SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 5/14

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 14th, and who's haot and who's not.

Fresno 8, Iowa 5

Everything came together for at least one night for the 13-23 Grizzlies. They got solid pitching from Ryan Jensen (5 IP, 2 ER on 3 hits and 3 walks), David Aardsma (1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO) and Dave Veres (1 IP, 2 SO). Fresno hitting backed it up, getting 8 runs on 9 hits (only one of which was for extra bases), and taking advantage of three Iowa errors. Most of the runs came like they did in the first inning, when Jason Ellison led off the inning with a single, Cody Ransom walked to advance the runner, Brian Dallimore scored one on a single, and Damon Minor grounded out to score another run. Brian Dallimore went 2 for 5 with a double, 1 run scored and 2 RBI. Todd Linden went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.

Dallimore played in his first game back since his callup to the majors, and raised his AAA batting average to .376. He also returned to third base, where he's played all of this season for the Grizzlies. Linden raised his average to .313. Damon Minor was the only position player without a hit, going 0 for 4 with a walk and a strikeout. He's batting .330. Jason Ellison also went 2 for 5 as he continues a huge turnaround on the year. He batted only .194 in April, but has gone 21 for 58 in May to raise his average up to .275. for the year.

Norwich 6, Harrisburg 2

In a game where the announced starting pitchers threw for exactly one out combined, the Navigators prevailed. Brad Hennessey was pulled before the first hitter reached the box for unannounced reasons, and reliever Jackson Markert took his place. He went 3 innings and allowed 2 ER on 6 hits, but those would be the only runs the Navigators would allow. Meanwhile, Harrisburg Rich Rundles faced only three hitters before being pulled with an undisclosed injury. He struck out Carlos Valderrama before allowing singles to Derin McMains and Daniel Ortmeier. Tyler Von Schell later singled in McMains, and the run was charged to Rundles. Norwich broke it open in the late innings, with Francisco Santos getting a 2 run single in the 7th, and Michael Cervenak and Doug Clark RBI singles in the 8th. Alberto Montes pitched three perfect innings with 5 strikeouts to get the win, and Mitch Walk pitched the final three innings, giving up no hits and 1 walk to get his first save of the year.

Michael Cervenak went 1 for 3 to lower his average to .339. He also had 2 walks and scored 2 runs. Tyler Von Schell, who had been hot early, is down to batting .289 after a 1 for 4 day. Ortmeier went 2 for 4 and is batting .305.

San Jose 9, Stockton 5

San Jose starter Brooks McNiven gave up 4 runs before he even got an out, but San Jose's hitters bailed him out, and the Giants beat the Stockton Ports Friday night. San Jose had scored two runs in the top of the first on RBI hits by Carlos Sosa and Lance Niekro, but it didn't take long for the lead to disappear. McNiven walked the leadoff hitter, who scored on the next batter's single and the ensuing error by center fielder Fred Lewis. McNiven then walked the next batter, and then Nate Gold homered, plating three more runs. San Jose took the lead right back in the 2nd, though. Jacob Wald got on base on an error to lead off the inning, and that was followed by Aaron Hornostaj's single. Lewis then tripled both of them home, and then scored on a passed ball to give San Jose a 5-4 lead. McNiven settled down after that, giving up only 4 hits in the following 5 innings to get the win. San Jose scored another run in the 7th on Sosa's home run, and then got three more in the ninth as Sosa hit a 2 RBI double, and then came home on Dan Trumble's triple. The teams had 6 errors between them.

Sosa had the big day for the Giants, going 3 for 4 with a double, a home run, 3 runs scored and 4 RBI. He also had a walk, and is now batting .287 for the year. Trumble went 2 for 5 with a triple and an RBI, and is batting .327. Fred Lewis is batting .330, and went 2 for 4 with a triple of his own and 2 RBI.

Hagerstown 3, Columbus-A 2

Nate Schierholtz remained hot, hitting a game tying home run in the sixth inning, and Brian Munhall hit an RBI triple a few batters later to give Hagerstown the come from behind win 3-2. Columbus scored two unearned runs against Hagerstown starter Ben Thurmond. In the third, it was Tony Abreu who stole second, advanced to third on an error by catcher Dayton Buller,, and then came home on a throwing error by center fielder Jon Coutlangus. In the fourth inning, it was Schierholtz throwing the ball away with a runner on 2nd to allow the run to score. Hagerstown scored it's first run in the 5th on a sacrifice fly by Coutlangus. Ryan Sadowski threw 2 scoreless innings in relief for his first win of the season, and Tim Alvarez got his 7th save.

Scheirholtz went 2 for 4 with a double and home run, his 13th double and 8th home run on the year, leading the team in both categories. He also, however, leads the team in errors, up to 9 with today's error. Ryan Sadowski's scoreless outing was a rarity for him. He's allowed 29 runs (24 earned) in his previous 6 appearances, 5 of them starts. Brian Munhall replaced Buller at catcher after Buller's error, and went 2 for 2 with a double and triple, and he also scored the winning run. Munhall is batting .261 on the year.

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