Fresno 0, Iowa 5
The Iowa Cubs shutout the Fresno Grizzlies in Thursday night's game. This is the first time the Grizzlies have been shutout so far this season. Their only threat in the game came in the top of the eighth inning. With the bases loaded and one out on the board, Tony Torcato grounded into a double play, ending the threat. Brian Cooper started the game for the Grizzlies, but after four innings he left the game as he pulled his left hamstring while running on Grizzlies' centerfielder Jason Ellison. Chad Zerbe took over after Cooper left the game, and pitched 2.1 innings. Zerbe was struck with the loss.
Before Cooper left the game, he gave up two hits and no runs, striking out two and maintaining an impressive ERA of 2.08. Chad Zerbe, who was given the loss, pitched 2.1 innings, gave up three runs on four hits, issued three walks and struck out two. He currently has a 5.32 ERA. Jason Ellison was the big hitter of the night, though no runs were scored. Ellison was 2-for-4 in the game.
Norwich 4, Binghamton 6
With the game tied in the top of the eighth, the Binghamton Mets came back in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Chase Lambin of the Mets hit his third homer in the game, driving in two runs. In the eighth, his base hit gave the Mets their go ahead run. The Norwich Navigators were able to tie up the game, when Mike Cervenak hit a RBI double and with Chris Curry's two-run double. This wasn't enough for the Navigators, though as the Mets were able to hang on to their lead.
Matt Palmer was given the his third loss of the season. He pitched one inning, giving up two runs on two hits. His ERA is now 3.00. Chris Curry hit his third homer of the season in the top of the second, putting the Navigators on the board first. Curry was 2-for-3 in the game, with one walk. He is currently hitting .410. Michael Cervenak's RBI double also ups his AVG to .339.
San Jose Giants
San Jose 1, Modesto 4
After a five game winning streak, the San Jose Giants ended it with a loss to the Modesto A's. The Giants were the first to score in the game, when Dan Trumble hit his tenth homer of the season to left field. However, the A's came right back and scored three times in the later half of the fifth. The Giants were unable to score anymore runs, but the Modesto A's tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Nelson Cruz doubled to right field, the advanced to third on Gary Schneidmiller's groundout. Andre Either hit an RBI single to drive in Cruz. San Jose pitcher, Brian Stirm was given the his third loss of the season and Bradley Sullivan achieved his third win.
Dan Trumble was the only one to score in the game, with his tenth homer of the season. He is currently hitting .324. Lance Niekro was also 1-for-4 with a double, hitting .317 so far in the season. Brian Stirm pitched 4.2 inning, giving up three runs on nine hits, and one strike out. His ERA has risen up to 5.00.
Rome 11, Hagerstown 3
The Rome Braves outhit the Hagerstown Suns in Thursday's game. Rome hitters combined for seventeen hits, eight of which were doubles. Jonathan Armitage hit his seventh home run of the season. Dayton Buller and Travis Ishikawa both hit doubles for the Suns, but it wasn't enough for the Rome Braves. Kelyn Acosta was given the loss after pitching five innings and giving up five runs on ten hits.
Jonathan Armitage now ties Nathan Schierholtz for the team leader in home runs. Mike Musgrave pitched the last inning of the game. He gave up four runs on four hits, raising his ERA to 7.15.
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