SFDugout Minor League Notebook for 5/20

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 20th, and who's haot and who's not.

Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)

Fresno 5, Memphis 3

Game Notes: Cody Ransom's 2nd homer in as many games tied the game, and Lance Niekro's bases loaded triple won the game for the Grizzlies over the Memphis Redbirds. Niekro's two out double came after Adam Shabala led off the inning with a bunt for a base hit, a Dallimore walk and a Tony Torcato infield hit mixed in with two outs. Dave Veres came on to pitch the ninth, giving up a solo home run but getting his 7th save of the season. Ryan Jensen pitched 7 quality innings, giving up only 2 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk, but got no decision. That instead went to Kevin Walker, who pitched the 8th. Jensen gave up an RBI single in the 2nd and a sacrifice fly in the 5th, but was able to hold on despite allowing runners on in every inning except the 6th. Jason Ellison tied the game at 1 a piece with an RBI single in the third, and Ransom tied it again at 2 with his home run in the 5th.

Team Notes: Cody Ransom is 5 for 7 over the last 2 games with 2 home runs. He is batting .277 and is 2nd on the team in home runs, behind Damon Minor's 7. Lance Niekro played in his first game back in AAA after a lengthy rehab stay in San Jose. Niekro played at first base, moving Tony Torcato to left field.

Norwich Navigators (AA)

Erie 1, Norwich 0

Game Notes: The Navigators had only 2 hits in dominating performances by Erie starting pitcher Preston Larrison and reliever Roberto Novoa. Larrison gave up 2 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings, but was only able to strikeout 1. Novoa picked up the save on two innings of work, giving up no hits or walks, and striking out 2. Meanwhile, the ‘Gators wasted a good start by Brad Hennessey, who gave up 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk over 7 innings, and who also struck out 6. Norwich reliever Mitch Walk threw 2 innings of 1 hit ball in relief. Three of Erie's hits came in the 2nd, when Hennessey allowed Jack Hannahan and Ryan Raburn to get back to back singles to lead off the inning. Hennessey got Neil Jenkins to strike out, but Rayner Bautista singled in Hannahan for the game's only run, and it stood.

Team Notes: Michael Cervenak got one of the only two hits in the game for Norwich, and also got a walk. He's batting .347 and has a .456 OBP, which leades the Eastern League. Hennessey got his 2nd loss of the year. He has a 3.45 ERA in 9 starts, with 9 walks compared to 23 strikeouts. Mitch Walk's appearance in relief was his team leading 17th. He's got a 2.91 ERA.

San Jose Giants (A)

Bakersfield 6, San Jose 1

Game Notes: Brad Vericker provided San Jose's only run in a 6-1 loss to Bakersfield Thursday. San Jose starting pitcher Brooks McNiven evened his record at 2-2 after taking the loss. He allowed 9 hits and no walks over 6 innings, resulting in 4 runs for the Blaze. Reliever Josh Cram allowed 2 more in relief. Bakersfield starter Mike Prochaska allowed only 2 hits over 6 innings, and Brian Henderson allowed only one hit, Vericker's home run in the 9th, in taking the save from 3 innings of relief work.

Team Notes: Left Fielder Dan Trumble had a double in Thursday's game. That double, his 10th, tied him for the team lead with third baseman Julio Cordido. Trumble is leading the team in most categories, including batting average (.331), sluggling percentage (.677), home runs (10), and steals (7, again tied with Cordido). Trumble has also been caught stealing 6 times, while Cordido has been caught only twice.

Hagerstown Suns (A)

Kannapolis 6, Hagerstown 3

Game Notes: Nate Schierholtz kept his share of the league lead in home runs with his 10th, but Hagerstown gave up 3 to Kannapolis to lose 6-3. Schierholtz's solo home run was his only hit in 4 at bats, but he's still batting .327 on the year. Hagerstown's starter Ben Thurmond took his first loss of the year with 5 innings of work, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits, 2 of them home runs. Kannapolis starter Brandon McCarthy gave up a Brian Munhall RBI single in the 4th and Schierholtz's 6th inning home run to get the win. He only gave up 2 other hits in the game, which were Hagerstown's only 4 hits of the game. However, Kannapolis reliever Todd Deininger gave up two walks without getting any outs, and his first walk, Jesse Schmidt, came around to score Hagerstown's other run, unearned.

Team Notes: Schierholtz's 10 home runs share the league lead with 3 other players: Lake County's Ryan Goleski, and Hickory's Jon Benick and Adam Boeve. Despite taking the loss, Thurmond's ERA remains at 2.65. He has only walked 2 batters over 17 innings pitched. It was his 2nd start of the year, his 4th appearance overall.

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