SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 5/15

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 15th, and who's haot and who's not.

Fresno 9, Iowa 4

In one inning, the Fresno Grizzlies were able to score first agains the Omaha Royals and obtain a nice seven run lead in the game. Brian Dallimore led off the fourth inning with a walk. Damon Minor, the designated hitter for the Grizzlies, followed with a double. Outfielder Todd Linden then stepped up to the plate and hit a three-run homer to left field. The Grizzlies continued to score four more times in the innings. The Grizzlies had twelve batters make plate appearances, six of whom had hits. Cody Ransom, who was playing second today, also hit a home in the game, hit third of the season. The Omaha Royals were able to score twice in the sixth and then later in the seventh, but the Grizzlies had already done the trouble.

Chris Begg (1-2) got his first AAA win in Saturday's game. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up five hits and two runs, walking four and striking out three. In the fourth inning, Trey Lunsford, Jason Ellison, and Brian Dallimore all had RBI hits. Ellison was 2-for-3 in the game, raising his AVG to .285. Ransom also had a good game, hitting 3-for-5 with a .250 AVG.

Norwich 9, Harrisburg 2

The Norwich bats were alive in Saturday's game to allow them to win against the Harrisburg Senator's, 9-2. The fifth inning began when Brad Hennessey was hit by a pitch. He advanced to second as Carlos Valderrama drew a walk. Derin McMains followed with a double to center field, driving in Hennessey. With one out and the bases loaded, Tyler Con Schell singled down the left field line, putting two more runs on the board for Norwich. Doug Clark continued the inning with a two-run triple to center field. Clark later scored on Justin Knoedler's sacrifice fly. These six runs gave Norwich a comfortable lead as the Senators were only able to score twice in the game.

Michael Cervenak hit his tenth home run of the season in the fourth inning. His .354 batting average puts him in second in the Eastern League. Brad Hennessey pitched seven innings allowing only two runs on five hits. He was the winning pitcher of the game, improving his record to 3-1. The Navigators will go for a sweep of the Senators on Sunday.

San Jose 0, Stockton 1

The Stockton Ports pitching in Saturday's game silenced the San Jose Giants. Cody Smith of the Ports started the game off and pitched five innings, giving up three hits and striking out one. He maintains a 2.52 ERA. Ben Keiter came into the game in the sixth and achieved his first win of the season. The San Jose Giants only got four hits in the game off the bats of Julio Cordido, Carlos Sosa, Todd Jennings, and Anthony LaBarbera. An error in the eighth inning by Fred Lewis allowed the only run of the game to score.

Julio Cordido was 1-for-4, lowering his average to .310. Brion Treadway's great start was wasted as he was able to hold the Ports to four hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Game suspended due to rain.

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