SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 5/9

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 9th, and who's hot and who's not.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

Game Notes: Fresno lost 7-4 as relievers couldn't hold off Tucson. Ryan Jensen had his first decent outing, pitching 6.0 innings with only 3 hits and 3 walks for 3 runs (all earned) and 6 strikeouts. He left with the lead. Then Jeff Urban, who got tagged with the loss, gave up solo runs in the 7th and 8th, though one was unearned, and Leo Estrella gave up two runs in the 9th, with one unearned, before Kevin Walker came in and closed out the inning with a strikeout. Tony Torcato and Craig Kuzmic each had two hits and Robert Stratton drove in two runs with his double.

Team Notes: Torcato's two hits raised his average to .307 for the season. Stratton's RBIs gave him 11 for the season. Damon Minor had a pinch-hit single to raise his average to .348; however, his chances of moving up to the big club is slim unless Snow or Feliz became DLed, as they are blocking his way.

Norwich Navigators (AA)

Game Notes: After blowing a 4-run lead, the Navigators came back to win from behind, 7-5 over the Trenton Thunder, with one run in the 6th and two runs in the 7th. Francisco Santos singled in what proved to be the winning run and Tyler Von Schell added another run on a wild pitch. Santos had 3 hits, plus the Navigators only extra-base hit, a double. Justin Knoedler got on base four times with a single and 3 walks, scoring two runs. Derin McMains added 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Brad Hennessey started and couldn't hold the 4-run lead - which was built by four consecutive two-out RBI singles in the 2nd - giving up 4 runs in the 5th and 1 run in the 6th. He pitched 5.2 innings and gave up 9 hits and 2 walks for 5 runs (all earned) and no strikeouts. Mitch Walk got the win of the season with 1.1 innings of relief. Matt Palmer got the save.

Team Notes: Norwich improved their record to 18-13 after talking three of four games from the Trenton and now hold a one game lead in the Northern Division. Santos' 3 hits raised his average to .391 and McMains' two hits raised his average to .314 for the season. Mike Cervanak had a hit and a walk which continued his streak of reaching base in every game this season. Mitch Walk got his 4th win of the season - tied for the league lead - and Matt Palmer got his 4th save; his ERA is a stellar 0.66.

San Jose Giants (A)

Game Notes: San Jose Giants won 4-1 on great pitching from Brion Treadway and his relievers. Treadway won the game throwing 7.0 innings with only 4 hits and 0 walks, 1 run/earned (on a homer) and 4 strikeouts. James Garcia pitched an uneventful 8th and, after San Jose extended the lead from 2-1 to 4-1 in the bottom of the 8th, Jeremy Accardo got the save pitching the 9th, giving up one hit and getting one strikeout. Julio Cordido continued his hot hitting with 2 doubles, scoring 2 runs, and driving in 1 run.

Team Notes: San Jose swept the 66er's in the three game set as they evened their record at 14-14, pushing their way into 2nd place in the California League's Northern Division, 3.5 games back of the Modesto A's. Treadway won his 3rd game of the season and is now the only pitcher on the team with a winning record, at 3-2. He lowered his ERA to 4.54 for the season.

Hagerstown Suns (A)

Game Notes: Another double-header scheduled because of rain-outs earlier in the season. Unfortunately, Hagerstown got swept, 5-3 and 6-2, and they still have another 3 games to make up. Errors and poor offense were costly in both games. In the first game, Travis Nesmith lost his fourth game, falling to 1-4. He lasted only 3.0 innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 walks, 4 runs, 2 earned, and struck out 4. He gave up 1 homer. Ben Thurmond relieved and held Hickory to just 2 hits and 1 run in 3 innings of relief. Nate Schierholtz had two hits and scored two runs. He had a solo homer. Dayton Buller had a solo homer as well.

In the second game, Ryan Sadowski lost his third game but pitched well enough to win; errors costed him 3 unearned runs in the 3rd as Hickory took and ultimately held the lead. Sadowski threw 5.0 innings, giving up 5 hits and 2 walks for 6 runs, only 3 earned, and 5 strikeouts. Mike Musgrave relieved for an inning and was untouched. Jesse Schmidt and Jonathan Armitage each had two hits and one RBI. Armitage had a solo homer, his 6th homer of the year, continuing his recent tear.

Team Notes: Schmidt raised his average with a 3-7 day to .270 and he had his 13th RBI of the season. Nate Schierholtz is at .336 with a 2-6 day, hitting his 5th homer of the year and driving in his 22nd run. Jonathan Armitage had a 3-6 day, raising his aveage to .252, hitting his 6th homer of the season and driving in his 20th run. Nesmith has four losses despite a low 3.32 ERA. Thurmond continued to provide great relief; his ERA stands at 1.29 for the season

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