SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 5/19

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 19th, and who's haot and who's not.




Erie 4, Norwich 2

GAME NOTES: Neil Jenkins had 4 RBI, 3 on a home run in the 4th to propel Erie to a 4-2 victory. Norwich starter Julio Pavon gave up all 4 home runs, but the three runs on the home run were all unearned due to an error by Jay Pecci with 2 out in the inning before the home run. Norwich scored it's only 2 runs on a double by Michael Cervenak, who advanced to third on the play thanks to an error by Erie 2B Ryan Rayburn, and then scored on the play with an error by Erie pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma.

TEAM NOTES: Cervenak's double was his 13th of the year, which is tied for 7th in the league. His RBI was his 36th, which leads the league. Carlos Valderrama is batting .348 on the season with 11 doubles, 1 triple, and 3 home runs on the year. Luke Anderson threw 2 scoreless innings in relief, giving up 1 hit and striking out 3. He lowered his team worst ERA to 6.39.


Bakersfield Blaze 0, San Jose Giants 2

GAME NOTES: It was a pitching duel in Wednesday night's game and the San Jose Giants managed to come up with another win against the Bakersfield Blaze with a score of 2-0. Giants' starting pitcher, Brian Stirm pitched six scoreless innings of work. Billy Sadler, delivering two innings and giving up no hits, came into the game to relieve Stirm. Jeremy Accardo proceeded to close the game and bringing home another victory. The Blaze's pitcher, Joe Little, pitched a great game despite getting the loss. He allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Those two runs came in the bottom of the sixth. Giants outfielder, Fred Lewis, started things off with a leadoff single and later advanced to second on an infield single by Juli Cordido. Julian Benavidez drew a walk, loading up the bases for Brad Vericker. Brian Allen, who had come into the game in this inning to relive Little, threw a wild pitch allowing Lewis to score. Julio Cordido then hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Cordido.

TEAM NOTES Brian Stirm got his third win of the season after pitching six innings and giving up only three hits. He struck out five and walked one, maintaining a 4.09 ERA. Jeremy Accardo continues to excel as the closer for the San Jose Giants. His eleventh save of the season still makes him the league leader in saves.


Hagerstown 6, Kannapolis 4

GAME NOTES: Nate Schierholtz had 2 doubles and both Patrick Dobson and slumping Travis Ishikawa hit solo home runs to help lead the Suns to a 6-4 victory over Kannapolis. Hagerstown scored one run in each of the 2nd through 5th innings. Dobson hit his home run in the 2nd, and it was Schierholtz doubling in Ishikawa in the 3rd to open up scoring. Tim Hutting had an RBI single in the 4th, and it was Ishikawa hitting the home run in the 5th. Then in the 7th, Ishikawa singled in a run, but was thrown out trying to stretch a double. Shierholtz then followed that with a double, scoring the runner that was on left on third after Ishikawa's double. Kelyn Acosta gave up 1 run in 6 innings, a home run off the bat of Gustavo Molina. Joe Bateman relieved him in the 7th, but gave up 3 runs in his second inning of work on a 3 run homer by Leo Daigle. Tim Alverez pitched the ninth and held on for his 8th save of the year, though.

TEAM NOTES: Catcher Keith Anderson played in his second game of the year, going 2 for 4. Anderson is now 3 for 7 since becoming the Suns backup catcher four days ago. He replaced Dayton Buller, who is on the DL with a broken right finger. Nate Schierholtz leads all regulars on the Suns in runs scored(29), hits(49), doubles(17), home runs(9) and RBI(32). He's also second on the team in batting average (.329).

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