SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 5/11

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 10th, and who's hot and who's not.

Fresno Grizzlies

Fresno 9, Iowa 8

Game Notes:
Fresno had their hitting shoes on today, totaling sixteen hits for nine runs. They also went deep three times. The Grizzlies scored their first run in the first inning off a Damon Minor one run double. Iowa tied the game in second, but in the third Todd Linden hit a solo shot to centerfield. Fresno in the fourth really opened things up, scoring four runs in the inning highlighted by four run scoring singles. Donny Leone hit a two run homerun for Iowa in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 6-3. Fresno though got those two runs back in their next at bat when Damon Minor hit a two run blast to left field. Iowa got three more runs in the sixth and seventh to cut the lead to 8-6. In the ninth Cody Ransom added some insurance by hitting a solo homerun to left field. That run proved to be important as Iowa scored two runs off closer Dave Veres, but it wasn't enough, Fresno in a wild one wins 9-8.

Team Notes:
Noah Lowry started the game for Fresno going 5.1 innings and giving up five runs, his era is 4.40. Dave Aardsma pitched two innings giving up two runs. Dave Veres, while having four saves, has an 8.18 era. Damon Minor went 3 for 5 scoring two runs and knocking in four. Minor is currently hitting .356. Minor now has seven homeruns for the season; Linden and Ransom have two each. Leadoff hitter Jason Ellison went 3 for 5, scoring three runs, his average is slowly climbing up, currently he is hitting .262.

Norwich Navigators

Norwich 4, Binghamton 5

Game Notes:
Norwich going into the ninth inning was up 4-3, and lights out pitcher Matt Palmer came into close it out, but it was not meant to be; Palmer gave up two runs and Birmingham wins it 5-4. Palmer gave up a homerun to Prentice Redman to start the inning and then gave up a single to Justin Huber who advanced to second on an intentional walk. Gil Velazquez singled home Huber to give Birmingham the come from behind victory. Norwich took the early lead scoring three runs in the first inning and then picking up the fourth run in the sixth on a Carlos Valderrama RBI single. Starting Pitcher Patrick Misch had a quality start going seven innings giving up three runs on eight hits.

Team notes:
Palmer going into the game had only given up one earned run. His era is still very low at 1.93. Patrick Misch has pitched 34.1 inning this season in six starts, his era is 2.36. Carlos Valderrama's batting average is .371. Norwich and Birmingham are both 18-14 and trail first place New Hampshire by one half of a game.

Hagerstown Suns

Rome 3, Hagerstown 4

Game Notes:
The Suns had an early lead, but could not keep it; giving up three runs in the eighth. The Suns committed two crucial errors which led to three unearned runs. Hagerstown got their first run in the first when Nate Schierholtz hit a solo homerun. The other two runs scored in the fourth inning when Dayton Bullmer hit a two run double. Starting Pitcher Bryan Milikan pitched 5.2 innings giving up three runs, one of them which was unearned. Rome took the lead the in the eighth with the help of a Nate Schierholtz throwing error. Schierholtz also committed a throwing error in the fourth inning which helped Rome score another run.

Team Notes:
Nate Schierholtz has now committed seven errors this season. The reason he is in the lineup is his bat which has knocked in 25 runs this season. Schierholtz is batting .319 and has six homeruns. The Suns have committed 35 errors in 32 games; their defense is a huge liability.

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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