SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 5/12

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 12th, and who's haot and who's not.

FRESNO (AAA)

Iowa 5, Fresno 3.

GAME NOTES:
Kevin Correia pitched a good game for Fresno, but all it took was an outing from Leo Estrella to ruin it. Estrella came into a tied game in the seventh inning, and was only able to get one out on a sacrifice over 5 batters, and gave up three runs to take the loss. Correia had pitched 6 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. Tony Torcato scored both of Fresno's runs on a day where he had no official at bats. He walked in his only 3 plate appearances and came around on hits by Trey Lunsford in the 5th and Dave Doster in the 7th.

TEAM NOTES:
Todd Linden went 0-4 on Wednesday, breaking a 13 for 31 (.419) since May 4. Over that time, he raised his average from .295 to .328 over that period, but his 0-4 day dropped him to .317.

NORWICH (AA)

Binghamton 5, Norwich 4.

GAME NOTES:
Scott Munter gave up runs in each of the eighth and ninth innings to blow a one run lead and lose a close one to the Binghamton Mets. The eighth inning blow was a solo home run by Prentice Redman, and in the ninth inning it was a fielder's choice by Chase Lambin that scored Ron Acuna from third. Norwich had just taken a lead in the top of the 8th by Bryan Carter. Francisco Santos also had a 3 run home run in the 3rd for Norwich.

TEAM NOTES:
The Navigators now have 5 regulars batting over .300. Carlos Valderrama leads the team batting .364. Carter went 3 for 4 to tie Santos for 2nd place on the team, each batting .355. Third baseman Michael Cervenak is batting .339, and Derin McMains is batting .313.

SAN JOSE (HIGH-A)

San Jose 8, Modesto 1

GAME NOTES:
The 3-4-5 hitters for the Giants went 8 for 13 combined with 2 doubles and a triple to lead San Jose to an easy win over the Modesto A's. Lance Niekro had an RBI double in the 3rd and a triple in the 5th to pick up 2 RBI, while Dan Trumble had a 4 for 4 day with a double, picking up 2 RBI's as well. Julio Cordido also went 2 for 5. The offensive output backed another strong outing by Matthew Cain, who gave up only 1 run over 6 innings. He gave up 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3.

TEAM NOTES:
Cain is having a great season coming off of arm surgery last year. He has thrown 38.2 innings over 7 starts, and has given up only 30 hits and 13 walks over that span while striking out 43. He has a 1.86 ERA, 6th in the California League amongst starters.

HAGERSTOWN (LOW-A)

Hagerstown 4, Rome 3 (10 innings)

GAME NOTES:
Nate Schierholtz led off the bottom of the 10th with a home run to win the game for Hagerstown. Hagerstown had blown a one run lead in the 8th when Steve Doetsch singled off of Jesse English to bring in Rome's 3rd run. Hagerstown scored their first three runs in the 4th, also started by Schierholtz. Schierholtz led off the inning with a single, then was brought home by Jay Knowlton's single before Knowlton himself came home on Mike Wagner's home run. Jesse Floyd threw a quality start over 6 innings, giving up 2 runs, 1 earned, on only 4 hits and 1 walk.

TEAM NOTES:
Schierholtz's day 3 for 5 day was the upside over a 2 error day, one of which allowed a run to score. Schierholtz now has 9 errors in 31 games, leading the team. He also has the team lead in home runs (7, tied for 4th in the league) and doubles (12, tied for 3rd in the league). He has a .331 batting average and is slugging .597 on the season.



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