco Santos, and Bryan Carter each had two hits as well. Cervenak and Curry each had a homer and Santos added a triple. Cervenak had 5 RBIs and Curry had 3 RBIs.

Team Notes: With the win, the Navigators raised their record to 17-13, moving a half game ahead of Trenton for first place in the Northern Division of the Eastern League. Cervenak raised his RBI total to 30 and it was his 9th homer of the season. Von Shell added his 19th RBI of the season and Clark had his 18th.

San Jose Giants (A)

Game Notes: San Jose won 5-4 by scoring 5 in the 6th and holding back two rallies in the 7th and 9th to hold the lead. Brooks McNiven got his first win (record 1-1) with 7.0 strong innings, giving up 6 hits and no walks with 4 strikeouts and 2 runs (all earned). Jeremy Accardo got the save though he gave up 2 ER in the 9th. Julian Benavidez had 2 hits and delivered the key hit, with a bases loaded double clearing the bases for 3 runs.

Team Notes: The save was Accardo's 7th of the season. Benevidez's 3 RBIs raised his total to 14 for the season.

Hagerstown Suns (A)

Game Notes: In a double-header caused by rainouts earlier in the season, Hagerstown split the games, winning the first 8-4 and losing the second 7-3. In the first game, Kelyn Acosta got his first win of the season with 5.0 innings pitched, with 8 hits and 3 runs (all earned) and 3 strikeouts. Tim Alvarez got a save with 1.1 innings with 1 walk and 1 strikeout, reducing his ERA to 3.14 for the season. It was a pretty balanced attack, with 8 of the starters getting at least one hit, with Jason Columbus and Jonathan Armitage getting two hits each. Mike Wagner hit a homer. Nate Schierholtz led the attack with 3 RBIs and Columbus and Wagner added two apiece.

In the second game, Christopher George lost his first game of the season (record 1-1) by giving up 7 hits, 1 walk, and 5 runs (all earned) in only 4.0 innings with 1 strikeout. Jesse English made things worse by giving up 2 runs in 2.0 innings of relief. Jesse Schmidt had 2 hits and Travis Ishikawa drove in two runs with his homer. Schierholtz added the only other RBI and run. The Suns only had 5 hits in the game.

Team Notes: This was Alvarez' 6th save of the season. Schierholtz got his 10th double of the season and his RBIs raised his total to a team leading 21 RBIs. Mike Wagner hit his 3rd homer of the season. Ishikawa broke his hitless streak with a 1-3 in both games, adding 3 RBIs in the day to raise his total to 10 for the season and slugged his 2nd homer of the season.

Martin Lee writes 'A Biased Giant's Fanatic's View' for SFDugout.com when the mood and muse strikes him. He wants to teach and share his love of baseball and, in particular, his love for the San Francisco Giants. He will believe to his dying days that Bobby Bonds was robbed of being the first 40-40 player and should be in Cooperstown. Please feel free to e-mail him at BiasedGiantsFanatic@nospam.yahoo.com (remove the "nospam." if you wish to e-mail me) if you have a question or comment.

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