SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 5/18

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 18th, and who's haot and who's not.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

Fresno 2, Omaha 1

Game Notes: The Fresno Grizzlies pitching staff did a brilliant job at holding the Omaha Royals to only one run in the game, allowing the Grizzlies to win by such a small lead. Four pitchers were used in the game by the Grizzlies: starter Adam Pettyjohn, Chad Zerbe, David Aardsma, and Dave Veres. Pettyjohn allowed one run on five hits in four innings. Zerbe was given the win, after throwing two scoreless innings. Omaha had the lead in the top of the fourth, but Cody Ransom's fourth homer of the season tied the game. The Grizzlies took the lead in the top of the fifth, when David Doster scored from third on Todd Linden's sacrifice fly.

Team Notes: Cody Ransom was 4-for-4 in the game, including his fourth home run of the season, shooting his average up to .275. His homer snapped Omaha pitcher, Christopher George's streak of consecutive scoreless innings at 182/3, since April 9. Ransom was 8-for17 in the series against Omaha, including two home runs. Jason Ellison got the other two hits of the game, going 2-for-3 in the game. He is now hitting .291. As said before, the pitching staff did a commendable job. Pettyjohn pitched three innings giving up one run on five hits, striking out three. Chad Zerbe and David Aardsma both pitched two scoreless innings each, Zerbe with a 4.88 ERA and Aardsma with a 2.70 ERA. Dave Veres (6.92 ERA) was given the save after throwing a scoreless ninth inning.

Norwich Navigators (AA)

Erie 3, Norwich 1

Game Notes: Norwich starter Josh Habel's losing streak continues, as he gets his fifth loss of the season after giving up three runs in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed six hits (one home run), walked two and struck out six. He's still looking for his first win. Their only run of the game was when scored in the fifth. Justin Knoedler started it off with a double down the left field line. Knoedler advanced to third on Angel Chavez's ground out. Brian Carter hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield driving in Knoedler.

Team Notes: The Navigators (20-20) have loss their last three games, and in those games, they have only scored two runs. Despite getting the loss, Habel did pitch a good game. His six strikeouts allowed him to take the league lead in strikeouts with 44. Mike Cervenak was 1-for-4 in the game, extending his hitting streak to 39 games. Derin McMains was 2-for-4 in the game, with one double, this brought him over .300 with a .304 batting average.

San Jose Giants (A)

Bakersfield 5, San Jose 8

Game Notes: The San Jose Giants beat the Bakersfield Blaze 8-5 on Tuesday night. Throughout most of the game, the Giants trailed the Blaze, but in the last innings of the game, they rallied back with six runs. Matt Cain, who is one of the league leaders in ERA, gave up five runs on nine hits, walked one and struck out three. He struggled, but the bullpen came through for the Giants to hold the Blaze scoreless. The Giants were 5-1 until the bottom of the sixth inning. Brad Vericker tripled to start off the inning and he'd later score on Lance Niekro's sacrifice fly. The momentum carried over into the bottom of the seventh, when the first five batters for the Giants, each hit singles. The game was tied on Julian Benavidez's sacrifice fly to drive in Anthony LaBarbera. The tie was broken by Giants' shortstop Jake Wald, when he hit a two run single.

Team Notes:Walkd was 3-for-4 in the night, with three RBIs, raising his average to .214. Fred Lewis continues to excel with a two-for-three hit game, with one RBI and two walks. He is now hitting .331. Anthony Pannone (4.50 ERA), Brian Burres (3.63 ERA), James Garcia (5.21 ERA), and Jeremy Accardo (3.94 ERA) shut out the Blaze for four innings. Garica got his second win and Accardo achieved the save. Accardo continues to excel as the closer for the Giants, retiring the Blaze in order in the ninth. He is now leading the league in saves with 10.

Hagerstown Suns (A)

No Game Schedule for the Suns

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